Friday, March 15, 2019

Ways to Say “Thank You” to Your Favorite Volunteer

Do you know a Girl Scout volunteer who turns frowns into smiles? Who inspires your girl to dream bigger? Or who offers endless encouragement? Whatever your favorite Girl Scout volunteer’s super power might be, let them know how much you appreciate everything they do!

April is Volunteer Appreciation Month and April 22 is Girl Scout Leader Appreciation Day!

Let’s say “thank you” to those who help make our Girl Scout experience possible!

Ways to say “thanks” to your favorite volunteer
  • Write and send a thank you card or letter. Make it extra special by making the card yourself. 
  • Nominate them for the GSNC Volunteer of Excellence Award.
  • Make and send your Leader a video telling her how much you appreciate her being a part of your Girl Scout story.
  • Give a packer of flower seed with a note that says, “thank you for helping me grow!” 
  • Post a “thank you” on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or in your Service Unit group on the OLC. 
  • Take a picture of the entire troop and make a frame that includes the signatures and/or notes from each girl. 
  • Bake a cake or cookies. 
  • Buy her a special Volunteer gift from the Girl Scout Shop

Friday, March 8, 2019

Girl Scout Week 2019

Girl Scout Week is March 10-16, 2019

Girl Scout Week is celebrated each March. It starts with Girl Scout Sunday and ends with Girl Scout Sabbath on a Saturday. It always includes the Girl Scout Birthday, March 12th, the day in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low officially registered the first 18 girl members in Savannah, Georgia.

This year, Girl Scout Week is extra special for Girl Scouts of Nassau County because we are celebrating 100 years of Girl Scouting in Nassau County!!

Don’t let the week pass without earning your Girl Scout Week patch and learning so much more along the way!

Let's Celebrate! All Day! All Week!

Try some of the activities on the Girl Scout Week Calendar
Commemorate this special week by taking the challenge! Complete at least one activity from each day of the Girl Scout Week calendar. 
View GSNC's Girl Scout Week Calendar and Game.

Learn how Girl Scouts connects with you Faith

The 107th Birthday of Girl Scouting (March 12th) begins with Girl Scout Sunday on Sunday, March 10th and ends with Girl Scout Sabbath/Shabbat on Saturday, March 16th. What better time to review the ways we can link Girl Scouts with their Faiths. Learn how Girl Scouts can connect with their Faiths.

Visit one of the Girl Scout history collections being displayed throughout local communities during the month of March.
This year, Girl Scouts of Nassau County is celebrating 100 years of Girl Scouting in Nassau County. To commemorate its centennial anniversary, the council will be hosting a historical exhibit 100 Years: Empowering Girls Through the Decades. The exhibition, which will highlight a collection of vintage Girl Scout uniforms, patches, artifacts, photos, and more, will be available at four locations throughout the county in partnership with the Town of Oyster Bay, Town of Hempstead, Town of North Hempstead, and Nassau County. #gsnc100  Learn more about visiting a Girl Scout history display.

Work on GSNC’s Centennial Celebration Patch Program

The Centennial Patch program will enable Girl Scouts to explore how the Past, the Future, their Self and their Community have positively impacted their Girl Scout experiences in Nassau County.

Requirements for earning the patch: There will be 4 rockers, each named for the 4 areas: The Past; The Future; Self and Community. Complete at least 1 Rocker to earn the main patch. #gsnc100 

Get started on GSNC's Centennial Patch Program!
Centennial Patch Program "Tell Your Story" form.
Centennial Patch Program "Service Hours" form.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Indoor Earned Activities for New and Experienced Troop Leaders

Indoor Troop Meeting Activities

With all the cold weather we’ve had these last few weeks (yes, spring we are ready for you), our Girl Scout Leaders are thinking outside the box, planning indoor activities for their troop meetings... activities that keep Girl Scouts active, while also challenging them to try something new and different.  Besides selling Girl Scout Cookies outside during winter months, most troop meetings are likely to be spent inside where it is warm. Try some of these badges with your troop, while staying toasty... And if your troop is really are itching to spend some time in the outdoors, try winter/spring troop camping at Camp Blue Bay or your local Girl Scout Camp.

Don’t be intimidated by these badge titles! Everything is planned for troop leaders on the VTK, and the materials are not hard to come by.

Daisy (K-1)

  • Good Neighbor Badge- Learn about being a good neighbor and citizen at school, and explore the communities in your town and state. 
  • Roller Coaster Design Challenge Badge- Learn about engineering and motion by building a roller coaster car and ramp. 
  • How Robots Move: Learn about the parts of a robot and computer programming, and create step-by-step programs.
Brownie (2-3)

  • Celebrating Community Badge- Learn what a community is and explore the landmarks and symbols that makes it special.
  •  Girl Scout Way Badge- Learn all the things that make Girl Scouting special.
  • Household Elf Badge- Have fun solving problems and being good to the Earth. 
Junior (4-5)

  • Balloon Car Design Challenge Badge- Explore potential and kinetic energy, jet propulsion, and how it applies to designing a balloon-powered car. 
  • Detective Badge- Learn code, fingerprinting and observation skills. 
  • Entertainment Technology- Learn the art of animation, dream up video games, create special effects, and learn how to design a thrilling roller coaster ride. 
Cadettes (6-8)

  • Public Speaker Badge- Find your inner performer and learn how to be unafraid to speak up.
  • Screenwriter Badge- Create a screenplay for a show or movie. 
  • Eating for Beauty- Learn how to eat your way toward a healthy mood, mind, and body.
Seniors (9-10)

  • Financing My Future- Learn how to plan for your educational future, including ideas on how to pay for it. 
  • My Portfolio- Learn to show college admissions officers and employers what you’ve learned from your cookie sales experience. 
  • Troupe Performer- Learn how to organize a team of people and put together a performance. 
Ambassadors (11-12)
  • On My Own- Understand the importance of creating a budget- a skill that will help you wherever life leads.
  • Dinner Party- Learn how to make and serve a fabulous three-course meal. 
  • Good Credit- Learn about ways to borrow money and understand the importance of establishing good credit.