Friday, January 13, 2017

Meet Remedy: Cookie Entrepreneur Officer

Remedy and Raylan
Remedy may be just 10 years old, but she’s already running her very own business as a Girl Scout Cookie entrepreneur. Last year, Remedy was the top Girl Scout Cookie seller in Surry County, selling 677 boxes of the sweet treats. For the 2017 cookie sale, Remedy is looking forward to sharing her experience with a cookie colleague, her five-year-old sister Raylan who joined Girl Scouts this year. The pair will work together to reach out to family members, friends and neighbors in search of cookie customers. This year, Remedy has set a goal to sell at least 700 boxes of cookies, and since she’ll be sharing sales with her sister, she knows that she will have to work harder than in year’s past to reach her goal.

With five years of cookie-selling experience, Remedy is always eager to share helpful tips with fellow Girl Scouts. One of her favorite ways to boost her sales is to talk to customers about the Gift of Caring program. Through this program, she asks people to buy an extra box of cookies to be donated to a hometown hero. Last year, Remedy and her fellow troop members gave the donated cookies to the USO to distribute to members of the military. This year, Troop 1197 plans to personally deliver donated boxes to local charities and first responders so that they can meet the hometown heroes who will be enjoying the cookies.

When it comes to the cookie program, however, Remedy knows that it’s about more than just sales tactics. It’s about the girl selling the cookies too. Her can-do mentality and determination to succeed makes her a leader among Girl Scouts in Surry.

“I love to help younger Girl Scouts build their confidence at cookie booths,” Remedy said. “I show them how easy it is to ask people to buy or donate cookies, and I remind them to say ‘thank you’ even if they don’t make a sale.”

And, although Remedy loves cookie season, there are so many other things that she loves about being a Girl Scout. She’s already looking forward to going on camping trips, earning badges and taking field trips with her troop, all activities made possible thanks to the funds they earn from the cookie program.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the nation’s leaning financial literacy and entrepreneurial program for girls. Girl Scout Cookies not only help girls earn money for fun, educational activities and community projects, but also play a huge role in teaching girls how to be go-getters, innovators, risk-takers and leaders as they learn essential life and business skills.

Girl Scouts in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina are currently taking orders for cookies. Cookies will arrive to the region on February 18, and cookie booth sales will begin the following day. For more information, visit www.gsccc.org.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Girls’ Choice Badges Are Back: Voting Is Open Through January 22!

At Girl Scouts, girl-led programming that speaks to and nurtures girls’ interests and skills (they have so many!) is at the very core of our mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character. At every turn, we want her to know the world is hers, and so we give her countless opportunities to unleash that inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ who will take the lead to change her world, and ours.

That’s exactly why Girls’ Choice badges are back, and we’re so excited! This year, girls can choose their favorite badge topic from four new and exciting options. And for the very first time, there will be a Girls’ Choice badge for our littlest (and sometimes mightiest!) Girl Scouts. That’s right—Daisies will get a Girls’ Choice badge of their very own. Yes!

Here are this year’s choices:

Outdoors
• Troop Camping
• Outdoor Cooking

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
• Water Around Us
• The Secret Life of Plants

The poll is officially open, so go on and vote now for your favorite badge topic. Voting is open through January 22. We can hardly stand the suspense!

Once the winning topic is selected, girls will also have a chance to vote on the design of their badge—awesome! The design poll will be open from February 13 to 17, so stay tuned.

For now, we ask you to encourage every Girl Scout you know to vote, vote, vote. We need every adult standing with us to make sure girls take advantage of this very important opportunity to create their own Girl Scout experience and make their voices heard. It’s such an important part of the magic and leadership potential that Girl Scouts unleashes in girls every day.

The time to vote is now.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Graduating Ambassadors Eligible for KPMG Future Leaders Program and Scholarship

The KPMG Future Leaders Program selects top female high school seniors from around the country to participate in the program and receive a KPMG Future Leaders Scholarship of $10,000 per year through four years of college. Selected students attend a three-day retreat at Stanford University the summer before their freshman year of college; in 2017, the retreat will be held July 17–19. Students also participate in a yearlong mentoring program, paired with a female leader participating in the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit.

Learn more about the program and fill out the application, which is due to the Office of Condoleezza Rice by January 30.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Cookie Blitz with TowneBank

Dawn Glynn, President and Regional Executive Officer with
Morgan Davis, President and Chief Banking Officer
Thanks to TowneBank, the annual Girl Scout Cookie Program season has had a super rocket launch! Not only has TowneBank supported the 2017 Cookie Kick Off held mid-November for girls, they are sponsoring this week’s Cookie Blitz. Throughout the week, GSCCC CEO Tracy Keller and select staff will be “cookie blitzing” donors, community leaders and friends, offering them a chance to sample and tell us what they think about the new Girl Scout Cookie - the S’mores cookie! The actual door-to-door, order-taking visits made by girls in neighborhoods begins Saturday, January 7.

TowneBank President and Chief Banking Officer Morgan Davis was on hand today at the bank’s headquarters in Suffolk to taste a Girl Scout S’mores cookie. He gives it a thumbs up!

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Dawn Glynn with Jerry Kent, TowneBank Senior Vice President
of Private Banking
This year is a perfect time to have a cookie blitz because 2017 marks the 100th year of the first known sale of cookies by Girl Scouts. In 1917, the Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma, baked cookies and sold them in its high school cafeteria as a service project. Becoming more than a bake sale, the program has evolved into a highly recognized financial literacy and entrepreneurship program for girls that teaches them five essential skills – goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. There’s quite a bit of history when it comes to Girl Scout Cookies!

Nationally, nearly 1 million Girl Scouts participate in the annual Girl Scout Cookie Program – nearly 10,000 of those right here at Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast! Proceeds help fund troop activities, unique programs that girls may not get elsewhere, support the training of adult volunteers, and help maintain camp properties. We’re looking forward to a successful cookie season in 2017. We know it will be a whole lot sweeter for our girls, thanks to our TowneBank friends!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Gold Award Spotlight: Stay Sand Smart

Angela, a Virginia Beach Girl Scout, has earned the Gold Award, the highest honor and achievement a girl can earn in Girl Scouting.

For her project, Angela focused on educating the community about sand safety. When her brother was a child, he fell into a hole he was digging at the beach and it collapsed on him, suffocating him. He was buried for 20 minutes, which caused a severe anoxic brain injury, leading to severe disabilities.

“Prior to beginning my Gold Award project, I viewed my brother’s accident as simply an issue within my family,” Angela said. “This project helped me realize that this is an accident that could happen to anyone in my community, and I felt the need to take action.”

Angela worked with the aquatic staff at the City of Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation Department to develop a lesson plan about sand safety that is now taught in the Learn to Swim classes at recreation centers in Virginia Beach. The lesson focuses on sand hole collapses, but also teaches children about germs in sand, protecting themselves from hot sand and what to do if they get sand in their eyes. Angela also created a brochure and poster to go along with the lesson.

In order to reach even more people, Angela placed her brochures at the Virginia Beach Visitor Center and the Oceanfront Library and hosted an informational booth at Scout Ready, a safety and emergency preparedness expo. Angela plans to continue to educate as many people as she can about sand safety and hopes to be able to work with local elementary schools to educate their students about sand safety.

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 six percent of eligible Girl Scouts earn the Gold Award, which adds Angela to an elite group of female leaders across the country with the honor. In 2016, Girl Scouts are celebrating 100 years of girls changing the world during the centennial year of the Girl Scout Gold Award. 

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Gold Award Spotlight: Toiletry Shelving and Healthy Recipe Book

Megan, a Virginia Beach Girl Scout, has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor and achievement a girl can earn in Girl Scouting.

For her project, Megan focused her efforts on improving the Judeo-Christian Outreach Center (JCOC), an organization that works to empower homeless families and individuals. Megan built four shelving units to improve the area where the JCOC stores toiletries and other donated items. She also created a labeling system so that donated items stay organized and can be accessed easily.

“Through my church, Lynnhaven United Methodist Church, I have volunteered at the JCOC over the years,” Megan said. “For my Gold Award project, I was naturally drawn toward working with the JCOC because I love what they do to help break the cycle of homelessness in Virginia Beach.”

In order to make an even bigger impact on the JCOC, Megan then shifted her focus to the kitchen. Oftentimes, groups visit the JCOC as volunteers to cook meals for those who are homeless. Megan created a recipe book with healthy meal options to help guide the groups when choosing a meal to prepare. Megan worked with JCOC staff to make sure that her book will be passed along to volunteers and the book will be updated annually with new recipe options.

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 six percent of eligible Girl Scouts earn the Gold Award, which adds Megan to an elite group of female leaders across the country with the honor. In 2016, Girl Scouts are celebrating 100 years of girls changing the world during the centennial year of the Girl Scout Gold Award.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Gold Award Spotlight: Sand Dune Conservation and Restoration

Dana, a Virginia Beach Girl Scout, has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor and achievement a girl can earn in Girl Scouting.

For her project, Dana installed sand fencing at Little Island Park in Sandbridge to help conserve and restore the sand dune line that has been damaged over the years by hurricanes and other coastal storms. She worked with the City of Virginia Beach to ensure that the fencing will be maintained until it is buried under the sand, at which point it will help to maintain the dune line.

“I grew up in Virginia Beach, and I have seen coastal storm damage to our local beaches,” Dana said. “Not only will the sand fencing help repair the dune, but it will also help to conserve it against future damage.”

Dana also wanted to educate the public about the importance of erosion control. She conducted research of local beaches to identify which areas would benefit most from erosion control programs. She then developed targeted email campaigns for civic leagues in those areas, in which she included photographs of their beach, a summary comparing erosion control methods and information about the benefits of sand fencing. Her emails went out to coastal residents across the region, including those on the Southside, Peninsula and Eastern Shore.

Over the summer, Dana hosted an informational booth at the Virginia Aquarium, where she was able to teach families from all around the world about the benefits of sand fencing to conserve and repair beaches.

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 six percent of eligible Girl Scouts earn the Gold Award, which adds Dana to an elite group of female leaders across the country with the honor. In 2016, Girl Scouts are celebrating 100 years of girls changing the world during the centennial year of the Girl Scout Gold Award.
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