Monday, October 26, 2020

October is National Dyslexia Awareness Month- Girl Scout Cadette Nauri Helps Bring Awareness to GSCCC

October is National Dyslexia Awareness month and we want to make you aware of a great new patch program designed by GSCCC! You may have noticed the Dyslexia and GICHY the Bear events being offered - check them out on our Events page on our website.  The program is part of recently promoted Girl Scout Cadette Nauri's Bronze Award project from last year.

The patch program draws from the organization Lex Talk which was founded by Aarian Daniels, mom of Nauri, who was diagnosed at age eight with dyslexia.  While searching for a support group, Aarian realized there was not a platform that provided both resources and a safe space for parents to connect, so she created one. 

“When my family received the news that my daughter had dyslexia, we quickly mobilized to find resources to support her,” Aarian said. “Through that journey, I realized that there are many parents who may not have access to support or know where to start to get help for their child. Lex Talk is a way to normalize conversation around this learning disability and connect families in Hampton Roads.”

When Aarian started purchasing her daughter's troop attire, she noticed there weren’t any items related to dyslexia advocacy, so Nauri was inspired to design a patch of her own and mom strongly supported her.

“Girl Scouts patches are a fun way to explore your interests and have fun,” Aarian said. “Nauri selected a bear for her patch, an item she likes and assumes most girls do as well.  A teddy bear is also usually used as a comfort companion, so we named the bear ‘GICHY’ which is an acronym for ‘Glad I Could Help You." The name is significant since that is what Nauri wants to do, help other children who have dyslexia.”




Nauri is part of Troop 65 and earned her Bronze Award - we can't wait to see what she achieves in the future! 

Please visit the International Dyslexia Association for more information.  Use #DyslexiaAwarenessMonth to post on social media to bring awareness. You can also follow Lex Talk on Facebook @LexTalkDyslexia for updates.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

GSCCC National Delegates Taking Action



Even though the National Council Session is a few days away, our GSCCC National Delegates have been busy. They've met virtually with volunteers through service unit meetings and other virtual gathering opportunities. They have asked volunteers to share their thoughts about any of the six proposals on the agenda for the National Council Session. 

Three older Girl Scouts serving as National Delegates, Maureen a Cadette from Chesapeake, Morgan a Senior from Virginia Beach, and Jasmine an Ambassador from Williamsburg, have taken their role very seriously and helped plan and carry out the Girls Voices event on October 12 . The girls had the same goal as the adult delegates - to encourage others to share their thoughts on the proposals and give general input on our movement. 

Jasmine thought the Girls Voices virtual event was a success. She believes every girl who participated was a dedicated Girl Scout who made an effort to take time out of their evening to learn about the governance and the proposals which will affect the future of our movement.

"As a delegate, it has been a learning experience for me, too," she said. " I've learned how to present important proposals on things such as membership dues, the formation of a Gold Award task group, and lifetime membership - and all virtually!

Morgan, who has attended GSCCC's annual legislative days for several years, said she knows that the process of gathering input before voting is key to the governance process. 

"What I thought was most interesting was the extensive process of learning about the different proposals and the flow chart of responsibility within the organization," Morgan said. "These proposals are important to vote on now because they provide the framework for the next 3 years. Setting parameters for dues is an important topic especially during these difficult economic times for many. In addition, the proposal recognizing our leaders with a discounted lifetime rate is a great way to motivate and reward volunteers." 

Jasmine and Morgan both stressed how important it was for every Girl Scout member to be aware of the proposals being voted upon, but said getting the information out is a bit overwhelming. Maureen agreed and said while it can at times be almost overwhelming it was also rewarding.

"Even though it was virtual and not quite the same, I still got to enjoy some really cool experiences," Maureen said. "I really enjoyed working with some of my fellow Girl Scout sisters and attending Zoom meetings with some other councils. I applied to be a National delegate because when I attended G.I.R.L 2017 I was able to sit through one of the vote sessions. It was so cool to watch the whole thing happen. It inspired me to apply for the next convention. I'm so grateful I got this opportunity. It has been a truly amazing experience and I hope I can do it again one year in person!"

Read all six proposals here.


Interested in attending the National Council Session? You can participate as a gallery guest for free and sign up for as many sessions as you'd like. Details here.

Friday, October 16, 2020

Living the Promise, Leaving a Legacy

JoAn Berry is a woman who believes one’s life should always include a passion or commitment to something, and she believes it can be found in many places. For some it is found in a profession where they feel they make a difference and for others it grows from a talent or hobby such as gardening. For JoAn, the passion comes from being a Girl Scout. When she joined as a Girl Scout Brownie, little did she know that it would become a lifelong passion. 

 

“I describe passion as a persistent feeling that guides your heart and mind,” JoAn said. “It pulls you through life and impacts everything. Girl Scouts is part of who I am. I care deeply about the mission and how the movement changes girls and their future for the better.”

 

JoAn draws her energy source to nurture this passion by wearing a number of volunteer hats, with the first hat worn as a Girl Scout Brownie leader for her daughter’s troop 30 years ago. Her daughter, Elizabeth, shares her mom’s passion and was in Girl Scouts throughout her girl years and earned the Girl Scout Silver Award for creating a Daddy/Daughter program within her service unit. It was a well-planned program that called upon Elizabeth’s leadership skills and one that eventually helped her earn a scholarship from Virginia Wesleyan University.

 

The passion that was passed onto Elizabeth is an example of how JoAn impacts lives. Her commitment to Girl Scouts spills out wherever she goes and she seems to be everywhere as a volunteer. She is a Girl Scout master trainer and has trained hundreds, from trainings on finance management to outdoor skills. She’s also served in several service units and has helped in nearly every service team role – her favorite being product programs. Her positive and go-getter personality makes her sought out by new leaders and her enthusiasm for the Girl Scout movement is contagious.  


JoAn helping out on the archery range at camp

JoAn teaching first aid

JoAn is all smiles volunteering at a cookie delivery
in Virginia Beach in 2019


 

“I’ve learned that Girl Scouts makes me happy,” she said. “It inspires me. As a product program coordinator, I’ve seen girls grow up through Girl Scouting. I’ve seen Daisies who were extremely shy and reserved become confident leaders as Juniors. This really makes my heart sing to think I was part of making that happen.”

 

When JoAn volunteers, the good memories of her own years in the program are not far away. Those memories include having her mom as her Girl Scout leader, enjoying Girl Scouting with her three sisters and camping in tents with no floors that, during one trip, created a flood in their tent that prompted a swift evacuation in the middle of the night.

 

Last July, when she heard National Volunteer Dianne Belk speak at a Juliette Gordon Low Society gathering, she felt a strong bond with her. Like JoAn, she did not come from a wealthy family and only had enough to get by. Girl Scouting was an added bonus to her childhood that she cherished. Dianne’s passionate description of why she started the Juliette Gordon Low Society – to ensure the future of Girl Scouts for future generations – found a place in JoAn’s heart. And when JoAn found out there was no minimum amount to make a planned gift, she decided to take the step to add Girl Scouts as part of her legacy.


GSCCC recognized JoAn in 2014 with the
Girl Scout Thanks Badge.


 

It was that same sense of responsibility to ensure a legacy that prompted JoAn to become a national delegate this year and represent GSCCC at the GSUSA National Council Session where six important proposals are being presented and voted upon.

 

“I believe so strongly in the mission of Girl Scouts,” JoAn said. “I have been entrusted with a huge responsibility – the future of our girls. As Girl Scout volunteers and adults who care about Girl Scouting, we give girls the power to be the movers and shakers of their communities – of the world. It is extremely important and a role, whether that is of a volunteer or donor, we should be proud to hold.”

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Shannon Sixbey Discusses Faith Partnerships for Youth in Girl Scouting

Written by Girl Scout Volunteer and faith partnership advocate, Shannon Sixbey


Do you know your Girl Scout Promise? Do you say it at every Girl Scout meeting? Are we speaking empty words or do those words mean something to us?

On my honor, I will try:

To serve God and my country,

To help people at all times,

And to live by the Girl Scout Law.


We easily repeat the promise as most of it makes sense to us. We will serve our country and other people at all times. And, even though most of us fail to repeat the law completely from memory, we are still fine with: 

I will do my best to be
honest and fair,
friendly and helpful,
considerate and caring,
courageous and strong, and
responsible for what I say and do,
and to
respect myself and others,
respect authority,
use resources wisely,
make the world a better place, and
be a sister to every Girl Scout.


So where do we struggle? With serving God.

The Girl Scouts is a gloriously diverse and inclusive movement. Since our girls come from various backgrounds, they bring with them a variety of religious beliefs. Yet, we do them a dis-service to not help them grow in understanding what “to serve God” means while busily teaching them all the other aspects of the Promise and Law through petals, patches, and programs. The Girl Scout Religious Emblems program and “My Promise, My Faith” awards are two wonderful introductions to God. And neither program is limited to a Western, Christian-based understanding of God. 

For the last ten years my church, First United Methodist Church Fox Hill, has committed to running a biennial Religious Emblems program for local youth. Most of the youth attending come through Scouting programs. The church sees offering this outreach program as a natural extension of its Scouting ministry. The church hosts Girl Scout troops, a Cub Scout pack, a Boy Scout troop, and a Venture Crew.

With all the youth using the building, we wanted to share our faith and the God whom we worship in the building we share. The teachers enjoy teaching the well-planned P.R.A.Y. Publishing program for Protestant churches: God and Me, God and Family, God and Church, and God and Life. We are excited about offering the newest program, Jesus and Me, for the first time this year.

Since the Religious Emblems program requires a 1 – 3-month commitment based on age group, we also decided to annually offer “My Promise, My Faith.” The “My Promise, My Faith” program can readily be covered in 2 hours with girls rotating through 4 stations: music, inspirational quote, “tea with a member”, and artistic expression. Handouts such as music, written-down quotes, and art are all gathered in a binder which we add to each year. The program started with “honest and fair,” proceeded to “friendly and helpful”, and we hope to continue through the law so by the end of their Girl Scout career the girls will have a binder covering the entire Girl Scout Law.

So, may this serve as an invitation to reach out to teach “to serve God” in Girl Scouting. There are two programs: One is a cursory introduction, and the other one leads to a more intense understanding. Both offer great resources to help leaders. Feel free to contact me if you have questions or desire guidance!

Shannon Sixbey

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Peninsula Service Center is Closing

Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast has made the difficult decision to close our Peninsula Service Center/Shop on October 20, 2020.  This was a difficult but necessary decision based on the financial burdens placed on the Council during challenging times. 

The last day for making purchases at the current Peninsula shop location will be Tuesday, October 20. There will be a three-day relocation sale October 17-20 (Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Monday and Tuesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.).  Shoppers will receive 15% off all in-stock items. Scheduled appointments continue to be required. Please schedule a shop visit online




Coming soon, GSCCC will be offering shop services at the Enmeier Center at Camp Skimino located in Williamsburg. The GRAND OPENING will be Thursday, October 29! Customers may request a shop visit on a schedule that will alternate weekly between Thursdays and Saturdays. Thursday hours will be from noon to 7 p.m. and Saturday’s from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  


In addition, GSCCC will be offering mobile shopping when in-person program events resume. Service units interested in having the shop come to an event, should email shop@gsccc.org for details. Of course, customers may continue to visit our shop at A Place for Girls located in Chesapeake and/or shop  Council's online store on that site.. New merchandise is being added this fall! 

 

Volunteers and/or customers with non-shop related needs should contact customercare@gsccc.org for prompt service. 


Thank you for your understanding and patience during this transition. We looking forward to continuing to serve you!  

 

Enmeier Shop at Camp Skimino 

Fall Schedule


Thursday 10/29

Saturday 11/7

Thursday 11/12

Saturday 11/21

Closed Thanksgiving

Thursday 12/3

Saturday 12/12

Thursday 12/17

Closed Winter Break

Friday, October 9, 2020

Top Ten Cookie Entrepreneurs Have Virtual Chocolate Tasting with Professional Foodie Anya Zelfond

Girl Scouts who were the Top Ten Cookie Entrepreneurs from the 2020 Cookie Program season were treated to a special chocolate tasting event held virtually! The event, hosted by GSCCC, had special guest Anya Zelfond leading the chocolate tasting. 



She’s owner of Gourmet Boutique in Boston, a chocolate haven with the most chocolate per square foot you’ll find in Boston! Anya attributes her success as an entrepreneur to the passion she has for fine food and chocolate. Anya grew up in Moscow and traveled often to Europe where she would taste everything she could and brought back food gifts for friends.

A foodie for years, she became really interested in chocolate in 2000 when she discovered the differences within a branded chocolate based on when and where the cacao bean was grown. Similar to coffee beans and brewed coffee, there is a real science behind the choice of cacoa beans and the chocolate product it ends up in. During her travels, she focused on finding chocolate. Friends began to ask her for more and also asked where in Boston they could find fine chocolate – there was none. She gave up her profession as a speech therapist in pursuit of a dream. Today her shop is well-known and she ships throughout the US!

 

Each girl received a package from Anya – straight from her shop - which included an assortment of chocolates, informational materials and a few other goodies. Throughout the virtual event, the girls were guided in tasting – learning the difference between taste and flavor, taught how to appreciate each specific sample, given the history of chocolate and were given a look into the chocolate craft business.  


sample of chocolates
sample of chocolates



When asked about what the toughest thing was about owning her own business, she said the hours. Since she is in the food industry, every holiday is busy for her and impacts her family.

 

“If you are a person who likes to be your own boss and you have a vision, see it through because owning a business is so rewarding,” Anya said.

 

Anya also amazed the girls with some facts. Did you know that there are a wide range of unusual chocolates such as those made of camel’s milk or those infused with tea, spices, herbs and flowers?  There was one sample they tasted made with kefir and when opened changed taste over the course of time since the probiotics in yogurt break down the sugar continuously.

 

At the end of the session, Anya asked the girls what they did to make their cookie business a success. The girls who were a bit quiet until this point, loved sharing and reported some of their successes included wearing cookie costumes at cookie booths to keeping good relations with customers throughout the year online and always keep going forward, don’t get discouraged.

 

“This was a perfect event for the girls,” GSCCC CEO Tracy Keller said. “It brought two of our favorite cookie season things together, the importance of chocolate as a top flavor and building a successful business.”  

 

Want to hold your own chocolate tasting event and learn all about becoming a chocolate connoisseur? 


Check out this article that appeared in the Smithsonian magazine

 

Top Ten Cookie Entrepreneurs & Chocolate Connoisseurs!

Makiyah Murray from Troop 1320  - 5,605 boxes

Danielle Stowell from Troop 5 – 5,115  boxes

Jasmine Barbour-Bassett, IRG, 4,713 boxes

Maureen Keller, Troop 359 – 4,691 boxes

Morgan Nottingham, Troop 373, 4,659 boxes

Abigael Selkirk, Troop 235, 3,605 boxes

Lorelei Timmons, IRG, 3,138 boxes

Amiyah Snagg, Troop 40, 2,833 boxes

Alexis Vann, Troop 628, 2,804 boxes

Madison Murrell, Troop 661, 2,607 boxes

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Kiara Baxter of GSCCC Chosen as National Gold Award Girl Scout!

We have an amazing announcement- Girl Scouts USA has released the 2020 National Gold Award Girl Scouts and Kiara Baxter a GSCCC Gold Award Girl Scout was one of the ten Girl Scouts selected! 

The 2020 National Gold Award Girl Scouts will receive a combined $100,000 in college scholarships from Susan Bulkeley Butler, founder of a women’s leadership development organization and a former member of the Girl Scouts of the USA Board of Directors. The Kappa Delta Foundation and Arconic Foundation also each generously contributed $50,000 in college scholarships for a total of $20,000 in scholarships awarded to each National Gold Award Girl Scout!





Kiara Baxter was a Girl Scout for 12 years, is a graduate of Cape Henry Collegiate School in Virginia Beach and is a freshman at Virginia Tech studying creative writing. She earned her Gold Award by implementing a Gold Award project, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Community Garden, where she designed and built a community garden that provided hundreds of pounds of food to serve local families experiencing food insecurity.


She constructed raised garden beds at Messiah Methodist Church in Chesapeake that are wheelchair accessible and used her creativity to upcycle an old newspaper holder into a garden box where she placed information about her garden and instructions on gardening. She partnered with the Southeastern Virginia Training Center to recruit volunteers and to provide a garden where students could "grow" their knowledge as well as vegetables. . Kiara also added a caterpillar herb garden and a cinder block bench so visitors could enjoy the herb garden and be in nature comfortably. 


Her community garden was so successful that she was able to expand eight rows of vegetables behind her raised garden beds. Kiara was able to donate hundreds of pounds of food to Healthy Chesapeake! Her project has been passed along to be sustained by Troop 15 of Chesapeake as their Silver Award project, and students from the Southeastern Training Center will continue to volunteer!


More about Kiara’s project here-



Congratulations, Kiara!


Join us Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 4PM EST, for the can’t-miss party to celebrate the International Day of the Girl where you can meet changemakers like Kiara!

 

Nobody celebrates the world-changing power of girls quite like Girl Scouts! Join GSUSA Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 4PM EST, for the can’t-miss party to celebrate the International Day of the Girl!

Meet the 2020 National Gold Award Girl Scouts—ten girls just like you and who’ve changed the world while still in high school. Find out how they earned the top award in Girl Scouting and the $20,000 college scholarship that goes along with it.

If you’re a world changer who’s earned the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award, upload a picture of you or your troop and you could be featured during the event.

The first 1,000 currently registered Girl Scouts who sign up and attend the event will get a FREE exclusive world changer patch to wear with pride.

Register for the event here.


Monday, October 5, 2020

GSCCC Learning and Networking Opportunities

GSCCC is offering a variety of ways for volunteers to learn and connect this year. Through the Volunteer Enrichment Series – Let’s Share -  you can participate in virtual sessions that can provide ideas, activities and skills for leading a group of Girl Scouts and more. Great for personal development, too! Volunteers can join a chat with members from our Volunteer Support team, Cheryl McGrenra and Karen Tilley, to ask questions and, will, just chat! Registration is required and you’ll find links and details in the following information:

 

 

Live with Karen and Cheryl

7 to 8 p.m. on each date; deadline one day prior to each event

 

October 7            Financials and Goal Setting

November 12     TBA

December 10      Cookies

January 14           Outdoor Progression

February 11         Early Renewal

March 11              Cookie Wrap Up and Financials

April 8                   Bridging

May 13                 TBA

June 10 -               TBA

 

Register here on eBiz.


Once you have registered, you will receive an email confirmation including the link and passcode to join the chat.

Please note - these chats will NOT be recorded! What happens in the Scoop stays in the Scoop!




 

 

Let's Share

7 to 8 p.m. on each date; deadline one day prior to each event

 

October 6         Multi-Level Troops

October 15       Zoom Meetings

November 13  Financials and Budgeting

December 1     Working with Allergies

January 7          Girl Led

February           Ceremonies

 

Register here here on eBiz.


Once you have registered, you will receive an email confirmation including the link and passcode to join the chat.

Please note – the “Let’s Share” Volunteer Enrichment Chats will NOT be recorded! Be sure to register to attend if you want to learn more!


Questions? Contact customercare@gsccc.org.