Friday, February 27, 2015

How to Take Part in National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend!

National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend is February 27th through March 1st!

Girl Scouts and Non-Girl Scouts alike can join in on the fun and festivities on National Girl Scout Cookie Day! Girl Scouts can celebrate with us by hosting a Cookie Booth Sale, a Cookie Walkabout, or simply going door-to-door that day with your Girl Scout Cookie Order Form. Not a Girl Scout, well you can still participate in the day’s festivities. When Girl Scouts sell Girl Scout Cookies®, they are building practical life skills such as Goal Setting, Decision Making, Money Management, People Skills and Business Ethics… skills that will help them be successful in life and become the leaders of tomorrow!

Here are some ways to take part in National Girl Scout Cookie Day…
  • Hold a Cookie Booth Sale- a booth sale is when a Troop sets up a table or booth at a public location and displays and sells boxes of cookies directly to customers, allowing them to eat Girl Scout Cookies right away. So get out there and bling your booth! And, to make your booth sale even more fun, join the Bling Your Booth Challenge (click for details).
  • Have a Cookie Walkabout- pile boxes of Girl Scout Cookies into a wagon, cart or sled and walk door to door around your neighborhood with your Girl Scout Troop, or with a family member.
  • Go door-to-door with your Girl Scout Cookie Order Form - Ask your neighbors if they purchased all of their Girl Scout Cookies? Call your relatives and tell them about your goals for the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Educate your teachers about all that you learn by selling Girl Scout Cookies. They might want #OneMoreBox!
  • Get Social- If you have Facebook or Twitter account, post about Girl Scout Cookies and your National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend Festivities… be sure to be part of the conversation by including #GirlScoutCookies, #CookieBiz and/or #OneMoreBox in your Tweets and posts and of course tagging us on Twitter @GSNC or on Facebook at Girl Scouts of Nassau County.   --And it is fine if parents want to help this promotion for their daughter ... just ask for her input on what you should say and what artwork/photo to include.
  • Are you looking to find Girl Scout Cookies? Download our new Girl Scout Cookie iPhone or Android app to find Girl Scout Cookies in your area or visit
  • Learn about the 5 Skills girls develop through the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

Friday, February 20, 2015

World Thinking Day 2015

Every year, on February 22, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides all over the world celebrate World Thinking Day.  We honor our sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts by taking the time to think about and give thanks for our international friends and to remember that Girl Scouts of Nassau County isn’t the only group of Girl Scouts out there; that we are part of a larger community of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides. This year, the World Thinking Day theme is “Create Peace through Partnerships.”

Try some of these activities with your Troop to honor our sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world…

Earn your World Thinking Day Award by exploring this year’s theme, “Create Peace through Partnerships!” Girl Scouts of all ages can participate in World Thinking Day.

Share your #guidinglight. This year, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides will light up social media with the glow of thousands of candles on World Thinking Day. So how can you participate? Light a candle and take a selfie. Post it to social media using the hashtag #guidinglight. Include a message that inspires others to do the same. And don’t forget to tag @gsnc, @girlscouts and any other friends who might want to join!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Girl Scouts of Nassau County Salutes Our Community Partners

GSNC has hundreds of community partners, including every public school district, most private and religious schools, local colleges and universities, other not-for-profit organizations, as well as government and corporate supporters and many small businesses.  This is the first in a series of articles that will focus on some of our partner organizations. 

Girl Scouts of Nassau County + Hofstra University = Two Great Organizations Serving the Community

Hofstra Supports Girls Go the Distance Walkathon and Activity Fair
Girl Scouts of Nassau County is proud to partner with Hofstra University and is grateful to its leadership for its support.  Among GSNC’s many supporters is Melissa Connolly, Hofstra Vice President for University Relations, a past member of the Board of Directors of GSNC, and a Thanks Badge recipient. Ms. Connolly remains an outstanding advocate and fundraiser for Girl Scouting.  Hofstra partners with GSNC in numerous ways, from sponsoring our Annual Girls Go the Distance Walkathon and Activity Fair, serving as our summer "bus depot" for our girls leaving and returning from Camp Blue Bay, providing interns, and sharing many opportunities on their campus.  Hofstra is a strong supporter of GSNC STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs.

Our Hofstra science program/partners include:

  • Astronomy workshops, led by Adjunct Associate Professor Donald Lubowich, Ph.D.,  
  • STEM Studio Program, facilitated by Professor Jacqueline Grennon Brooks, Julia C. Caliendo and the Education Department
  • "Science in Action”, created by Adjunct Professor Ronald P. D'Amelia, Ph.D. and now run by the Student Members of the American Chemical Society
    under the faculty guidance of
    Assistant Professor Scott T. Lefurgy, Ph.D.
  • Science CafĂ© Evenings” for high school students
    These programs, advertised annually in GSNC's Possibilities, help us bring science to life for our girls.  Many of these programs are typically filled to capacity.
Hofstra Supports STEM Programs for Girls
In October 2014 Hofstra partnered with GSNC to present our first "Imagine Your Possibilities -STEM Conference” for girls.  Led by Asst. Professor of Chemistry Emily C. Mundorff, PhD, and held on campus at Hofstra, the conference attracted 100 girls, over 50 parents and 30 STEM professionals, both women and men who generously shared their knowledge and experience with our girls.  Hofstra’s in-kind donation of labs, classrooms, auditoriums, their faculty and their student volunteers was truly priceless and without their support this Conference would not have happened.

In addition to their work with GSNC, this year Dr. Dave Burghardt, founder and co-director of Hofstra’s Center for STEM Research, was awarded a $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation for a five-year project that will introduce more than 6,000 middle-school students to STEM learning through hands-on opportunities at 25 regional Boys & Girls Clubs.

Recently GSNC and Hofstra have partnered with the Cedarmore Corporation to present Girlz Talk, a day of workshops for girls focusing on leadership and critical issues girls face today. 

Hofstra not only partners with GSNC, they are leaders in philanthropy, community service and community engagement for Long Island and the Greater NY region.  All freshmen are encouraged to sign-up for an opportunity to give back to the community thru five days of service before school begins.  Once classes are underway, students continue to contribute to local and global needs through activities from  food and toy drives, to community clean-ups,  to alternative spring break options where students can travel to serve others in need.    Members throughout the community are invited to participate in free lectures, and to attend music and theatre performances, sporting events and other activities held at Hofstra.

At Hofstra, the opportunities to better oneself, give back to the community and get involved in something bigger than you can imagine are available everywhere you turn, and the amount of possibilities for students and volunteers keeps increasing each year!  Girl Scouts is proud to be part of Hofstra's tradition of giving!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Valentine’s Day Themed SWAPS

Are you looking for something to give to your Valentine? You probably want it to be something cute, unique and thoughtful. Why not make some Heart SWAPS to give to your Valentines? Whether they are your friends, your family, or that special someone in your life, SWAPS are Special Whatchamacallits from the heart.

Don’t forget to print out your Girl Scout Valentine’s Day cards to go with your SWAPS!

Triple Heart
Materials Needed:

Triple Heart SWAPS
  • Pre-cut foam hearts, three different sizes and colors
  • Elmer’s glue or hot glue
  • Safety pin
  • Fine point permanent marker

Glue three graduated size hearts of different colors together. Insert safety pin in corner. Write Troop number on back, if desired

Valentine Heart
Materials needed:

Valentine Heart SWAPS
  • Red fun foam
  • White fun foam
  • 1/8 inch wide satin ribbon (pink or white)
  • Liquid glue or hot glue
  • Hole punch
  • Safety pin

Cut heart shape out of the red fun foam. Cut smaller heart shape out of the white fun foam and glue in the center of the red heart. Make holes around the outside of the red heart with the hole punch. Run a piece of ribbon through the holes and tie a bow at the top. Attach safety pin.