Friday, December 28, 2018

Benefits of Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award



Have you ever wondered what is the benefit of earning your Girl Scout Gold Award? A 2012 study by the Girl Scout Research Institute, titled Girl Scouting Works: The Alumnae Impact Study reports that overall, Gold Award Girl Scouts do well in life.

Here are some of their findings

Gold Award Girl Scouts tent to...

Higher education and career
  • Distinguish yourself in the college admissions process
  • Earn college scholarships
  • Enter the military one rank higher
Life skills
  • Be seen as a role model and distinguished leader
  • Master time management skills
  • Make the world a better place
Community
  • Use your vision for change
  • Tackle an issue, locally or globally
  • Establish a lifetime network
  • Create your community legacy with a sustainable solution to a problem
To learn more about earning your Girl Scout Gold Award, visit www.gsnc.org.
 

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Go For Bold this Cookie Season!

All that glitters is BOLD! As we celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting in Nassau County, we also celebrate all of the bold and beautiful things our girls, troops, and council are able to do – powered by the Girl Scout Cookie Program.
This Entrepreneurial Program, fitting the Girl Scout Leadership Experience model of learning by doing, isn’t just money earning – it’s skill building. Girls learn the five skills of goal setting, decision making, people skills, money management, and business ethics.
 
Here’s what one GSNC parent had to say about her daughter’s experience in response to our 2018 end of season survey:
 
"It was my daughter’s first year in Girl Scouts and I felt that she learned a lot about how to sell cookies and how to always greet a person with a smile. She also learned some math as a kindergartener, counting and returning proper change with the supervision of an adult. Overall, it was a good experience for her to know the value of a dollar and how to sell a product she loves herself."

Let’s encourage every girl to GO FOR BOLD during this year’s Girl Scout Cookie Program.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Happy Holidays from your friends at Girl Scouts of Nassau County!


 
 
During this season, we take time to reflect upon the good things we have, like our Girl Scouts, volunteers, families, and community partners. We hope your holidays will be filled with joy and laughter through the New Year.

Happy Holidays from your friends at Girl Scouts of Nassau County!

Friday, December 7, 2018

Seneca Falls Revisited: Women's Equality Weekend


 
by Emille B., Emma V., Allison T., Setu M.

 
Recently, we had an amazing opportunity to attend “Seneca Falls Revisited: A Women’s Equality Conference and Retreat.” We engaged with a plethora of inspirational women and sister Girl Scouts channeling the spirit of past female leaders who championed women’s rights, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, and Susan B. Anthony. Rochester and Seneca Falls are two places that are no strangers to the women’s equality movement. Rochester was home to Susan B. Anthony and served as headquarters of the women’s suffrage movement, and Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in Seneca Falls was the location of the first ever Women’s Suffrage Convention, where 68 women and 32 men signed the Declaration of Sentiments. We want to share with you some highlights from our trip:
 
What was the best advice you received this weekend?

Emilee B: Honestly, so much amazing advice was shared with us this weekend from all of the accomplished women attending the conference. However, in my opinion, the best advice I received from this great experience was to always be your authentic self and to stay true to yourself regardless of what other people may think or say. I learned from the speakers’ stories that only when you are true to yourself can you really succeed and reach your full potential. If you spend your time worrying about what others will think of you, you will be too busy hiding behind someone you are not to reach your dreams.
 

What was your favorite part of the conference?
Emma V: My favorite part of the conference was listening to and engaging in conversations with so many empowering women leaders. Every woman who spoke, shared her own amazing story about her journey and how she got to where she is today. It was so inspiring to hear that all of these women started out like me and were able to work their way up to positions of power, and that even though they all faced numerous hardships along the way, nothing stopped them from reaching their goals. The powerful messages that they conveyed in their speeches proved to me that I can achieve whatever I set my mind to.
 

Who was your favorite speaker?
Allison T: There were many impactful and motivating speakers throughout the conference but one that stood out to me was Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul. She delivered an inspiring speech on the first day of the conference that called the attendees to take action about women’s issues. The speech caused us to reflect on the progress that women have made in the past and look forward to all that has yet to be accomplished. Hochul left us with important questions; what will the legacy of our generation be? What will people one hundred years from now think of our efforts towards progress? Her speech provided an amazing start to an incredible weekend.
 

What surprised you the most from the conference?
Setu M: I was surprised by the fact that despite the difference in age between us and the speakers, we were all able to connect with one another and discuss how to achieve women’s parity. We were able to use the differences among our experiences as women to generate fruitful conversation that allowed the older generation to pass their knowledge onto us; we built bridges and laid the foundation for the future of women’s equality. Everyone was so open to questioning, discussing, and growing, and that was such an amazing environment to be a part of.

Just as the speakers challenged us, we want to challenge you to share the unspoken story of women. Engage your peers and family in the fight for gender parity, making the world a better place for the next generation of girls and women.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Changes to the Girl Scout Silver Award and the Girl Scout Gold Award

We are pleased to announce a change in requirements for the Girl Scout Silver Award and Girl Scout Gold Award. Girls may now do Take Action projects that benefit the Girl Scout community. In order to make sure that this change doesn’t dilute the prestige, leadership efforts, or impact of each girl’s project, Silver and Gold Award projects must still meet the requirements that are key to taking sustainable action:
  • The project makes a lasting difference in the local community, region, or beyond
  • The project puts the Girl Scout Promise and Law into action
  • The project includes provisions to ensure sustainability
  • The project identifies national and/or global links to the girl’s selected issue
  • And the project inspires others
Take Action projects must go beyond community service. When choosing to benefit Girl Scouts, the projects must identify an issue in the world that needs improving, then determine if Girl Scouts could be one of the audiences to help propel the change you want to make.

GSNC will not accept projects that focus on creating badges or patch programs. If your project’s focus is to help improve something at Camp Blue Bay, you need to think Take Action, not just a service (ex. building benches.) The first step would be speaking to our Camp Director to see if the project is viable.

Changes to the Bronze and Silver Award Toolkits:All award toolkits have been updated on gsnc.org and on the OLC. Within the Bronze Award Toolkit and Silver Award Toolkit you will find our new Final Report Online Forms. We will no longer be accepting paper final reports. The online version will help connect earning of the high awards to each girls’ record. A confirmation and the actual final report will be generated and emailed to you.

The Gold Award final report will remain the same, using Go Gold Online to submit both Gold Award proposals and final reports.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Informal ways to thank your Girl Scout Leader!

Adult volunteers make Girl Scouting happen! Our adult volunteers help Girl Scouts unleash their inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, and Leader) and make events possible for all Girl Scouts. Acknowledging the efforts of others is an essential part of Girl Scouts.

Acknowledgements can be informal and initiated by the girls, parents, co-leaders and Service Units.
Some ideas may include:

Recognition Certificate - A certificate may be given to a volunteer at a Service Unit Meeting in recognition of her/his interest in and support of Girl Scouts.

Handicrafts - A mobile, flower arrangement, special ceramic plaque, scrapbook, sampler, poster, decoupage, ornament, bookmark, etc.

Written Thank You - Send a brief note, poem, letter, special occasion card, scroll signed by members of the group, autograph book with signatures and comments, framed pictures of girls, or a yard sign with message “A Great Girl Scout Leader Lives Here.”

Adult Recognitions Nomination - Another great way to recognize that special Girl Scout Volunteer in your life who goes “above and beyond” is to nominate them for an GSUSA Adult Award or Girl Scouts of Nassau County Adult Award.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Days of Action for Troop 3055


Our hearts remain with everyone affected by the tragic events in Chippewa, Wisconsin. In true Girl Scout spirit, Girl Scouts have been asking what they can do and how they can get involved and offer support to troop 3055 during this difficult time.

We are encouraging Girl Scouts to honor their Girl Scout sisters in troop 3055 in whatever way is most meaningful to them.

The Wisconsin Girl Scouts community has come together as a unit to support their sisters with Days of Action to honor troop 3055. They are inviting all of their sister Girl Scouts to participate in service projects during the month of November to pay tribute to Troop 3055’s commitment to public service and making the world a better place.

We encourage volunteers to balance their interests and needs to participate while taking into consideration the girls’ awareness of the tragedy and understanding of the reason for the service. Service projects already happening can also be dedicated to the memory of the Girl Scouts we lost in Troop 3055.

You can send letters of love and support for Troop 3055 and their families to Girl Scouts of Northwestern Great Lakes, Inc., 4222 Oakwood Hills Pkwy, Eau Claire, WI 54701.

Our hearts are broken, but we are encouraged by how we have all come together to provide support, comfort, and light to our Girl Scout sisters who have experienced such an incredible loss. Please keep Haylee, Jayna, Autumn, Sara Jo, Madalyn, and their families in your thoughts and prayers in the difficult days ahead.

 

Friday, October 19, 2018

My Experience as a Gold Award Intern with Girl Scouts of Nassau County (Guest Blog)

by Gina G.
Gold Award Intern
Girl Scouts of Nassau County

As my internship with the incredible organization that is the Girl Scouts of Nassau County quickly comes to an end, I can easily say that I am extremely grateful for the time spent working within the marketing office here. As a current graduate student pursuing my Master’s and a future career in public relations, I appreciate this experience, one which led me to gain many valuable skills while adding to my pre-existing understanding of public relations, marketing, and communications as a whole.

Having the chance to work in a close-knit department where open communication came easily and asking for assistance was never a hesitation, GSNC has shown me a prime example of what a positive office setting looks like. As a current full-time student, experiencing the many tasks and duties of marketing led me to understand how much and how often it overlaps and involves public relations, proving how important it is that I have background knowledge in fields beyond my own. As a Gold Award Girl Scout and lifetime member of Girl Scouts, I am honored to have had the opportunity to give back to an organization that did so much for me, and I am proud to have been involved in recognizing the new generation of extraordinary girls of Nassau County.

Throughout this internship, I was tasked with an array of projects including the creation of many Gold Award related materials. From building the ceremony slide show, which highlighted each of the 71 Gold Award Girl Scouts of 2018, to making the Gold Award ribbons awarded to each girl on stage, and even filing through the bundles of awards sent to GSNC, which congratulated each individual girl on their hard work, being involved with the Gold Award process was truly special to me. Seeing how much time and effort the individuals here at GSNC put into creating, preparing for, and executing an event all about recognizing the accomplishments of young women in our community made me appreciate both the weight behind earning this award as a Girl Scout as well as all the unseen work that takes place at GSNC each year.

Girl Scouts has remained a constant part of my life over the last 17 years; from joining Brownies in the 1st grade to finally earning my Gold Award during my junior year of high school, and all the trips, activities, and friends made in between. I choose to stay connected to this organization because of the inspiring individuals I have had the privilege of meeting through it and because of the overall effect it has on young girls across the United States. I am tremendously grateful for my time spent here this summer.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Troop Leader Tips: My Girl Scout Troop is Ready for its First Trip!

Girl Scouts are Going Places!

Trips are a GREAT way for your Girl Scouts to experience and learn. If you are taking your troop on a trip, you will need to follow some procedures.

Before you plan a trip, you will need to refer to the SAFETY ACTIVITY CHECKPOINTS and the VOLUNTEER ESSENTIALS which is necessary to ensure that the activity is consistent with GSNC Policies, Standards & Guidelines.

Now that your trip is planned a TRIP APPLICATION needs to be submitted to the Council. This fillable form will be submitted electronically to your Volunteer Experience Manager and a Service Team Member in your Service Unit. This form should be filled out at least two weeks prior to the trip or event. Please know that you will not be contacted unless the Trip Application is not approved. Leaders must be registered and background checked and the troop’s Tag-along Insurance must be up to date.

A PERMISSION FORM must be signed by the parent/guardian of any girl attending a Girl Scout trip. These signed permission forms should be in the possession of the adult who is in chaperoning the girl.

Most important HAVE FUN!

Please feel free to contact customercare@gsnc.org should you have any questions.


*All of these forms and documents can be found on the GSNC Forms and Documents library on our website.
**Please note, the trip application above is for Troop Leaders with Girl Scouts of Nassau County. If you are not a GSNC Troop Leader, please reach out to your council for troop trip procedures.

Friday, September 28, 2018

GSNC's Centennial Celebration of Girl Scouting

Approximately six years after the first Girl Scouts blazed the trail of redefining what was possible for themselves, the first official Girl Scout troop in Nassau County was established circa 1918. Girl Scouts of Nassau County will be honoring this amazing milestone by celebrating all that Girl Scouts can do throughout the 2018-2019 year.

The celebration begins with the ever-popular Bowling Bash, kicking off the new Girl Scout year, as well as the Mags & Munchies program. It is a time for girls to make new friends and reconnect with their current friends, after having the summer off.

To continue the celebration, GSNC is partnering with the NY Jets! We are able to offer discounted tickets and other incentives to our Girl Scout families and friends for the October 14, 2018 game against the Indianapolis Colts. Neighboring Councils have also been invited to join us. We can’t wait to show the NY Jets the power of the Girl Scout spirit!

We also created our “Man Enough to be a Girl Scout”campaign. We are encouraging our dads and other positive adult male figures in our girls’ lives to become official members of the Girl Scout family. By joining, they have access to exclusive “Man Enough” attire and other perks.

As we move into the 2019 year, our Girl Scout families will be able to participate in World Thinking Day, our Cookie Kickoff, National S’mores Day and a wide variety of activities such as our Pen Pal Program, 100 Stories Program, the Savannah Speedway Showcase, our Family Appreciation Day, and our Council’s community service challenge. This, combined with over 100 events featured in our Possibilities Program and Event Guide will surely make for an action-packed year of challenging and exciting adventures.

To culminate the year, we will be holding “Forever a Girl Scout Campfire.” This will be an opportunity for all Girl Scouts of Nassau County and their families to gather for one large campfire, complete with traditional songs, storytelling, and appreciate the bond that has made Girl Scouts of Nassau County the success it has been for 100 years.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Want to get your troop to be active outside, AND have them earn something?

The end of summer doesn’t mean the end of camping and being outdoors! Fall is a great time to get your troop active outside and have them earn a badge or two.

Camping

Fall is a great time for your troop to go camping. Traditional Troop Camping is a unique experience planned and carried out by a group of girls and their camp-trained volunteers/leaders. Under the guidance of trained and enthusiastic adults, girls may take their first hike, build their first campfire and sleep under the stars for the first time—so cool! Girls take part in planning of meals and activities, learn outdoor skills and work as a team to enjoy a fun outdoor adventure.

And, if you’ve never been to Camp Blue Bay before and want to check it out? We have a Council Camp opportunities available for those troops that don’t have camp trained volunteers, for those troops who are new to the camping experience, and for those who just want to try a new camping experience! With our Council programs, no training is required and all meals are provided! Experiencing the outdoors can be easy and fun! Thanks to our many dedicated volunteers, our Council camp programs are hugely popular.
 

Outdoor badges and Journeys!

Girl Scouts at all levels have an array of outdoor experiences to choose from with the Outdoor badges and Journeys. Check them out.

DAISIES:
  • Outdoor Art Maker
  • Buddy Camper
  • Outdoor Journey
  • Outdoor STEM Journey

BROWNIES
  • Bugs
  • Hiker
  • Outdoor Adventurer
  • Outdoor Art Creator
  • Cabin Camper
  • Outdoor Journey
  • Outdoor STEM Journey

JUNIORS
  • Flowers
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outdoor Art Explorer
  • Camper
  • Eco Camper
  • Outdoor Journey
  • Outdoor STEM Journey

CADETTES
  • Trees
  • Trailblazing
  • Archery
  • Outdoor Art Apprentice
  • Primitive Camper

SENIORS
  • Sky
  • Adventurer
  • Paddling
  • Outdoor Art Expert
  • Adventure Camper

AMBASSADORS
  • Water
  • Ultimate Recreation Challenge
  • Outdoor Art Master
  • Survival Camper

All badge requirements are available in the Volunteer Resource Center. Email customercare@gsnc.org or call 516.741.2550 for more information.

Friday, August 31, 2018

NEW Girl Scout Journeys and Badges

The lineup of badges for Girl Scouts in grades K–12 just got bigger!

30 NEW badges + 2 NEW Journeys = even more opportunities for your girl to explore environmental stewardship, cybersecurity, space science, engineering, robotics, college prep, and more! 


There are new badges and Journeys in the Volunteer Toolkit for all levels.

NEW BADGES
Girl Scout leaders can decide with their troop members which ones they would like to work towards. Below are some examples!

Space Science Badges: Daisies, Brownies and Juniors investigate, explore, and observe space, and learn to see things in new ways.
College Knowledge Badge: From test prep to financial aid, Ambassadors walk through all the steps of the college admission process and get ready to attend the school of their choice.
Cybersecurity Badges: Daisies, Brownie and Juniors learn how computers and the internet work and apply the concepts of safety and protection to the technology they use every day. These badges are developed in partnership with the Cyber Innovation Center.

Environmental Stewardship Badges: Daisies, Brownies and Juniors will learn how to treat the environment with kindness and protect the outdoors.



NEW JOURNEYS
STEM: Think Like a Programmer
(Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors, and Multi-level 6–12)

Girls participate in interactive computational thinking activities to learn how programmers solve problems. At each level, girls explore how computers work, learn about algorithms, and create user-centered designs. They learn how to see needs in the world and come up with solutions before they plan and create their Take Action projects. This Journey is developed in partnership with Code.org.

STEM: Think Like an Engineer
(Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors, and Multi-level 6–12)
Girls learn how to think like an engineer by participating in hands-on design challenges and completing a Take Action project. At each level, girls spot problems and come up with solutions using the Design Thinking Process before creating a sustainable Take Action project for their community. This Journey is developed in partnership with Museum of Science, Boston and WGBH/Design Squad.

All badge requirements are available in the Volunteer Resource Center. Email customercare@gsnc.org or call 516.741.2550 for more information.

Friday, August 24, 2018

GSNC Congratulates our Gold Award Girl Scouts


The 71 young women honored in this year’s Gold Award ceremony make up Nassau County’s most accomplished. As a Council, we are extremely proud of their achievements as Girl Scouts and look forward to what they will do as leaders in the future.

Girl Scoutsof Nassau County honored its Gold Award class of 2018 on Monday, June 25, 2018 at Adelphi University’s Performing Arts Center (PAC). The event began with the honorees arriving in their vests and sashes ready for the memorable evening ahead. Excited family members and friends gathered to learn more about the individual projects that made it all possible while viewing the informative display boards created by each Gold Award Girl Scout. The honorees assembled together and posed for an official class photo before the ceremonial events began.

When doors opened, GSNC Chief Executive Officer Randell M. Bynum welcomed the honorees, their families and friends to the special occasion. The Gold Award Girl Scouts listened closely while Ms. Bynum shared words of praise and advice. She then introduced the Mistresses of the Ceremony, Kaitlyn Gioia, a 2011 Gold Award Girl Scout, and Katie Lenz, a 2015 Gold Award Girl Scout.

Kaitlyn and Katie introduced the GSNC Ceremonial Unit who put on a traditional presentation of the flags and called upon the GSNC Chorus to perform a few special songs. The ceremony’s keynote speaker, 2008 Gold Award Girl Scout Melanie Sinesi, was then welcomed to the podium. Ms. Sinesi, who is the Deputy Director of Community Affairs for Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, spoke of her experiences as an intern and related the familiar efforts of going above and beyond to the incredible determination found within Gold Award Girl Scouts. As a delegate for her Service Unit, Ms. Sinesi cited the role that Girl Scouts continues to play in her life after earning her Gold Award and encouraged the honorees to become Lifetime Members. She advised them to always lend a hand to a fellow girl in need and to continue to take part in volunteering experiences, reassured the honorees that not knowing their next step is acceptable, and instructed them to always strive to be leaders.

Kaitlyn and Katie led the highlight of the evening when they began introducing each individual Gold Award Girl Scout in recognition. The honorees joined the stage to be pinned by GSNC President and Chief Volunteer Officer Wanda Jackson, followed by a handshake with Ms. Bynum and Ms. Sinesi. Also on stage, were GSNC’s assigned Gold Award mentors who stood proudly to congratulate their mentees while they were honored and pinned. Each honoree’s moment in the spotlight was notable and unique, adding to the overall sense of joy felt in the auditorium.

Ms. Jackson took to the podium one last time to congratulate the honorees, requesting they continue to do great things and stay connected to Girl Scouts. She spoke to the Go-Getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, and Leader (G.I.R.L.) within each honoree, deeming them unstoppable women on powerful missions.

To conclude, the honorees stood to accept the Gold Award Charge, where they promised to live by the Girl Scout law and to encourage the younger generations to reach for Gold! Met with a roaring applause from the audience, the girls then set off colorful streamers as a class to commemorate the end of their special ceremony.

The event truly showcased the drive within each Nassau County Gold Award honoree and the pride that comes with being a Girl Scout.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Are You Man Enough?

Happy Father's Day to all of our Girl Scout Dads! Thank you for all you do to make our Girl Scout Experience possible.

As we approach Father’s Day this Sunday, we would like to take a moment to honor and celebrate all fathers—especially the fathers and father figures who are involved behind the scenes right here in Nassau County! Through their dedication they exemplify our key values, contribute to the power of Girl Scouts, raise our future entrepreneurs, and teach the value of being a volunteer.

Contributing to the Power of Girl Scouts
Dads have contributed to the Girl Scouts of Nassau County in innumerable ways. Many men volunteer their time throughout the year to play a role in leading our specialty clubs, council events, troop activities, camping trips, and cookie sales. Through their support, our council has made so many wonderful memories!

“It is fantastic to see how the robotics program helps the girls develop confidence and expand the way they think and their willingness to discover new things,” said Jacques Germans of Bayville, who volunteers to lead his local troops’ robotics team. “I have the highest regard for the Girl Scout organization, the time commitment of the leaders, and how much the girls are able to learn. I’m wearing my Man Enough t-shirt with great pride and would recommend all fathers, uncles and grandparents get involved. The bond is beyond anything else, and the memories, values and characteristics will last them the rest of their lives.”

Raising Entrepreneurs
We know from research that a girl’s relationship with her father aids in establishing her confidence and shaping her development. The men who volunteer in our council are committed to our mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character.


“If I had to give advice to a father thinking about signing his daughter up for Girl Scouts, I would say, ‘your daughter needs to be in this organization,’ ” said Michael Tolani of Farmingdale, who has been a volunteer for the last five years. “That’s how strongly I feel about it.”

Mr. Tolani is raising the world’s next greatest entrepreneur by assisting with annual Girl Scout Cookie Program. He works alongside his wife, who is his daughter’s troop leader, and believes being involved with the Girl Scouts as a dad is the best thing he has done for their relationship. As a salesman by day, Mr. Tolani looks forward to tying his profession together with selling cookies with his daughter. The pair have gone from selling 100 boxes in 2013 to selling 4,100 boxes of cookies and becoming the second highest seller for the past two years, which they consider one of their greatest accomplishments.

The Value of Volunteering
Other dads, like Ray Brewer of Levittown, volunteer at events such as the annual Girl Scouts of Nassau County Girls Go the Distance Family FunDay. Ray has been a volunteer for more than a decade, and can be found every year helping manage traffic to keep attendees safe at events. Over the years, his daughter Keeley, who is now a teenager enjoys volunteering alongside her dad at events. 

“We are a Girl Scout family—I’ve always been the third "mom" whenever my wife or her coleader need a substitute. I don’t think men realize, dads can do a lot for Girl Scouts. Sometimes we can come up with cool ideas,” said Ray Brewer. “As girls grow up, we can also help encourage them to stay with the organization. I teach girls the famous and powerful women who were Girl Scouts—who earned their Gold Award, are a celebrity, or CEO of a company. Girls need to know they have the power to channel their destiny. Girl power is huge in my house.”


Investing in the Future
Girl Scouts, tell your father, uncle, grandfather, brother and all the men in your life they can get involved in volunteering! The Man Enough Campaign is intended to inspire other men to get involved—like Mr. Tolani, Mr. Germans and Mr. Brewer—by  offering three-tier packages of merchandise options to men who sign-up to volunteer from now through October 13. 2018. Men interested in volunteering can visit the website at
www.gsnc.org, and choose one of the three tiers of the Man Enough campaign to sign-up.

Men, you will not be disappointed in this incredible campaign we are throwing.
 

 

Friday, May 18, 2018

Harnessing the Unique Strengths of Girls Everywhere


If I could name only one thing that girls learn when they’re involved with Girl Scouts, it’s that they become capable of tackling pretty much anything. With the right encouragement, guidance, training, and confidence, they grow into women who lead by example to do great things for the world.

There are so many reasons to support Girl Scouts and stand with girls:

  • Girl Scouts is the best leadership experience for girls in the world. Our programs are specifically designed with girls in mind and provide opportunities that they can only get from the preeminent leadership organization for girls.
  • Girl Scouting bolsters the benefits of school by fostering a safe, inclusive, and girl-led environment where girls are free to practice different skills, try new things, and take on leadership positions.
  • The fact is, most of a girl’s life is coed. The girl-only, girl-defined, and girl-led aspects of Girl Scouts are crucial for girls; the safe space that Girl Scouts offers helps them stretch beyond their limits and transfer knowledge, experiences, and skills to any environment, both now and in the future.
  • The options for exploration and leadership are endless. Whether it is an outdoor adventure, a hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) experience, the chance to explore issues they care about or the financial literacy skills learned in our iconic Girl Scout Cookie Program, every girl has the opportunity to take the lead.
  • Only Girl Scouts gives girls the chance to pursue the most challenging, rewarding, and life-changing award for girls in the world: the Girl Scout Gold Award. The Gold Award requires girls to demonstrate their leadership skills by addressing a local or global community issue.

With more than a century of experience, Girl Scouts brings a wealth of knowledge to programs that provide cornerstone experiences for girls that last a lifetime. Put simply, Girl Scouts works! Because without my Girl Scout background, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day!

by girls, FOR GIRLS

By Mikaela M.


On Tuesday, February 20, Girl Scouts from Nassau County assembled at the DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science at Hofstra University for Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day!

The day started with a presentation on the different fields of engineering and how Hofstra helps students gain positions within companies. We learned that engineering encompasses all fields, in fact, many doctors have roots in engineering.

Following the presentation, two female engineers held a forum where they spoke about their experience in the field and at work. They offered two important pieces of advice; math is important, if you don’t like math the chances of you enjoying engineering are slim and that social skills matter. Both women agreed that their social skills helped them rise in their respective companies and that being able to communicate with their team is crucial in technology careers.

The final speakers were two engineering professors from Hofstra, they taught us about the logistics of bridge building, specifically suspension bridges. All of the girls at the event had the opportunity to build a suspension bridge out of masking tape and styrofoam. We conducted experiments on the best length and give of materials used in the making of our bridges and were surprised by how much weight some of our bridges could hold.

Overall, we learned about working in one of the fastest growing fields from experts in the profession and we had fun!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Countdown to GSNC’s Centennial Celebration

Girl Scouts of Nassau County (GSNC) is counting down to the start of our Centennial Celebration! During the 2018-2019 Girl Scout year, we will be celebrating 100 years of Girl Scouting in Nassau County! Join us for our Centennial Celebration year.


Friday, April 20, 2018

Congratulations to all our Robotic Teams!


Thanks to our coaches and mentors, the Girl Scouts of Nassau County’s robotics teams had a fantastic year! We thank them all for their dedication and for the example they set for the girls.

Here are the results of our 2017 – 2018 season: FIRST® LEGO League Junior (Jr. FLL) 6-9 years old: The Magical Bots and The Sassy Hot Dogs attended the SBPLI’s FLL Jr. EXPO, where the girls showcased their LEGO robot design and research. The Magical Bots were awarded the OUTSTANDING TEAMWORK AWARD and The Sassy Hot Dogs were awarded the JOURNEY Award!

FIRST® LEGO League (FLL) 9-14 years old: Our five teams this season were the LEGO Lovelies, Smart Cookies, Soaring Rockettes, Tech Time Girls and The Dream Stream Robotics Team! The teams competed in the School Business Partnership of Long Island’s (SBPLI. Inc.) FLL Qualifying Tournaments, where they showcased their LEGO robot design, research and invention. During the course of the tournament, each team’s robot competed on the playing field. Then to a group of judges, the team presented their “problem” and the solution they invented to address their problem, and explained the engineering and coding process they went through to build and program their robots. The LEGO Lovelies were awarded the GRACIOUS
PROFESSIONALISM Award! This award recognizes a team whose members show each other and other teams respect at all times. They recognize that both friendly competition and mutual gain are possible, on and off the playing field.

FIRST® TECH Challenge (FTC) 9-12 grades: The Digital Darlings had an exciting season! They participated in two Qualifier Tournaments, they won the DESIGN Award at one and finished in second place overall at another. Their wins enabled them to move on to the championship tournament where they had a fantastic experience!

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 and for showing everyone what a G.I.R.L. looks like! We are very proud of them all!

Would you like to know more about our STEM Robotics Program for your daughter or to coach a team? Please join us on June 5, 2018 at 7:00pm, here at the GSNC Service Center, 110 Ring Road West, Garden City, NY 11530. For additional information, please contact customercare@gsnc.org.