Monday, December 10, 2018

2018 Cookie Kickoff

More than 1,200 Girl Scouts and their families packed the Virginia Living Museum on Saturday, December 8 to kick off the 2019 Girl Scout Cookie Season. The event was a sweet success!

Attendees were treated to a special, high-energy, after-hours night of activities that featured several different learning stations. The kickoff is an annual event designed to equip Girl Scouts with the latest knowledge of the cookie program in order to achieve both individual and troop goals.  

Girl Scouts from all over the Council came to rehearse their sales pitches, learn how to manage their money and set achievable goals to ensure success this upcoming season. The event wouldn’t have been complete without a tasting booth and our Girl Scouts sure did love trying this year’s cookie varieties: Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Do-si-dos, Savannah Smiles, Girl Scout S’mores and Toffee-tastic (gluten free).

Cookie captains—teen Girl Scouts who are experienced cookie sellers—were on hand to guide their younger cookie entrepreneurs through the ins and outs of the cookie program at the different stations set up throughout the museum. By the end of the evening, the girls learned just what it takes to become a CEO—Cookie Entrepreneur Officer.

Our troops are staying ahead of the game and preparing now! Troop 1404 will be hosting a Cookie Booth University so that the new CEOs can get comfortable being behind the booth and selling the delicious cookies! Last year, the troop worked a total of 25 hours at the booth. We know their hard work and dedication will result in a victory as sweet as the Thin Mint!

The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the nation’s largest girl-led business and the leading financial literacy program for girls. Proceeds from the Girl Scout Cookie Program allow girls to do amazing things!

Troop 1087 used last year’s cookie proceeds to complete the challenge course at Go Ape.

“It turned out to be a great team and confidence building activity for the girls,” Troop 1087 Leader Melissa Reeves said.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina starts on January 5, 2019, when girls will begin taking cookie orders. Cookie booth sales begin February 17.

Thank you to TowneBank for sponsoring this year’s kickoff event.

We cannot wait to hear about all of the things the upcoming cookie season has in store for our Girl Scouts! Click here to share your story with us.

To view more photos, click here.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Troop 1041 puts together care packages for military members

For Veteran’s Day this year, with the help of Master Sgt. Gueston, Girl Scout Troop 1041 worked together to create 29 care packages for the deployed airmen and airwomen of the Langley Air Force Base 633rd Medical Group. 

From candy and granola bars to handwritten notes and uplifting cards, the packages were stuffed full of things to help the men and women deployed have better days. 

“It makes me feel that someone cares about our troops. It warms my heart that someone cares enough to put these together so they feel a sense of home,” said Master Sgt. Gueston. 

Troop Leader Vicki O’ Neill wanted to create a project that would be hands-on for her Girl Scouts and allow the girls to show their gratitude for those men and women who serve our country. 

“The military is a huge part of our community and on top of that, we have so many active duty and veteran families. They are our community. We want them to know we are appreciative of all they do,” O’Neill said. 

This project hits close to home for Troop 1041 because several girls, including the Girl Scout Brownie Skylar and Girl Scout Daisy Rylee, are family members to active duty and veteran families. 

“My hero is my dad,” said Skylar in an interview with WAVY-TV. “He helps our country.” 

Great job, Troop 1041! 

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Leadership Opportunity Through 2019 Juliette Low Seminar

GSUSA is seeking 26 participants, including volunteers and alumni, age 18 (as of 11/13/19) to 30 for an exciting opportunity. Meet your Girl Guiding and Girl Scout peers in a unique environment, explore how to actively tackle gender barriers to leadership, and bring about positive change for girls in your community when you return. If selected, applicants will be matched to a US hub location. Applicants must be 18 years old by November 13, 2019. Click here for more details, requirements and application.

Application Deadline: December 28th.

Meet 2018 Famous Former Honoree Daun Hester

Daun Hester has worn many hats in her professional life. Over the years, as an educator, Norfolk City Council Member and state representative, she has made a difference in many lives. In January of 2018, she was sworn in as Norfolk City Treasurer and became Norfolk’s first female African American treasurer. She says there are no boundaries that one cannot overcome with the right kind of determination and commitment.

Where did that determination and commitment come from? Daun says much of it came from her many years as a Girl Scout. Starting as a Girl Scout Brownie, she rose through the ranks and says the experience helped shape her character and gave her skills she still uses, such as overcoming a fear of public speaking. She attributes her interest in public office to the years spent as a Girl Scout where she performed countless community service projects with her fellow troop members. She also learned how to be a team player in Girl Scouts and formed life-long friendships that she still depends on to keep her grounded.  

“The Girl Scout organization provides opportunities for new experiences, making new friends, building confidence and self-esteem, earning badges, doing things you wouldn’t necessarily think about doing, and the discovery of potential professions,” she said. “As a Girl Scout, you learn what you’re passionate about and what’s going to be a part of your mission.”

When asked about her fondest memory, Daun recalled a camp overnight in her troop leader’s backyard.

“We couldn’t afford to go to camp, so she improvised and made it very special,” Daun said. “She was a wonderful leader who I’ve kept in touch with throughout my life.”

Because of Girl Scouts, Daun has found what she is passionate about, whether that’s deciding if seniors will have a good life, making sure that all children have a good meal, or being a teacher. She found her passion because Girl Scouts has provided her with those experiences.

Help us celebrate Daun and our other Girl Scout Famous Former honorees at our annual luncheon happening on November 29th at 11:30 a.m. at Hilton Norfolk The Main. Tickets are on sale until November 21. Click here to reserve your spot. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Grow Your Troop

Grow Your Troop
Patch Program
December 1, 2018-February 28, 2019

Increase Your Troop Size And Earn Make New Friends Patches!
Did you know that GSUSA research shows that the most successful troops have at least 12 girls? Just imagine what could happen if your troop added at least one new girl? Not only would more girls be able to participate in Girl Scouts, it allows existing members to flex their leadership and social skills which builds confidence as they mentor their new Girl Scout friends.

1. How can my troop participate?
Step 1. Be open to adding new girls to your troop.  Email and let us know what openings you have available.  The placement team will help steer new girls to your troop.  When someone joins your troop, you will receive an email with the family’s contact information to reach out to them directly. Make sure you contact new families right away!
Step 2. By February 28, 2019, add new girls to your troop.

Troop Size
# Girls ( approx. 20% increase)
> 12
Increase to reach 12
Add 2 girls
Add 3 girls
Add 4 girls

2. How can we find new girls to add to the troop?
  • Talk to your service unit coordinator or your service unit placement coordinator to see if there are girls in the area on a wait list.
  • Have the girls in your troop pass out fliers to their friends. 
  • Have the girls in your troop bring a friend to a meeting. 
  • Wear Girl Scout swag often, especially on meeting days!
  • Add your troop to the Troop Opportunity Catalog.
  • Bring a friend to a Girl Scout program event.
So there you have it! Six awesome ways to grow your troop. Concerned about the work it will involve? Be sure to encourage parents to register and lend a hand with your troop throughout the year!  If you need help with creating a flier or an invite contact

3. How will we receive our patches?
We’ll deliver your patches to your service unit leader meeting.

Have questions?  Email
Thank you for making Girl Scouts possible for more girls!

Stay healthy, Girl Scouts!

Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast recently partnered with “Now You’re Cooking,” a local culinary studio, to teach Girl Scouts about the benefits of healthy eating habits. The workshop, Nutritional Science, took place on November 3 and was open to Girl Scout Brownies. The girls who attended created healthy snacks and earned their Snack badge.

According to a report by the Girl Scout Research Institute, learning about healthy eating at an early age is important. Although girls demonstrate basic knowledge about healthy foods and eating behaviors, they often do not put this knowledge into practice, and it is normal for many girls to make poor choices with respect to diet and exercise.

Want to earn your Snack badge? Get started by creating some of the recipes below!

Applesauce Parfait (Sweet Snack)

*Makes one serving size
Estimated time: 5-10 minutes

-          1 single serve applesauce cup 
-          4 tablespoons of granola
-          4 tablespoons of whipped cream

1. In a cup or bowl, scoop three spoonfuls of applesauce into the bottom
2. Add two tablespoons of whipped cream for the next layer
3. Top with a layer of two tablespoons of granola
4. Repeat steps 1-3 one more time
After completing step four, your parfait should look like this:

This snack is easy and sweet! To make it your own, substitute any of the ingredients for a different healthy option! 

Italian Skewer (Savory Snack)

*Makes two serving sizes.
*If you do not have skewers, substitute by using two straws.
Estimated time: 15 minutes

-          1 cheese stick
-          4 tortellini (cooked) 
-          2 tomatoes
-          2 slices of pepperoni
-          2 basil leaves

1. Place your cheese stick on plate and cut it into fourths (Reminder: ask a parent or guardian for help when using knives!)
Your cheese stick should look like this:

On each skewer add:
2 pieces of cheese
2 tortellini
1 tomato
1 peperoni
1 basil leaf

This is a quick an easy snack that everyone will love! Mix and match ingredients to make your own take on this healthy snack.

Trail Mix (Energy Snack)

*Makes one serving

Estimated time: 5-10 minutes

The key to a healthy trail mix is that it should include a carbohydrate, protein and a sugar.

Choose from the following to add in your trail mix:
-          Special K Red Berries cereal
-          Chocolate Chips
-          Cheerios
-          Walnuts
-          Marshmallows
-          Sprinkles
          Take equal parts of each item you would like to put in your trail mix and add it to a Ziploc bag.

 This is a perfect snack to pack for lunch or a day when you’re on the go!


Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Engineering and Robotics day at ODU

More than 50 Girl Scouts had the chance to explore science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in new ways on October 20 at Old Dominion University (ODU). The event was made possible thanks to the help of engineering student volunteers and the Theta Eta members of Kappa Delta.

The workshop activities on Saturday helped girls earn robotic badges that are available for all Girl Scout levels.

The event kicked off with a motivational talk led by Girl Scout alum and Dean of ODU’s Batten College of Engineering and Technology, Stephanie Adams. Her excitement for engineering filled the room and inspired the girls in attendance. She talked about her journey as a Girl Scout and how it shaped her to be the woman in engineering she is today. Throughout her years as an engineer, she has gone from making sandpaper to designing surgical staplers and electrodes. After years of engineering Adams became the first female engineering dean at ODU, making each day a new and exciting challenge.

“No day of mine is ever the same,” Adams told to the Girl Scouts.

During her time spent with the girls, Adams had them guess the percentage of women studying engineering nationally. The girls shouted answers like “72 percent!” and “56 percent!” Once all of the girls had given their guesses, Adams gained their attention and told them news that shocked them. The number of women studying engineering nationally is only 20 percent, a statistic that will increase thanks to Girl Scout programs like the Engineering and Robotics event.

Along with earning their badges for the day, the girls were instructed to use the engineer design process: brainstorm, design, build, test and redesign while doing various activities like creating bloopers for a robot design and building small scale bridges to support the weight of books.

Girl Scout Daisies started by brainstorming with the ODU engineering students about what characteristics made up a robot. The girls came to the conclusion that robots can do tasks on their own unlike some machines. During their activity they were asked to design their own robots.

“I made my robot out of titanium and I programmed her to have feelings because everyone has to have feelings in some way,” Girl Scout Daisy Oliva Kemmerzell said as she drew her robot she named ‘Live.’

The focus of one of the other activities was to understand program coding. The goal of the activity was to “program” the girls' friends to direct them from point “A” to point “B.”

Girl Scout Junior Aliya Summers talked about her success where she was able to program her friends to get around the shape of an oval.

“It’s all about teamwork when you do it, and we were all working together! Today taught me that I should listen to others and their ideas. It shows that I am able to do more teamwork, not just in games, but in everything I do,” said Summers.

To end the day, Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors met to build bridges. The goal of the activity was to be able to create bridge that wouldn’t break when pressure was applied.

According to the Girl Scout Research Institute, STEM and the Girl Scout Leadership Experience is a natural fit and one that allows girls to improve skills like teamwork. Of the girls surveyed in the Imagine Your STEM Future program, 70% indicated that they learn by working with other girls. More than 80% of the girls in the study also indicated that their cooperation and team building skills improved. By hosting STEM events, Girl Scouts helps girls improve skills that will last them a lifetime.

Adams is a 2018 Girl Scout Famous Former Honoree who will be celebrated at the luncheon scheduled for November 29 at The Main. Join us as we celebrate Adams' accomplishments, including the partnership she initiated with GSCCC. Special early bird pricing is available until November 15. Tickets are on sale until November 21.