Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Diversity of Celebration




Have you ever looked at the back of embroidered fabric? Try it – you’ll see there are tons of individual threads of every color and size.  They’re each beautiful in their own way, but there’s no discernible image or pattern until you turn the fabric over. That’s how Girl Scouts works too!  We’re made up of so many different members who are all beautiful and unique in their own way and together, each of these threads makes us stronger.

There are tons of fun ways to celebrate our diversity this month. Want to teach girls about different religious holidays? Here are some upcoming holidays and what you can do with your girls.

  • December 8th – Bodhi Day (Buddhist) is a celebration of Buddha’s enlightenment. Teach your girls about meditation. Play relaxing music, encourage girls to be silent for several minutes, light candles and create colorful decorations. For more information about this holiday, visit http://www.ehow.com/info_10031977_holiday-bodhi-day-celebrated-do.html
  • Sundown December 16th - 24th – Hanukkah (Jewish) is a celebration of miracles. Talk with your girls about miracles in their own lives. Give each one a paper cut-out of a candle to decorate and write a miracle in her life. Next, have the girls stand together, creating their own human menorah and read each of their miracles. For more information about this holiday, visit http://www.myjewishlearning.com/holidays/Jewish_Holidays/Hanukkah.shtml
  • December 25th – Christmas (Christian) is a celebration of Jesus’s birthday. Talk with your girls about birthdays. Why is this a special birthday?  What makes a birthday special? What are some ways you can help make this day special for someone else? They might want to visit a senior center, make a card for a soldier overseas, or collect toys for needy children. For more information about this holiday, visit http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/christmas
  • December 26th -January 1st - Kwanzaa means "first fruits of the harvest" in Swahili. It is a holiday which celebrates African and African-American heritage and culture and includes many of the elements of a traditional African harvest celebration. Introduce your Girl Scouts to some of the traditions and symbols that are a part of Kwanzaa. What are some cultural traditions that each of the girls have in their family? For more information on Kwanzaa, visit http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson039.shtml
  • January 3rd - Mawlid an Nabi (Islam). Celebration of Muhammed’s birthday and teachings. On this day, Muslims honor the life and teachings of Muhammad. One of his teachings is forgiveness. Talk with your girls about forgiveness. Try having girls write an “I Forgive You” card to someone who recently upset them. Why is this difficult?  For more information about this holiday, visit http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/articles/holidays/mawlidannabi.htm



Friday, November 14, 2014

And the Top Sellers Are……

The Mags&Munchies…and Memories Program is almost over for this year (just product delivery and rewards distribution remains) but it was a great year for our girls, our Troops and Council.  Many thanks to all of our adult Volunteers,  Association Mags&Munchies Chairs, and Troop Managers who dedicate so much time to helping our girls with this learning and earning program. Congratulations to our all of our top sellers. 

 

2014 Mags&Munchies…and Memories Program

Association Top Sellers (with at least 100 items sold/ordered)

 

Baldwin:  Alessandra S, Troop 2427

Bay:  Samantha M, Troop 225

Bellmore:  Melanie M, Troop 941

Central Park:  Sofia M, Troop 3020

Garden City:  Riley M, Troop 1322

Hardscrabble:  Regina M, Troop 3339

Hicksville:  Sara R, Troop 3155

Massapequa:  Isabella I, Troop 2185

Merrick:  Kimberly F, Troop 2454

Oceanside:  Caterina M, Troop 2413

Seaford/Wantagh:  Alexandra P, Troop 3122

The Plains:  Kristi D, Troop 3280

Valley Stream:  Kayla B, Troop 2223

West Hempstead/Franklin Square:  Olivia V, Troop 1816

 

 

2014 Mags&Munchies….and Memories Program

Top Selling Troops – Based on Dollars

 

Troops that earned a Cookie Program sign and a Girl Scout Tablecloth ($2500+ in sales)
Central Park: Troop 3254

Merrick:  Troop 2454

Valley Stream:  Troop 2223

West Hempstead/Franklin Square:  Troops 1025, 1390

 

Troops that earned a Cookie Program sign ($2,000 - $2,499 in sales):

Bay:  Troop 65

Bellmore: Troops 911, 947, 952

Jericho/Syosset:  Troop 3532

Manhasset:  Troops 508, 547

Oceanside:  Troop 2049

Seaford/Wantagh:  Troops 3013, 3121

The Plains:  Troop 3633

West Hempstead/Franklin Square:  Troop 1257

WARM:  Troop 1298

Friday, November 7, 2014

NEW Outdoor Badges

The polls are open and your vote counts!
At Girl Scouts, girls make the choices and are choosing the next Outdoor badges. Survival, Recreation, or the Environment—ask your girl what outdoor skills/activities are most important. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Give every girl a ROLE in the Troop, and a VOICE IN THE CHOICE. Let GIRLS LEAD!



Girl Scouts encourage girls to take on new roles, make choices, set goals and make decisions. We do that by giving every girl opportunities to make decisions in the group, to make choices as an individual and to explore various roles in the Troop.

Daisies and Brownies may need more assistance than girls who are in middle school and high school.  But even the youngest of girls can make choices between two or three options that you offer.  We can help girls expand their leadership skills by focusing on GOAL SETTING and teaching them various ways to make DECISIONS.

Here are some examples of roles for girls at each level…
  • Daisies can help hand out supplies or help with clean-up
  • Brownies can lead the Girl Scout Promise or the walk around the block
  • Juniors can work on writing out the caper chart or send out the emails for Troop meetings
  • Cadettes can lead a Journey activity
  • Seniors and Ambassadors can lead a meeting with an elected official in pursuit of a Take Action project

Special thanks to Joyce Wagner, Girl Scouts of Nassau County's Chief Mission Delivery Officer, for her input on this edition.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The power of WORDS can move mountains!



Remember those days when your mother would tell you that “please” and “thank you” were the magic words. Well that still holds true today, especially when asking for help from girls or parents or thanking girls or parents for their time and effort. It is important to always be gracious and generous.

When there are parents that are not able to share or be as supportive as other parents, be as gracious as you are to the parents who go the extra miles. Be patient and non-judgmental. (You really don't know everything that they may have on their plates at work and at home.) Be kind. And, be extra sensitive to treat every child as kindly as you treat the others.

A simple “thank you” for a smaller task completed will make someone feel needed and appreciated and may compel them to go a step further the next time.

Special thanks to Joyce Wagner, Girl Scouts of Nassau County's Chief Mission Delivery Officer, for her input on this edition.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Building a Support Team for Your Troop



Build a team of support for the girls and the Troop Leaders.  Most people will help if you ask, and more people will help if you give them a specific task. So, don’t be afraid to ask!

Most parents want to support their daughters and the Troop, but many just don't know where to start.  So, Troop Leaders, be specific in your requests for help.  Start by posting a chart or sending an email asking for what you need and when you need it. Whether it is snacks, a craft helper (no experience required), a Troop Cookie Manager, a chaperone for a trip, a Troop Treasurer…  be specific and simple, and give an estimate of how much time it will take for the person to do the activity or tasks. If you have parents with special talents that would benefit the Troop, ask the parent if they can do a demonstration for the girls or talk about their skill or job. 

Beyond the parents, partner with older Troops or individual girls to serve as helpers or to lead some activities that they already know.  Remember, even Brownies are older than Daisies and have already learned the Girl Scout Promise and Law, or can share a song or a game they’ve learned...  Juniors and Cadettes often look up to high school girls and are eager to learn from them.

Out in the community, there will be others willing to help. For trips, knowledge and other support, community businesses and organizations are often willing to share their knowledge and love for what they do… some places to start may include the local firehouse, animal shelter, bakery, or Veteran’s Organization.

Remember, don't be afraid to ask! 


Special thanks to Joyce Wagner, Girl Scouts of Nassau County's Chief Mission Delivery Officer, for her input on this edition.