Monday, September 9, 2019

Celebrating our 2019 Cookie Entrepreneur Officers!


GSCCC salutes our 2019 Cookie Entrepreneur Officers and we know they’ll be amazing role models for other girls as we go into our Fall Product Program season. The Girl Scout Cookie Program and our Fall Product Program gives girls an opportunity to explore different career paths (traditional and non-traditional), gain networking skills, and have opportunities for mentorships. As budding entrepreneurs, girls gain essential life skills and work as a team to accomplish common goals and solve problems, while building the confidence they need to shine as girls, as young women, and as future leaders. And did we mention the fun?! They have lots of that along the way, too.

Our successful formula includes:

Goal-setting & Financial Literacy - Want to start your own business or earn money for a trip to Rome? Let us help get you there!

Decision-making - Thinking of starting a business, but unsure of how to price your product? Girl Scouts know how! Want to learn how to negotiate? Our girls can do that, too!

Business ethics - Reputation and being socially responsible means a lot in the business world, and we want to help our girls understand how to build their brand by understanding business ethics! If you want to run your own successful business or master the art of sales, our business & entrepreneurship programs are for you.

GSCCC’s magazine spotlighted our 2019 Cookie CEOs this month, but we left out an important beam of light on that spotlight – the group photo of ALL the superstars! We’ve added it to this blog post and our online magazine. Congrats to all the girls who accomplished their 2019 cookie goals.  

Looking ahead…

October is National Women’s Small Business Month. National Women's Small Business Month is a time to recognize and applaud the talented, dedicated and driven women whose entrepreneurial spirit helps drive our nation's economy forward. Consider inviting a woman who owns a small business to your troop meeting to talk about her experience. Don’t forget to ask if she was a Girl Scout growing up! We’d love to get her involved today as a Girl Scout alum.

Gold Award Spotlight: Art Design Ideas


Girl Scout Ambassador Kandace has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor and achievement a girl can earn in Girl Scouts.

As a Girl Scout, girls understand the importance of helping the community as soon as they join the organization because community service is an integral part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. That is why Kandace decided to make volunteering easier for people at The Boys and Girls Club through her Gold Award project.

For her project, “Art Design Ideas,” Kandace created an art resource book that demonstrated how to create various works of art and included what materials would be needed for the craft, which has helped give volunteers ideas of crafts to make with the kids at The Boys and Girls Club. She also took action to earn her award by collecting and donating art supplies to the organization in order for the art projects to be a success.

A true leader, Kandace also worked to inspire students at her school to give back to the community by displaying her Gold Award project at a school assembly.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Gold Award Spotlight: Take Photos and Leave Footprints


Samantha Ellis has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor and achievement a girl can earn in Girl Scouts.

The Girl Scout Leadership Experience teaches girls to be good environmental stewards. That is why Samantha decided to also teach her community how to “leave no trace,” a program that teaches people how to protect the environment by leaving their area better than they found it. For her project, “Take Photos and Leave Footprints,” she created animal cutouts for the Virginia Living Museum that taught the public how to not disturb nature.

With the help of her project, she was able to educate the people in her community about the importance of not causing harm to the environment we live in. In addition, Samantha was able to improve her leadership and communication skills through her Gold Award project.

Her project will be sustained with the help of the museum using her cutouts during events to help educate additional members of the community on how to leave no trace.


Monday, August 26, 2019

Gold Award Spotlight: The Importance of Health: Mind, Body and Spirit


Girl Scout Ambassador Yasmin has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor and achievement a girl can earn in Girl Scouts.

For her Gold Award, she helped her community take charge of children’s wellness by developing a 3-week program, “The Importance of Health: Mind, Body, & Spirit,” that was hosted at Chesapeake’s Empowerment Counseling Center. The classes she organized and led showed school-age children how to be healthy physically, emotionally and mentally.

“I know that health can lead to academic success, physical success, mental wellbeing, and spiritual rewards,” Yasmin said. “All these factors, if developed early in life, should lead to a lifetime of success and wellbeing. I want this measure of success for children no matter where they dwell.”

Her project was geared toward the children in her community because she believes that children should know about healthy nutrition, fun ways to get exercise and understand how to reduce stigmas surrounding mental health in order to live a happy, successful life and have access to health resources in their community.

Yasmin learned how to identify problems in her community, research solutions, and present that information in an impactful way thanks to her Gold Award project.

The Chesapeake Redevelopment and Housing Authority continues to utilize and sustain her educational program within the community.


Monday, August 19, 2019

Gold Award Spotlight: Educational Videos for AP Students


Grace Payne has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor and achievement a girl can earn in Girl Scouts. 

A motivated and dedicated student, Grace decided to use her Gold Award project, “Educational Videos for AP Students,” to help her peers better prepare for their Advanced Placement (AP) Art History exam. She created online videos that were engaging and informative which allowed students to access content at any time that would not only prepare them for the exam, but also allow them to find ways to relate to the information they were learning during the course. Grace also created a lesson plan and supplied materials to host an AP review session during class, which increased her peers’ success rate.

“My videos touch on some of the more challenging aspects of the course, preventing students from becoming discouraged in their learning by providing concise explanations and ways to retain the information and be successful on the AP test,” she explained.

Grace’s project will be sustained thanks to her resources being available online for other students to use. Her former AP Art History teacher will also be able to help students in the future by making the videos she made a part of his exam review before the test.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Gold Award Spotlight: Trantwood School Supply Drive


Girl Scout Ambassador Jessica has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor and achievement a girl can earn in Girl Scouts.

For her Gold Award, “Trantwood School Supply Drive,” Jessica helped make a lasting impact on students and teachers in her community by creating and stocking a school supply closet with essential school items. The supplies, she said, would be instrumental in helping to set students up for success when they start school. Jessica placed donation boxes around the community to gather items which helped to increase the number of school supplies in the closet. She gathered more than 600 supplies, allowing the closet to be fully stocked. 

“This project opened my eyes to what some families go through to send their kids to school,” she said. “It is heartbreaking that many kids go to school every day and don’t have anything with them for learning.”

Students who may not be fortunate enough to start school with the supplies they need will be able to benefit from Jessica’s project, which will be sustained by her church’s youth group, for years to come. 


Monday, August 5, 2019

The Wild Things take on three-part hiking experience


A guest blog written by Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast Volunteer, Bonnie Taylor. 

The Wild Things of GSCCC took on the Triple Crown of Virginia recently, a three-part hiking experience in Roanoke, Va. which features three iconic vistas—Dragon's Tooth, McAfee Knob and Tinker Cliffs. This was a very challenging and ambitious goal, but don’t think for a minute that we couldn’t do it! 

On Tuesday we took on Dragon’s Tooth.  This is a 4.1-mile out and back with 1,227 feet elevation change (each way!).  There was a lot of bouldering required for this hike.  We were climbing rocks almost straight up!  

On Wednesday we took on McAfee Knob.  This is the most photographed spot on the Appalachian Trail.  This hike took us 7.6-miles with 1,591 feet of elevation change (each way). The view from the Knob is simply breathtaking.  

Then on Thursday we took on Tinker Cliffs – the most challenging of all. This was a 7-mile hike with 1,902 feet in elevation change (again, each way). So overall, we hiked 9,440 feet in elevation change!  

Yes, there were some sore muscles. Yes, there were some blisters and YES there were smiles and arms raised in victory! These girls can say “been there, done that and got the t-shirt!”  

Did I mention we did this during the hottest week of the year? I recommend everyone try this hike, I just don’t recommend you hike this during the month of July!