Monday, February 11, 2013

National Girl Scout Cookie Day

Girl Scouts of Colonial Coast were busy on National Girl Scout Cookie Day! A visit was made to the Navy Mobilization Processing Site where a unit was getting ready to be deployed. They were presented with a Cookies and Milk (Coffee/Tea) reception led by a group of Girl Scouts who are home schooled. The girls had created thank you cards to give out to each military member guests, and they read poems and sang during a special program. The uniformed guests sampled the variety of cookies that were set out on trays - everyone wanted Thin Mints! Each also received a box to take with them as a reminder of how much they are appreciated.

Later that day, an Open House program was held at A Place For Girls. Juliette Low read to visitors and played the Cookie Twister game with guests. The spotlight was on the new Girl Scout cookie boxes that received an overhaul this year, along with the real purpose of the program - to teach girls five essential life skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, and business ethics and people skills.

On February 8, National Girl Scout Cookie Day, the message that was shouted out with the help of social media and Council communications was to buy one more box of Girl Scout cookies this season and support the Girl Scout Leadership Experience! For outcomes of the Girl Scouts’ social media team's contest - #onemorebox - visit Girl Scouts of the USA Facebook Girl Scouts of the USA Facebook. It was a great way to celebrate the largest girl-led business enterprise in the world.

According to a survey from the Girl Scout research institute, 85 percent of Girl Scout “cookie entrepreneurs” learn money management by developing budges, taking cookie orders and handling customers’ money. Research also shows that 83 percent build business ethics; 80 percent learn goal setting; 77 percent improve decision making; and 75 percent develop people skills.

Locally, Girl Scout cookies will be sold through March 24, 2013 and booth sales begin on February 24. We hope more boxes of cookies and thank you cards will find their way into the hands of more military members as we ask area customers to purchase cookies through the Gift of Caring Program!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Enter a Contest and Celebrate Women’s History Month!

Girl Scouts are invited to enter the 3rd annual Coast Guard Federal Women's Program Girl Scout Poem and Poster Contest. All entries must reflect the National Women's History Month 2013 theme: "Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics."
You can read more about Women's History Month.

· All Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies are eligible to enter the poster contest.
· All Girl Scout Juniors, Cadettes, Ambassadors and Seniors are eligible to enter the Poem Contest.

The winners in each category will be guests at the organization's annual luncheon to be held in March. Each winner and one guest will receive a free ticket to the luncheon.

Additional tickets may be purchased for additional guests. The poster will be on display at the program and at the lunch. The Poem winner will read her poem at the luncheon.

The deadline to enter the contest is March 8, 2013. All entries may be sent/brought to A Place for Girls or to the GSCCC Peninsula Service Center. Questions may be directed to

Monday, February 4, 2013

National Girl Scout Cookie Day is February 8

Join the fun and festivities on National Girl Scout Cookie Day - Friday, February 8, when we'll celebrate the world's largest girl-led business.

When a girl participates in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, she’s not only having fun — she’s learning important skills like goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.

Support National Girl Scout Cookie Day and plan to place your order or purchase one more box!

Stop by and celebrate National Girl Scout Cookie Day with GSCCC during the Open House at A Place for Girls, 912 Cedar Road in Chesapeake, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., where you'll find - cookies to sample, a Girl Scout Cookie archive exhibit, meet storyteller “Juliette Low”, great shop bargains and much more!

Get the scoop on a Facebook contest and more National Girl Scout Cookie Day Information

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Community Service in January

January was a busy month for Girl Scouts. In addition to kicking off the Girl Scout Cookie Program season, girls were involved in many community service projects.

Girl Scout Troop 269 in Virginia Beach created care kits for the Virginia Beach Department of Human Services – kits that will be distributed to children being placed in foster care. For the kits, they collected hygiene items, such as tooth brushes, tooth paste and combs, as well as hat, gloves and scarves. The girls made journals to place in the kits as well. Some donations were purchased using their “cookie dough” from troop funds, and others were collected from the girls’ schools.

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Jan. 21, the troop assembled the kits in pillow cases at Virginia Wesleyan College. Rhonda Hoffman, M.S.W., a case worker with the Department of Human Services, met with the troop and provided information about the foster care system. She thanked the girls for their contribution and assured them it would be put to good use.

“We were inspired by one of the girls in our troop who has had a foster care experience,” Diane Hotaling, a troop parent said. “We know that children who suddenly find themselves in foster care arrive with just the clothes on their backs and we wanted to change that for as many children as we could with these care kits.”