Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving from Girl Scouts of Nassau County!


This Thanksgiving, Girl Scouts of Nassau County gives thanks... 

We are thankful for our Family, Friends, our Girl Scouts, our Girl Scout Volunteers, and all those who many Girl Scouting and the Girl Scout Experience possible! 


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Diversity of Celebration




Have you ever looked at the back of embroidered fabric? Try it – you’ll see there are tons of individual threads of every color and size.  They’re each beautiful in their own way, but there’s no discernible image or pattern until you turn the fabric over. That’s how Girl Scouts works too!  We’re made up of so many different members who are all beautiful and unique in their own way and together, each of these threads makes us stronger.

There are tons of fun ways to celebrate our diversity this month. Want to teach girls about different religious holidays? Here are some upcoming holidays and what you can do with your girls.

  • December 8th – Bodhi Day (Buddhist) is a celebration of Buddha’s enlightenment. Teach your girls about meditation. Play relaxing music, encourage girls to be silent for several minutes, light candles and create colorful decorations. For more information about this holiday, visit http://www.ehow.com/info_10031977_holiday-bodhi-day-celebrated-do.html
  • Sundown December 16th - 24th – Hanukkah (Jewish) is a celebration of miracles. Talk with your girls about miracles in their own lives. Give each one a paper cut-out of a candle to decorate and write a miracle in her life. Next, have the girls stand together, creating their own human menorah and read each of their miracles. For more information about this holiday, visit http://www.myjewishlearning.com/holidays/Jewish_Holidays/Hanukkah.shtml
  • December 25th – Christmas (Christian) is a celebration of Jesus’s birthday. Talk with your girls about birthdays. Why is this a special birthday?  What makes a birthday special? What are some ways you can help make this day special for someone else? They might want to visit a senior center, make a card for a soldier overseas, or collect toys for needy children. For more information about this holiday, visit http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/christmas
  • December 26th -January 1st - Kwanzaa means "first fruits of the harvest" in Swahili. It is a holiday which celebrates African and African-American heritage and culture and includes many of the elements of a traditional African harvest celebration. Introduce your Girl Scouts to some of the traditions and symbols that are a part of Kwanzaa. What are some cultural traditions that each of the girls have in their family? For more information on Kwanzaa, visit http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson039.shtml
  • January 3rd - Mawlid an Nabi (Islam). Celebration of Muhammed’s birthday and teachings. On this day, Muslims honor the life and teachings of Muhammad. One of his teachings is forgiveness. Talk with your girls about forgiveness. Try having girls write an “I Forgive You” card to someone who recently upset them. Why is this difficult?  For more information about this holiday, visit http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/articles/holidays/mawlidannabi.htm



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.