Friday, June 24, 2022

Achievements and Successes Celebrated at GSCCC's June 2022 Board Meeting

It was a time to celebrate achievements and successes at GSCCC’s June Board meeting. Members from Troop 93 who won the 2022 Cookie Program’s “Show Your Cookie Flair” contest were invited to help start the meeting by leading the Board in the Girl Scout Promise and Law. They received CEO patches from GSCCC CEO Tracy Keller and stayed for a special presentation to Girl Scout Ambassador Sarah Sass, a girl member who serves on the Board. 

 Sarah was recognized with the 2022 Buck Harris Award, an award named in honor of a former executive director of Greater Tidewater Girl Scouts, a council that merged with Heritage Girl Scouts to form Colonial Coast. Buck loved the outdoors and the all the benefits girls reap from camping. Each year, the award is presented to a girl who loves the outdoors and uses her skills and talents to help others. Nominations are usually submitted by a girl’s troop peers. The recognition comes with the gift of a full week at camp! Since joining Girl Scouts in kindergarten, Sarah has lived her life by the Girl Scout Promise and Law. She has been active in her troop, her service unit, and is a member of the council’s Board of Directors where she also participates on the Board’s Property Committee. Sarah loves camping and the outdoors, has spent many summers as a camper and, in recent years, as a Program Aid. She graduated this year as the salutatorian from her class and is heading to Virginia Tech in the fall! Sarah’s parents were on hand for the presentation.


Special guests also included Girl Scout alum Camille Birdsong who recently graduated from Hampton University’s Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications. She will be heading to New York soon to take a position with NBC as a news associate. Camille shared highlights of her senior capstone project which focused on the African American girl experience in Girl Scouting, titled: “A Deeper Look Into Why Black Girl Scouts Matter.” The project is on Camille’s website and includes video interviews with GSCCC VP of Membership Engagement Terri Washington and Girl Scout volunteer Toni Taylor. View it at


As part of the night’s pre-business meeting program, Girl Scout volunteer Christine Janison, an outdoor facilitator from Service Unit 375 in Norfolk, presented GSCCC Board Chair Marisa Porto with a check from the service unit. The funds will be used to create an ax-throwing range at Camp Apasus. Many thanks to Christine who also led an archery activity for Board members during the social hour!

Camille Birdsong

Christine Janison, outdoor facilitator from Service Unit 375 (green polo) leads board members in archery

Sarah Sass and parents

Troop 93

GSCCC Board Chair Marisa Porto, Christine Janison, and GSCCC CEO Tracy Keller

Saturday, June 11, 2022