Friday, September 23, 2016

Why Participate in the Mags&Munchies Program?

1. Because you will learn great entrepreneurial skills like Goal Setting, Decision Making, People Skills, Money Management and Business Ethics.
2. Because you'll get to run a real online store (sign up at:
3. Because your Troop will earn funds to do exciting girl-led events, community service and take action projects.
4. Because you’ll have an opportunity to earn special patches and cool rewards.
5. Because it’s great practice for Girl Scout Cookie season!
Did you know that once the product is paid for, all of the remaining revenue stays in Nassau County to help our girls explore and do great things?
How can you Participate?
You can get a packet of information and an order card from your Troop’s Mags&Munchies Manager. You can also sign up directly for the online program at:

Friday, September 16, 2016

What do Girl Scouts really do?

This is a true story shared by one of our Program Specialists.

One day a girl asked me, “What do Girl Scouts really do?” She said “I know they sell cookies, go camping, make crafts and they do nice things for people. Why do I have to become a member to do any of those things, especially when one of those things is just being what you should be…helpful?”

I am not sure if she expected the answer she got, but I do know that she did not want to be convinced or cajoled. She wanted the facts. I am sharing the facts with you as I did with her at the start of the summer.

This past school year girls from all over Nassau County participated in programs where they explored the barrier islands and dissected dog sharks at the Sports Fishing Alliance Center. They learned proper archery form at C & B Archery; having seconds to prepare for a target game that challenged their newly acquired skills. More than 180 girls prepared themselves for summer jobs by earning their Babysitter badge at Saint Joseph Hospital. Still others learned how to build and launch rockets and interpret authentic human skeletal remains for gender, age, trauma, and disease at Garvies Point Museum and Preserve. They built robots, operated flight simulators and they packed their bags for an advocacy trip in Albany. Girls choose to do all sorts of things to explore the world they live in because at Girl Scouts they can; their voice counts, their decisions matter, their actions are impactful. It doesn’t take long for them to understand that their experiences make them interesting, unique and are the foundation for their life choices.
Most Girl Scouts take pride in selling cookies because they know where cookies come from... Girl Scouts was established in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low. This being an election year, I must tell you that Girl Scouts existed eight years before women had the right to vote in 1920. Juliette was notorious for refusing to accept no for an answer and in this capacity her tenacity served women and girls quite well. Getting back to the cookie business. Juliette quickly realized that the girls needed money to fund their experiences. Most of the girls lived on farms. They had access to eggs and farm animals. So, first they sold eggs. Then they sheared their sheep and Juliette sold the wool to local merchants. They sold other things too, but with farm fresh ingredients at their disposal, cookies became their top selling product and still is! Today, girls run a $700 million cookie business. Girls fund their fun all year with a percentage of the profit. For many, this experience is their first memory of their desire to be a leader with business skills.
Many Girl Scouts camp. Girl Scouts of Nassau County owns the magnificent Camp Blue Bay in East Hampton. Camping wasn’t our idea, it was Juliette’s. Juliette wanted girls to have the opportunity to appreciate and explore the outdoors in a time period when girls spent much of the time indoors doing things like cooking, sewing, and reading. Juliette herself grew up doing all kinds of things inside and out; climbing trees, fishing, painting and sliding down the spiral bannisters in her family’s home. Most girls did not have that exposure. Today, we encourage girls to embrace the outdoors; learning everything from kayaking and swimming to rock climbing and repelling. And that is why Girl Scouts camp!
Crafting is a special part of our history. Juliette Gordon Low was a talented artist. She painted, sculpted and even tried her hand at welding the gates that she designed for her home. Juliette used her talent to cope with her disabilities. She was a positive person who knew how to work smart rather than hard--- long before that phrase was coined.
Girl Scouts share our founder’s attitude of gratitude and embrace her take charge spirit. They volunteer their time, energy and skills to those in need just as Juliette did when she cared for soldiers with her mother during the Spanish American War. Juliette was a little girl during the Civil War. She was not a stranger to hunger, sickness and sacrifice. She learned what was important early on… God, country and people. Juliette’s goals are embedded in the Girl Scout Promise and her values, simply written in the Girl Scout Law, are timeless, tried and true.
That same girl responded to me with another question “okay, I get all of that and it sounds really fun, but why do I have to be a member?”
I answered her last question this way. Because membership is a commitment to our mission, our sisterhood and our values. We are not alone, we are part of a community and once you are a Girl Scout, you are always a Girl Scout. A girl with a mission working together with a group of girls who share their beliefs succeeds at building courage, confidence, character and relationships that last a lifetime.

The last thing the young girl said to me was “great, thanks, I’ve got enough stuff to convince my mom and dad that Girl Scouts is for me.”

I believe that Girl Scouts make the world a better place and she will too.

Friday, September 9, 2016

A Leaders NEED-TO-KNOW Guide for a successful Girl Scout Year

Not sure what resources you need make your year as a Troop Leader strong? Here are all of the basics to get you started:

TIP #1: Know the 2 staff people that represent your area
Our Girl Scouts of Nassau County staff is here for you! There are two staff people, one from our Volunteerism team and one from our Membership team that will help you start your Girl Scout year right. Our Volunteerism staff person will make sure you are provided with all of the information you need like trainings, background checks, etc. Our Membership staff person will make sure they guide you with registering all of the girls in your Troop, etc. To find out the two staff members that are assigned to you call 516.741.2550.
TIP #2: Know who your Service Team is
A Service Team is a group of Volunteers that are trained to help all Leaders in an Association (group of towns that are close to each other). A Service Team is comprised of Volunteers with many different roles to help you with various things in your Troop. To find out who the members of your Service Team are call 516.741.2550.
TIP #3: Know what resources are available to you and how to plan your year
The Volunteer Resource Center (VRC) is a place where you can come to learn about what your Troop can take part in. You will learn the current Girl Scout program, different ceremonies to do with your Troop, what trips to take and much more. Plan ahead, Volunteers! If you need help planning any Troop activities, such as mapping out your Girl Scout year or if you just need ideas for a meeting, book an appointment with Cathy Ciccone, MVP Volunteer Resource Specialist at Remember- starting July 5th we are now located at our new temporary location at 325 Duffy Avenue in Hicksville. Check out the VRC’s hours below:
Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm Thursday: 9am-8pm (excluding July & Aug) 2016 Fall Hours: September 10 and October 1 the VRC will be open from 10am-1pm
TIP #4: Explore our website and Social Media pages
Our website, has all of the programs available for girls to participate in, explanations of awards and patches girls can earn, all of our shop’s online merchan­dise, etc. Our social media pages including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram will show you Troops that are learning and having fun in Girl Scouting and what your Troop can look forward to!
Did you just move up from a Troop Committee position to become a Lead­er or a Co-Leader? If this sounds like you, then don’t forget to complete your paperwork process! All Troop Leaders MUST fill out an Adult Volunteer Appli­cation AND complete the background check, and take the Welcome to Girl Scouts and Girl Scouting 101 trainings. You can’t be ap­pointed as a Leader until you complete these steps. Don’t delay! Girls are waiting on YOU!
*Please note, these tips and contact numbers are geared to Girl Scout Leaders in Nassau County, NY. If you volunteer for a different council, please contact your council service center to inquire about resources specific to your area.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Banking Tips for Girl Scouts of Nassau County Troop Leaders

Don’t Leave Home Without Them!

To save time and extra trips to the bank make sure you have done the following BEFORE opening your account:

  • Choose a Bank – (consult your Association Service Team for bank suggestions)
  • Decide who will be on the account - Required is a minimum of 2 signatures –one of the Troop Leaders and the other a member of the Association Service Team (Treasurer or CAV).
  • Request a letter from Council on Council letterhead: Once you have the names of the signers, the bank you wish to open the account in, and your Troop number, go to our website’s Forms/Documents Library and click on Bank Account Request Web Form. Or, contact your volunteerism or membership staff person to assist you.
  • Once you receive the letter (which also indicates the Council’s ID number) you can go to the bank and get signature cards for your new account.
IMPORTANT: Remember to indicate that all bank statements be mailed to the Leader’s address - not the Council’s address.

*These Banking Tips are specific to Girl Scouts of Nassau County Council.

Friday, August 26, 2016

The Golden Girls of Troop 520

Meet the “Golden Girls” of Girl Scout Troop 520 of Girl Scouts of Nassau County. Not only have most of the girls been together since Daisies, but 10 of the 11 girls earned the Gold Award this year— and the 11th is currently waiting for final approval on her completed project.
Connie, mother and adult Girl Scout Volunteer, has led her Troop of girls from Girl Scout Daisies into mature Girl Scout Gold Award honorees.

“I watched these girls grow up. It’s an amazing commitment on their part — they have stuck with the program since they were in kindergarten. To watch their progress has been an amazing experience,” said Connie, whose daughter, Amanda was one of the recipients. “Most Troops don’t stay together; many groups shrink after the girls enter middle school or high school,” Fratianni-Wysota said. “With high school graduation, tests and getting ready for college, it takes a lot of effort to do this.”
Congratulations to Connie and girls on a job well done!

Learn more about the Girl Scout Gold Award and Girl Scouts' Highest Awards.

Friday, August 5, 2016

My Girl Scout Internship Experience

by Katie Genari

My time at Girl Scouts of Nassau County as an intern was less about having an internship for the summer and more about being able to take an opportunity to continue my Girl Scout journey and give back to an organization that had a profound impact on my young adult life. Being able to work as an intern for the summer in the Marketing and Communications Department has allowed me to experience Girl Scouts in a new light and from a different perspective. As a current college student with a Broadcasting Major and Minor in Business Marketing I looked forward to learning about Media and Marketing from a not for profit perspective, a perspective different from what I am studying in school.

Coming into the start of my internship, I was unsure of what to expect as there are many tasks and responsibilities that are taken care of each day and week within the Marketing Department. To my surprise and liking, I was able to experience and learn about the many different aspects that take place on the business side of Girl Scouting each day. Describing my tasks and responsibilities as an intern can be summed up as being able to showcase what Girl Scouting is all about through the use of media and marketing and there were many ways I was able to do so. Writing blogs about Girl Scouting events and experiences allowed me to communicate to girls the amazing opportunities that await them when they join Girl Scouts. In writing and publishing such blogs, I learned how powerful words can be and how using the right words can make a difference and impact the person reading them.

Publishing blogs was not the only thing that allowed me to showcase the Girl Scout experience, in fact being able to prepare for and help run the Girl Scout Gold Award ceremony was an amazing opportunity in which I was able to showcase all the incredible things a young woman can accomplish if she stays with Girl Scouts. From helping to write Gold Award biographies, to making presentations for the ceremony, I learned all about the preparation and behind the scenes work that goes into hosting a ceremony on a large scale. Working with the project was a great way for me to see all the incredible ways Girl Scouts have been and will continue to help their communities and make a difference in the world. Learning about the awardees’ projects also allowed me to effectively communicate to others what it takes and means to earn the highest award in Girl Scouting. As a past recipient of the Girl Scout Gold Award, I knew how earning the Gold Award can have a tremendous impact on the community and myself, but what I did not realize was how preparing for and hosting a ceremony to honor all the recipients can also have a profound impact on all those attending. In preparing for the ceremony I learned what it takes to plan an event on a grand scale and being able to see everyone’s hard work come together was truly special.

The time spent preparing for the Gold Award ceremony was the most intensive part of my internships, but my work and experience did not stop there. Throughout my entire internship I was able to learn more about Girl Scouting in many different ways whether it was listening to communication webinars, interacting/meeting with employees from other departments or working on projects that not only impacted the Marketing department, but other departments as well. Taking a trip out to GSNC’s Camp Blue Bay was one of the many opportunities that gave me the chance to work on a project that impacted departments beyond Marketing. In collaborating with the Program department, specifically Camp within that department, I was able to take photos of camp life that will help advertise and draw girls to sign up for camp sessions. Taking photos and helping to create editorial videos of camp life are just some of the many ways that marketing and media can be and are applied to other departments apart from their own.

Taking this internship was an incredibly influential experience. The skills I learned and enhanced, the projects I was a part of and worked on and the relationships I have built throughout my internship are all things that I can and will take with me back to school and to future internships and or jobs. Interning with Girl Scouts was a rewarding experience and it’s an internship I would definitely recommend to my peers who are studying Media and or Marketing. Girl Scouts is a place that aims to help build girls of courage, confidence and character, which is what they helped me with as a Girl Scout, throughout my internship and it is something that Girl Scouts will continue to as I continue my journey as a lifetime member.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Girls Scouts of Nassau County Celebrates 100 Years of the Gold Award With the Help of Zimmerman/Edelson Inc

A Proud Moment for #ZimmCasters and the Girl Scouts of Nassau County

By Marisa Drago and Marissa Kelly

This year was the 100th Gold Award Ceremony for the Girl Scouts of Nassau County, and we were lucky enough to cover the event in our new role as #ZimmCasters! When we were presented the opportunity to attend, we weren’t sure what to expect. We were Girl Scouts when we were younger, so we knew a bit about the organization, but never made it far enough to earn the prestigious Gold Award. We were excited to attend the ceremony and learn what the award was all about. 

The two of us are currently interning at Zimmerman/Edelson Inc (Z/E), a public relations firm that has the Girl Scouts of Nassau County as a client. This summer, as part of our season-long intern project, we were tasked with becoming “ZimmCasters.” This means we must challenge ourselves by becoming reporters and social media handlers for Z/E and several of its clients. As #ZimmCasters, we wanted to experiment with live steaming videos at different events. When we found out about the 100th Gold Award Ceremony, we recognized that it had great potential to be shown live on social media. 

Before arriving at the ceremony, we came up with interview questions to ask some of the Girl Scouts, emcees, and the executive director of the Girl Scouts of Nassau County, Donna Ceravolo. We compiled possible tweets to send out, ideas for footage and interviews, and taught ourselves how to use the live-stream app, Periscope. When we reached the US Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, where the ceremony was held, we were fully prepared and extremely excited to cover the event.

First, the two of us took a tour of the facilities at the Marine Academy that were being used for the event. Throughout the night, we would be traveling back and forth between two buildings: Wiley Hall and the auditorium. Wiley Hall is where this year’s Gold Award projects were on display for families and friends to observe. We held several interviews in this building, some of which were with Girl Scouts Bianca, Maribel and Chloe, all of whom were receiving their Gold Awards. The ceremony took place in the auditorium, where we caught footage of the 101 Girl Scouts receiving their Gold Awards, the Girl Scouts of Nassau County’s Chorus performing, and several speakers proudly talking onstage. 

We were lucky enough to sit down with Donna Ceravolo and ask her some questions. She opened our eyes to what an accomplishment the Gold Award truly is, and she beamed with pride speaking about the girls earning their Gold Award this year. Her evident passion and excitement for the event and for the Girl Scouts of Nassau County showed us how remarkable the girls who complete their Gold Awards projects truly are. “This project is a symbol of the tangible steps that girls have taken to make the world a better place,” said Ms. Ceravolo. 

This ceremony was nothing like we have ever experienced before. Both of us were blown away by the extensive and thoughtful projects put together by the Girl Scouts of Nassau County. Each Gold Award Project, along with the girl who created it, was more amazing than the last. As we sat in the auditorium and watched every girl cross the stage we recognized their true leadership qualities, and every single one of the girls should be incredibly proud of their accomplishments. The Girl Scouts of Nassau County gave us an opportunity to learn, not only about their incredible organization, but about what it’s like to be behind the scenes of such a meaningful event like this one. 

We extend our true congratulations to all of the girls that earned their Gold Award this year and would like to thank the Girl Scouts of Nassau County for letting us be a part of this wonderful event!