Friday, November 14, 2014

And the Top Sellers Are……

The Mags&Munchies…and Memories Program is almost over for this year (just product delivery and rewards distribution remains) but it was a great year for our girls, our Troops and Council.  Many thanks to all of our adult Volunteers,  Association Mags&Munchies Chairs, and Troop Managers who dedicate so much time to helping our girls with this learning and earning program. Congratulations to our all of our top sellers. 


2014 Mags&Munchies…and Memories Program

Association Top Sellers (with at least 100 items sold/ordered)


Baldwin:  Alessandra S, Troop 2427

Bay:  Samantha M, Troop 225

Bellmore:  Melanie M, Troop 941

Central Park:  Sofia M, Troop 3020

Garden City:  Riley M, Troop 1322

Hardscrabble:  Regina M, Troop 3339

Hicksville:  Sara R, Troop 3155

Massapequa:  Isabella I, Troop 2185

Merrick:  Kimberly F, Troop 2454

Oceanside:  Caterina M, Troop 2413

Seaford/Wantagh:  Alexandra P, Troop 3122

The Plains:  Kristi D, Troop 3280

Valley Stream:  Kayla B, Troop 2223

West Hempstead/Franklin Square:  Olivia V, Troop 1816



2014 Mags&Munchies….and Memories Program

Top Selling Troops – Based on Dollars


Troops that earned a Cookie Program sign and a Girl Scout Tablecloth ($2500+ in sales)
Central Park: Troop 3254

Merrick:  Troop 2454

Valley Stream:  Troop 2223

West Hempstead/Franklin Square:  Troops 1025, 1390


Troops that earned a Cookie Program sign ($2,000 - $2,499 in sales):

Bay:  Troop 65

Bellmore: Troops 911, 947, 952

Jericho/Syosset:  Troop 3532

Manhasset:  Troops 508, 547

Oceanside:  Troop 2049

Seaford/Wantagh:  Troops 3013, 3121

The Plains:  Troop 3633

West Hempstead/Franklin Square:  Troop 1257

WARM:  Troop 1298

Friday, November 7, 2014

NEW Outdoor Badges

The polls are open and your vote counts!
At Girl Scouts, girls make the choices and are choosing the next Outdoor badges. Survival, Recreation, or the Environment—ask your girl what outdoor skills/activities are most important. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Give every girl a ROLE in the Troop, and a VOICE IN THE CHOICE. Let GIRLS LEAD!

Girl Scouts encourage girls to take on new roles, make choices, set goals and make decisions. We do that by giving every girl opportunities to make decisions in the group, to make choices as an individual and to explore various roles in the Troop.

Daisies and Brownies may need more assistance than girls who are in middle school and high school.  But even the youngest of girls can make choices between two or three options that you offer.  We can help girls expand their leadership skills by focusing on GOAL SETTING and teaching them various ways to make DECISIONS.

Here are some examples of roles for girls at each level…
  • Daisies can help hand out supplies or help with clean-up
  • Brownies can lead the Girl Scout Promise or the walk around the block
  • Juniors can work on writing out the caper chart or send out the emails for Troop meetings
  • Cadettes can lead a Journey activity
  • Seniors and Ambassadors can lead a meeting with an elected official in pursuit of a Take Action project

Special thanks to Joyce Wagner, Girl Scouts of Nassau County's Chief Mission Delivery Officer, for her input on this edition.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The power of WORDS can move mountains!

Remember those days when your mother would tell you that “please” and “thank you” were the magic words. Well that still holds true today, especially when asking for help from girls or parents or thanking girls or parents for their time and effort. It is important to always be gracious and generous.

When there are parents that are not able to share or be as supportive as other parents, be as gracious as you are to the parents who go the extra miles. Be patient and non-judgmental. (You really don't know everything that they may have on their plates at work and at home.) Be kind. And, be extra sensitive to treat every child as kindly as you treat the others.

A simple “thank you” for a smaller task completed will make someone feel needed and appreciated and may compel them to go a step further the next time.

Special thanks to Joyce Wagner, Girl Scouts of Nassau County's Chief Mission Delivery Officer, for her input on this edition.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Building a Support Team for Your Troop

Build a team of support for the girls and the Troop Leaders.  Most people will help if you ask, and more people will help if you give them a specific task. So, don’t be afraid to ask!

Most parents want to support their daughters and the Troop, but many just don't know where to start.  So, Troop Leaders, be specific in your requests for help.  Start by posting a chart or sending an email asking for what you need and when you need it. Whether it is snacks, a craft helper (no experience required), a Troop Cookie Manager, a chaperone for a trip, a Troop Treasurer…  be specific and simple, and give an estimate of how much time it will take for the person to do the activity or tasks. If you have parents with special talents that would benefit the Troop, ask the parent if they can do a demonstration for the girls or talk about their skill or job. 

Beyond the parents, partner with older Troops or individual girls to serve as helpers or to lead some activities that they already know.  Remember, even Brownies are older than Daisies and have already learned the Girl Scout Promise and Law, or can share a song or a game they’ve learned...  Juniors and Cadettes often look up to high school girls and are eager to learn from them.

Out in the community, there will be others willing to help. For trips, knowledge and other support, community businesses and organizations are often willing to share their knowledge and love for what they do… some places to start may include the local firehouse, animal shelter, bakery, or Veteran’s Organization.

Remember, don't be afraid to ask! 

Special thanks to Joyce Wagner, Girl Scouts of Nassau County's Chief Mission Delivery Officer, for her input on this edition.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Mags&Munchies… and Memories Program Tips for Girl Scouts!

Are you prepared for the 2014 Mags&Munchies… and Memories program? The 2014 Online program is in full swing, but the in-person program begins next week (September 29). Here are some helpful tips to help you “dive in” and reach for your goals! 

  • Set up the Online program first.  That way, your customers will have time to review the products and make their purchases before the October 29 order deadline.
  • Target your message. Take the time to personalize your Web Store with a photo and video, along with information about why you’re participating in this program and what your Troop is planning to do with the funds earned.  Also personalize your in-person “pitch.”  If you know someone likes making photo books, or has to give lots of holiday gifts, or enjoys reading – tell them about the products you’re offering that match their interests.
  • Remember donation programs Operation Stop Hunger and Project Thank You. If someone isn’t interested in Magazines, Nut/Snacks  or Photo keepsakes for themselves or gifts, suggest making a $5 donation to help Girl Scouts make a food donation to Operation Stop Hunger or a magazine subscription to Project Thank you.
  • When selling in person, wear something that identifies you as a Girl Scout. Most people are friendly and supportive when they see a girl in her vest or sash.
  • And remember, if you are going to walk around your neighborhood, always have an adult with you!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Keeping Girl Scout Troop Meetings FUN for the girls and for YOU!

Keep Girl Scout Troop Meetings FUN for the girls and for YOU.  If it isn't fun for you, it won't be fun for them! 


Girls of all ages like to have fun.  If they are learning something at the same time, that is even better.  Plan activities that you will enjoy doing and learning along with the girls... For young girls, try to remember the things that made your heart sing at their age.


Don't be afraid to get messy, dirty or loud (while being mindful of the proper preparations for messy… since as Girl Scouts, we like to leave things cleaner then we found it and any restraints on being loud… we do need to be courteous to others).  Silly hats, rhymes and goofy prizes make everyone laugh.  From arts and crafts, to games and songs, to neighborhood trips, to having a Cookie Booth Sale, to going camping, or planning for that BIG trip to Europe, focus on the fun and then weave in the Journeys, Badges and lessons of a lifetime!


Adventures come in all shapes, sizes and distances ... a mystery trip around the school yard can offer proportionate rewards to a safari, if the girls are having fun.  When the bus break downs or the rains pour, rely on stories and songs and laughter to get you through the rough spots and all of you will come out with memories that will last forever.


Special thanks to Joyce Wagner, Girl Scouts of Nassau County's Chief Mission Delivery Officer, for her input on this edition.