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 marcomm@gsccc.org. Essays can also be sent to marcomm@gsccc.org.

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.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Gold Award Spotlight: Putting the 'A' in STEAM


When Girl Scout Ambassador Julia learned that fine arts programs in her area were financially out of reach for many kids and their families in Norfolk, she decided to take action and make a real difference. 


“There are several performing arts camps offered in our area, but the prices range from several hundred to several thousand dollars,” Julia said. “I targeted kids from families who couldn’t afford these camps.”

She partnered with an organization, From One Hand to Another (FOTHA), which provides low-cost science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programming for children in the area. Knowing the importance of fine arts, she decided to add an ‘A’ for arts to FOTHA’s program- making it STEAM!

Julia used the money she earned from cookie sales to fund her project. She bought all the supplies her summer campers would need. Julia had a great experience teaching dance, music, and sculpting. By doing so, she was able to bring her love of art alive in her community. By creating a full curriculum of lesson plans, exciting videos, and activities, Julia has ensured the program can continue to run through her partnership with FOTHA for years to come.

Congratulations, Julia, for creating a “golden” project that helped you earn the highest award a Girl Scout may earn, the Gold Award!

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Staying Healthy: Tips to Avoid Spreading Viruses


We know that Girl Scout families and volunteers are concerned about the spread of COVID-19, and like area schools and community groups serving children, Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast is monitoring the situation.

As always, we will notify members of any programming changes or cancellations of events. Please check our website for updates.   

We’ve taken some tips from the Center for Disease Control to remind everyone to follow good hygiene practices and take preventative measures.


What You Can Do

·         Do not attend Girl Scout meetings, programs, or events if you are sick.
·         Follow specific increased hygiene measures at large gatherings hosted by troops or service units.
·         Replace handshakes/handholding with non-contact methods of greeting.
·         Clean your meeting place, such as wiping down door handles or shared resources.  
·         Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used in a pinch.
·         Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
·         Do not cough into your hands and always wash your hands after coughing or sneezing if you use a tissue

For those who would like help in talking to girls, Girl Scouts of the USA has developed a helpful resource for How to Talk to Your Girl About Coronavirus to help minimize stress and worry in your Girl Scout’s life.



Thank you for your help in keeping Girl Scouts a safe, fun space for everyone!

Gold Award Spotlight: Fort Story Summer Reading Program


Girl Scout Ambassador Morgan from Virginia Beach loves reading and used that passion as the focus to earn her Gold Award, the highest honor and achievement a Girl Scout can earn.

Morgan learned that reading with an adult is a foundation for lifelong literacy in young children, however, for busy parents it can be difficult to find time to read with their children. Morgan learned that a lack of reading time at home can lead to falling behind in school so she decided to take action to help children in her community!

To tackle this issue, Morgan formed the Literacy Mentors Club at her school. She recruited a team of students from her high school to do weekly readings at Fort Story with John B. Dey Elementary School kindergarten and first-grade students during the school year. Younger kids loved having opportunities to spend time reading with older students from the area.

Morgan then planned and executed a summer reading program that distributed two books a month to over 160 military students from Fort Story. In addition, she did readings twice a week during the summer program on the base so parents had a convenient location to bring their children. Overall Morgan helped deliver 1,000 books and spent over 30 hours reading to children during her summer program.

The Literacy Mentors Club will continue to bring the fun of reading to children of military families and will be sustained by sponsoring faculty from Morgan’s high school.
Along with learning networking skills, how to organize volunteers and schedule time for a team, Morgan says, “The most successful part was having the children at Fort Story gain interest and build confidence in reading.”

Way to go, Morgan!

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Volunteer Spotlight: Jennifer McBride


Can I take a moment to remind you why at Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast we adore our volunteers?

Volunteers were ready to help troops load up.
With pre-orders flooding in and many cookie-lovers across the region eagerly awaiting their first boxes of Thin Mints or Samoas, our council was preparing to receive a huge shipment of over 1.3 million boxes of cookies. Once the cookies arrived at Harrison’s Moving and Storage in Chesapeake, we knew we would need a lot of help getting cookies to where they needed to go. We had three locations to cover with nearly 500 troops that were ready to get orders filled and booths started.


This is where our absolutely amazing volunteers stepped in. On Saturday, February 15 we had so many groups lend their assistance to our Girl Scout volunteers by unloading cases of cookies from the shipping trucks and getting them loaded into campers, mini-vans, trucks, and U-Hauls of troops across the region.

Lead Volunteer and Navy Sailor Jennifer McBride
Jennifer McBride, a Navy sailor and Second Class Petty Officer from the USS John C. Stennis, was a very important piece of the operation. This was her second time volunteering with Girl Scouts and she decided to bring more than a couple friends. Jennifer recruited around 50 of her fellow USS John C. Stennis Sailors to assist Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast with unloading and loading the cookies.

“I volunteered with the Girl Scouts of Colonial Coast for the 2020 Cookie Classic Run back in January and had a great experience,” Jennifer said. “The positive energy radiating from the volunteers, Girl Scout Moms, and participants was enjoyable to be around, which is what led me to volunteer again.”

Jennifer believes the Girl Scout Cookie Program is about more than what’s inside the box and that her Sailors have something to gain from volunteering.

“I believe that volunteering is the best way to give back to the community and help make a difference,” Jennifer said. “With new Sailors checking in and out of the command almost daily, volunteering gives us the opportunity to meet new people outside of uniform and create partnerships with the community while accomplishing tasks and developing new skills, experience, and knowledge. Volunteering with the Girl Scouts is more than just giving back to the community; we are supporting an organization that prepares young girls for a lifetime of success, leadership, and accomplishment by demonstrating first-hand what dedication and teamwork can achieve.”

Other outstanding groups who volunteered their time were Gamma Phi Beta- Christopher Newport University Chapter, USO, Girl Scout Cookie Captains and Adult Volunteers, Great Bridge Rotary Club, Chesapeake Rotary Club, students of Christopher Newport University and the North Carolina A&T Alumni Association- Tidewater Chapter.

Our volunteers make the dream work. There are so many ways to get involved as a volunteer with Girl Scouts! Visit our Volunteer Page to find out how. http://bit.ly/2V1qF3A

Check out this video of the action at Harrison’s in Chesapeake:


Trouble viewing? Click here.



Thursday, February 20, 2020

It's Cookie Time! National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend & Two Ways to Win BIG


Girl Scout Cookie season is in full swing and that means young cookie entrepreneurs are setting goals and gaining skills that will last a lifetime. Each year, Girl Scouts across the nation recognize the incredibly impactful Girl Scout Cookie Program during National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend!

This year, National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend is February 28 – March 1, 2020. Cookie earnings power so many amazing experiences for Girl Scout troops and the world deserves to hear about it! During this weekend of celebration, Girl Scouts are encouraged to go out and have fun selling cookies while demonstrating their entrepreneurial skills and raising awareness about the Girl Scout Cookie Program- a business that has powered girls and their adventures for over 100 years.

Check out the 2020 National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend patch.

Cookie business doesn’t have to be all business, right? That’s why we have two fun ways for you to win big this year with Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast.

Hashtag Contest
Become one of three winners of a FREE CASE of Girl Scout Cookies by following these easy steps: 

1) Take a picture featuring your 2020 Girl Scout Cookie Purchase
2) Post your picture on Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag           #ColonialCoastCookies2020
3) Make sure your post is public so we can see it and share it!
4) Three winners will be selected after March 22, 2020 and contacted via direct message.
5) Respond to GSCCC’s message and tell us what type of cookies you would like!

Troop Cookie Volunteer Golden Ticket Contest
Very special golden tickets are hidden in cases of cookies at our Colonial Coast cookie cupboards. Visit a cupboard between February 28 and March 22, 2020 and you may be lucky enough to pick up a case containing a golden ticket. If you open your case and find one, you could win one of several amazing prizes.

Some prizes available to winners include:
-2021 Cookie Classic race entry
-$50 Amazon gift card
-Monopoly “Fortnite” Edition
-Admission for one to the 2020 Women’s Wellness Weekend
-Girl Scout Samoa or Thin Mint Build-a-Bears
and MORE!

The more cases you pick up the better your chances of finding a golden ticket. If you are one of our winners please contact the Product Program team at GSCCC to claim your prize.

There are a lot of incentives to take part in this year’s cookie program and you definitely want to be part of this!

Friday, January 31, 2020

Local Girl Scout Lifetime Member will Compete in 2020 Samoa Soiree


Meet Kianna Bair the assistant manager at Quintin's Tea Emporium in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Kianna began with Girl Scouts in 2002 as a Girl Scout Brownie and is now a lifetime member. She will bring the flavors and health benefits of high-quality teas to the 12th annual Samoa Soiree on February 20 at the Westin- Virginia Beach Town Center.


What is a favorite or fond memory you have of Girl Scouting?

My favorite memories as a Girl Scout include selling over 1,000 boxes of cookies and getting a commemorative brick with my name on it at Camp Pamunkey Ridge north of Richmond. I also had a week of equestrian fun at summer camp. There, I was a Program Aide and I loved leading other Girl Scouts along the way. Another time, I went to Savannah, Georgia, and visited Juliette Gordon Low's birthplace.

My number one favorite memory is of working a special needs camp. I was later chosen to give a speech about leadership and working with special needs individuals. I then gave an overview at church on Scout Sunday about what I learned. That experience was the gift that kept on giving.

Why do you feel it is important for today’s generations of girls to receive Girl Scouting?
Girl Scouts instills in young women compassion, leadership, skill acquiring, and patience. Still to this day, I leave a place better and cleaner than when I got there. I continue to uphold the Girl Scout Promise and Law in my daily life.

What are you looking forward to as a chef participating in Samoa Soiree?
At the heart of tea it really promotes stillness, companionship, and being present in the moment. I am looking forward to sharing this passion with all in attendance and letting them try our delicious samples and custom tea blends we are working on specially for this event.

Cookie lovers 21 and up should attend the 12th Annual Samoa Soiree for a one-of-a-kind tasting experience. Guests can expect chef-prepared savory dishes, delicious drinks, and tantalizing desserts all using a very special ingredient: Girl Scout Cookies.

Get your tickets today: http://bit.ly/2FEK29S

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Gold Award Spotlight: Chesapeake Bay Oyster Gardening


Chesapeake Bay Foundation Oyster Gardening

Laney, a Girl Scout from Troop 411 in Chesapeake, Virginia, has earned the highest honor and achievement a Girl Scout can earn, her Gold Award. She devoted her Gold Award project to restoration of the Chesapeake Bay.


Growing up, Laney spent her summers in the Outer Banks and developed a love for our waters and sea life. She learned the Chesapeake Bay’s ecosystem is dangerously out of balance due to pollution and a changing climate, and she wanted to take action in a way that would help the ecosystem. Laney focused her service project on oyster gardening. She supported the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Virginia Oyster Restoration Center (VAORC) programs by gathering oyster shells from local Chesapeake seafood restaurants and placing them in a collection bin for processing and cleaning by VAORC in Gloucester, Virginia, at her high school previously installed by other Girl Scouts.



 
Along with collecting shells, Laney went on to provide training and education to the community on oyster gardening and recruited volunteers to build oyster cages. The cages are used by oyster gardeners to grow baby oysters, using the cleaned shells she collected as a foundation. Laney also asked people in the community to sign a letter that she sent to Governor Northam, asking him to enhance funding for local agricultural management and state agencies that are responsible for land management. In so doing, Laney hoped the letter would prompt action to sustain oyster restoration program in the region.

Thank you, Laney! Congratulations from Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast!

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Run with the Cookies: 6th Annual Cookie Classic

5k participants at the starting line
More than 500 people ran with the cookies at this year’s Cookie Classic Run hosted by Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast. The sixth annual run took place on January 18 at the Great Dismal Swamp Canal Trail in Chesapeake. 

Three race levels were offered: 1-mile, 5k, and 10k, and had over 560 participants total. In addition to the races, fun family games and exhibits were available that included samples from Panda Express in Chesapeake.  

The Cookie Classic is not only inclusive for runners of all abilities but it is also the only race in Hampton Roads where you get to enjoy Girl Scout Cookies along the way. New this year was the Finisher Festival with music, dancing, games, an awards ceremony and refreshments. Also at the Finisher Festival was the costume contest judged by a returning Cookie Classic sponsor Sweet Briar College. 

Girl Scout Junior Makayda from Chesapeake won the costume contest and was dressed as a Lemon-Ups stand (resembling a lemonade stand) paying homage to the Girl Scout’s brand new zesty and inspirational cookie Lemon-Ups.
Makayda, winner of 2020 Cookie Classic costume contest with
volunteer Mara Bates also participating

Prizes were awarded to the top three winners in each age group male and female for the 5k. First place of each age group for males and females were awarded a prize for the 10k. 

All 1-Mile finishers received an official 2020 Girl Scout Cookie Classic keepsake patch. Overall first place winners were Lindsey Bruns of Virginia Beach and Erik Velazquez of Chesapeake for the 5k. Christin Hoffstadt of Norfolk and Eric Fonville of Chesapeake won first place for the 10k race.


Overall through Girl Scout Cookie Classic participants and gifts from sponsors and donors, the event raised $25,685 to support the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Many thanks to those sponsors who included:  Sweet Briar College, Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group, Practical Dental Assisting of Virginia Beach, Panda Express, and Club Pilates. A special shout out to volunteers Mara Bates and Lisa Mcivor who once again helped lead the Cookie Classic planning team! 

Monday, January 13, 2020

2021 First Day Patch Design Contest

Have you met last year’s First Day Patch Contest winner? Ella, a Daisy from troop 1422 in service unit 140 was voted the number one design in last year’s competition. Ella, along with lots of other submissions were received and narrowed down by council staff. Once the top 10 designs were selected the polls were open for fan-favorite voting. Her patch is now worn by around 2,000 Girl Scouts in our council!

Ella’s design received the most votes and was then turned into a real Girl Scout patch! Her submission featured a Girl Scout climbing a snow-capped mountain.

Every girl who renewed registration on the first day for membership year 2020 received Ella’s beautiful patch as an early-bird keepsake. This year the tradition continues with the 2021 First Day Patch Design Contest. 

Girl Scouts are highly encouraged to participate in this year’s contest. To enter click here to find the submission document. Print the document, fill out the entry form, and have a Girl Scout use her artistic talents to create an awesome design. We can’t wait to see what Girl Scouts in our council dream up. 

Submissions must be received by Friday, February 14. Final selections by staff will be completed Friday, February 21. Voting will take place between noon February 24 and will end at noon on Monday, march 2. Winner will be contacted March 3. 

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Cookie Season Kicks off a Wave of Girl- Powered Leadership


This year, the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) released a new lemon-flavored cookie in addition to their lineup of classic flavors to celebrate young female leaders and entrepreneurs. The new Lemon-Ups are sweet glazed lemon cookies that are described as crispy and feature baked-in messages inspired by the Girl Scout core mission. Yummmm! It’s exciting to have a new cookie to help promote all the G.I.R.L. wow things that girls do in Girl Scouts! It was super cool to have the new cookie – and our program – highlighted in the media that included all the national news.

Locally, GSCCC Product Program Manager Erica Chavez along with Girl Scout Cadette Hannah promoted the new cookie today with a Facebook live stream at 7 a.m. and that was followed by Erica and more of our awesome girls doing a shout out about the new cookie on the Hampton Roads Show with hosts Kerri Furey and Chris Reckling. You can read their post here. Then it was off to 13News Now for an interview with WVEC Anchor Ashley Smith and Meteorologist Tim Pandajis – Tim will be our emcee for this year’s Samoa Soiree! Check out a link to the 13News Now Segment here. To add to the buzz, GSCCC Program Director Gretchen Edwards-Bodmer was interviewed on 97.3 The Eagle and 92.9 The WAVE. Coming up, we’ll have guests on WTKR’s Coast Live and WVEC ‘s Coastal Connections.

If you ask a Girl Scout what they plan to do with their cookie earnings you will hear some inspiring ways that the Girl Scout Cookie Program is encouraging leadership and community service within our region. 



Here is an example: Girl Scout Junior Makayda from Chesapeake shared with us some of the ways cookie money has fueled her ability to grow as a leader and give back to her community. In her interview she explained that proceeds from her troop’s earnings allowed them to fund their Bronze Award in which they updated garden landscaping, provided grooming, and made pet treats for the Suffolk Humane Society. Makayda said the most impactful part of her experience was   that “It was hard to prepare for something I have never done before but it was great to help each other and to be able to lead in a new environment.”

Makayda has some advice for other Girl Scouts working in a team this cookie season, "It's great to learn how to lead while also being nice to other kids."


Cookie season is just kicking off! Stay tuned as the cookie program progresses to hear more inspiring, girl-powered stories from our awesome Girl Scouts.