Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Be Bold, Be Brave, Raise Your Hand and Be a Girl Scout!


Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast (GSCCC) kicked off the start of another Girl Scout year at the end of September with our Be Bold, Be Brave and Raise Your Hand event. Because of the event, more girls were able to say “yes” to Girl Scouts and look forward to building their courage, confidence and character to make the world a better place.

The free join-us event featured community partners such as Let Me Be Great Children’s Yoga and A Harder Target, LLC that led attendees in yoga and self-defense demonstrations. Two authors and their books were also showcased; Girl Scout Alice Paul Tapper who became an author at age ten after writing Raise Your Hand, a book Tapper was compelled to write after noticing her girl classmates stood in the back during a field trip while all of the boys were in the front willfully participating and engaging, and Terrie Nathan, a motivational speaker and author of Strong Girl Spirit, a book for elementary-age girls with a powerful message about positive habits and motivation. WAVY-TV 10 Lifestyle Correspondent, Symone Davis shared readings from Raise Your Hand while Terrie showed girls how to build their strong girl spirit! Event-goers also enjoyed tips on how to build their self-confidence through community service actions and other leadership pathways. Several teen Girl Scouts who earned recognitions for outstanding community service projects also displayed at the event as role models for younger girls.
Girl Scouts’ nearly 108-year-long existence as a girl-led, girl-only organization is proof that our program works! Thanks to events like Be Bold, Be Brave and Raise Your Hand, more girls are able to benefit from the Girl Scout Leadership Experience—a unique way for girls to be exposed to nontraditional fields such as STEM which allows them to discover their likes and dislikes in a space free of added pressure. Girl Scouts encourages girls to take the lead and enact change in their communities and sometimes, that starts with just raising their hand.
 “We know girls and women alike struggle with self-value, body positivity, and fear of judgement, and research shows girls are less likely to be risk takers than boys. Through Girl Scouts, girls are given opportunities to take the lead and are encouraged by their peers to be risk-takers – those experiences build upon each other and can make a huge difference in a girl’s life,” says Tracy Keller, CEO for the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast.
This impactful event was sponsored by WAVY-TV, Tidewater Family magazine, My Active Child, Hampton Roads Moms and Adams Outdoor Advertising.
For details on how to join the premier leadership organization for girls, visit www.gsccc.org or call 1-800-77SCOUT.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Meet 2019 Famous Former Honoree, Bonita Harris


Bonita Harris was a go-getter growing up as a Girl Scout and continues to be one today as she makes a difference as the Media and Community Relations Manager for Dominion Energy. She is a well-known leader in Hampton Roads and will be among a select group of women being honored as a Girl Scout alum on November 21st at GSCCC’s Famous Formers annual luncheon.   

 

“I encourage all girls to be champions for each other,” Bonita said.  Just as she did as a girl, Bonita says, “I encourage all girls to be champions for each other.”

 

Girl Scouts helped her have a strong foundation, to be bold and brave. And it helped her learn some skills she continues to use today, such as marketing, communications, and innovation. 

 

“I was a good salesperson learning how to market my business and sell cookies, in addition to eating them,” Bonita said. “I have incorporated the lessons I learned from the Girl Scouts every day in my career. Girl Scouts taught me to be a better leader and to raise your hand for tough jobs.”

 

She fondly recalls collaborating with other girls in her troop as she earned her first badge. After earning that first badge, she felt a sense of accomplishment and realized she could reach her goals when she put effort into them and completed activities.

 

Bonita, who is a mom of three girls and grandmother of one girl, is committed to encouraging girls and young women to be courageous and confident. She also nudges them to do well in school and have an academic edge, as well as a “can do” spirit in life.

 

“I am proud to be a Girl Scout alum because that’s where I learned how to explore my strengths, develop my communication skills, and it really laid the foundation for my career,” she said.

 

Want to congratulate Bonita and the other women being recognized as outstanding community leaders and role models? Click here to register to attend the Famous Formers luncheon being held November 21 from 11:30 to 1 p.m. at The Main in Norfolk!



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!

Thursday, August 1, 2019

2019 Famous Formers

Each membership year, Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast recognizes local Girl Scout alums who are leaders in their field as Famous Formers. These women serve as role models for girls today- the future leaders of tomorrow.

The list of women selected to be 2019 Girl Scout Famous Formers is in!

Congratulations to the following Girl Scout alums who will be recognized at our 2019 Famous Formers Luncheon being held on November 21st at Hilton Norfolk The Main:
  • Kate Godby, senior engagement manager for Hewlett Packard Enterprises
  • Janice "Jay" Johnson, community activist for Virginia Organizing
  • Joann Bautti, director of student affairs for Eastern Virginia Medical School
  • Lisa Spiller, distinguished professor in the department of management and marketing at Christopher Newport University
  • Tricia Hudson, president and owner of Strategic Solutions by Tricia, LLC.
  • Bonita Harris, media and communications relations manager for Dominion Energy
We also would like to congratulate Michaela Britt, store operations analyst for Dollar Tree, on being selected as our 2019 Future Famous Former.

The women who will be honored at this year's luncheon are among an elite group. There are currently more than 50 million Girl Scout alums nationwide. These women include 55% of the females in the 115th U.S. Congress, every female secretary of state in U.S. history, and more than half of female entrepreneurs and business owners.

In addition, GSCCC would like to applaud TowneBank for being selected as our 2019 Corporate G.I.R.L. Champion of the Year award. This is the first year GSCCC is honoring a company with the award during the Famous Formers Luncheon. To earn the award, a company must have made efforts:
  • to better the environment in the community around them
  • toward gender parity in STEM fields
  • to provide their employees learning, training and education opportunities to continue to hone employees' skills
  • to recruit and retain women in leadership roles 
At the luncheon, guests will hear from Dr. Patricia Turner of The Norfolk 17, the first group of African American students to integrate into Norfolk Public Schools. Dr. Turner, a Girl Scout alum, will share how her life-altering experiences in her youth made her the G.I.R.L. champion she is today.  

Please plan to purchase a ticket to the 2019 Famous Formers Luncheon and meet these impactful women.

Tickets are on sale now! For more information, visit www.gsccc.org or click here to reserve your spot.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

BIG NEWS: 42 news Girl Scout badges to change the world!


Say hello to 42 NEW Girl Scout badges and one NEW Journey exclusively for girls ages 5–18!

Excited?! The new badges and badge requirements are available in the Girl Scout Shop.

The new programming allows girls to make their own choices about how they want to experience and influence the world while preparing them to address some of society’s most pressing needs through hands-on learning and real-life problem-solving in cybersecurity, coding, space exploration, and citizen science. But wait, there’s more! For the first time ever, girls can choose between two ways of earning their Outdoor badges—it’s an adventure seeker’s dream come true! 

Giving girls choices is important for developing their sense of self, their own voice, and gender equality: 
research from the World Bank Group shows that increasing women’s agency and decision-making abilities is key to improving their lives, communities, and the world. Additionally, Girl Scouts are more likely than other girls to take an active role in decision making (80% vs. 51%). 

You’re invited to the blaze-your-own-trail adventure. We hope you love it as much as we do! 

The new programming for girls in grades 6–12 includes:
·                     Nine Cybersecurity badges, created in partnership with Palo Alto Networks, through which girls learn about the inner workings of computer technology and cybersecurity and apply concepts of safety and protection to the technology they use every day. Activities range from decrypting and encrypting messages, to learning proper protection methods for devices, to exploring real-world hacking scenarios (funded by Palo Alto Networks).
·                     Three Space Science badges, through which girls explore topics such as the universe and their place in it, properties of light, and inspiring careers in space science (funded by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate and led by the SETI Institute).
·                     Think Like a Citizen Scientist, a Girl Scout Leadership Journey during which girls participate in interactive activities to practice observation techniques; collect data; and share their findings with real-world scientists through an online network. As with all of Girl Scouts’ Leadership Journeys, girls use their newly honed skills to take action on a community issue of their choosing (funded by Johnson & Johnson and The Coca-Cola Foundation).
·                     To prepare girls in grades 6–12 to pursue computer science careers, Girl Scouts will launch the organization’s first Cyber Challenge events in select areas this fall. At these events, which will take place October 19, girls will learn crucial cybersecurity skills by completing challenges such as running traceroutes and identifying phishing schemes (funded by Raytheon).                 

With the new release, all Girl Scouts in grades K–12 will have the opportunity to earn their Cybersecurity and Space Science badges, as well as complete the Think Like Citizen Scientist Journey. The new programming for girls in grades K–12 includes:

·                     12 Outdoor High-Adventure badges, designed for girls to explore nature and experience exciting outdoor adventures like backpacking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, rock climbing, and tree climbing—giving them the confidence to support one another, take healthy risks, and spend dedicated time in nature. These are the first Girl Scout badges that members can earn by choosing one of two self-directed paths (funded by The North Face).

Want to help girls earn their Outdoor High-Adventure badges? Consider becoming an Outdoor Program Facilitator! Click here to learn what it's like to be a Girl Scout Outdoor Program Facilitator from GSCCC volunteer, Theresa Wiggs. 

·                     18 Coding for Good badges, which not only teach girls the basics of coding but also detail how every stage of the coding process provides girls with opportunities to use their skills for good. Girls will learn about algorithms through age-appropriate, creative activities, such as coding positive memes to spread a message about a cause they care about, designing a digital game to educate people about an issue, and developing an app to promote healthy habits. Every Coding for Good badge includes a plugged-in and unplugged version, so that all girls can learn the foundations of coding, regardless of their access to technology (funded by AT&T and Dell).

"We're so excited to have new badges that will strengthen girls' critical-thinking and problem-solving skills so they can create their own success," Tracy Keller, GSCCC's CEO, said. "As Girl Scouts, girls can work to earn badges in just about everything that piques their interest. From learning about cybersecurity to learning the business smarts and confidence they need today and tomorrow, our badge programs will introduce them to new things and help them achieve anything they put their minds to."

“Girl Scouts has ignited the power and potential of girls for over a century, and we are committed to ensuring that today’s girls are the future of American leadership,” said GSUSA CEO Sylvia Acevedo. “Girl Scouts is where girls can explore new subjects, discover their passions, learn to take smart risks, and become their best, most confident selves—whether they want to become a NASA astronaut, an entrepreneur, a rock climber, a coder, or a cybersecurity agent.”

GSUSA works with top organizations in fields that interest today’s girls. Combined with Girl Scouts’ expertise in girl leadership, these organizations and specialists advise and weigh in on content to provide the most cutting-edge programming available to girls. Content collaborators include codeSpark, the National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC), SciStarter, and Vidcode. In true girl-led fashion, girls also tested the new offerings.

There’s just no doubt about it: Girl Scouts is the single BEST place for girls. Delivering a one-of-a-kind leadership development program (and the largest in the world for girls!), Girl Scouts provides girls with unlimited girl-led adventures found nowhere else. 

Not a Girl Scout yet? No problem! Troops are forming now—
join Girl Scouts today.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Gold Award Spotlight: Uplifting Wolverines


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

For her Gold Award, “Uplifting Wolverines,” Corryn wanted to uplift the student body at her high school through a mural that included positive sayings and quotes. The idea came to her after a tragic event happened at her school that affected her peers. She recognized that school can be a stressful time for teenagers and wanted to find a way to help the entire student body. By creating the mural, she was able to give back to the school and the students in her community, something that will have a positive impact on them for years to come.

“I feel this has impacted my school’s environment because if people are having a bad day there is something they can look at that has the potential to lift their spirits even if it’s just for a minute,” she explained.

Corryn hopes her project will be made sustainable with the help of her school’s administrators as they work to share the message of positivity Corryn created.




Monday, June 17, 2019

Gold Award Spotlight: The real truth about nutrition and physical fitness


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

Through her project, “The real truth about nutrition and physical fitness,” Isabella aimed to teach the youth in her community about health and wellness. With the help of her jiu-jitsu coaches, she was able to hold sessions about safe exercise techniques and created flyers with information about healthy eating habits.

“Obesity is a problem in the U.S. The importance of eating healthy and exercising can allow you to have a longer life span because it reduces heart disease, diabetes and other illness. If students know how to take care of themselves they will feel good about themselves,” she explained.

She wanted to make it easier for kids to understand the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. Along with the exercise classes and flyers, Isabella plans to keep her Facebook account dedicated to exercise and her YouTube account active to improve the sustainability of her project.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Girl Scout Summer Bucket List

Have you registered or renewed for the 2020 membership year? Have fun with us this summer when you continue your Girl Scout adventure with these summer bucket list items. If you've registered or renewed, you've already completed the required activity! All you have to do is complete three additional, optional summer activities to get a Summer Bucket List patch.

Required activity:

Register or renew for the upcoming 2020 membership year.

Optional activities—Complete at least three:

1. Visit a Girl Scout Retail Shop
Bring along an adult and visit a GSCCC Retail Shop to ask for your Get Outdoors Challenge sheet. Make sure to take pictures as you complete various items on the sheet and post them using the hashtags #gscccsummerbucketlist and #gsccc. If your account is private or you do not use social media, email your photos to customercare@gsccc.org with the subject line “Summer Bucket List.”

2. Decorate a Flat Juliette
Print and decorate a Flat Juliette so that she can accompany you on your summer adventures. Take a picture and post it using the hashtags #gscccsummerbucketlist and #gsccc. If your account is private or you do not use social media, email your photos to customercare@gsccc.org with the subject line “Summer Bucket List.” Flat Juliette can be downloaded here. Print her on cardstock or laminate her to help keep her in tip-top shape throughout your adventures.

3. Attend a Girl Scout event
Girl Scouts Love State Parks- Join in with Girl Scouts from around the country to show your love for our state parks! A Leave No Trace and/or community service activity will be offered at York River (July 13th), Chippokes State Park (July 13th), and Jockey's Ridge (July 14th).


Registration, which includes the Girl Scouts Love State Parks patch, is free for the first 100 girls. After that registration will be $3. Patches will be mailed after the event.

Healthy Habits Healthy Families- Healthy habits for a healthy community begins with you. Become aware of how your healthy choices affect your lifestyle, relationships and community. This fun and health awareness day in partnership with the City of Chesapeake Police Department will be a day you won't want to miss! The deadline to register is 9/19 and the event takes place on 9/28.

For additional events, or to register for those listed above, check out the GSCCC event page.

4. Find another Girl Scout
Ask around and see who you know that was (is) a Girl Scout. Take a picture with them, or find a GSCCC staff member, post it, and use the hashtags #gscccsummerbucketlist and #gsccc. If your account is private or you do not use social media, email your photos to customercare@gsccc.org with the subject line “Summer Bucket List.”

5. Say "thank you!"
Community service is something Girl Scouts know a lot about! Participate in a community service project by creating a thank you card and delivering it to someone in your community who helps you. It could be a librarian, a police officer, your teacher, or anyone else that you want to say thank you to. Take a picture with the card recipient and post it using the hashtags #gscccsummerbucketlist and #gsccc. If your account is private or you do not use social media, email your photos to customercare@gsccc.org with the subject line “Summer Bucket List.”

6. Get social with us!
If you’re under 13, talk with your parents and ask them to follow us our social media accounts. We share lots of great stories, events and inspirational messages all year long.

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Pinterest
Youtube
LinkedIn

7. Complete a Girl Scout Activity Pack
Complete a Girl Scout activity pack and document the activities by posting a photo using the hashtags #gscccsummerbucketlist and #gsccc. If your account is private or you do not use social media, email your photos to customercare@gsccc.org with the subject line “Summer Bucket List”.

Choose any of the kits and have fun trying out all of the activities from games, experiments, and more! Activity Pack 1, Activity Pack 2, Activity 3.

8. Invite your parents to join!
Girl Scouts is a family affair and many parents really enjoy spending quality time with their girl through Girl Scouts! We encourage an adult in your family to register as a troop volunteer. There are many volunteer positions available to suit your strengths. Learn more about volunteering.

Once you have completed your activities, send an email to customercare@gsccc.org and let us know which three activities you've completed. Don’t forget to include your name! We’ll send you a certificate that you can bring to either of our retail shops to pick up your Summer Bucket List patch.

Need help? Are you looking for more information? Have a specific question about this activity or need assistance with registering/renewing a membership? We are just a phone call or email away. Contact our Customer Care team at customercare@gsccc.org or 757-547-4405.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

The importance of civic education

GSCCC staff and volunteers gathered to watch the
livestream on civic education

Guest blog written by GSCCC Marketing and Communication Intern Rebecca Schamel.

I attended a viewing of a livestream event called “Preparing the Next Generation of Informed and Engaged Citizens.”  The purpose of this event was to stress the need for more education in the field of civics to our young people so they will have a better understanding of how government works and how they can be involved.  After-school programs such as Girl Scouts, can offer girls a way to learn more about civics and the importance of being well informed about local, state, and national government.
            
The livestream event had an amazing panel of bipartisan women. Chelsea Clinton, vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, was the moderator.  In addition, there were four other panelists to give voice to the importance of civics in our society and schools. Panelist included: Secretary of the U.S. Senate Laura Dove, who started her career as a page and held other positions until she became the Republican Secretary in 2003; New York Attorney General Letitia James, the 67th attorney general for the state. James was the first African American woman to hold citywide office in New York. James is an advocate for the city’s most vulnerable communities.  Chief Education Officer at iCivics Dr. Emma Humphries, is helping children become interested in learning about civics through interactive and engaging learning resources. Gold Award Girl Scout Lauren Hoaglund was the final person on the panel.  She has been involved with Girl Scouts since the third grade and she created a Gold Award project to educate middle and high school students about civics. She hoped this project would inform them about government and encourage them to consider running for office someday.
            
According to the Annenberg Public Policy Center, only 32 percent of Americans can name all three branches of government, and 33% of Americans cannot name any branches of government.  Panel members agreed that this must change.  Youth and adults need to understand the issues that affect our lives, our communities, and our nation. Chelsea Clinton said, “For a long time I have been concerned about some of the statistics you have heard about earlier.”  She pointed out this affected those who had been excluded from government; indigenous Americans, people of color, girls and women.

She went on to say, “The Girl Scouts are leaders, risk takers, and innovators. We empower girls and women with a robust civics education and toolkit.” She told the story that at age three she was at one of her father’s campaign rallies, waving the American flag and handing out stickers. “Because that is what you can do when you are 3 or 4 years old.”

Gold Award Girl Scout Sofia Richardson said, “I’m excited to be here today to learn more about how civic education prepares girls like me to be active participants in our government and to stand up for issues that we care about in our communities.  At Girl Scouts when girls learn about the role government plays in our lives, we are empowered to make positive changes and fill a responsibility to our country and its’ future.”

As a college student, I think it is very important to know how civics affects everyone. Through civic education, girls can learn how important it is to vote, community issues, and get to know the people who run for office.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

2020 Summer Camp Theme Contest


Want to win a free week of summer camp for 2020? Then enter our second annual Summer Camp Theme Contest!

We received some great ideas last year and we can't wait to hear YOURS!

Girls and/or troops can help create a girl-led summer camp week for 2020 by submitting their ideas. The winner will receive that week of camp for free! Entries will be accepted online or on paper applications which will be available at summer camp and Council offices in Summer 2019. Click here to enter.

The contest runs June 1 through September 15, 2019. Click here to view more details.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Gold Award Girl Scouts recognized by VFW


Becoming a Gold Award Girl Scout allows girls to take advantage of opportunities in their communities that they may not have had the chance to experience otherwise. From entering the military one rank higher to earning college scholarships, going for Gold sets girls up for a lifetime of achievement.

Girl Scout Krysta
with VFW Virginia State Commander
Ken Wiseman
Recently, three of our Gold Award Girl Scouts were recognized by their local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) posts as Scout of the Year. Because of their dedication to the community through their Gold Award projects, all three girls were also recognized with Scout of the Year awards within Virginia's VFW District 2. Read more below.

Girl Scout Ambassador Krysta, who used her Gold Award project to raise awareness of the endangered horse species, the Colonial Spanish Mustang, was awarded Scout of the Year for VFW Post 8545 in Smithfield. Krysta also received first place in the district.

Girl Scout Lea
with VFW Post 2894 Commander
Chris Mulholland
Girl Scout Ambassador Lea used her Gold Award to establish a recycling program for oyster shells from local restaurants in her community. With the help of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Lea created a sustainable system for the shells to be returned to the bay to create reefs to help the oyster population grow. Lea earned Scout of the Year recognition for VFW Post 2894 in Chesapeake and took second place in the district.

Girl Scout Ambassador Kaylee used her Gold Award project to help students in her community talk with their parents and guardians about mental health. She created labeled bookshelves and stocked them full of pamphlets to generate conversation about the topic. Kaylee earned the title of Scout of the Year for VFW Post 4809 in Norfolk and placed third in the district.
Girl Scout Kaylee
with VFW Post 4809 Commander
Scott Bannon

Every year, Gold Award Girl Scouts are eligible to apply for the VFW Scout of the Year program which gives them the chance to earn scholarship money. For more information on the program or to find your local VFW post, click here.    

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Gold Award Spotlight: Destination Pollination


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

Emma wanted to start a buzz in her community about the decline in the bee population. With the help of the Tidewater Beekeeper Association (TBA), she was able to raise awareness for bee sustainability in Chesapeake through her project, “Destination: Pollination.”

“My project addressed the decline of the bee population at a local level. The impact was in direct support of the bees in Chesapeake, Virginia. When bees are supported locally, it contributes to the overall bee population in the greater bee ecosystem,” she said.

With the help of over 100 hours of hard work and generous donations from the community, Emma was able to complete her mission. While working with TBA, Emma created a pollinator garden for the more than 10 beehives on TBA’s property. The garden serves as a way to teach people about the importance of bees in the environment and provide easy access for the bees to pollinate their ecosystem.

In addition to the garden, Emma created a brochure with TBA to raise awareness, presented to members of her community, made organizational and community connections, and created an online petition which connected more than 15,000 social media accounts worldwide to more information about her project.

“In an effort to address a declining bee population in my community, the impact reverberated throughout the nation and the world. By providing pollination opportunities in Chesapeake, it strengthens the system. This strengthening is two-fold. First, stronger and healthier bees locally support regional systems, which support the national systems, which then supports the bee population worldwide. I also connected through the National Wildlife Federation and was able to get this project certified by them,” she said.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

2019 Cookie Entrepreneur Officer Celebration


On Saturday, May 18, GSCCC celebrated our Cookie Entrepreneur Officers who sold 1,000 boxes or more of Girl Scout Cookies this year. More than 100 girls gathered at Camp Skimino in Williamsburg to be rewarded for their success. The camp, a year-round, 98-acre location recently won the title of Best Summer Camp as part of Coastal Virginia Magazine’s Best of Readers’ Choice Award contest, making it the perfect place to celebrate this year’s top sellers! Want to attend this camp? Click here to register for summer camp by May 31.


At the outdoor event, the girls enjoyed high-adventure camp activities like canoeing, rock wall climbing, archery and more. Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast CEO Tracy Keller congratulated the girls on a job well done before the girls shared their goals for the upcoming season, some go-getters even aiming to sell 5,000 boxes!

GSCCC CEO Tracy Keller and Makiyah
Before the closing ceremony, Keller took time to recognize the top three Girl Scouts in the Council who sold the most boxes of cookies. Girl Scout Cadette Danielle from Troop 5 sold 4,468. Girl Scout Senior Makiyah from Troop 1320 sold 4,288. Girl Scout Cadette Maureen from Troop 805 sold 4,047. The top three sellers also finished in the top three for 2018. Below are the girls who completed our top 10 list this year:

4. Jasmine (Troop 10140) sold 3,867 boxes.
5. Sariyah (Troop 1333) sold 3,400 boxes.
6. Abigael (Troop 235) sold 3,006 boxes.
GSCCC CEO Tracy Keller and Maureen
7. Audrina  (Troop 1038) sold 2,950 boxes.
8. Lorelei (Troop 1038) sold 2,911 boxes.
9. Alexis  (Troop 628) sold 2,765 boxes.
10. Makenzie  (Troop 4151) sold 2,550 boxes.

Congratulations to all of our CEOs on a job well done this cookie season! Click here to view more photos from the day’s event.


The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the nation’s leading financial literacy and entrepreneurial program for girls. Through the program, girls learn skills that will last them a lifetime, such as goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.

Registration to attend day and overnight summer camp sessions with Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast is open until May 31. Girls in grades 1-12, whether or not they are members of Girl Scouts, are invited to attend. Weekly camp sessions will take place between June 16 and August 23. For a complete list of camp sessions and to register, visit www.gsccc.org or call 757-547-4405.