Monday, August 24, 2009

What I Did this Summer…

How many back to school essays begin just this way…
 
The Girl Scouts of Nassau County stayed on the move… Summer Camp kept girls and their counselors active and involved.  The new Low Ropes Course at Camp Blue Bay provided athletic challenges, but it is really all about teaching problem solving and teamwork.  Recent upgrades to the Activity Building allowed girls to now be able to hear themselves think while they play. – Although June and July had lots of rain, our Day Campers at Cantiague and Wantagh Parks were able to spend most of their days in the park, with just a few calls to the “rainy day” location.  Each of our Day Camps benefit from the great swimming pools in their respective parks, and the Nassau County Parks Department staffers who extend themselves to the Girl Scouts …I salute our colleagues and our Camp Counselors for all they do to further the Girl Scout Mission, and I thank the parents who trust us with the care and guidance of their girls. GSNC also provided Girl Scout Summer Programs via Scoutreach, using Dove’s thoughtful and funUniquely Me curriculum. I had the pleasure of joining my sister staff members in Elmont where I worked with and learned from the inimitable Patricia Pacheco how to engage sixth, seventh and eighth graders on hot days, in rooms that were not air conditioned, and who just might have wished to be somewhere else … Patricia was always able to make a connection and get the girls involved.   She and fellow Scoutreachers, Herlinda Vierya and Ruby Gary helped each of us who spend most of our days in the office appreciate the joy of working directly with girls and gave us real insight into the work that do every week, year-round.
 
Back at the Service Center we have been getting ready for the 2009-2010 Girl Scout year … The second of our Journey series is ready launch, It’s Your Planet, Save It! Over 115 adults came to our Girl Scout Open House in August to find out more about Girl Scout programs for their daughters and as new or potential Girl Scout Leaders. We’re working hard on GirlFest, which will be held at the Broadway Mall on Sunday, October 4.  – There is the administrative work of registering girls and making sure our Leaders and Service Teams have the information and tools that they need.  – Fall Products are ready and waiting! 
Our Board of Directors celebrated summer with a big get together for Board Members, NomCom members and the other volunteers who serve on our Board Committees.  And our work on Critical Issues continues.  Girl Scouts of the USA named our Council as an Advocacy Champion, and we are gearing up to expand our work on Relational Aggression to be more directed toward advocacy.  We received a grant from the New York Jewish Women’s Foundation to extend our work in the Jewish community and we are about to kick-off our Healthy Living Initiative with a variety of ways that girls and their families can get moving, keep moving and eat healthy …
 
The one thing that I did not yet do this summer is have a vacation!  I’m saving that for the end of September, but I’ll be back in time for GirlFest!… Did Girl Scouts make a difference for YOU this summer?  Write and let us know what you did… 

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