Friday, July 28, 2017

A Letter from Donna Ceravolo

Dear Girl Scouts,

Thank you for the amazing opportunities that you have given me allowing me to live and pursue the Girl Scout Mission - for the girls in Nassau County and girls across the country. For sixteen+ years I have been blessed and privileged to serve as the Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Nassau County. I have truly had the very best job in the world, and I have been honored to lead alongside wonderful volunteers and smart committed staff members who share my love of Girl Scouting and who understand the potential for greatness available to any girl touched by Girl Scouts. The time has come to announce my retirement, effective the end of July. Girl Scouts of Nassau County continues to support our girls and volunteers, while offering a variety of outstanding programming at the Council level meeting the needs of our girls for STEM awareness, addressing the Critical Issues affecting their lives, and encouraging them to explore the outdoors and take meaningful action in their communities and the world. None of these accomplishments are mine alone. All of our Girl Scout work is the result of strong teamwork and cooperation among our girls, volunteers and staff. I leave with gratitude to all who have enriched my work and my life these past years as a professional Girl Scout. I am eager for the new opportunities that await all of us. I hope that our paths will cross again very soon.

Donna Ceravolo

Executive Director/CEO

Friday, July 7, 2017

GSNC Top Cookie Sellers 2017

2017 Girl Scout Cookie Program 500+ Club

Girl Scouts of Nassau County would like to thank all families who participated in the Girl Scout Cookie Program. You have given your children an opportunity to learn about goal setting, decision making, people skills, money management and business ethics, which are known as “The 5 Skills”, a key element of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.
Congratulations to our 2017 Girl Scout Cookie Program 500+ Club

5000+ Boxes                      
Isabella I.             Massapequa Association                             

2000+ Boxes                      
Lily M.                   Bay Association
Maya T.                  Hardscrabble Association
Shayla M.               Massapequa Association
Isabella R.              Valley Stream/Five Towns Association
Jessica D.               Valley Stream/Five Towns Association
Alexa S.                 Valley Stream/Five Towns Association                  

1000+ Boxes                      
Maya V.                  Bay Association
Gia I.                      Bay Association
Charlotte P.            ELLM Association
Payton L.               ELLM Association
Jaida M.                 ELLM Association
Brooke B.              ELLM Association
Anaya E.               Elmont Association
Maggie G.            Garden City Association
Emily Z.               Garden City Association
Katie G.                Garden City Association
Kelly R.                Hardscrabble Association
Adriana B.            Hardscrabble Association
Aalana W.             Hicksville Association
Grace R.               Hicksville Association
Jillian G.              Hicksville Association
Alexandra M.       Jericho/Syosset Association
Kaitlyn  C.           Jericho/Syosset Association
Elizabeth M.        Jericho/Syosset Association
Gabriella A.         Massapequa Association
Mackenzie C.       Massapequa Association
Brooke B.            Roosevelt Association
Lauren B.            Seaford/Wantagh Association
Patsy L.              Valley Stream/Five Towns Association
Stella F.              Valley Stream/Five Towns Association
Hope C.             Valley Stream/Five Towns Association
Caroline T.         Valley Stream/Five Towns Association
Khloe G.            Valley Stream/Five Towns Association
Isabella H.         Valley Stream/Five Towns Association
Valentina F.        Valley Stream/Five Towns Association
Jocelyn C.         Valley Stream/Five Towns Association
Kayla B.            Valley Stream/Five Towns Association
Blair G.             Valley Stream/Five Towns Association
Karina R.           Valley Stream/Five Towns Association
Kaylie G.           Valley Stream/Five Towns Association
Christina R.       W.Hemp/Fr.Sq. Association
Jasmine E.         W.Hemp/Fr.Sq. Association                       
900+ Boxes                        
Kayla C.             Hardscrabble Association
Angela P.            Seaford/Wantagh Association                   
800+ Boxes                        
Jamie C.              Herricks Association
Ava C.                 Massapequa Association
Emmelia C.         Park Association
700+ Boxes                        
Ella A.                Bellmore Association
Ilyana K.             East Meadow Association
Skylar E.             East Meadow Association
Angela G.           Hardscrabble Association
Emmalee R.        Hardscrabble Association
Abigail P.            Island Beach Association
Lauren Y.            Island Beach Association
Alexia G.            Jericho/Syosset Association
Aliyah J.             Oceanside Association
Caraline S.         Valley Stream/Five Towns Association
Imani B.             Valley Stream/Five Towns Association
Aracelys L.        Valley Stream/Five Towns Association
Jaidylex L.         Valley Stream/Five Towns Association
Madsyn P.          W.Hemp/Fr.Sq. Association
Rebecca S.         WARM Association         
600+ Boxes                        
Jessica B.            Baldwin Association
Eleanor K.           Baldwin Association
Taylor Y.             Baldwin Association
Kathryn B.          Bay Association
Emma K.             Bellmore Association
Maya G.              East Meadow Association
Samantha P.         East Meadow Association
Rachel S.             East Meadow Association
Brookelynne B.   East Meadow Association
Dana K.               East Meadow Association
Pamela M.           ELLM Association
Brooke S.            Floral Park/Bellerose Association
Gwendolyn T.     Floral Park/Bellerose Association
Riya M.               Garden City Association
Stephania M.       Glen Cove Association
Anjali J.               Herricks Association
Stephanie C.        Hicksville Association
Rachel F.             Hicksville Association
Sophia M.           Island Beach Association
Lauren P.            Jericho/Syosset Association
Erin A.               Jericho/Syosset Association
Shannon R.        Manhasset Association
Samantha E.       Massapequa Association
Caterina M.        Merrick Association
Juliana T.           Merrick Association
Gia C.                Oceanside Association
Valentina K.       Oceanside Association
Kennedy T.        Roosevelt Association
Jayda H.             Roosevelt Association
Olivia F.             Seaford/Wantagh Association
Isabella S.          Seaford/Wantagh Association
Alexa M.            Seaford/Wantagh Association
Cassandra N.      Seaford/Wantagh Association
Francesca C.       Seaford/Wantagh Association
Alexandra P.       Seaford/Wantagh Association
Georgia M.         Seaford/Wantagh Association
Samantha F.       Seaford/Wantagh Association
Liliana C.           Seaford/Wantagh Association
Faith S.               Seaford/Wantagh Association
Amanda P.         The Plains Association
Shannon E.        Valley Stream/Five Towns Association
Audrey S.          Valley Stream/Five Towns Association
Emma P.            Valley Stream/Five Towns Association
Carolina F.         Valley Stream/Five Towns Association
Emily V.             Valley Stream/Five Towns Association
Noel C.               Valley Stream/Five Towns Association
Arianna G.          Valley Stream/Five Towns Association
Madison K.         Valley Stream/Five Towns Association
Krista B.             W.Hemp/Fr.Sq. Association
Eugenia A.         W.Hemp/Fr.Sq. Association
500+ Boxes                        
Chelsea P.             Baldwin Association
Gabriela L.           Baldwin Association
Evangeline R.      Bay Association
Catherine S.         Bay Association
Julia N.                Bay Association
Samantha M.       Bay Association
Genamarie K.      Bellmore Association
Alessandra L.      Bellmore Association
Megan C.            Central Park Association
Emily S.              Central Park Association
Jamie C.              East Meadow Association
Allison S.            East Meadow Association
Sevi O.                East Meadow Association
Zoey R.               East Meadow Association
Kiley G.              East Meadow Association
Mackenzie G.     East Meadow Association
Kate A.               ELLM Association
Emily C.             ELLM Association
Lyla G.                ELLM Association
Mya H.                Elmont Association
Alison G.             Floral Park/Bellerose Association
Gabriella T.          Freeport Association
Courtney F.          Garden City Association
Anjali M.             Garden City Association
Rebecca D.          Garden City Association
Alexis C.             Hardscrabble Association
Ashley T.            Hardscrabble Association
Elizabeth H.        Hardscrabble Association
Imani J.               Hempstead Association
Saige H.              Hicksville Association
Lia S.                  Hicksville Association
Brianna H.          Island Beach Association
Sophia B.            Island Beach Association
Ruby P.               Island Beach Association
Arianna B.          Manhasset Association
Eden B.               Massapequa Association
Madison G.         Merrick Association
Lauren O.            Oceanside Association
Domenica V.       Oceanside Association
Emma O.            Oceanside Association
Heather K.          Plainedge Association
Emma F.             Plainedge Association
Camille C.          Rockville Centre Association
Michaela R.        Rockville Centre Association
Jessica N.            Roosevelt Association
Madison N.         Roosevelt Association
Jordyn B.            Seaford/Wantagh Association
Alexis C.             Seaford/Wantagh Association
Cassandra S.       Seaford/Wantagh Association
Madelyn S.         Shore Association
Abigail Z.           The Plains Association
Sophia D.            The Plains Association
Isabelle D.           The Plains Association
Shayna C.            The Plains Association
Angelina G.         The Plains Association
Kirstin D.             The Plains Association
Breanna O.           The Plains Association
Destini C.             The Plains Association
Daniella P.            Valley Stream/Five Towns Association
Peta-Gail G.         Valley Stream/Five Towns Association
Maria D.               Valley Stream/Five Towns Association
Gwen S.               Valley Stream/Five Towns Association
Emma M.              Valley Stream/Five Towns Association
Isabella D.             Valley Stream/Five Towns Association
Taylor M.              Valley Stream/Five Towns Association
Madeleine V.         W.Hemp/Fr.Sq. Association
Kyla S.                   WARM Association
Aoife D.                 WARM Association
Samaiya L.             WARM Association

The Cookie Program would not be possible without the assistance of 2000+ “Cookie Support Staff” – our Troop Cookie Managers and Troop Leaders. In addition, we appreciate the dedication of our Association Volunteers: Cookie Chairs, Drop Site Coordinators, Booth Site Coordinators, Rewards Coordinators and Cupboard Managers. See the list of names to the right.
Association Cookie Volunteer
Tricia K.             Baldwin
Michelle M.        Bay
Lynn S.               Bellmore
Regina B.            Bellmore
Joanna P.             Carle Pl/Westbury
Jessica G.            Central Park
Tracy G.              Central Park
Nancy R.             East Meadow
Rhonda B.           ELLM
Jennifer M.          Elmont
Lydia B.               Floral Park
Colleen H.           Freeport
Kerry C.             Garden City
Maria C.             Glen Cove
Meewon C.         Great Neck
Betty G.              Great Neck
Carolyn B.          Hardscrabble
Khin C.               Herricks
Deborah H.         Hicksville 
Kate P.                 Island Beach
Jenny B.              Island Beach
Karissa N.           Island Beach
Fran O.                Jericho/Syosset
Maria I.               Manhasset
Suzanne M.         Massapequa
Karen D.              Massapequa
Lori D.                 Merrick
Christie V.            Oceanside
Maria V.               Oceanside
Lily C.                  Park
Marie F.                Plainedge
Lisa R.                  Port Washington
Eileen W.              Rockville Centre
June H.                 Roosevelt
Kathleen F.           Seaford/Wantagh
Kerri S.                 Seaford/Wantagh
Emilee S.              Shore
Cheryl D.              The Plains
Sonija A.              Uniondale
Jo Ann S.              V. Stream/Five Towns
Lorraine P.            V. Stream/Five Towns
Tammy M.            V. Stream/Five Towns
Helen M.               V. Stream/ Five Towns
Terry B.                W. Hempstead
Lauri T.                 

Congratulations to Our Robotics Team

As always, with much gratitude we thank the coaches and mentors for their dedication and for the example they set for the girls. Because of them, the girls had another wonderful season! Here are the results of our recently completed 2016 – 2017 season: FIRST LEGO League Junior (FLL Jr.) 6-9 years old: The Robotic Rock Stars won the OUTSTANDING TEAMWORK Award at the School Business Partnership of Long Island’s (SBPLI) FLL Jr. EXPO where the girls showcased their LEGO robot design and their research. The Science Superstars will host their own EXPO where they will present their LEGO robot design and research to family & friends. FIRST LEGO League (FLL) 9-14 years old: All of these teams competed in the SBPLI. Inc. FLL Qualifying Tournaments, here the girls showcased their LEGO robot design, their research and invention. Our four FLL teams that competed were the Soaring Rockettes, Tech Time Girls, LEGO Lovelies who won the TEAMWORK Award, and the Smart Cookies who won the STRATEGY & INNOVATION Award and Placed #3 in Robot Performance! FIRST TECH Challenge (FTC) 9-12 grades: Our rookie team, the Digital Darlings had a fun first season attending SBPLI, Inc. competitions in Syosset and Lynbrook. ALL of our teams worked hard and persevered! We congratulate them and thank them for representing Girl Scouts of Nassau County with courage, confidence and character. We are very PROUD of them all!
For additional information, please contact: Patricia A. Donohue-Brown Girl Experience STEM Manager

Friday, June 30, 2017

New Patch Program

November 2017 marks the 100-year anniversary of New York women gaining the right to vote—three years before the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women nationwide the right to vote. The New York victory represented the culmination of the dedication and hard work of dozens of New York women over many years. In 2020 the Centennial of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote will be celebrated across the nation. This year our state is celebrating the role it played in advancing the right of women to vote. Teach your Troop about the strides women made toward the right to vote with the Centennial Women’s Suffrage in New York Girl Scout Patch Program! Reserve 1950’s Fun and Games Box from the VRC to complete step number 6 in the patch program. Reserve the kit by emailing or by following these steps:
1. Go to
2. Click on Volunteers
3. Click on Volunteer Resource Center
4. Click on VRC Materials Request Form
5. Type 1950’s Fun and Games Box in the Other Box

6. Click submit Take part in the celebration and earn this centennial patch!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Camp Blue Bay Fall Adult Weekend

SAVE THE DATE Camp Blue Bay Fall Adult Weekend “Craft, Laugh and Learn” October 13-15, 2017

Looking for something fun to do on a fall weekend? We have something very special planned for you at Camp Blue Bay! A chance to gather with adult Girl Scout friends old and new, take a walk on the beach or just enjoy relaxing outdoors. A variety of workshops are being planned for you to choose from throughout the day Saturday; some might be just for you, others will give you ideas for your Troop. Choose to arrive Friday night or Saturday morning for the weekend or join us for the day Saturday. Accommodations indoors in a Troop House or tents available on a first come, first served basis at time of registration. This event will not be offered again until Fall 2019, so be sure to put it on your calendar. 

National Young Women Of Distinction

Every year GSUSA selects ten exceptionally inspiring Girl Scout Gold Award recipients as National Young Women of Distinction (NYWOD). This honor is given to Girl Scouts whose Gold Award projects demonstrated extraordinary leadership, had a measurable and sustainable impact, and addressed a local challenge related to a national and/or global issue. These young women are taking matters into their own hands, generating much-needed change and serve as incredible examples of what it means to be a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker and Leader.)™ 
This year’s GSNC nominees are: 

Anna DiGuseppe  

Bianca Liriano 

Leila Osman

Let’s wish them the best of luck! GSUSA releases the honorees on July 1, 2017. Great News: GSUSA recently received a generous $1 million pledge from Susan Bulkeley Butler to provide academic scholarships for NYWOD over the next 10 years, this year through 2026, honorees will each receive $10,000, in addition to $5,000 from the Kappa Delta Foundation, which is once again contributing.

Did you know that currently only 4.21% of U.S. Pilots are women?

Troop 2223 recently participated in JetBlue’s “Fly Like a Girl” event. The girls learned that women can do those male dominated jobs. They spoke with female Airline Mechanics and female Pilots. What a fun and inspirational experience! Working together with the Huntington Oyster Bay Audubon Society, Cadette Troop 3570 from Syosset learned about endangered shore birds. We made signs to help protect their fragile habitats. Special thank you to Birds Unlimited in Syosset for hosting our evening!

Friday, June 16, 2017

New GSNC Program: Strike Gold!

Got an idea about a Gold Award Project? Not sure if your Gold Award project is Gold worthy? Come chat with the Gold Award Team!
You need to attend the Take Action for the Gold Award seminar and read through the Gold Standard first, so you understand what is expected in the Gold Award process. Strike Gold is not a training; it will help you develop the project idea you have. 

Here are some ways we can help you:
  • -        What is your goal?
  • -        Who can be your Project Advisor?
  • -        How do you build your team?
  • -        What’s the Global connection?
  • -        How do you sustain your project?
  • -        Will it reach 80 hours?
  • -        How do you measure the impact? 

Look for new dates on the website, under “Programs.”

Troop Clicks; Troop 917 Cookie Booth Sale at Hofstra University

Junior Troop 917 from Bellmore recently participated in a sign contest sponsored by Hofstra University and won an opportunity to have a Girl Scout Cookie Booth Sale at one of their basketball games. They had a wonderful time!

Thank You to the Nassau County Bar Association

Our friends on the Advisory Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association’s WE CARE Fund have chosen to support our Girl Scouts Where You Live (GSWYL) Program.

GSWYL makes Girl Scouting possible for girls who live in low income housing or homeless shelters to participate in Staff-led Troops; earning badges, having fun, making friends and growing in self-confidence. “This gracious donation benefits and affects the GSWYL Program significantly,” said Girl Scouts of Nassau County Executive Director and CEO Donna Ceravolo. “Girl Scouting offers amazing programs and opportunities to girls. WE CARE has made it possible to reach and offer opportunities to all girls in Hempstead.” The Nassau County Bar Association’s WE CARE Fund assists GSWYL in arranging exciting opportunities for girls; Aladdin on Broadway, roller skating, Long Island Children’s Museum sleepover, the circus, and the Liberty Science Museum. GSWYL makes it possible to deliver activities in or near home or neighboring schools to allow for participation without concerns such as a lack of transportation, resources, or volunteers. In addition, GSWYL works to provide games and special holiday projects designed to be completed in one session because living situations are often temporary. The Nassau County Bar Association was founded in 1899 and is a not-for-profit professional membership association for attorneys. The WE CARE Fund is the nationally recognized charitable arm of the Nassau County Bar Association. Its mission is to distribute charitable grants to improve the quality of life for children, the elderly and others in need throughout Nassau County. One of WE CARE’s highly anticipated events is the Children’s Holiday Festival where underserved children are invited for an afternoon of food and fun, DJ music and dancing, games, gifts and more. All this is made possible through generous donations to WE CARE from the legal community and community at large. Girl Scouts of Nassau County is grateful for the opportunity to provide a safe place where every girl is inspired to change the world and the generous support of the Nassau County Bar Association’s WE CARE Fund helps make that possible.

What kind of legacy would you like to leave behind for future generations?

Would you like our generation to be known for breaking down obstacles and barriers? These were some of the many questions posed to a group of Girl Scouts by Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul.

Girl Scouts from all over the state of New York gathered at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York City to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in New York. Girl Scouts is commemorating this milestone with the release of a new badge, which will allow girls to learn more about the Women's Suffrage Movement.

Girl Scout Vests filled with patches packed the museum, and there was much excited chatter as we awaited the beginning of the event. Finally, the lights dimmed, and a video clip about the achievements women have made, and the obstacles we are still overcoming, played. The video was extremely inspiring, and encouraged all of the young girls in attendance to stand up for their beliefs. After a few quick introductions by Girl Scouts, the Lieutenant Governor began her speech.  Lieutenant Governor Hochul was a wonderful speaker. She radiated passion while she spoke, and her firm beliefs about the topic of suffrage were clear. Her speech reminded me of the many accomplishments girls have made, like being granted entry into the Olympics, and also reminded me that our generation is responsible for the next set of advancements that must be made. We also heard from Girl Scout Representatives who represented the seven New York Councils present. The program concluded with another video clip, this one about empowerment.

Girl Scouts of Nassau County ended the day with a tour of the museum. We were treated to a presentation about Native American women, specifically women in the Iroquois Tribe. We were even able to view authentic artifacts! We created Corn Husk Dolls, and heard the story behind the doll. 

The event was an amazing experience. I left feeling empowered, and inspired to make a difference. I also enjoyed meeting Girl Scouts from other Councils, and learning about some of their traditions. I hope your Troop will earn their Women’s Suffrage Patch!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Troop Clicks

Junior Girl Scout Troop 2177 recently celebrated their Bronze Award with a weekend trip to Woodloch Pines. Their Bronze Award addressed the issue of “Keeping Girls Healthy in Lynbrook.” They investigated various sports teams that girls could join in their neighborhood, created a brochure, presented their findings and distributed the brochure at a PTA meeting. They also learned about healthy eating and cooking. This past April, ELLM Association held their annual Daisy Pajama Party. Activities are run by Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors, and our youngest Girl Scouts get to see the older girls in action. What great role models! TROOP Clicks Cadette Troop 3476 of Plainedge recently participated in a bake off. Seven Girl Scouts baked delicious cookies for our six young men, to judge on appearance, taste, originality and texture. Our winner was Tara C who advanced to the Plainedge Association of Girl Scouts finals!