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.

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.

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

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 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.