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 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.