Friday, June 27, 2014

GSNC Announces New Mini Summer Camp Sessions



The Girl Scouts of Nassau County (GSNC) recently announced the addition of brand new Summer Camp Mini Session for Cadettes. The mini session, offered to all individual Cadette Girl Scouts, ages 11- 13, will be held at Camp Blue Bay in East Hampton, NY on August 4-7, 2014.

“We wanted to offer girls the opportunity to have a complete camping experience even if they are not ready for a full session of sleep-away camp,” said Donna Ceravolo, Executive Director and CEO of GSNC. “Through this unique, four-day camp session Cadettes will be able to learn valuable life skills and also work on team-building activities.”

The August mini session, Adventure Fun, will focus on team-building games and activities on a low ropes course. Girls will get to challenge themselves and their teammates as they complete each element of the course.

Girl Scouts will spend the four days and three nights at Camp Blue Bay participating in campfires and cookouts, nature programs, boating, swimming, arts and crafts and many more traditional outdoor camping activities.

In addition to the Adventure Fun Mini Session, GSNC offers full sessions of sleep-away camps for one, two, three or four weeks at Camp Blue Bay and day camp programs at Summer Fun Day Camp at Wantagh. Both Girl Scouts and non-Girl Scouts can join the camp programs as individual campers.

“We are excited to offer new summer camp opportunities for girls,” said Ceravolo. “Girls have created lifelong friendships and memories for many years and we hope they continue to do so for years to come.”

Here are some other Camp Opportunities offered by GSNC:
Summer Opportunities


Fall Opportunities

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Celebrate the Summer in Nassau County

 Summer has officially arrived!

To celebrate the summer and the great outdoors, here are some great local (Nassau County, Long Island), outdoor places that we love to visit during our Girl Scouts of Nassau County programs:

Crossroads Farm at Grossmans – Located in Malverne, Crossroads farm has been the home of some of our Girl Scout Gardening activities. Because they grow a variety of fruits and vegetables for sale, Crossroads Farm at Grossmans will help those Girl Scout Seniors working on their Locavore Badge understand the process of how food gets to the dinner table.
Old Bethpage Village Restoration – This has been the site of the of GSNC’s Girls Go the Distance Walkathon and Activity Fair for the last couple of years… with pigs, chickens and more, this is a fun place to bring the kids. Take some time to walk through the village and see how things used to be. Old Bethpage Village Restoration is also the home of the Long Island Fair!

Bailey Arboretum – The location of GSNC’s Camper Badge program, "Between Earth and Sky", and the much anticipated" Survival Challenge" program, Bailey Arboretum is a beautiful place to explore. If you pay attention, you might even find a cork tree or a Dawn Redwood tree making it the perfect fit for those Cadettes who would like to work towards their Trees Badge.
Sagamore HillSagamore Hill was the home of Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States and GSNC’s "Wave the Flag" program, there are acres of land to explore at this historic landmark. The house may be closed for renovation, but the grounds around the home are still open making it a great place to explore, work on your Brownie Hiker Badge and walk in TR’s shoes.

Juliette Gordon Low Park in Lynbrook. This park is the result of Troop #2237's “Take Action” Project in which they cleaned up the lot of land and worked with their local community to have it dedicated and named for the founder of Girl Scouts.

Wantagh Park – Located right on the water in Wantagh, Wantagh Park is a great place to run around, have a picnic and watch the boats. Wantagh Park is also the home of GSNC’s Summer Fun Day Camp. (And they offer a great public swimming pool!)



Old Westbury Gardens – The location of GSNC programs like "My Family Story" and "Holiday Bliss," Old Westbury Gardens is just that… a garden filled with many beautiful and vibrant flowers making it a great place to work on a  Journey Flowers Badge.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Preparing for your Gold Award Interview



You’ve submitted your Gold Award Proposal to the Gold Award Committee for review… What’s next? The Gold Award Interview!

One of the best ways to minimize the amount of stress leading up to your Gold Award interview is to prepare for it.

Attire
Just like at any other interview, you should dress nicely…we recommend your Girl Scout uniform, or a nice outfit with your Girl Scout pins.

Materials
During an interview for a job or an internship, you might bring your resume, but during your Gold Award interview, you will want to bring your completed Girl Scout Gold Award Guidelines for Senior & Ambassador booklet and any other notes you may have from your Silver Award project and Journey books. At GSNC, your interview is open note; you can think through and write out as many different notes as you would like and bring them with you.

Interview Questions
During the interview, you will be asked a series of questions. We are going to ask about the Journey(s) you worked on, your Journey Take Action project, your Silver Award project (if you completed one), and finally, your proposed project including  the root cause you will be addressing, your plan for addressing the issue and how your project is sustainable.
Here are some sample questions you may be asked:
·         What is the community issue you will be addressing?
·         What do you think is root cause of your community issue?
·         How will you address this community issues?
·         What makes you passionate about this community issue?
·         How will your project be sustainable?
·         How does your project’s issue and impact connect to a national/ global issue?

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Cookie Results are Here!



Congratulations Girl Scouts of Nassau County! Our Girl Scout Troops rocked the Cookie Program. Standing strong through the Polar Vortex and numerous snow storms, we were able to rise to the challenge, learn the 5 Skills and reach our goals.

In 2014 Girl Scouts in Nassau County sold 1,151,620 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies. Of those boxes sold, 62,020 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies were donated to GSNC’s Operation Cookie program so that our servicemen and women stationed abroad as well as nearby military bases can enjoy a special “taste of home.”

This year those in the 500+ Club were recognized at a dessert reception at the Chateau Briand, and had their photo taken with Donna Ceravolo, CEO.  The girls who sold 1000+ boxes will be treated to an "elegant day in Manhattan" later this month that will include a private museum tour and High Tea at The Pierre!
 
Name Association
500+ Boxes
Brooke B. ROOSEVELT
Nyla B. EAST MEADOW
Adriana B. HARDSCRABBLE
Layla B. BALDWIN
Kayla B. VALLEY STREAM
Victoria C WARM
Christian C. HEMPSTEAD
Hope C. VALLEY STREAM
Ava C. MASSAPEQUA
Destini C. THE PLAINS
Kayla D. BALDWIN
Alyssa E. THE PLAINS
Alyssa E. MASSAPEQUA
Sanaia E. W. HEMP/FR. SQUARE
Ashana F. BALDWIN
Arianna G VALLEY STREAM
Faith G. HARDSCRABBLE
Emma G. HARDSCRABBLE
Samantha G. ISLAND BEACH
Amanda I. GLEN COVE
Emily J. WARM
Alexandra K. EAST MEADOW
Jaidylex L. VALLEY STREAM
Armcelys L. VALLEY STREAM
Gabriela L. BALDWIN
Emma M. VALLEY STREAM
Rita M. CARLE PLACE/WESTBURY
Kayla M. JERICHO/SYOSSET
Alexandra M. JERICHO/SYOSSET
Caterina M. OCEANSIDE
Grace M. ELLM
Shayla M. MASSAPEQUA
Samantha M. BAY
Cassandra N. BELLMORE
Ava P. CARLE PLACE/WESTBURY
Ruby P. ISLAND BEACH
Jaiden P. VALLEY STREAM
Angela P. BELLMORE
Gabrielle R. ISLAND BEACH
Symone S. ELMONT
Katelyn S. MASSAPEQUA
Harley S. BALDWIN
Jayde T. UNIONDALE
Joan W. FIVE TOWNS
Madeline Y. VALLEY STREAM
Lauren Y. ISLAND BEACH
Taylor Y. BALDWIN
Daniella Z. FREEPORT


600+ Boxes
Jessica B. BALDWIN
Brianna B. EAST MEADOW
Kayla C. HARDSCRABBLE
Kristi D. THE PLAINS
Shannon E. FIVE TOWNS
Kelly F. VALLEY STREAM
Stella F. FIVE TOWNS
Angelina G. THE PLAINS
Angela G. HARDSCRABBLE
Blair G. VALLEY STREAM
Gabriella G. PARK
Katelin H. MERRICK
Isabella H VALLEY STREAM
Leila K. THE PLAINS
Kaitlyn L. BALDWIN
Samantha M. HARDSCRABBLE
Elizabeth M. JERICHO/SYOSSET
Alexa M. SEAFORD/WANTAGH
Katherine M. EAST MEADOW
Emma P. FIVE TOWNS
Amber R. VALLEY STREAM
Natalya R. VALLEY STREAM
Andreanna R. VALLEY STREAM
Sabrina R. SHORE
Maya S. UNIONDALE
Kathryn T. MASSAPEQUA
Kelsey T. ELLM
Ashley T. HARDSCRABBLE
Juliana T. MERRICK
Jessica T. HARDSCRABBLE


700+ Boxes
Francesca C. SEAFORD/WANTAGH
Jillian D. THE PLAINS
Emerald F. VALLEY STREAM
Gianna G. ELMONT
Sara H. HARDSCRABBLE
Jenesis J. VALLEY STREAM
Leesa J. UNIONDALE
Katherine K. BALDWIN
Larissa L. THE PLAINS




800+ Boxes
Taylor C. BELLMORE
Jasmine E. W. HEMP/FR. SQUARE


900+ Boxes
Kelly R. HARDSCRABBLE
Audrey S. FIVE TOWNS


1000+ Boxes
Krista B. W. HEMP/FR. SQUARE
Imani B. VALLEY STREAM
Amanda F HERRICKS
Valentina F. VALLEY STREAM
Jacqueline H. HICKSVILLE
Zaria H. ROOSEVELT
Kayla J. BALDWIN
Anastasia J. UNIONDALE
Lauren L. PORT WASHINGTON
Ayazhia L. UNIONDALE
Chelsea P. BALDWIN
Abigail P. ISLAND BEACH
Karina R. VALLEY STREAM
Alexa S. VALLEY STREAM
Mia V. BAY


2000+ Boxes
Tara P. FIVE TOWNS
Mikaela S. ISLAND BEACH
Maya T. HARDSCRABBLE




3000+ Boxes
Isabella I. MASSAPEQUA