Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Take a Girl Scout to Work Day

Three lucky Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast’s Media Girls were able to shadow media professionals in the workplace during “Take a Girl Scout to Work Day.”

Girl Scout Ambassador Lily Tomlinson visited 13News Now on April 4. She submersed herself in the newsroom and learned what it takes to share the news with people every day.

She attended the morning editorial meeting where reporters, producers, editors and managers discussed story ideas for the day. Lily also sat with a broadcast producer and digital producer which allowed her to learn more about the different types of production. During the noon broadcast, she got a front-row seat to the show! Lily was even given a headset so that she could hear the producers and directors talk while the crew was on the air.

“When I visited WVEC, I gained an understanding of how much effort goes into making a newscast,” Lily explained. “Many people with different gifts collaborate to make their broadcast a success. Each step of creating the broadcast is necessary and irreplaceable, and without just one person using their talents, the news would lack something not only important, but also special.”

As a Media Girl, Lily has worked both on and off screen and has found the news industry to be interesting.

“I always felt excited and expectant to visit any news station with the Girl Scout Media Team. I saw everyone’s love for sharing the news with others, and their passion drew me in to explore the field,” Lily said.

Girl Scout Cadettes Krystina Brook and Maureen Keller also participated in “Take a Girl Scout to Work Day.” The pair visited Cox Communications Inc. on April 5 and learned a lot about working with the media from Girl Scout alum and Public Relations Manager for Cox Virginia, Sarah Buck.

Throughout the day, Krystina and Maureen met with members representing the Public and Government Affairs, Production, Programming and Customer Care teams. Since both Cadettes have demonstrated an interest in the media, Sarah took the time to take them down to the recording studio to practice their interviewing skills.

While there, the girls sat on the set of “A Las 11 por el 11,” a Spanish program produced by Cox Communications. Sarah reviewed with them how important it is to have three clear communication points that they want to make before speaking with the media, and to speak in sound bites so that production is easily able to edit a segment if needed. The girls took the advice and put it into practice as they took turns interviewing on camera

After finishing up their practice interviews, it was time to see the set in action. The girls participated as part of a live studio audience for the recording of the Saturday, April 7 airing of “A Las 11 por el 11.” In addition to watching the show’s recording live, they took turns visiting the control room during recording to see the process of a show being prepared for TV broadcast.

Finally, the day wrapped up in Sarah’s office as the girl’s asked Sarah questions about her job and what it is like being a public relations manager. Together, they discussed the importance of community outreach and the girls were able to ask Sarah about her involvement with Cox Charities. Sarah shared with the girls how proud she was to be involved with Cox Charities, and specifically of her work with Connect2Compete, an initiative which provides low-cost internet services to qualifying families who receive government assistance.

“Girl Scouting taught me the basics of leadership and reinforced the importance of giving back at a young age,” Sarah said. “I am pleased to see girls like Maureen and Krystina taking the extra time to focus on their personal development by participating in opportunities like Take a Girl Scout to Work Day.”

Thank you Sarah, Cox Communications and 13News Now for hosting Take a Girl Scout to Work Day and providing these Media Girls with an unforgettable opportunity.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Zoo Fest with Girl Scouts

Over 1,000 Girl Scouts filled the Virginia Zoo on Sunday for a day full of G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ activities.

Before the day started, Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast and the United Service Organizations of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia (USOHRCV) recognized some special Girl Scouts.  

Girls who sold more than 108 boxes of Gift of Caring Girl Scout Cookies, cookies purchased by customers to be donated to the USO, received a thank you certificate from USOHRCV President and CEO, Paula Moran. Then, the girls worked together to fill two USOHRCV vans with cookies. The girls donated over 27,000 boxes that will be distributed to the men and women who serve our country. 

“This means a very, very great deal to the USO,” Paula said during the ceremonial donation. “Those Girl Scout Cookies mean home, comfort and they are just delicious! Thank you so much for going that extra mile for your service members.”

The go-getter Girl Scouts were also treated to a VIP session with the zoo’s only sloth, KC. Girl Scout alum and Gold Award recipient, Stephanie, introduced the VIPs to KC and taught them about the sloth’s day-to-day activities, hobbies and shared other interesting facts about the animal.

As the day progressed, more girls arrived to spend their Sunday learning about the zoo creatures, their habitats and how Girl Scouts can help protect them and their environment.

Girls of all levels worked on badges and journeys throughout the day with the help of experts stationed in various parts of the zoo. They also participated in environmental activities with the help of organizations like the Butterfly Society of Virginia.

The day was packed with interactive stations for the girls to visit as they worked together to make projects and spend time outdoors.

Getting outside is a large part of the Girl Scout experience. Compared to a national sample of girls, Girl Scouts reported much higher levels of environmental stewardship, according to the Girl Scout Research Institute. The institute also found that the difference between girls involved in Girl Scouts and those who are not may stem from the Girl Scout organization’s dedication to environmental service, which may provide girls with a sense of purpose and socialize them into an environmentalist mindset- one that promotes connection with, concern for, and conservation of the environment.

Girl Scouts continue to thrive in an environment that is constantly changing with the help of events such as Zoo Fest that allow them to develop knowledge of the outdoors.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Chesapeake Girl Scout Sydney has earned her Gold Award

Sydney Mazat has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, which is the highest honor and achievement a girl can earn in Girl Scouts. Sydney is a junior at Grassfield High School.

After completing over 80 national park junior ranger programs, Sydney decided to use the information she learned over the years to create a Girl Scout Gold Award project, “Junior Ranger Program at Northwest River Park.” She created an interactive booklet which allows kids to learn more about the surrounding area in a fun way, including by doing a scavenger hunt!

Her project encourages kids of all ages to get off of their electronics and enjoy the outdoors. The program she developed teaches kids about the local ecosystem of the park without the distraction of phones and other devices. She is confident that through her project, participants will put down the electronics in order to gain knowledge and an appreciation for Northwest River Park and nature in general.

Program participants also have the opportunity to earn a Junior Ranger pin and a certificate of accomplishment once they complete the course.

Sydney’s project was on display at a Family Fun Day at Northwest River Park recently, which had over 15,000 visitors. She was able to encourage kids to complete the program.

“The most successful aspect of the project was getting kids of all ages outdoors and learning about nature,” Sydney said. “On Family Fun Day alone, hundreds of people started the junior ranger program, and as the day’s Junior Ranger Deputee, I was able to swear in many junior rangers.”

Sydney’s project will be sustained by the Chesapeake Department of Parks and Recreation.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Virginia Beach Girl Scout Charlotte has earned her Silver Award

Girl Scout Cadette Charlotte Scalzi from Troop 467 has earned her Girl Scout Silver Award, the second highest honor and achievement a girl can earn in Girl Scouts.

For her project, “Charlotte’s Charms,” Charlotte created one-of-a-kind bracelets for girls and boys to show them they can “shine bright.” Her inspiration for the jewelry came from a quote Dumbledore, a well-known character in Harry Potter, said: “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

Charlotte’s mission is to inspire self-confidence and start a chain of kindness with each bracelet. Each bracelet is adorned with a star charm which serves as a reminder that the person wearing the jewelry is unique and loved.
Every month, she donates the jewelry to Connect With a Wish (CWW), an organization that helps foster children. When the kids enter foster care, they receive one of Charlotte’s bracelets. She also gives her accessories to her peers at school when they are going through a difficult time.

Her bracelets also come with a personalized message of inspiration, letting the recipient know how loved and special she or he is!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Girl Scout Media Girl Julissa goes to the Virginia Zoo

Girl Scout Junior Julissa, one of our Council’s Media Girls, took time to tour the Virginia Zoo and interview the Zoo’s PR Manager, Ashley Mars. Julissa said this was one of her best reporting assignments, even though she has only had three to date. She loves being a Media Girl and meeting other Girl Scouts and friends who she interviews to tell their stories. She also likes attending the Media Girl events to learn more about careers in communication and building skills such as photography.  

While Ashley was never a Girl Scout, she told Julissa that she would have loved to have been one. Ashley loves seeing Girl Scouts come to the Zoo for overnights or day visits.

“When I asked Ashley what her job was, she told me she used to write and create designs for newspapers and worked at The Virginian-Pilot for a while,” Julissa said. “Now, working at the Virginia Zoo, Ashley is in charge of taking pictures of the animals and posting them on the Zoo’s social media sites. She also writes and designs many of the signs that Girl Scouts will see when they attend Zoo Fest.”

When asked by Julissa what Girl Scouts can expect at the upcoming April 15th Zoo Fest, Ashley replied, “Zoo Fest will be full of surprises with special activities just for Girl Scouts on that day. We’ll have pop-up shows with animals that docents will be offering and fun educational activities. Girls can also expect to do some arts and crafts with animal themes and time to explore the Zoo’s gardens and animal exhibits. And girls and their families can have fun in our gift shop that has stuffed animals, jewelry and educational toys.”

Julissa is really excited about going to Zoo Fest with her family and working on some Girl Scout badges while there, including the 2018 Zoo Fest Patch! The deadline to register for Zoo Fest is April 5, 2018. Click here to register for Zoo Fest. 

For more information on special programs such as overnights at the Virginia Zoo, click here.

Can you identify this furry friend you’ll meet at the Virginia Zoo?

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

2018 Samoa Soiree

More than 300 guests packed the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside hotel to celebrate the tenth annual Samoa Soiree on March 17. Chefs from restaurants and catering companies competed to walk away with awards for best savory or best dessert. 

Hosted by Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast, this annual event raises funds to support Girl Scouting in our area. 

This year, Chef Kyle Fowlkes from the Cyprus Grille at Embassy Suites Hampton won the Judges' Best in Presentation Award and the People’s Choice Award for Best Savory. His savory dish was gnocchi and veal topped with spinach and a cherry cream sauce. He used the Girl Scout Do-si-Dos Cookie and Girl Scout Toffee-tastic Cookie as magical ingredients! Chef Chris McLeod from The Dirty Buffalo won the People’s Choice for Best Dessert for his Mini Samoa Pudding Cake. His recipe was even published in Coastal Virginia Magazine. All the chefs used a Girl Scout Cookie variety as a key ingredient in their creation.

Best Dessert: Handsome Biscuit, Flan with Thin Mints and a touch of Wildflower Honey
Best Savory: Mixxer’s Kitchen, Lemony fried crab cake with Savannah Smiles Cookie
Best Presentation: Cyprus Grille, Sous Vide Veal with Toffee-tastic and Do-si-Dos Cookies
Most Creative Use of a Girl Scout Cookie: Spirit Cruises, Thai Veggie Bite
People’s Choice for Best Dessert: The Dirty Buffalo, Mini Samoa pudding cake made with Thin Mint Cookie
People’s Choice for Best Savory: Cyprus Grille, Sous Vide Veal
Best in Show: Sysco of Hampton Roads, Pork Belly Girl Scout Do-si-Do Cookie

The culinary delights were judged by local celebrities and foodies, including Patrick Evans-Hylton, publisher of Virginia Eats + Drinks Magazine; Grace Silipigni, online content editor of Coastal Virginia Magazine; Don London, vice president of operations at Entercom Communications Corporation; Carolyn Pittman with Newport News Shipbuilding; Toiya Sosa with GEICO; Xerxes Nabong, Yelp community director; Ashley Smith, 13News Now anchor and Peggy Sijswerda, editor and publisher of Tidewater Family Magazine and Tidewater Women Magazine.

This year’s participating restaurants included: Cyprus Grille at Embassy Suites Hampton, Handsome Biscuit, Hilton Norfolk The Main, II Giardino Ristorante, Mixxer’s Kitchen, RJ’s CafĂ© at the Salvation Army Kroc Center, Sheraton Norfolk Waterside, The Dirty Buffalo, The Skinny Dip Frozen Yogurt Bar, Spirit Cruises and Sysco Hampton Roads.

The event was generously sponsored by GEICO, Enspyr, Wall, Einhorn & Chernitzer P.C. and Newport News Shipbuilding. Many thanks to our media partners who supported the event and helped us spread the word about this unique event: 2WD 101.3, 13News Now, Coastal Virginia Magazine, Tidewater Women Magazine, VEER Magazine, Yelp and Virginia Eats + Drinks.

To view more photos, click here.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Gold Award Girl Scout Krysta's Forgotten Horses

An avid horse lover, Krysta Rutherford, recently completed her Girl Scout Gold Award project, “The Forgotten Horses.” She documented through video the need to save the critically endangered breed of horse: the Colonial Spanish Mustang. The video engages people of all ages and brings awareness to the story and heritage of the animal.

Her self-proclaimed love for the breed started in 2013 when Krysta adopted Katalina, a Corolla Spanish Mustang. Her horse had to be removed from the wild and it got Krysta thinking about horses on the critically endangered breed list. She recognized the enormous benefits the horses brought to her community, including their ability to help people with disabilities, diseases or other special conditions.

For more than a year, Krysta traveled thousands of miles in her quest to assemble the story of the Colonial Spanish Mustang. She visited places in Virginia, North and South Carolina and even Texas!  Through her Girl Scout Gold Award project, she was able to meet and visit experts in the field of conservation that added their voices to the video.  

"This project has continued to reinforce what my career may be in the future,” she said. “I am planning to focus on environmental science/studies with a focus on wildlife and/or marine life conservation."

The film has reached thousands of people through event showings, articles, presentations and other postings. The project continues to be sustained with the help of several organizations in a number of ways, including links to the film on their website. 

As a result of her project, a number of individuals have asked how they can help the cause.  Krysta has even received an email from someone in France who has asked for a copy of the film!

Visit the website Krysta made for her project The Forgotten Horses