Friday, April 20, 2018

Congratulations to all our Robotic Teams!


Thanks to our coaches and mentors, the Girl Scouts of Nassau County’s robotics teams had a fantastic year! We thank them all for their dedication and for the example they set for the girls.

Here are the results of our 2017 – 2018 season: FIRST® LEGO League Junior (Jr. FLL) 6-9 years old: The Magical Bots and The Sassy Hot Dogs attended the SBPLI’s FLL Jr. EXPO, where the girls showcased their LEGO robot design and research. The Magical Bots were awarded the OUTSTANDING TEAMWORK AWARD and The Sassy Hot Dogs were awarded the JOURNEY Award!

FIRST® LEGO League (FLL) 9-14 years old: Our five teams this season were the LEGO Lovelies, Smart Cookies, Soaring Rockettes, Tech Time Girls and The Dream Stream Robotics Team! The teams competed in the School Business Partnership of Long Island’s (SBPLI. Inc.) FLL Qualifying Tournaments, where they showcased their LEGO robot design, research and invention. During the course of the tournament, each team’s robot competed on the playing field. Then to a group of judges, the team presented their “problem” and the solution they invented to address their problem, and explained the engineering and coding process they went through to build and program their robots. The LEGO Lovelies were awarded the GRACIOUS
PROFESSIONALISM Award! This award recognizes a team whose members show each other and other teams respect at all times. They recognize that both friendly competition and mutual gain are possible, on and off the playing field.

FIRST® TECH Challenge (FTC) 9-12 grades: The Digital Darlings had an exciting season! They participated in two Qualifier Tournaments, they won the DESIGN Award at one and finished in second place overall at another. Their wins enabled them to move on to the championship tournament where they had a fantastic experience!

ALL of our teams worked hard and persevered! We congratulate them and thank them for representing Girl Scouts of Nassau County with courage, confidence and character and for showing everyone what a G.I.R.L. looks like! We are very proud of them all!

Would you like to know more about our STEM Robotics Program for your daughter or to coach a team? Please join us on June 5, 2018 at 7:00pm, here at the GSNC Service Center, 110 Ring Road West, Garden City, NY 11530. For additional information, please contact customercare@gsnc.org.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Ways to say "thank you" to your Girl Scout Volunteer?


One of the earliest behaviors my parents taught me was to say “please” and “thank you;” continuously reminding myself and my siblings that these were the magic words. After a birthday party, we would write thank you notes to those who came to celebrate with us. On Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Grandparents’ Day, Teacher’s day, and all the other “days” of the year, we would say “thank you” to those who were there for us or supported us by giving cards and homemade gifts.

April is Volunteer Appreciation Month and April 22 is Leader Appreciation Day which makes it an extra perfect time to say thank you to those Girl Scout volunteers in our lives. Maybe it’s the volunteers who are our cheerleaders, guides, and mentors. Or, that volunteer who helps us build courage, confidence and character. Girl Scout leaders and volunteers encourage us to be G.I.R.L.s (Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-Takers, Leaders). So, this month, and every month, say “thank you” to your Girl Scout volunteer. They go above and beyond to make your Girl Scout experience extra special.

Here are a few ways you can say thank you:
  • Say “thank you” and tell them how they have made your Girl Scout experience special.
  • Hand-make a thank you card.
  • Buy them a volunteer appreciation gift from the GSNC Shop.
  • Nominate a volunteer for the Volunteer of Excellence Award.
  • Throughout April, show your favorite Girl Scout volunteer how much they mean to you with a straight-from-the-heart, personalized ecard.
Remember, it’s a fact: without our volunteers, we couldn’t and wouldn’t be the largest girls’ leadership development organization in the world. But we are

So, THANK YOU

Friday, March 30, 2018

Camping Myths Debunked


Girls don’t like camping. Our first myth is far from the truth. Girls aren’t afraid to roll up their sleeves, build a fire, pitch a tent or explore the outdoors and nature. Sixty-two percent of girls said they enjoyed almost all of the outdoor activities they participated in through Girl Scouts, with camping ranking in the top three activities. Girls described camping as “fun.” They enjoy the opportunity to overcome challenges, and the feelings of accomplishment. Girls use this time to build and strengthen social bonds and hang out with friends.

Girls will get bored at camp. This is not the case at all; finding the time to fit in all your favorite activities is actually the problem. Taking a break from technology might scare some girls… and the volunteers who agreed to take them to the woods. Including the girls in the planning will keep them enthusiastic and engaged. Go for a hike, collect shells on the beach, play a game of GaGa, roast marshmallows or star gaze. The opportunities are endless, there’s not time for being bored! 

There are wild animals… and bugs. This isn’t a myth, there are wild animals and bugs, but they won’t hurt you. Wild animals don’t want to be bothered by you just as much as you don’t want to be bothered by them. Animals are interested in your food not you. Make sure to clean up after cookouts and lock up any food you have in the kitchen shelter away from the tents! Don’t forget to say hello if you’re lucky enough to encounter a baby deer, box turtle or chipmunk on the trails. They are a key part of the camping experience. Bugs are inevitable, you are visiting their home, but as long as you don’t cover yourself in fruity scents, or take a detour off the path you’re more than likely going to be ok.

You a lot of supplies to go camping. Camping doesn’t need to be elaborate; grab your sleeping bag and a flashlight and you can be on your way. While taking a Troop camping will require a little more preparation than that there are many conveniences that Camp Blue Bay has to offer that will make your stay a little easier.

You’ll be very hungry. This myth is true, but not for the reasons you think, there will be plenty of food. All the outdoor activities you will be doing will definitely make you hungry, just in time for a delicious campfire cooked meal. Just because you are camping doesn’t mean you have to live on hot dogs for the weekend. Practically anything you cook at home can be made over a fire, sometimes it’s even better. Baked potatoes and chicken pockets with all the works for dinner and apple crumble in the Dutch Oven for dessert, with a little creativity you’ll be fine dining on your next camping trip.

Camping relies on good weather. Camping is not only a summer activity, perhaps the best time to camp is the spring and the fall when it’s not as hot and buggy. In the winter months Camp Blue Bays’ Troop House is the perfect place to camp. Spend the day doing your favorite camp activities just a little more bundled up, to end the night have an indoor campfire and make some s’mores. Don’t let rain dampen your trip! Be prepared to put on your boots and a poncho and start singing in the rain; just because its raining doesn’t mean camp activities will be cancelled. 



Friday, March 9, 2018

All About Guide Dogs Patch Program Coming Soon!



Created by Girl Scout Jane G., in Collaboration with GSNC

Jane G., a Girl Scouts of Nassau County Girl Scout Junior, created the All About Guide Dogs Patch Program in collaboration with Girl Scouts of Nassau County (GSNC). 

As part of a program in her school, Jane completed an independent study project and she chose to do it all about guide dogs! She decided to create a patch program for girls in grades K - 8 to teach them about the importance of guide dogs, while also creating collaborative and hands-on activities to learn about them.

Jane was inspired to do her project on this topic after learning about her dad’s friend named Jim, who is blind. After hearing stories about him and his guide dogs, she was intrigued to learn more.

Being the true Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker and Leader (G.I.R.L) that Jane is, she wanted to make sure that this opportunity would go beyond her school project. She decided to present her project to the staff at GSNC, and over time, was able to collaborate with them to expand and develop this patch program. 

Starting in the mid-spring of 2018, Girl Scouts will be able to earn this patch! Additionally, there will be a resource box with several hands-on materials and an easy to follow guide that will help Volunteers deliver the program to their Troop. The kit will be available for loan from the Volunteer Resource Center at the GSNC Service Center.