Saturday, April 4, 2020

Local Girl Scout Delegates are Headed to the National Council Session in Florida

It's off to Orlando, Florida in October from the 21-25 for these GSCCC members who have been selected by the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast Board of Directors to represent the Council at the 2020 National Council Session. The National Delegates were approved at the March 26th GSCCC Board Meeting.
These delegates will represent the membership of our Council when it comes to determining the general direction of the Girl Scout  Movement.  They will vote on proposals submitted by the National Board and participate in discussions about topics listed on the National Council Session agenda.  They also hear GSUSA’s stewardship report and informational speeches by the GSUSA CEO, the GSUSA Board Chair and will bring back to our Council constituents.  There are also inspirational programs such as the opening and closing ceremonies, keynote speeches, and panel discussions - all to be reported on once they return home.   
Congratulations to our 2020 National Council Delegates! 
Barbara Tierney, Board Chair, Virginia Beach, VA 
Tracy Keller, CEO , Chesapeake, VA
Jasmine Barbour-Bassett, Girl Delegate, Williamsburg, VA

JoAn Berry, Adult Delegate, Virginia Beach, VA 

Tasha Clemons, Adult Delegate, Boykins, VA 

Maureen Keller, Girl Delegate, Chesapeake, VA

Jennifer Lynch, Adult Delegate, Virginia Beach, VA

Morgan Lynch, Girl Delegate, Virginia Beach, VA

Brittany Orosco, Adult Delegate, Moyock, NC

2020 National Council Delegate Alternates:
Eileen Livick, Adult Delegate, Virginia Beach, VA
Brianna Orosco, Girl Delegate, Moyock, NC
Sarah Sass, Girl Delegate, Norfolk, VA

Get to know Board Chair Barbara Tierney who will be helping lead the delegates more. View a video interview done by Media Girl/Girl Scout Ambassador Isabella! 

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Alum Spotlight: Marisa Beck

Meet Marisa Beck, Owner of Latitude Climbing & Fitness-

Marisa grew up in Boston and has loving memories of going through her neighborhood selling cookies door-to-door and setting up booths at local shops. Her favorite treats are still Thin Mints today. Marisa says Girl Scouts has set the pace for a successful life and taught her to never quit and to have confidence.

She has always loved wellness and exercise and is the owner Latitude Climbing and Fitness, a recreation center chain with rock climbing, yoga, youth programs and other services.

Some of her best childhood memories were made at Girl Scout camp having fun and orienting in the woods. Marisa remembers earning her patch in car maintenance knowledge was says it has helped her years later as an adult. 

"I sat in the passenger side of our car parked in the driveway and read the manual, as instructed by the patch. I learned so much about cars! Without Girl Scouts I wouldn’t have ever done that and I still have confidence about car maintenance to this day because of it."

As a Girl Scout Ambassador, Marisa went on to earn her Gold Award, the highest honor and achievement a Girl Scout can earn.

"I created a website for alumni from my cross country team so everyone could review current stats like fastest runner and best hill times. I planned a dinner to bring prominent alumnae together. We had a really special coach who told stories of girls who had run cross country in years past and helped us connect even though we had never met. It developed a legacy and helped us become a strong team that won the State championship that year."

Marisa has always reached for the stars and used her confidence and leadership skills to meet her goals. That's why she is partnering with us to develop the Explore Latitude Climbing patch. Girls will learn about female Olympic climbers, types of rock climbing, body positioning and more. 

From earning her Gold Award as a Girl Scout to owning her own rock climbing gym, she is truly a go-getter. 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

April is Military Child Month- Special Contest

Spring is here and so is April, a time for many celebrations, including Month of the Military Child. It is a time to honor the sacrifices made by military families worldwide, with an emphasis on the experience of the dependent children of military members serving at home and overseas. 

 Did you know...

 - Approximately 2 million military children have experienced a parental deployment since 9/11.

- There are currently 1.2 million military children of active duty members worldwide.

- Nearly 80% of military children attend public schools throughout the United States.

- The average military family moves three times more often than their civilian counterpart.

- There are nearly two million “total-force dependent children” including more than 900 thousand Army dependents, 400,000 Air Force dependents, nearly 300,000 Navy and approximately 118,000 Marine dependents.

Here in the Greater Hampton Roads area we have many military families ( nearly 1/3 of our population). 

That's one reason GSCCC developed Explore Military patches for each of the branches, to help all our Girl Scout community learn about the different branches and connect with them locally. 

Click here to learn more about the Explore Military patches. 

 This month, we would like to introduce you to one of our military Girl Scouts and spotlight her as a new Gold Award Girl Scout.

 Girl Scout Morgan Harvey loves to read. She knows from personal experience that when children develop strong reading skills early, they perform better in school, have healthy self- images and become lifelong learners. That’s why she chose to support a reading program for her Gold Award project, “Fort Story Summer Reading Program.” 

 Morgan addressed military children falling behind in reading level by providing reading time and material at Fort Story Youth Center.  She assisted John B. Dey Elementary School in sorting and providing books to military and socioeconomically challenged students for the summer.  Students received two books each month during the summer and received six books overall during the program, along with providing assisted reading time to the students at the Fort Story Youth Center twice a week.  During this time, parents would drop off their children at the center and could have Morgan and her Literacy Mentors Club members read to the students or assist with tutoring. Her project is being sustained by the Literacy Mentors Club at Frank W. Cox High School. Well done, Morgan, thanks for taking action! 

This month you can take action, too. We're asking all GSCCC Girl Scouts who are military family dependents to submit an entry to win a Girl Scout gift certificate worth $20 that can be used in one of our GSCCC shops when they reopen to the public. We'll choose one winner from each age group for two winners total! Winners will also be spotlighted on our social media. 

Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies & Juniors  - Create a drawing or other piece of art that portrays parent (s) at work, as you know it. Juniors, do the same but add a paragraph detailing what is taking place in the drawing/art. 

Cadettes and up - Write at least a 600 word essay about an experience you had as a military child - perhaps overseas, participating in a special program or why you are proud to be a military child. 

 If you are submitting a drawing or piece of art, take a photo and send to Essays can also be sent to

Monday, March 30, 2020

National Volunteer Month: Ways to Celebrate Leaders and Volunteers

Girl Scout Leader’s Day, also known as Girl Scout Leader Appreciation Day, is an annual celebration held on April 22. It honors all Girl Scout volunteers who work as leaders and mentors – awesome women and men who are making a difference in girls’ lives! With their help, girls are developing courage, confidence and character, and are being introduced to new experiences that show girls what they are capable of. We are a volunteer generated organization, and it is because of volunteers that our Girl Scout movement has developed into the BEST one for girls today. Girl Scout volunteers are the role models who are by girls’ sides as they reach mighty goals – becoming leaders who make our world a better place.

We appreciate our volunteers EVERY day, but it is super nice to have a national day to say thank you to them. Girl Scout Leader’s Day is a perfect opportunity for girls, their families and communities to recognize their adult volunteers and thank them for everything they’ve done.

 We know Girl Scout volunteers don’t seek any special rewards or recognition, but it doesn’t mean they don’t want to be thanked. Take time to send a note, an email, or a gift to that special volunteer you know and say thank you. The results will be smiles all around!

Here are some ways to give that special volunteer a much-deserved “Thank you!”

Send them a card! Spend time creating a hand-made card or personalize an e-card to send online with a special message. You’ll melt their heart when you share just how they have made a difference.

Share the love! During National Volunteer Week (April 19-25) and on Girl Scout Leader’s Day (April 22), share just how amazing your favorite volunteer is. Use the hashtag #NVW2020 so we can see all of the shout-outs!

Give them a surprise! Now is the perfect opportunity to bring a smile to your volunteer’s face with some Girl Scout gear as a token of your appreciation. During April you can use promo code VOLUNTEER20 to get 10% off and free shipping all month long. 

We realize this year we’ll need to make some changes to thank our volunteers due to COVID-19. Our April 25 Awards Day will be rescheduled. Be on the lookout for a new date from our Volunteer Support Services department.

You can read more about National Volunteer Month from GSUSA here.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Gold Award Spotlight: Wildlife Education Materials for the Community

Imagine you are walking a nature trail with your troop and you come across a small bunny all alone. We might begin to wonder if it was sick or abandoned. It can be hard to know what to do or who to call when you believe an animal is in trouble.

It may feel like a good idea to just take the animal home or to a wildlife center, but taking animals from their habitat can often cause unintentional harm. Removing animals from their environment, especially babies when there is not an emergency, can be detrimental.

Girl Scout Ambassador Maren learned that this issue was affecting her community in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Maren knew she had to help. She was able to bring understanding about local wildlife traits by developing informational pamphlets and hand-outs for local wildlife refuges to give to the community. Her materials also explain how to tell if an animal is behaving normally or if it may be injured. In addition to developing informational materials, she also created an informational website.

Maren used her cookie earnings to sponsor a Virginia Beach SPCA representative’s visit to Rosemont Forest Elementary in Virginia Beach, Virginia, for a day of fun and wildlife education for younger kids. Maren had a great time sharing her knowledge of wildlife and their habitats with the students and taught them what to do if they think an animal is in danger.

Through all of Maren’s hard work and dedication to wildlife, she was able to earn her Gold Award. The Gold Award is the highest honor and achievement a Girl Scout can earn.

Thank you, Maren, for preserving wildlife and helping the make the world a better place!

Monday, March 23, 2020

Girl Story: Making Protective Masks for Healthcare Providers

Author: Girl Scout Ambassador Caroline

Hi, I’m Caroline. I’m 16 years old and in 11th grade at Kellam High School. I have been in Girl Scouts for almost nine years. In these nine years I’ve made trips to New York City; Savannah, Georgia; Costa Rica; Ireland; Scotland and this year I’m going to London. Next year I'll be in the Gal├ípagos Islands. 

I’ve been working towards my Gold Award. With this sickness, Covid-19, going around I realized I can do something to change the community and maybe even the world. I’ve heard about the hospitals and how they are crazy low on supplies. They’re having to reuse gowns and masks in order to have enough for everyone who is working.

Saturday, I woke up and said to my mom, “Mom, how hard would it be to make our own surgical masks to donate to hospitals?”

She grabbed her keys and we ran to Michael’s craft store. We picked up the supplies we needed and got straight to work sewing cloths and elastics for hours, with hours turning into days. I have made over 50 surgical masks that are going to be donated to hospitals, and still working on more.

I have been talking to my friends in Girl Scouts and even got them in on this movement. Girl Scouts all over can do it and we can help the people who are working day and night to keep them safe and healthy. This experience has taught me so much and I’m so excited to share it with everyone I can reach.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Gloria Randle Scott: Making History

Gloria Randle Scott was born April 14th, 1938 and is a native of Houston, Texas. She was a Girl Scout in Troop 155 at Jack Yates Secondary School in her youth. In 1975, she became the first African-American to be elected president of Girl Scouts of America. She served as president for three years. 

In 1978, Gloria’s last year in office as president, the trefoil was updated and redesigned to an image with the silhouette of three girls. The trefoil symbol with three girls- one black, one brown, and one white was used to honor diversity and to celebrate sisterhood and unity with every girl. Today, the symbol still has a message of strength behind it.

After her service for Girl Scouts she went on to work in research and ultimately became the president of Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina before her retirement. Over the years she has received many awards, including six honorary degrees, League of Women Voters prizes in 2008 and 2010, the Star of Texas Award in 2009 and the Urban League Star Award.

In 2009, Gloria spoke at our annual council meeting held at Norfolk State University.  From a young go-getter to president of Girl Scouts of America and beyond, this Girl Scout has led a remarkable life. 

Gloria Randle Scott is one of many remarkable female figures in history. To learn more about history-making women in Virginia you can check out our Explore Virginia Women’s History Patch.