Friday, October 21, 2016

What is a Troop Crest?

Did you know… the first Girl Scout Troops reportedly did not have Troop numbers, they had Troop crests to identify themselves? Today, Troop crests are used as a symbol of a Troop's goals or main interests. Once a Troop chooses a crest that has special meaning to them, it is used for the life of that Troop and can be placed on the uniform of each girl in the Troop.

This is a good way to bring scouts together in a Troop around a common goal, particularly if the Troop is multi-level, or made up of girls from different schools, etc.

Who can have a Troop Crest?

All Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Troops.

How do we choose which Troop Crest we should have?

The girls in the Troop should vote on which crest meaning describes the Troop the best. We suggest to read the meanings of each crest out loud to your Troop, but don't tell them what the crest is or show them a picture of the crest.

Where can I purchase the Troop Crest for my Troop?

Once your Troop has selected their Troop crest, visit us at the Girl Scouts of Nassau County Shop or visit your local Girl Scout Shop to make your purchase.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Linking Girl Scouts and their Faiths

On my honor, I will try to serve God and my country…

The foundation of Girl Scouting is the Girl Scout Promise and Law – which links to and reinforces many of the principles and values common to most faiths. While Girl Scouts is a secular organization, it encourages girls to grow stronger in their own spiritual beliefs while respecting the beliefs of others. Today there are a number of awards girls may earn that help them to do this.

GSUSA My Promise, My Faith pin (Girl Scouts and Faith): Girl Scouts of all grade levels can earn this pin once each year (individually or with their Troop). It complements faith-specific recognitions (see below) and encourages girls to further strengthen the connection between their faith and Girl Scouting. Find requirements in The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting for all levels, or online (see GSUSA link below).

Faith-specific religious recognitions are created/offered by national faith-based committees, and have been approved by GSUSA for wearing on the front of the Girl Scout uniform.

Helpful Links/Resources

  • P.R.A.Y.: view a brochure with information about the awards for all faiths (with contact information), a video that explains the religious recognitions programs, and resources for collaborating with the faith community. You’ll also find information about additional patches the girls may receive.

  • The Catholic Committee on Girl Scouting: At present this is the only organized Faith Committee in Nassau County. Visit their website for information about awards, publications and a variety of special events specific for girls of the Catholic faith: Members of the committee will also help non-Catholic girls/families get started on the appropriate awards for their faiths.

Help Wanted!

If you would like to become a local contact for/representative of one of the many faiths represented in Nassau County, please contact Joyce Wagner at 516.741.2550 ext. 225 or

Friday, October 7, 2016

Camping at Blue Bay in the winter is crazy you say?

Troop 1025 from West Hempstead/Franklin Square Association doesn’t think so. It is one of our most favorite activities every year. We have had pajama fashion shows, nail polish parties, and this year paint night. No outside activities you say? We take hikes, go to the beach, build snowmen and even have compass races for prizes. The wildlife is abundant and fun to watch. The activity building is a favorite hangout where we play volleyball and other sports. The cabins are warm and comfortable and the perfect venue for badge work and crafts. The kitchen is great for cooking our meals but we have been known to cook out on the campfire when the weather permits. We love making fires in the fireplace and of course sharing S’mores. We have been going for many years and hope to go many more!

Whether earning badges, working on a Journey or just having fun, Girl Scout Troops have a blast when they go Troop Camping at Camp Blue Bay.

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. These opportunities are available year round and registration is ongoing.

Applications for Winter 2016/2017 Troop Camping are now being accepted and processed.