Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The New Year’s Resolution – the Girl Scout Promise and Law

With the New Year approaching, many of us are thinking about making New Year’s resolutions. What are some of things you are going to resolve to do in the coming year?  Maybe get fit, eat healthier foods, volunteer, or save some money. These are all popular resolutions according to USA.gov’s Popular New Year’s Resolutions. This year, I plan on making a resolution that is slightly different… I am going to resolve to uphold the Girl Scout Promise and Law in my everyday life. 

The Promise and Law can relate to everyday life. For example “to respect myself and others;” if I am respecting myself, I am making healthier life choices, whether eating healthier, exercising, or getting some rest and “me time”. If I am “using my resources wisely” I might be spending my money wisely and saving money for future goals.  If I am resolving “to help people at all time” and to “make the world a better place” I could be volunteering. 

As Girl Scouts, let’s make it our New Year’s resolution to hold ourselves to the Girl Scout Promise and Law. If you follow the Promise and Law in your everyday life… it will be difficult to go wrong.

The Girl Scout Promise
On my honor, I will try:
To serve God and my country,
To help people at all times,
And to live by the Girl Scout Law.

The Girl Scout Law
I will do my best to be
honest and fair,
friendly and helpful,
considerate and caring,
courageous and strong, and
responsible for what I say and do,
and to
respect myself and others,
respect authority,
use resources wisely,
make the world a better place, and
be a sister to every Girl Scout.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Steps to Cookie Success

GSNC’s Girl Scout Cookie Season is a little over one week away (order taking begins on January 4, which is only 8 days away)! Are you ready? While school is on break, now it the time to start preparing! Outline your “Cookie Business Plan” by thinking about the 5 Steps to Cookie Success…

5 Steps to Cookie Success:
  1. Set a group goal
  2. Set a personal goal
  3. Have a family meeting
  4. Sell beyond family and friends
  5. Track progress and celebrate your success
Get all the details on the 2014 Girl Scout Cookie Program in a special email which will be sent out on January 4th! Or visit the GSNC Website now to start working on those '5 Skills!'

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Happy Holidays from Girl Scouts of Nassau County!

  Girl Scouts of Nassau County send best wishes to our Girl Scout family and the community for happy holidays and all good things in 2014.

May your families be safe, warm and united!  May your tummies be full and your homes filled with laughter and joy! May the Girl Scout Promise and Law continue to be the touchstone in your lives and the ways that you treat other people!

Our offices are closed until January 2, when we will return to serve you.  Please visit www.gsnc.org for complete closing details.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Family Activity Ideas for the Holiday Break

Holiday Activities...

The Christmas to New Year's break from school is filled with excitement for Santa and sharing our own holiday traditions; a change in pace away from school and the opportunity to spend time with family and friends.

In case a Girl Scout family is feeling at loose-ends after a few days of togetherness, here are a few suggestions of things to do for service and fun...
·         Do something for others.  Call an elderly neighbor… Put out some seed and/or suet for the birds... Write a letter to friend far away... Let your children offer their input on your family's end of year charitable donations.
·         Clean out the closet or the toy chest. Donate the things that you no longer want or need to someone who can put them to good use.
·         Prepare a meal together with the kids and let them choose the food… Breakfast for supper, anyone?
·         Bake some more cookies, or brownies or pie or applesauce or meatloaf or a salad -- and concentrate on the recipe and the measurements. (Build skills!)
·         Take a walk in your neighborhood, at the beach or in a local park. Pick-up trash along the way... A Girl Scout always tries to leave a place cleaner than she found it!
·         Start compiling your list of Cookie Customers for the upcoming Girl Scout Cookie Program. Which neighbors do you want visit, how will you reach out to family, do have emails ready to enter in the Cookie Club? Find all the details on the 2014 Girl Scout Cookie Program in a special email on January 4th! Or visit the GSNC Website now to start working on those '5 Skills!'
·         Plan ahead: Make a gift for your Girl Scout Volunteers and others who help you throughout the year. Check out these Pinterest page for volunteer gift ideas>>

Frankly, once you get on Pinterest you can probably fill up the rest of the vacation making crafts, trying new recipes and mulling over all the meaningful quotes and pictures of bulldogs and horses. You can follow me (Donna Ceravolo) on Pinterest or check out all of our Girl Scouts of Nassau County Pinterest Boards.

Common Sense Media  remains a great resource for families to use in evaluating movies, television, books, games and apps for their suitability for children.

Enjoy the fleeting days of holiday vacation and childhood! There really is a reason for all those clich├ęs, and the time goes by so fast.

Best wishes for a Happy New Year!