Friday, March 29, 2013

Take Action Project v. Community Service



When I was a Girl Scout, working towards my Silver Award, I struggled with the idea of what was a good “Silver Award Project”.  Some of my friends wanted to work in a group and volunteer our time at a local animal shelter.  We all thought this was a great idea, but with direction from our Girl Scout Leader, we learned that just volunteering our time was not a Take Action Project. With guidance, we learned the difference between Community Service and Taking Action. - Cassie R.

Learn what the difference is between a Take Action Project and a Community Service Project in Girl Scouting.


Do you know the difference between a Take Action Project and a Community Service Project in Girl Scouting?  If you are planning to earn the Gold Award, Silver Award or Bronze Award, in the near future, it is important to know the difference between a the two types of service projects. Take a look:

Community service-comes from the heart

  • Service is a passive role where you help out on something that is already in place
  • Major decisions have been made and you are following some else's directions
  • Collecting and donating items -a onetime fix of a problem
  • Beautification and renovation without an educational or awareness raising component


Take Action project-comes from the heart, but uses the head to develop long lasting impact

  • Leadership puts girls in an active role of decision making
  • Girls create a Take Action project based on their observations of a local issue
  • Tackle the root cause of this issue to make a long lasting impact
  • Develop an understanding of sustainability and gain an understanding of the wider world by discussing how others may experience the same problem that their project helped resolve
  • Girls develop their leadership skills by exploring their community, brainstorming, planning, organizing, and putting their plan in motion


Click for some great examples Gold, Silver, or Bronze Award Projects from GSUSA’s Map It.  When you complete your Take Action Project, don’t forget to share.  

Still have questions about the difference between a Take Action Project and a Community Service Project, try attending one of Girl Scouts of Nassau County’s Take Action for Silver or Take Action for Gold  workshops (depending on which award you are working towards earning).

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Complete Outfit Series: Senior Girl Scout



The Complete Outfit Girl Scout Uniform Series Puts all the Individual Pieces Together into an Entire Girl Scout Senior Ensemble!


 

Girl Scouts don’t have to wear just a vest or sash with the insignia to show their Girl Scout Pride!  There are other options available, for example, wearing the GS Service mark T-Shirt in Green or toting the Year of the Girl Tote in black.  Both items can be worn or used as part of your everyday attire. 

Here are the Top 10 important pieces which will provide your Girl Scout with the complete “Senior Look”.

Girl Scout Senior Top 10 Must Haves…


  1. Girl Scout Senior Vest/Sash
  2. American Flag Patch
  3. Senior Council ID Strip
  4. Senior Troop Numerals
  5. Girls’ Service Mark T-Shirt
  6. Senior Insignia Tab
  7. World Association Pin
  8. Girl Scout Membership Pin
  9. Year of the Girl Tote
  10. Senior Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting

  
Visit Girl Scouts of Nassau County’s Blog again next Tuesday for the “The Complete Outfit Series: Girl Scout Ambassador”.

Friday, March 22, 2013

2013 Girls Go The Distance Walkathon and Activity Fair Patch Contest


The excitement builds for the 2013 Girls Go The Distance Walkathon and Activity Fair as the Winners of the Girls Go The Distance Patch Contest are presented their Patch! 


Girl Scouts of Nassau County's Girls Go the Distance Walkathon and Activity Fair Patch Contest Winners
GSNC Walkathon Patch Contest Winners
Last Friday, I had the pleasure of presenting the winners of the Girls Go The Distance patch design contest, with their commemorative patch.  Mikayla B from Senior Troop 3077 and Katherine P from Junior Troop 3006 and their families joined me at the GSNC Service Center to be the first to receive the 2013 Girls Go The Distance Walkthon Participation Patch. 

The patch, designed with the 6 Girl Scout level colors, was a combination of two different patch designs, refined into one patch. The patch features 6 girls in the 6 different colors walking and running over green hills with a bright sun in the background. In the foreground of the patch, we see the leg and sneaker of a new walk participant, possibly there to join in the fun of the walk. The patch also features this year’s name of the event, date and location.  Doesn’t it look great?

Girls Go The Distance Walkathon and Activity Fair is a fun and interactive two mile walk and activity fair centered on the theme of Healthy Living. Registered Girl Scout Troops will have the opportunity to earn a “give back” for their own Healthy Living projects.

All funds generated from the Walkathon and Activity Fair will benefit Girl Scouts of Nassau County’s Healthy Living Initiatives program. Healthy Living Initiatives brings a unique perspective to keeping girls healthy. In order for girls to live healthy, they first have to learn how, and have fun doing it. Funding is needed to help GSNC develop and provide engaging activities that inspire girls to learn how to integrate all aspects of healthy living into their daily lives.

This year’s Walkathon will be held on Sunday, April 21 from 9:30am to 1:00pm at Old Bethpage Village Restoration. For more information, please visit the GSNC Walkathon Webpage at gsnc.kintera.org/walk

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Complete Outfit Series: Cadette Girl Scout



The Complete Outfit Series: Cadette Girl Scout

The Complete Outfit Girl Scout Uniform Series Puts all the Individual Pieces Together into an Entire Girl Scout Cadette Ensemble!




Have you been wondering what uniform components your Cadette Girl Scout should have?  Well, GSNC has decided to break down the uniform into the Top 10 important uniform pieces which will provide your Girl Scout with the complete “Cadette Look”.



Girl Scout Cadette Top 10 Must Haves…

  1. Girl Scout Cadette Vest/Sash
  2. American Flag Patch
  3. Cadette Council ID Strip
  4. Cadette Troop Numerals
  5. TOGETHERTHERE T-Shirt
  6. Cadette Insignia Tab
  7. World Association Pin
  8. Girl Scout Membership Pin
  9. Year of the Girl Tote
  10. Cadette Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting

 

Visit Girl Scouts of Nassau County’s Blog again next Tuesday for the The Complete Outfit Series: Girl Scout Senior.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Girl Scouts Participate in FLL and FTC



Congratulations to Girl Scouts of Nassau County's FLL and FTC Teams on their Successful 2013 Robotics Season!



It’s that time of the year…. our Robotics season has come to a close.  But there is no reason to be sad, because Girl Scouts of Nassau County gets to celebrate the amazing accomplishments of our Robotics Teams and look towards the future of Robotics in Nassau County.  We have the opportunity to share the world of STEM with many new faces and young minds. 


All of our FLL and FTC teams, with help from their coaches and mentors, had an amazing season! 


GSNC FLL Teams
Girl Scouts of Nassau County’s seven FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams, competed in the Student Business Partnership of Long Island's (SBPLI) 9th Annual FLL Qualifying Tournament. Of the seven, six teams won awards and moved on to the SBPLI Championship Tournament!


At the SBPLI Championship Tournament, two GSNC teams won awards. Merrick Masters :) won 1st Place for STRATEGY & INNOVATION!  Smart Cookies won the INNOVATIVE SOLUTION Award!


GSNC FTC Teams

Girl Scouts of Nassau County’s FIRST TECH Challenge (FTC) teams—the IceBreakers, LEGOtronettes, and Bot Masters (Bot Masters is a Girl Scout/Boy Scout team) had fun competing at several tournaments this season including the Jacob Javits (NYC) FTC tournament, where the IceBreakers won the THINK Award! 


We congratulate ALL of the Girl Scouts of Nassau County FLL and FTC teams who won awards!  


We thank FLL teams Digital Darlings, LEGO Chicks, Seaford Supernovas, Zion Innovators, Robot Cookie Monsters, Merrick Masters :) and Smart Cookies and FTC teams IceBreakers, LEGOtronettes and Bot Masters for their hard work, perseverance and for representing Girl Scouts of Nassau County with courage, confidence and character! 


We are very proud of all of our Robotics Teams!!




Girl Scouts of Nassau County is dedicated to promoting girl's interest in STEM for girls in grades Kindergarten - 12! If you like to build or design things, do research or have an interest in communications, acting, science, technology, engineering or math then this may just be the program for YOU!  The girls on our robotic teams do more than just build robots, they do all of the above and have a lot of FUN while doing it! 


We invite any girl who is interested in joining a GSNC Robotics team to our Open House on Thursday, April 18, 2013. Please, go to the GSNC website, www.gsnc.org  and click on “Programs & Events” to reserve your spot!


Contact Patty Donohue-Brown at brownp@gsnc.org with questions. 


You can find more information on FIRST programs (FLL or FTC) at www.usfirst.org