Thursday, December 27, 2018

Gold Award Spotlight: Virginia Home for Adults: Inspiring Adults with Disabilities and Special Needs


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

For her project, “Virginia Home for Adults: Inspiring Adults with Disabilities and Special Needs,” Briana wanted to inspire the residents of the home and let them know that they matter to the community. Briana’s project consisted of her updating three resident public spaces to make them comfortable and show the residents that someone cares about them.

“The root cause of my project was that many of the residents are financially unable to afford amenities and or personal services. I addressed this issue by making over three resident social rooms, creating a garden with seating outside and preparing a lunch celebration for the residents,” she said.

Her project showed her that people appreciate the kindness of strangers and that giving back to the community is extremely rewarding. She also gained leadership skills by learning how to delegate responsibility, planning ahead, and budgeting her money.

Because of her project, Briana said she will be able to take charge of certain tasks in the future to get the job done.

“My leadership skills will grow in the future because of all the planning and execution I had to do in order to manage Girl Scout Gold Award. This project has allowed me to gain endurance and to not give up when things get hard,” she said.


Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Meet the Night Shift


A guest blog written by Girl Scout Cadette Maureen.

Meet the Night Shift, a recent event hosted by GSCCC, was a great event for anyone who wanted to learn about what it is like to work at night. Most of the people I met said that they sleep during the day while many kids are in school. Meeting all of the employees at certain places proved to be a challenge because some of the workers were on lunch breaks at 9 p.m.! The jobs I learned about during the event and the people I got to meet were fascinating. One of my favorite places to go was the fire station because firefighters work very hard. While I was there, I discovered that they work for 24 hours straight and then have 24 hours off. Some even have to work on Christmas depending on their shift schedule. They have to go through an academy and they have to know how to be firefighters, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), and medics because they have to do whatever is needed in the event of an emergency. Finally, I learned that because they all sleep at the fire station, they learn to be a big family and help each other out with whatever is needed. After the trip to the fire station, I didn’t think a job could be more interesting, but the police dispatch center was pretty cool. The center has employees who pick up 9-1-1 calls and get their information to send to first responders. They all have to go through training to make sure they can do the job and they can do it fast. We also got to meet two police officers, one was a volunteer officer. They told us all of the interesting things they get to do. Before they can do all of those cool things, they have to go through a 6-9 month training depending on what position they are looking to fill. To keep their license to shoot a gun, they have to practice at least twice a month. Something that I really loved is that you can go through the same training and have the same responsibilities as a paid officer even if you volunteer. But as a volunteer, you can say, at any time, that you’re tired and want to go home. We made a quick stop at the Chesapeake Regional Hospital. They sure did have a lot of cool job options there, too! The last place we went to was the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) traffic center. It is a very secure place and they try to keep everything locked up. They are connected to police and fire departments to stay up-to-date on accidents. They send traffic officers to accidents to make sure traffic doesn’t get backed up. They also have to go through a three-week training program. I hope that we can do this event again because I really enjoyed it. Thank you to everyone I got to meet and thank you to Chef Dedra at Now You’re Cooking Culinary Studio for making sure we didn’t go hungry during the event!

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Gold Award Spotlight: The Learning Garden

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

For her project, “The Learning Garden,” her goal was to educate her community about healthy and affordable food choices. By breaking her project down into three different areas of focus, she was able to reach all different ages of her community. 

She started by partnering with First Baptist Church South Hill to start a Garden Ministry. She also reached out to the clients of First Baptist Church South Hill Food Pantry to educate them on healthy and affordable food options.

Desmone’ was able to overcome obstacles when learning how to perfect her garden and by adding some fresh soil she was able to yield an abundance of crops that were donated. 

She advocated in the community to encourage people to contact their congressional representatives and senators to improve food security for all Americans.

Finally, she taught her fellow Girl Scouts how to do container gardening with the goal of teaching the local youth how to create their own mini gardens to help sustain her project.

The work that Desmone’ did helped teach healthy eating habits to people in the community and gave them different avenues to find healthy food options.


Monday, December 17, 2018

Pajama Jam

Community service has long been a valued part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. On November 30, more than 50 Girl Scouts of all levels joined together to package new pajamas that will be donated to women and children staying at the Help and Emergency Response Inc. (H.E.R. Shelter) during the holiday season.  At the event, Erin Potts with the H.E.R. Shelter talked about the purpose of the organization and how Girl Scouts could make a difference.

The mission at the H.E.R. Shelter is to empower everyone to break the cycle of violence and to become and remain healthy, productive, caring individuals whose strong sense of self-worth is directly transmitted to their children.

“It’s important to do things like this to help people in need,” Girl Scout Cadette Makenzye said.

After packing up their donations, the girls took the opportunity to expand their friendship circle by playing human bingo. The girls also created a bunny slipper swap and ended their fun by playing a round of regular bingo.

Events like the pajama jam are essential to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Today, we encourage girls to make a difference in their neighborhoods, schools and places of worship through community service projects. As Girl Scouts, girls may also conduct Take Action projects that provide community service at a more in-depth level. Click here to learn more about how you can take action as a Girl Scout and give back to your community.


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 customercare@gsccc.org 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
12-14
Add 2 girls
15-18
Add 3 girls
19+
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 customercare@gsccc.org.

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

Have questions?  Email customercare@gsccc.org
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

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

Instructions:
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

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

Instructions: 
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
Instructions:
          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. 

Friday, November 2, 2018

Meet 2018 Famous Former Honoree Lisa Schulz

For over 24 years, Captain Lisa Schulz has served our nation as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Coast Guard. With the help of Girl Scouts, she saw there were no limits to what she could accomplish. Since joining the military, Schulz has helped lead more girls in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities, served as a leader in the Coast Guard’s response to natural disasters and assisted her community in several other ways.

As a Girl Scout Brownie in Indiana, Schulz conquered her fears and learned how to be resourceful and persistent- two things she said have made an impact on the woman she is today. One of the things that drew her to the Girl Scout organization was the environment of inclusivity that Girl Scouts creates- something that also drew her to the Coast Guard.

“There are no limits as a female in the Coast Guard. You can be anything,” she said. “I think between those two organizations, they are really empowering of girls and I really feel girls today need that feeling of empowerment and that feeling of positivity.”

A Girl Scout alum and leader in her field, Schulz said her most significant professional achievement has been being able to help others advance and succeed in the Coast Guard.

Schulz continues to be a leader for her peers, current and future Girl Scouts. Through events like the recent Coast Guard Pride event where girls learned things like life jacket and boating safety, Schulz also serves as a role model for Girl Scouts.

Help us celebrate Schulz and our other 2018 Famous Formers honorees at our annual luncheon happening on November 29 at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are on sale until November 21. Click here to purchase.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Camp Song Video Contest 2018-2019

Calling all Girl Scouts! We want to hear your voices in our Camp Song Video Contest! Choose your favorite camp song, sing it loud and proud in the outdoors, and send us your video for a chance to win!

Contest rules:
  • Contest period 11/1/18 - 4/15/19
  • Winner will be announced at Girl Fest on 4/27/19 and will be asked to sing the song from their video
  • Eligibility: Currently registered second-year Girl Scout Daisies through Girl Scout Ambassadors
  • Troops or groups of individually registered girls can submit a video with their members singing (not lip syncing) one of the songs from the approved song list only 
  • Multiple troops/groups may use the same song
  • All video participants must be dressed in Girl Scout attire (uniform or T-shirt)
  • Video must be recorded/staged in the outdoors
  • All participants must have permission to be videoed on file with the Council. The media consent form is available on our website and should be emailed to customercare@gsccc.org prior to submitting your video entry. 
  • Only one video per troop/group
Contest Entry Instructions: 
  • Submit your contest entry online: https://tinyurl.com/ycp444mk
  • If your video is approved, Council will share your video on our Facebook page during the contest period. At that time, we encourage you to share our post with your Facebook connections.
  • Council reserves the right to not share content they deem ineligible. 
Prizes: 
  • 1st place- $300 credit toward summer camp, camp sampler weekend, or Spring Break camp to be divided among troop/group members
  • 2nd place- $200 credit toward summer camp, camp sampler weekend, or Spring Break camp to be divided among troop/group members
  • 3rd place- $100 credit toward summer camp, camp sampler weekend, or Spring Break camp to be divided among troop/group members
Questions? Contact customercare@gsccc.org or call 757-547-4405. 

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

GSCCC Welcomes Newest Members to JGL Society

Lorraine Lees, Bill Rodner, Mike Mendelsohn

On Wednesday, October 31, Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast (GSCCC) welcomed three new members to the Juliette Gordon Low (JGL) Society: Bill Rodner, Lorraine Lees and Mike Mendelsohn. The society is a group comprised of Girl Scout supporters in the community who have decided to provide for Girl Scouts in their estate plan. Every year, GSCCC holds an annual luncheon to celebrate current and new members who have agreed to pave the way for girls to continue having the best Girl Scout Leadership Experience possible.

This year’s luncheon, held on JGL’s birthday at the newly renovated Cavalier hotel in Virginia Beach, featured an overview of the improvements made to the historic venue led by Gregory Rutledge. The afternoon continued with a celebration lunch held in a special room reserved just for the society overlooking a view of the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. This is not the first time the Girl Scouts have celebrated at The Cavalier, which made it a great place to be on October 31. The hotel welcomed Girl Scouts from across the country for the 18th annual national Girl Scouts convention in 1932, which also included First Lady Lou Henry Hoover.

“Thank you all for saying ‘yes’ to your personal commitment to Girl Scouts,” GSCCC CEO Tracy Keller said.

Juliette's vision and commitment to create an organization that serves girls was perpetuated when she converted the carriage house of her home into the first Girl Scout national headquarters and gifted the property to Girl Scouts in her will. Juliette's bequest was the beginning of planned giving to Girl Scouts. In her memory, the Juliette Gordon Low Society was established to thank and honor friends of Girl Scouts who choose to make Girl Scouts part of their legacies and a beneficiary of their estate plans.

Learn more about planned giving and becoming a JGL Society member by clicking here.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Buck Harris Award


Since the Buck Harris Award launched in the '80s, it has gone to more than 40 Girl Scouts. To qualify for the award, a girl must be nominated by the girls in her troop, group or service unit, or by an adult who is aware of her qualifications. Girl Scouts must meet the criteria of: being an active troop member who has helped make troop meetings and activities more enjoyable during the past two years by participating in, or helping, to make service unit events and/or Council events better during the past two years. Special consideration will be given to girls who have participated in or assisted with outdoor events; have been active in school, community and/or church, synagogue, temple activities during the past two years; and have participated in Council events.

The award is named after Georgie (Buck) Harris who served as the executive director of what was then the Virginia Tidewater Area Council of Girl Scouts, (now called the Girl Scout Council of the Colonial Coast), and was director of Camp Matoaka, a Girl Scout camp in Suffolk, until she retired in 1972. When the award was initiated, the following was written: A person strong in the spirit and the adventure of Girl Scouting, Buck Harris has left a legacy to our Council. Her gentleness, love and stewardship of our land and campsites, her infinite store of nature’s knowledge have been given freely for the Girl Scouting she loves.

Buck was a dedicated Girl Scout who did much for the movement in our region. When she graduated in the late 1920s from Randolph-Macon Women's College, she focused on a teaching career and had no thoughts about being a camp director; however, it was the early years of the Depression and jobs were scarce. She was a substitute teacher when a Camp Matoaka staff opening was posted. The job offered free room and board, $5 in travel money, but no salary. When interviewed in 2006, she said she never camped a day in her life up until then.

Lucky for us, Buck took the job and was a quick learner during the first four summers she worked at camp while keeping her job as a teacher at a Courtland Elementary School. In 1934, she left teaching to become a professional Girl Scout, a field director for Portsmouth, Norfolk and Princess Anne County. She recruited and trained Girl Scout volunteers, but continued to spend her summers working at the camp.

In 1937, she was named executive director of what would become the Greater Tidewater Council of Girl Scouts, a job she held for almost 30 years. After she retired, Buck continued to be active as a trainer and an adviser. Throughout her Girl Scout career, she made and kept Girl Scout friendships that impacted many.

After Camp Matoaka closed in the 1980s, a wildflower garden that includes flowers from Camp Matoaka was planted at A Place for Girls by some of her former campers.

Find information on the award and details on how to nominate by clicking here.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Girl Scout Election Guidelines


As the election season is upon us, we’d like to remind our members of our policies and guidelines.

Girl Scouts of the United States and any Girl Scout council may not, nor may they authorize anyone on their behalf to participate or intervene directly or indirectly in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office; or participate in any legislative activity or function which contravenes the laws governing a tax-exempt organization.

When acting as a Girl Scout representative a Girl Scout council staff, volunteer or young Girl Scout may not engage in the following:
· Endorse a candidate for public office. This includes liking or sharing or tweeting candidate materials or messages on Girl Scout social media.
· Distribute campaign materials, share website links that discuss a specific candidate— including on Girl Scout social media.
· Provide email lists of members to a candidate.
· Host activities or other functions to support a candidate running for office
· Host a flag ceremony to open a political campaign event.
· Wear your official Girl Scout uniform to a campaign event.

You may:
· Write or visit your elected official in support or opposition to legislation when Girl Scout issues arise.
· Keep your elected official informed of Girl Scout work.
· Invite elected officials to council events, as long as the official is clear they cannot take photos or other media to use in campaign materials, use their speaking time as an election platform.
· Bring your Girl Scout/ troop to the polls on Election Day.
· Earn badges about the election/government process.