Thursday, August 16, 2018

2018 Brick Dedication Ceremony

On August 16, guests gathered at A Place for Girls to dedicate commemorative bricks purchased by donors this year in honor of volunteers, past Council presidents, Gold Award Girl Scouts and others. Since starting in 2016, the Buy a Brick campaign has helped recognize more than 150 supporters of Girl Scouts.

Before the ceremony, several former Council presidents gathered for a luncheon hosted by current Board Chair Carolene Goodwyn-Harris where they learned about new Girl Scout badges and Council property initiatives. And like all Girl Scout alum gatherings, there was time to reconnect and share Girl Scout memories.  Among those who attended was Carolyn Abron-McCadden who served as GSCCC Board President from 1987 to 1991.  As a special gesture of Girl Scout sisterhood, Carolyn purchased a brick of honor for every past GSCCC president/chair!
“When I saw the request for the bricks, I thought about all of the women I had worked with and I thought it would be appropriate for each of us to have a brick,” she said.

Among those who donated a brick this year was Brittany Orosco, a Girl Scout volunteer and mother of Girl Scouts Brianna, a Cadette, and Isabella, a Senior. Isabella was excited to see the message on the brick.

“Empowered women empower women is what’s on the brick, along with mine and my sister’s troop number, 365,” Isabella said. “It’s everything Girl Scouts stands for.”

In addition to the past presidents, the following persons were honored with a Brick of Honor this year:
  • Beth Aberth
  • Carolyn Abron-McCadden
  • Lisa Allen
  • Kelly Brock
  • Kathryn Callahan
  • Wanda Drees
  • Phyllis Grady
  • Brandy Hamilton
  • Denis and Jessica Howorth
  • Helen Kattwinkel
  • Dan Keller
  • Joanne Kral
  • Melissa Lauster
  • Brittany Orosco
  • Kim Painter
  • Kim Rigazzi
  • George Schmidt
  • Nancy Welch

The dedication ceremony was followed by a reception and social with the Council’s Board of Directors. If you were not able to purchase a brick for someone special this year, you’ll have another chance next year!

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

GSCCC has a new American Flag!

On August 15, Ladies Auxiliary of the Fleet Reserve Association (LA FRA) donated a brand new American Flag so that GSCCC and Camp Outback campers could retire the worn American Flag that was previously displayed at A Place for Girls.

Flag ceremonies are an integral part of the Girl Scout experience. Whether the ceremony is performed for the opening and closing of meetings or to retire a worn flag, Girl Scouts know the importance of the history and protocols for a flag ceremony. With the new flag, future campers and guests at A Place for Girls will see just how much Girl Scouts respect their country.

“It’s important for the girls to see the proper disposition of the flag,” Christina Murray, the auxiliary’s national vice president and Girl Scout alum said. “The girls also should see that once the flag gets to be tattered and worn, it’s time to respectfully retire it.”

During the donation ceremony, the girls talked about the history of the American Flag, including what the colors represent. A special folding ceremony was led by Girl Scouts as they learned what each fold meant.

The group retires flags annually and invited the Girl Scouts to join them each year.

Thank you to the Ladies Auxiliary of the Fleet Reserve Associate (LA FRA) for donating the beautiful, new American Flag!

Camp Fury Chesapeake

Last week, 26 Girl Scouts were issued turnout gear, helmets, gloves and safety glasses at the Chesapeake Fire Department Central Supply Warehouse. The girls prepared to spend the week taking part in Camp Fury Chesapeake, a firefighting and emergency preparedness camp hosted by Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast and the Chesapeake Fire Department.

Girls started on Monday with physical training and moved into groups for a day full of firefighting training. This group of leaders completed an aerial climb, forcible entry drills and learned how to use a fire hose. As the week progressed, campers learned from female firefighters and law enforcement personnel exactly what it takes to keep the community safe. From rappelling at the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center to using the Jaws of Life to remove doors, roofs and dashboards from cars, Camp Fury Chesapeake campers demonstrated courage, confidence and character in all of their activities.  

Girl Scout Cadette Abigail Turner gained life skills and learned firsthand how Camp Fury benefits girls.

“I think it’s important for girls to come here (to camp) because you’re going out of your comfort zone,” she said during a vehicle extrication exercise.

In addition to the firefighting experiences they had during the week, the girls learned about other nontraditional careers for women and met women who work in those fields. A female NASA engineer spoke to the girls about her experiences in the field of aeronautical engineering. During the week, the girls also toured the emergency department at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center and learned defensive tactics with the Chesapeake Police Department.

Camp Fury exposes girls to careers they may not have considered before coming to camp. For Girl Scout Cadette Monica Reale, she learned more about things that she is certain will help her in the future.

“I think a lot of the things I’ve learned here will help me a lot in my future like CPR,” Monica said.

This is the third year that Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast and the Chesapeake Fire Department have partnered to host Camp Fury. The concept of Camp Fury originated in Arizona, and Chesapeake Firefighter Paramedic Mandy George brought the camp to Chesapeake after volunteering at Camp Fury Hampton for a couple of years.

Click here to view more photos. To watch a recap of the week, click here.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Girl Scout Ambassador Olivia has earned her Gold Award

Olivia Dayag has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor and achievement a girl can earn in Girl Scouts. Olivia is a rising senior at Green Run Collegiate.
For her project, “Throw Like a Girl,” Olivia used her love for track and field to help middle school girls with low self-esteem build confidence while participating in sports. She used her personal experience as a young athlete to springboard into a larger discussion and take action by showing girls they don’t have to be a certain size to play sports.
“A great way to build confidence is through participation in sports, but some girls may not realize that there are sports where their size is an advantage,” she said.
Olivia enlisted the help of some of her former teachers from Larkspur Middle School where she attended and implemented her program. She made a video of herself doing shot put to use in the presentations to girls considering becoming athletes. She presented to multiple audiences, including a group of girls at the “When I Grow Up” outreach event hosted by the Chesapeake Zetas, the Chesapeake chapter for the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.
Her message reached over 50 girls, allowing Olivia to see the impact of her project. A lot of them wanted to join the track and field team at their schools after her presentation.
“By the end of my presentation, they related to my experiences and seemed pleased to have learned that throwing could be an ideal place for them to become comfortable in their own skin.”
Olivia’s project will be sustained by the Chesapeake Zetas and Ruffner Middle School, another place she was able to visit and share her message.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Sertoma Club at Camp Apasus for annual luncheon

“We want to thank you s’more…”

Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast hosted their annual luncheon for the Norfolk Sertoma Club at Camp Apasus on Wednesday, August 8. The Norfolk Sertoma Club is a long-time supporter of the camp. This year, the Sertoma Club donated funds to replace the Camp Apasus sign located in front of the camp entrance on Granby Street. The sign has improved the visibility of camp and is sure to attract new campers every year. Last year, the Club gave funds to add a new screened-in section to the Sertoma Lodge. During the luncheon, girls shared camp stories, performed songs,  presented Sertoma members with Girl Scout S’more Cookies – a special treat in honor of National S’mores Day which is August 10th!

While at camp this week, girls explored the world of science and engineering with several hands-on activities as part of the camp’s theme - Inspector Gadget. Girl Scout Brownies used their senses to help Girl Scout Juniors solve a mystery while meeting requirements for the Senses Badge. The Juniors, who were working on their Detective Badge, learned how to lift fingerprints and use them as clues to solve their case.

Girl Scout Daisies met all the requirements for the Good Neighbor Badge, including learning about the Sertoma Club’s mission. As an international community-service organization that exists for the high and noble purpose of service to mankind, the Sertoma Club extends their service to many worthy causes, including helping speech and hearing-impaired children.

From gooey s’mores to archery and swimming, Girl Scouts have been making memories at Camp Apasus for generations. Thanks to the support of the Sertoma Club and other community organizations, Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast can continue to serve girls, building courage, confidence and character among them, one girl at a time.

Girl Scout Ambassador Ann has earned her Gold Award

Ann Staskin has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor and achievement a girl can earn in Girl Scouts. Ann Staskin is a rising junior at Frank W. Cox High School.
 For her project, “Improving the Community Fair Games,” Ann helped out her church’s annual community fair. Making sure games were safe to play and were staffed properly was important to Ann, so, she assisted in the repair of games and also helped the fair committee organize and recruit volunteers. She reached out to family members, school volunteer groups and various youth classes at her church to gather volunteers.
With the help of friends, family and volunteers, Ann was able to bring awareness to the unsafe games at the fair and help repair them so the event could run better. This project allowed the church to have more games and increase volunteer participation.
From this Gold Award project, Ann learned a lot about herself and how to help her community.
“Over the course of this project, I developed communication skills. I am more comfortable talking to adults and I have learned how to effectively communicate with my peers and superiors,” she said.
While working on her project, Ann was able to navigate her way over obstacles with ease.
“A major obstacle I had to overcome was time. I was very rushed but I overcame it by persisting and giving up most of my free time to make sure my project was completed on time,” Ann said.
In the future, Ann’s project will be sustained by volunteers for the church using all of the improved games that she helped fix as well as the guidelines she used when organizing volunteers to work at the fair.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Troop 2119 went exploring!

This summer, Troop 2119 from Camden, North Carolina traveled to Camp Sacajawea in Lynchburg Virginia and used their incredible experience as an opportunity to learn more about the area's wildlife and environment. 

The girls participated in nature hikes, explored the mountains and learned about the historical sites near Appomattox. During their time at Sacajawea, they developed a better understanding of the importance of water quality and the way dissolved oxygen, pH, and turbidity benefit the survival of wildlife. 

The girls also planted herbs in the community garden to act as a natural pest repellent. Troop 2119 hope to use their experience and new knowledge to better aid their community’s resources.