Friday, February 19, 2021

Why Girl Scouts Should Participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program!


The Girl Scout Cookie Program is under way. And, guess what? It’s not too late to participate!

Your Girl Scout still has time to learn important life skills, gain a ton of confidence, and find out what she is capable of. And there is more! Selling cookies also means big fun and a chance to change the world! You can help her!

  • The Girl Scout Cookie Programs funds the “fun” of Girl Scouting! A portion of the proceeds from each box goes back to her troop so the troop can plan activities, badge work, trips, and celebrations throughout the year. Plus your Girl Scout can earn Cookie Credits that can be used to go to Girl Scout Camp, buy Girl Scout merchandise, or offset her Girl Scout membership fees!
 
  •  Digital Cookie means your Girl Scout can start participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program at any time and learn about e-commerce while she participates. To get started, help your Girl Scout set up her very own online store via our Digital Cookie platform. Let her personality shine by recording a video pitch and setting a goal. Next, determine who you want to share her link with. It could be family, friends, maybe even your co-workers… anyone throughout the country. Then, watch the orders come in!
     
     

     
  • Your Girl Scout will learn skills that will last her a lifetime including goal-setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.


  • Girl Scout Cookies can teach your Girl Scout about giving back to her community! GSNC’s Gift of Caring program encourages girls to collect cookie donations to support essential workers and servicemen and women. 

  • Girl Scout Cookies are a family affair. A girl and her parents can work together to help her experience all that this time-honored program has to offer. Together, your family can earn the Cookie Entrepreneur Family Pin


Don’t let her miss out on all that the Girl Scouts Cookie Program has to offer!

 

Friday, January 15, 2021

Unboxing the 2021 Girl Scout Cookie Season Rewards for Girl Scouts of Nassau County

Did you know Girl Scouts from Nassau County who sell Girl Scout Cookies® have an opportunity to earn Cookie Rewards based on the number of packages of Girl Scout Cookies they sell through the Girl Scout Cookie Program. 

Are you wondering about this year's Girl Scout Cookie Season Rewards for Girl Scouts of Nassau County? Well, Troop 2324 got the inside scoop.Watch as they "un-box" the rewards and hear what they think about them.

For a complete listing of girl rewards, please visit: https://www.gsnc.org/en/cookies/cookies/for-cookie-sellers/rewards.html 

Thursday, December 17, 2020

What do you do as a Girl Scout? by Guest Blogger Madison S.

by Guest Blogger Madison S.

I have participated in research activities with Nobel Prize-winning scientists at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. I traveled to Albany to advocate for the homeless in New York State. I mentored a group of young women with special needs — all as a Girl Scout! My name is Madison S, and I’ve been a Girl Scout since kindergarten. Now, I’m a senior in high school, member of Girl Scouts of Nassau County’s Board of Directors, and have earned my Gold Award.

Since becoming a Girl Scout almost twelve years ago, I’ve been asked the same two questions countless times: "Which is your favorite cookie?" and "What do you do as a Girl Scout?" The first question is simple, because the Samoas are obviously superior, but unless you have all day, it's impossible to answer the second. I've had so many unique experiences and opportunities to discover myself and my passions, impact meaningful change, and serve my community, all while fostering lifelong friendships. If I had to select my top Girl Scout memories to highlight, though, these seven would make the cut:

 

1. Developing as a Leader in Girl Speak
Through Girl Speak, I had the opportunity to collaborate with my Girl Scout Sisters and design take-action projects addressing the critical concerns of our communities. We led two public awareness campaigns surrounding the issues of food insecurity and the decline of the monarch butterfly, with each campaign culminating in an educational event for younger Girl Scouts. We also traveled to Albany, our state capital, where we met with state legislators to advocate for solutions to these issues. In addition to service and advocacy, Girl Speak members met with GSNC's Nassau Violets, a troop of female elected officials and presented at Service Unit events to encourage troops to further their involvement in Girl Scouts, which led to the establishment of Girl Speak Junior.  

 

2. Growing as a Public Speaker Through Media Girls
Hoping to share my Girl Scout experience on air, in print, and at community events, I joined Media Girls! GSNC's media program not only allowed me to develop the confidence necessary to express my ideas in writing and conversation, but also taught me how to communicate effectively when giving speeches, speaking with reporters, and writing opinion pieces. Some of my favorite Media Girl events include discussing fire safety on Fox and Friends, giving a speech to launch the Online Cookie Sales Platform (Digital Cookie) with the CEO of GSUSA, speaking on a national panel to introduce new Girl Scout civics badges, participating in a professional photo/video shoot for Girl Scout advertisements, comma and being featured on the cover of GSNC's program guide, recording a radio PSA on healthy living, celebrating the release of Microsoft Windows 10 at the official release event, speaking to veterans and members of the military at the Operation Cookie Send-off, commemorating the 100th Anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in New York with Lt. Governor Hochul, and so many more! 

 

3. Earning My Gold Award
I am proud to have earned my Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting! The goal of my project was to increase youth involvement in government and politics, which I successfully did by designing a website that provides students with the education, resources, and network necessary to get involved. The website offers "crash courses" in American government, political issues, and campaign operations, six specific guides describing how to impact political change, video interviews with elected officials at all levels of government, and an opportunity to connect with political professionals and other future change-makers. 

 

 

 

4. Serving on the Board of Directors
It has been an honor to serve alongside accomplished leaders on GSNC's Board of Directors, which develops our Council's strategic initiatives, budget, community presence, program offerings, and governing policies. In addition to contributing in these areas, I am also the board liaison to the Girl Leadership Committee and am a member of the Community Relations Committee. The Girl Leadership Committee provides Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts with the opportunity to share their experience and ideas with the CEO, ensuring Girl Scouts remains fun and relevant. We recently produced and filmed promotional videos capturing some of the unique programs Girl Scouts offers.

 

5. Reaching for the Stars at NASA
A team from Girl Scouts of Nassau County was chosen to establish a Council-wide Astronomy Club following an intensive summit at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. While at Goddard, we heard from NASA’s expert scientists including Dr. Carrie Anderson, Dr. Nicki Viall, Dr. Sten Odenwald, and Dr. John Mather, who discussed topics ranging from the Cassini Mission and the moon Titan to temperatures in the corona of the Sun. We even created a scale model of the solar system, viewed robotic solar telescope images, created an H-R Diagram, and had a virtual reality experience. 

 

6. Giving Back to the Girl Scout Community
Community service is, by far, the most important aspect of Girl Scouts. I’ve mentored a younger Girl Scout troop through their Journey Take Action Project on stereotypes and a troop of girls with special needs during their troop meetings. I also volunteered with Council led troops, which bring a sampling of Girl Scout activities to girls in under-served communities, and volunteered at my Service Unit’s events.

  


7. Exploring My Interests Through Programs
In addition to the higher awards, badges, and journeys, I’ve attended countless Council programs. Some of my favorites include participating in an attempt to break the world record for most cookies dunked at one time, learning about entrepreneurship and business management during “Designer Division/Stylish Subtraction/Fashionable Fractions,” visiting St. Joseph’s Hospital to explore hospital management and healthcare careers, discussing archaeology at Garvies Point Museum and Preserve, camping at Blue Bay, and celebrating National S’mores Day!

 

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Count Down to the First-Ever Virtual National Council Session!

Girl Scouts around the world are counting down the hours until our 55th (and first-ever virtual) National Council Session (NCS).

Held every three years, NCS brings Girl Scouts’ democratic process to life in a big way. Starting Friday, October 23, through Sunday, October 25, 1,300 delegates from every council across the nation and USA Girl Scouts Overseas, will discuss, debate, and vote on issues important to the Girl Scout Movement and elect national leaders for the 2020–2023 triennium. This year, a record number of girl members—approximately 400 from across the country—aged 14–17 will represent their councils as delegates.

Meet the delegates who will be representing Girl Scouts of Nassau County.


Delegates

Melanie Sinesi, Bay Service Unit
Girl Scout Gold Award (2008)
Lifetime Member

Madeline K, Seaford/Wantagh Service Unit
Girl Scout Ambassador
Bronze Award Girl Scout and Silver Award Girl Scout  

Lisa Burke, Bay Service Unit
Member-at-Large, Girl Scouts of Nassau County Board of Directors
Lifetime Member

Elana Wills, Rockville Centre Service Unit
Lifetime Member
First Class (now Gold Award Girl Scout)

Carmel Mendoza, East Meadow Service Unit
Lifetime Member

Judy Stenson, Hicksville Service Unit
Lifetime Member

Francine O’Connor, Jericho/Syosset Service Unit
Lifetime Member
Gold Award Girl Scout 

Christina Mendoza, East Meadow Service Unit
Lifetime Member
Gold Award Girl Scout

Raven Brewington, Elmont Service Unit
Lifetime Member

Emma V, Jericho/Syosset Service Unit
Girl Scout Ambassador
Gold Award Girl Scout 

Christine Kollar, Seaford/Wantagh Service Unit
Lifetime Member

Emilee Samtani, Shore Service Unit
Lifetime Member

 

Alternate National Council Delegates

Carol Ransom, Hempstead Service Unit
Lifetime Member

Theresa Danks, Rockville Centre Service Unit
Lifetime Member
First Class (now Gold Award Girl Scout)

Christine Bonczyk, Hicksville Service Unit
Secretary, Girl Scouts of Nassau County Board of Directors
Lifetime Member

Amanda Ieraci, Glen Cove Service Unit
Lifetime Member

Megan Stark, Bellmore Service Unit
Lifetime Member
Gold Award Girl Scout

Kerri Weatherhead-Shenoy, Bay Service Unit
Adult Member

Erin Sullivan, Bellmore Service Unit
Lifetime Member
Gold Award Girl Scout 

Alexandra M, Jericho/Syosset Service Unit
Girl Scout Senior
Bronze Award Girl Scout and Silver Award Girl Scout  

Madelyn S, Shore Service Unit
Girl Scout Senior
Silver Award Girl Scout  

Samantha M, Shore Service Unit
Girl Scout Senior
Silver Award Girl Scout  

 






Friday, April 24, 2020

SWAP? Swap? S.W.A.P.?


SWAPS

 

What is a swap? Swaps are Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere or sometimes you may have heard them referred to as something you can Share With A Pal! Either way you describe it, SWAPs are FUN! SWAPS are small crafts that Girl Scouts give as gifts or trade with other Girl Scouts when they meet each other to promote friendships! Some Girl Scouts include their first name, troop number, or email address to stay in touch with the new friends they meet, but that is optional!



Each SWAP represents a special memory of an event or a fellow Girl Scout sister! SWAPS can tell something about the giver, or the troop or they can just be something cute you found on Pinterest that you want to put your own flare on! SWAPS can also be created to represent your country, community or your Girl Scout Council, depending on where you are going or what you are planning for!



When I was a young Girl Scout, SWAPs were a really big part of my troop and they were something that we worked on throughout the year. When we were going camping, we made different camping themed SWAPS, such as a sleeping bag, a s’more, and a swap for roasting marshmallows. When we were learning about Ancient Egypt for an International Fair, we made pyramid swaps! At our state fair, we picked Georgia and created peach swaps, to represent the state fruit! No matter where we were going or what we were doing, we were making swaps.



One of the best things about them is that you can never make too many! And by “using your resources wisely,” as Girl Scouts do, you can make SWAPS from just about anything you have at home, such as, recyclable items like bottle caps, paper towel rolls or water bottles.


Yesterday was World Book Day or International Day of the Book! 
Here is an example of a Bookmark SWAP that you could create to celebrate it: (Bookmark SWAP Video)

Bookmark Craft Swap

Materials:

·         Duct Tape

·         Scissors

·         Paperclips

·         Marker

·         Colored Paper (optional)



These Bookmark Swaps are awesome; they’re so cute, tiny and easy to make! This SWAP gives you full creative freedom! You can collect all of the Bookmarks you make onto one safety pin so you can have them handy to give to your fellow Girl Scouts or Volunteers!



I only had pink Duct Tape at my house, but you can create this fun Bookmark SWAP with any color Duct Tape, even the Original Gray can be decorated with markers or something else we haven’t used yet!



Let’s see all of the different kinds of Bookmarks you can create!




Friday, February 14, 2020

Saying ‘Thank you’ to Cookie Customers


Saying ‘Thank you’ to Cookie Customers

There's more to Girl Scout Cookies than what is in the cookie package! When your Girl Scout sells Girl Scout Cookies, they’re learning skills which can be used in business and in everyday life. Whether she is interacting with past customers or new ones, make sure she practices good customer service! For example, when a Girl Scout says “thank you” to her cookie customers, she is learning about business ethics, communication skills, and how to be professional and polite. Saying thank you is so important! By saying thank you, you show how much you value them helping you reach your goals.


Here are some unique ways that our Girl Scouts say thank you to their cookie customers.



Sarah from troop 2232 and Emily from troop 2531 show their neighbors, family, and friends that they appreciate their support during cookie season by placing fulfilled orders in a hand crafted paper bag that includes a thank you note and a business card. The note includes a copy of the original order. This reminds customers what was purchased, how much money is owed, and tells them how to order more cookies if they’re looking for one more box...or case of Girl Scout Cookies. 




What better way for GSNC’s Robotics teams to say “thank you” than with the robot that they designed and built? These Girl Scouts put thank you stickers on the cookie packages and presented the boxes using their robot. Cool, right?


Troop 1335 says thank you to their cookie customers by making and giving out SWAPS (Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere). Check out this glass of milk SWAP, which of course, pairs perfectly with Girl Scout Cookies.

And of course, you can always say thank you by spelling out a big “THANK YOU” using packages of Girl Scout Cookies, just like London, a Girl Scout Daisy from troop 3217. You can then take a picture of your message and share it with all of your Cookie Customers via email or social media.




How do you say “thank you” to your cookie customers? Share with us on Facebook and Instagram.

To find Girl Scout Cookies near you, use our Cookie Finder App.


Friday, February 7, 2020

Once a Girl Scout, Always a Girl Scout: Dienamarie’s Story

Who are Girl Scouts? Girl Scouts are Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers, and Leaders. They’re girls who design robots, learn life skills, improve our neighborhoods, and go on amazing adventures. They’re making a difference.


Girl Scouts is a lifelong adventure full of friendship, connection, service, and fun! Every Girl Scout has a unique story to tell, and we’re sharing those stories.


Girl Scout Lifetime Member, Dienamarie was a Girl Scout for 12 years and has been volunteering with Girl Scouts of Nassau County in a variety of ways for 17 years. Currently, she is a troop leader in the Merrick Service Unit and she mentors Girl Scouts in our council who are working toward earning their Girl Scout Gold Award.


Name: Dienamarie G.

Council: Girl Scouts of Nassau County



Tell us about your time as a Girl Scout. Looking back, what were some highlights, important moments, life lessons, and/or favorite memories?

Girl Scouts has given me a well-rounded experience from the beginning. I attribute that to my leaders and the program that I was given. It allowed us to explore and grow in a variety of ways, trying things that were new. Girl Scouts, from what I remember, started at a young age when your leaders took the lead and that was alright. They were constantly encouraging us to take the lead and by the time we had gotten older, we did take leadership roles.


I loved becoming a Girl Scout Brownie and the ceremony that went with it (we had a real mirror and fake but pretty flowers around).


I also have a million memories from a trip my troop took in my Senior year of Girl Scouts. We went to Disney World in Florida and wore our full Girl Scout uniform on the airplane both ways, and had the time of our lives!      



Did you earn your Girl Scout Gold Award (or the First Class, Curved Bar Award, or Golden Eagle)? If so, tell us about your project, what year you earned it and how working toward earning this higher award impacted you.

Yes, I earned the Girl Scout Gold Award. I was able to do a series of workshops with sixth grade girls who were entering middle school that next year. I focused on self-confidence, self-esteem, courage to be oneself, leadership, etiquette, positive self as a teenager, and glamour. I was able to work with the girls on each of these things through fun and interactive activities and discussions. When earning my Girl Scout Gold Award, I developed the leadership skills and the courage to take on anything and everything that life throws at me. I was able to take on so much more in college and in life because I had already led a project and seen it successfully completed. 



Did Girl Scouts have an impact on your career choice/field of study? If so, how?

At first, I studied fashion design to build my skills artistically and professionally. I love fashion and it has impacted my life. Girl Scouts helped me focus on the path and lead the way for others to follow. I went on to study art education, knowing my reach would be bigger. I am now the Art Teacher for an elementary school where I am able to instill leadership and courage into each of my students. 



Do you continue to volunteer with Girl Scouts? If so, how and why?

Yes, I absolutely continue to volunteer with Girl Scouts, supporting girls the same way I was supported when I was a girl; helping them build the courage, confidence, and character to be the leaders that they already are. My mother and I volunteer as two of the leaders for a multi-level Girl Scout troop of Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors. I also volunteer as a Girl Scout Gold Award Mentor for girls wanting to be Gold Award Girl Scouts. 



What advice would you give younger Girl Scouts?

Stay with Girl Scouts! Find your way and your will through the leadership and courage Girl Scouts provides. Girl Scouts not only provides outdoor experiences, but the inner experience and life lessons that we all need. We all need to be women of courage, confidence, and character; we all need to be Go-Getters.



If you could say anything to your younger self, what would be?

If I could say something to my younger self, it would be tolive with courage and leadership. Let your talents shine and help others along the way. Being a Girl Scout will set you on the path.



What is one item you always carry with you?

I always carry my Girl Scout pin and Girl Scout Gold Award pin. 



Tell us a little about yourself. How long were you a Girl Scout? Did you participate in any special Girl Scout groups and/or school teams/clubs? What are you passionate about?

I have been a Girl Scout since I was five years old. All the qualities of a Girl Scout are a part of who I am. I love being involved in Girl Scouts, volunteering and giving back. It sets a fire in you to see the older girls flourish and grow into the leaders they already are.


I’m also a Stage Four Breast Cancer Thriver and live on being brave and fearless. I have been thriving since 2015 and will for a long time- I will live.  It is a part of my life and I will face it with courage, character, and confidence that I will succeed in healing completely.  Healing is what we all want and can achieve. I am working towards being completely healed and multi-tasking life, because life is for living.