Saturday, May 2, 2015

Gold Award Spotlight: Courtyard for Virginia Home for Adults

Girl Scout Ambassador Anna from Chesapeake has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor and achievement in Girl Scouting. For her project, Anna revitalized the outdoor patio at the Virginia Home for Adults in Chesapeake, which is an assisted living facility for adults who are homeless, abandoned, living in poverty or can no longer be cared for by family members. Anna recognized that the residents there rely on community service to improve their daily living, which is why she decided to create safe, wheelchair accessible outdoor area for them.

The original patio area was cracked from tree roots, covered in layers of pine needles and did not offer adequate seating for residents. Anna decided to relocate the patio because in its original location, tree roots would continue to cause cracks in the concrete. After placing pavers to make a new patio area, Anna built three concrete potting urns that she planted herbs in and three benches to create seating.

“I wanted to do something for the residents at the Virginia Home for Adults that would enable them to enjoy the outdoors and sunshine,” Anna said.

Following the completion of her project, Anna hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony, during which she was able to introduce the residents to the new outdoor space.

The Gold Award requires girls to identify an issue in the community and carry out a Take Action project to address the matter through leadership work. Nationwide, less than 6 percent of eligible Girl Scouts earn the Gold Award, which adds Anna to an elite group of females across the country with the honor.

Anna is a third generation Girl Scout. The Girl Scout pin that she proudly wears on her uniform today was originally pinned on her grandmother  in 1948 and then on her mother in 1971.

Friday, May 1, 2015

10 Reasons Why You Should Be Man Enough to Be a Girl Scout!

1. We are all inclusive. What is especially important about the Girl Scouts' rich history of supporting women's leadership is their insistence on being a voice for all girls, regardless of their background or neighborhood. Girl Scout membership does not discriminate on any basics, including race, ethnicity or gender identity!

2. Thin Mints!

3. Dr. Phil and his wife, Robin, filmed a video about how awesome Girl Scouts are and why Dr. Phil is Man Enough. Check it out here.

4. Girl Scout Cookies are loved by important guys, like Tom Hanks!

5. Girl Scouts really will rule the world someday and dads will help make it happen! Take as an example the Flying Monkeys, a group of Girl Scouts from Ames, Iowa, who developed a prosthetic hand device to help a 3-year-old toddler without finger to write. The device not only won the group the $20,000 FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation Award from the X Prize Foundation, it scored the Girl Scouts a provisional patent. And dads in the troop were the girls' greatest cheerleaders!

6. We all know men who support Boy Scouts. Well, imitation truly is the highest form of flattery! Girl Scouts got their start wit the help of Lord Baden Powell- the founder of Boy Scouts.

7. There's many beloved singers and songwriters who are Girl Scout alumna. Dolly Parton is one! The most celebrated female country music singer and songwriter is a lifetime member. Don't you want to be a part of the magic?

8. Girl Scouts send Girl Scout Cookies to service members overseas. Every year, Girl Scout councils send cookies by the tons to those serving overseas, and many of those are men who serve our country.

9. We all know guys like to think of themselves as nerds. Did you know that Girl Scouts is committed to supporting girls' interests in science, technology, engineering and math? With the support of Dell, Girl Scouts releases Be the Video Game Developer, an interactive experience that puts girls in the driver's seat of video game development. Through Be the Video Game Developer, girls consider what they would like to see in video games and make selections accordingly- choosing avatars, storylines and other video game features.

10. Girl Scouts invented s'mores! We know guys love to build a campfire and enjoy s'mores. Did you also know that Girl Scouts is credited with inventing the recipe? In fact, the original s'mores campfire delicacy was first introduced to the world almost 80 years ago in the 1927 Girl Scout Handbook.


Thursday, April 30, 2015

Town Hall Meetings

GSCCC has been hosting a series of town hall meetings throughout the Council. The meetings are an opportunity for volunteers to come together to share ideas and give input into where the Council can make improvements to become even better! At each meeting, GSCCC CEO Tracy Keller has shared information that she received from a recent Girl Scout CEO meeting that she attended, including details about activities and partnerships in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), financial literacy and entrepreneurship.

Monica and Deanna write down ideas to share with GSCCC
during a recent town hall meeting.
During the meeting on April 28 in Norfolk, Deanna Blackshire and Monica Corprew from Troop 115 brought their creative thinking caps! We loved all of the ideas, especially the one about spotlighting Gold Award recipients who have gone off and done great things. Reconnecting with these gems is on our radar!

Tonight is the last town hall meeting this spring. It will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Chesapeake. Get all the details about the meeting here.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Fun, Sun and Wind

Over 100 Girl Scouts took to the beach for a day of science learning on April 25 during a special STEM (science, technology, engineer and math) event for Girl Scouts at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head. The event was an a fun and educational experience for girls to learn more about marine life, ecosystems and energy.

Girl Scout Cadette Emma fishes off of Jennette's Pier
During the day, girls explored the biodiversity of the intertidal zone and learned about the animals that call the shores and waters of the Outer Banks home. They went on a beach scavenger hunt to look for shells, skate egg cases and other signs of the unique ecosystem at the beach. Girl Scouts also learned the basic skills necessary to catch a fish from the pier, including casting, reeling and proper catch and release techniques.

Kristen Brown, curator of education at Jeanette’s Pier, led a workshop for Girl Scouts to learn about harnessing wind energy by making their own wind turbines. Girls worked in groups to design blades for the turbine and tested how much energy they could harness in a wind tunnel set up in the classroom on the pier. During the workshop, Brown also taught the girls about the advantages and disadvantages of wind energy, the importance of clean wind and alternative energy.

Girl Scout Cadettes Jada and Kaelyn work on building a wind
turbine in the classroom at Jennette's Pier.
“So many jobs are based on technology and science today, and girls need to see that they are an important part of our future workforce,” Brown said. “Girls are just as good at building things as boys, and they need to be exposed to engineering tasks from a young age if we want them to take an interest in it.”

In today’s world, women hold only about 25 percent of careers. According to the Girl Scout Research Institute, 82 percent of girls see themselves as smart enough to have a career in STEM, but only 13 percent say it’s their first choice. Girl Scouts is working with community partners, such as Jennette’s Pier, to give girls access to fun and informal ways to explore in the STEM fields.

Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast is committed to giving all girls the opportunity to participate in STEM experiences. This summer, girls can attend various STEM-themed Girl Scout camps. Also, Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast, in partnership with Norfolk State University, will host Science Alive, a day of hands-on STEM learning, in September. Girl Scout camps and events are open to all girls, whether or not they are currently registered members of Girl Scouts. For more information, visit

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

GSCCC Recognized with Head Over Heels Award

On Saturday, April 25, Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast was recognized at the 2nd annual Victorious Women's Prayer Breakfast, which took place at the Chesapeake Conference Center. Girl Scouts, along with five other women’s organizations, were recognized with a 2015 Head Over Heels Award for the organization’s dedication to improving the lives of women and their families. Award winners were also presented with a letter of congratulations from Senator Mark Warner.

At the breakfast, Girl Scouts had the opportunity to meet the keynote speaker, Patricia Southall Smith, former Miss Virginia USA, wife of former NFL Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith, owner of Pat Smith Enterprises and president of Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities. The girls also had the opportunity to meet Representative Bobby Scott and other special guests who attended the breakfast in support of women and organizations in Hampton Roads that are devoted to women and their families balancing careers, family and community service.

Victorious Women’s Ministry is a subsidiary of FavorNation Church, which was founded by Pastor Adrian Woodard to 2014. The organization was launched as a community empowerment ministry that serves, enlightens and inspired the community.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Gold Award Spotlight: A Few Good Bats

Girl Scout Ambassador Sabryna from Virginia Beach  has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor and achievement in Girl Scouting.

Sabryna has always been fascinated by bats and enjoys watching them fly at night. She also understands the benefits of having bats around the help control the mosquito population. For her project, Sabryna focused on educating people about the benefits of bats and building bat boxes to place around Hampton Roads to encourage growth of the local bat population. She visited numerous Girl Scout and Boy Scout troop meetings, where she shared facts about bats, led activities to reinforce the information she taught and helped scouts built bat boxes. She also hosted a workshop at Northwest River State Park, where she eventually hung 11 bat boxes, and she placed additional bat boxes at Norfolk Botanical Garden and Pipsico Scout Reservation, as well as her own backyard.

“Bats are fascinating creatures,” Sabryna said. “I chose this project to share my interest in bats with others and explain the positive impact bats have on our environment.”

Sabryna also created a brochure about bats and displayed her project at community events to further educate the public about the benefits of bats.

The Gold Award requires girls to identify an issue in the community and carry out a Take Action project to address the matter through leadership work. Nationwide, less than 6 percent of eligible Girl Scouts earn the Gold Award, which adds Sabryna to an elite group of females across the country with the honor.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Virginia Beach Girl Scouts Earn Silver Award

Virginia Beach Girl Scouts Kearny and Alex have earned the Girl Scout Silver Award, the second highest honor and achievement a girl can earn in Girl Scouting. For their project, Kearny and Alex focused on remembering, honoring and saluting the Girl Scouts of World War II.

Kearny and Alex began their project by researching the contributions of Girl Scouts to the war effort. They learned that during World War II, Girl Scouts worked hard during a difficult time to promote patriotism and provide a variety of services, including selling war bonds, hosting scrap metal drives and cultivating Victory Gardens to contribute to the public supply of food. After learning about all of these efforts, Kearny and Alex created a plaque for Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast that will serve as a permanent memorial to the girls who gave so much during the war.

Kearny and Alex also set out to educate the public about the contributions of Girl Scouts to World War II. They purchased vintage uniforms and attended reenactments, including the Warbirds Over the Beach Airshow, where they invited people to sign a thank you card, and explained the vintage uniforms, books and war-era Girl Scout awards they had on display. Additionally, the girls put up a display about their project in the display case at A Place for Girls, the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast regional program center and headquarters.

Alex and Kearny at the Warbirds Over the Beach Airshow