The Girl Scout PromiseOn 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.Message from Council Board Chair and Chief Executive OfficerThe Girl Scout LawI will do my best to behonest and fair,friendly and helpful,considerate and caring,courageous and strong, andresponsible for what I say and do,and torespect myself and others,respect authority,use resources wisely,make the world a better place,and be a sister to everyGirl Scout.Melissa L. BurroughsTracy KellerThe future of girls affects us all. Today’s girls – our daughters and granddaughters,our nieces, the girl next door – will become our future employees, the nextgeneration of elected officials and our community leaders. As concerned adultswho have agreed to guide them on life’s journey, we ask ourselves each day -how are we helping prepare them for the challenges and responsibilities they willface? Are they going to have the courage, confidence and character to succeed?We answered that question in 2012 by offering experiences to girls that promotedself-esteem, community involvement, leadership, environmental stewardshipand a sense of responsibility and accountability. For example, nearly 10,000 girlsparticipated in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, the nation’s largest girl-led financialliteracy program, which provided girls with an opportunity to learn important lifeskills while helping support their Girl Scout Leadership Experience. When a girllearns business ethics and people skills during the Cookie Program, she willunderstand the importance of honesty and responsibility. Because of thatexperience, her friends, classmates and teachers will now count on her and thinkof her as trustworthy. And in the future, she’ll develop excellent references forwhen she looks for her first job or applies for college. That is just one of countlessexamples of how a girl is modeled through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.Our goal is to help every girl reach her potential, believe in herself and developbeliefs and values that will guide her throughout her life. We know the worldwould be a better place if every girl was encouraged to dream her biggestdream, conquer her greatest fear and speak in her boldest voice. Far too manytimes, the voice of a girl goes unheard.Girl Scout Troop 5067 - St. Mary’s Home for GirlsThe Girl Scout MissionBuilding girls of courage,confidence, and character,who make the worlda better place.Girl Scouts is more than an extra-curricular activity – it is a safe place, where agirl can work with caring adults and friends to be successful on her own termsand learn to lead in her personal life, as well as in her school and community.Girl Scouting has produced leaders throughout its history and continues to buildnew generations of confident, capable women. As we look ahead and imaginethe success women will continue to achieve, the pioneers will be the girls whoare growing up today.Melissa L. BurroughsChair of the BoardTracy KellerChief Executive Officer
“Come right over!I’ve got something for the girls of Savannah,and all America, and all the world, andwe’re going to start it tonight!”- Juliette Gordon Low phoning her cousin Nina Anderson Pape in 1912.In 2012, we celebrated 100 years of rich tradition. Girl Scouts has grown tobecome the nation’s leading expert on and advocate for girls – a well-known andrespected organization. Decades earlier, when women didn’t even have the rightto vote, Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low had a vision for the nation’s girls.She wanted girls to have opportunities to develop physically, mentally and spiritually– just as boys of the time. Juliette knew girls by and large were isolated to theirhome environment. With the introduction of Girl Scouts, girls, for the first time,were being encouraged to hike, camp outdoors, play basketball and do a varietyof “nontraditional” activities that would open up new doors to them.Today, Girl Scouts serves nearly 4 million girls worldwide and has more than 50million alumnae.1912-1920A group of concerned women of Tidewater Virginia awakened to the call “Follow meand Volunteer” in 1917 and gave the girls in the Norfolk region something unique– Girl Scouting! A lone troop was formed in Oceana in 1917, and soon after troopswere formed at the Christ Church and at the Olef Sholem Temple in Norfolk. AHampton lone troop was organized in 1918 at the First Presbyterian Church andat Binai Israel. The “Holly” troop was recorded as Troop 1 and was formed at FortMonroe.Local Chartered Girl Scout Councils in Early Years1922 - 1925 Norfolk Girl Scout Council 11925 - 1926 Norfolk-Portsmouth Girl Scout Council1929 - 1940 Suffolk Girl Scout Council1920sMargaret McCalister was the first Girl Scoutin the area to earn the Golden Eaglet in1922. She was a member of the FortMonroe Holly Troop.Girl Scout uniforms could be purchased atSmith & Welton Department Store in 1926.Camp Matoaka on Lake Prince in historicalNansemond County was the first Girl Scoutcamp property to open its doors in 1927 toarea girls.Rose Hall Troop, Norfolk 19171930sThe national Girl Scout Convention washeld in Virginia Beach in 1932. First Lady Lou Henry Hoover, also honorary presidentof Girl Scouts of the USA, was present. A leaders association was formed on thePeninsula in 1933. The first organized day camp – Camp Apasus – was opened inNorfolk at City Park, and the first area-wide cookie sale took place in 1939.1960 Jean Davis - Bugler
1940sA day camp program was made possible through cooperation of the YMCA,Camp Southfield. The fee was 25 cents per week. Mrs. Hawkins, the director,wrote “rather difficult around here to have a camp due to the large numbers ofsoldiers, sailors and defense workers stationed here.”1950sVirginia Electric Power Company sponsored a six-week cooking/economistcourse for Girl Scouts.Camp Skimino in Williamsburg became a full-fledged Girl Scout Camp.1960sFour day camps were operated on the Peninsula: Camp Kicotan in Gloucester,two were held at the Virginia State School and one at The Mariners’ Museum.The fee was $1 per girl, per day.The Greater Tidewater Council acquired Camp Darden, a gift from Mr. ColgateDarden, former Governor of Virginia.1970sLocal membership was 12,185. Eight Senior Girl Scouts attended the WyomingTrek Wider Opportunity and traveled to National Center West.A Council sponsored international trip, England Bound was held in 1978 andattended by 33 Girl Scouts and 4 adults.1980sColonial Coast Girl Scout Council was formed in January 1981. Nellie Haysebecame the Council’s Executive Director.The Enmeier Center at Camp Skimino was dedicated. Guest speaker wasVirginia First Lady Lynda Bird Johnson Robb.A Council sponsored international trip, Japan Junket, was attended by12 Girl Scout seniors and 4 adults.Camp Matoaka in Suffolk was closed.1990sThe “I Have a Dream” patch to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s contributionswas introduced.Hometown History Project is sponsored by local Girl Scouts, Cox Communicationsand the History Channel: a project that links Girl Scouts with senior citizens andhistorical organizations.2000The Council introduces the Dorothy Barber Lifetime Achievement Award.Colonial Coast Girl Scout Council was chosen as the council to be spotlighted inLittle Brownie Baker’s marketing video.2004Colonial Coast Chief Executive Officer Nellie Hayse retired after giving theCouncil twenty-three years of service. Tracy Keller was appointed the Council’sChief Executive Officer.2010The name of the Council was recognized as Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast asper the new national brand guidelines.National GSUSA Board Chair Connie Lindsey spoke at the Annual Council Meeting.2011A Council sponsored travel destination to Australia and New Zealand wasattended by 37 girls and 20 adults.1965 Roundup
Pathways to MembershipAccording to the Girl Scout Research Institute, the same percentage of girls asboys – 69 percent – think of themselves as leaders, but only 36 percent of girlssay they are interested in being leaders when they are older. Girl Scouts of theColonial Coast is committed to instilling the desire to become a future leader inthe girls we serve. We believe the key is the Girl Scout Leadership Experiencewhere activities are tied to specific and measurable outcomes and resources thataddress the developmental needs of girls.In 2012, a new Girl Scout Journey was introduced and used by our members –It’s Your Story -Tell It! Along with other journey resources, legacy badges andnew badges that focus on science and math, girls had a wealth of informationto draw upon with this national program portfolio that ensures consistency – nomatter where a girl lives or her circumstance. Whether in a troop, group, atevents or through other pathways, girls were given opportunities to use Girl Scoutresources and their experiences to develop a strong self-identity and positivevalues.Girl Scout national and internationaldestinations, travel experiences thatrange from two days to three weeksfor Girl Scout Cadettes and older,take girls to places where they havevaluable learning opportunities.In 2012, GSCCC member IsabellaGonzalez traveled to the ChannelIslands to explore a unique ecosystem.“Through Girl Scouts, I’ve been able tomeet Girl Scouts from around the countryand have been able to go places. Someof my favorite experiences were goingto the Girl Scout Leadership Institute inTexas, and going on two different GirlScout destinations. These have taughtme a lot, and along the way I have madesome great friends.”Girl Scout SeniorIsabella GonzalezCommunity Partners in 2012The Girl Scout Leadership Experience is delivered with the support of morethan sixty community partners.Adam Thoroughgood HouseAmerican Cancer SocietyBallyshannon Equestrian CenterBoykins Tavern MuseumBusch Gardens WilliamsburgChildren’s Museum of VirginiaChippokes Farm and ForestryMuseumChrysler Museum of ArtCity of NorfolkColonial WilliamsburgCox CommunicationsDisney on IceDowning Gross Cultural ArtsCenterDream Horse StablesThe Elizabeth City StateUniversity PlanetariumElizabeth River ProjectEndview PlantationFerry Plantation HouseFrancis Land HouseFuture City Hampton RoadsGovernors School for the ArtsGreat Wolf LodgeHampton History MuseumHistoric Hope House PlantationHistoric JamestownHorsin’ Around StablesHunter House Victorian MuseumHurrah PlayersInternational Children’sFestivalJamestown SettlementLee Hall MansionLynnhaven HouseMariner’s MuseumMuseum of the AlbemarleNational 4H CenterNauticusNewsome HouseNorfolk Botanical GardenOcean Breeze WaterparkOld Coast Guard StationPort DiscoverRingling Brothers & Barnum& Bailey CircusRoanoke Island Festival ParkSandy Bottom Nature ParkSociety of Women EngineersSpirit of NorfolkSurf and Adventure Co.Sweet Treats SpaTed Constant ConvocationCenterTheater For Kids/TeensTidewater Arts OutreachTodd Rosenlieb DanceTriple R RanchVirginia Air and Space CenterVirginia Aquarium andMarine Science CenterVirginia Arts FestivalVirginia Living MuseumVirginia Museum ofContemporary ArtVirginia Sports Hall ofFame and MuseumVirginia Stage CompanyVirginia SymphonyVirginia Zoological SocietyWatermen’s MuseumYork River State ParkYorktown Victory Center
52nd National Council SessionA group of nine delegates represented Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast at the52nd National Council Meeting/Convention held in Houston, Texas, fromNovember 10 -13, 2011. The national plans for the 100th anniversary of Girl Scoutswere unveiled and delegates were involved in the governance process thatresulted in a vote that would increase membership dues effective membershipyear 2013-2014. The National Girl Scout Leadership Institute, which ran intandem with the National Convention, was attended by eleven teen girls fromthe Council. Attendees brought back reports on the discussions and what theylearned to the Council’s Girl Advisory Board to be acted upon locally. As a resultof this girl input, many new program opportunities were offered to girls in 2012; anew camp session that allowed girls to explore college campus life, workshopswhere they could meet young women professionals involved in advocacy, andmore high-adventure activities delivered through pathway series.Famous Formers Luncheon LaunchesAnniversary CelebrationsGirl Scouts of the Colonial Coast launched the100th anniversary celebrations with a FamousFormer luncheon, which was held in November upon the return of the delegatesfrom the National Convention. Thirteen women were honored and were included ina Council anniversary calendar. Captain Mary Jackson, the first female commandingofficer of Naval Station Norfolk, was among the Famous Formers and was alsochosen as a Girl Scout Great by Girl Scouts of the USA.Year of the Girl“Leadership is not about one person.It is about a team, a crew, a troop, anorganization. It is about bringing all thoseindividual strengths and weaknessestogether to complement each other andwork towards a vision.”Captain Mary JacksonThe 100th anniversary year of Girl Scouting was officially proclaimed as the Yearof the Girl and launched in Washington D.C. The event was attended by fifteenteen girls from the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast. They were asked to sharetheir leadership stories with legislators and special guests, including National ChiefExecutive Officer Anna Maria Chávez. The national campaign, ToGetHerThere,a campaign to raise awareness on the country’s leadership landscape and theneed to rally the nation around the cause of girls’ leadership, was also unveiled.Girl Scout CadettesLily Thomlinson and GeorgieSawyer are two of the over400 Girl Scouts in theCouncil who are homeschooled.They incorporatetheir Girl Scout LeadershipExperience as part of theireducation curriculum. In2012, they used the Mediaand aMAZE Journeys intheir studies. The content ofall Girl Scout Journeys hasbeen correlated (by gradelevel) to the new nationalCommon Core Standardsand the 21st Century Skillsstandards, as well as to theHealth & PE, Language Arts,Math, Science, and SocialStudies learning objectives.
Welcome to 3.12.2012!Throughout March, Girl Scout anniversary celebrations were held by troops, serviceunits and at Council sponsored events. As part of a national effort, every localbaby girl born on March 12, 2012, was welcomed as an “honorary” member andgiven a certificate. With the help of Sentara hospitals, Chesapeake RegionalMedical Center and others, presentations were made to 18 “new” members locally.Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast held service-oriented birthday parties wheregirls brought donated items to help create more than 100 “birthdays in a bag.”This project supported the Salvation Army and other social service organizationswith a goal of giving the gift of birthday parties for children in need.“Being part of the Girl’s World Forum taughtme how powerful individuals can be, andwhat we can accomplish as sisters inGirl Scouts. It reminded me just how smallthe world is and that the lives of peoplemiles away on the other side of the globecan be so identical to our own.”Girl Scout Alumna/Forum ChaperoneMelissa GilbertGirl Scout Ambassadors Paige Agnew and Jordan Thomas were girl members chosento represent Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast at the Girls’ World Forum in July 2012.The Forum was the final conference in a trio of events hosted by the World Associationof Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) to celebrate the centenary of InternationalGirl Scouting and Girl Guiding and featured girl-led activities and discussions aimed atsolving global environmental problems, poverty and the challenges women and girlsface. Girls from 145 countries were represented and each girl who attended wasasked to complete a community service project on one of the issues addressed. PaigeAgnew’s Gold Award project, Composting for the Future, was inspired from her Forumexperience. She constructed and placed composte bins in several locations in HamptonRoads. She intends to focus on educating others on the environmental benefits ofcomposting for her Girls World Forum project. Jordan Thomas selected to work on awater preservation project and is raising funds to build a well in Africa.“I can’t begin to list all the things I’ve learned in Girls Scouts. From how to get alongwith people to survival techniques, there’s been so much to learn. I’ve learned to bepatient with myself and others and understand that everyone counts.”Girl Scout Ambassador, Jordan Thomas
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On My HonorGirl Scout Gold AwardsThe Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest achievement attainable in Girl Scouting.Girl Scouts earning this award must plan and implement a large-scale communityservice project that reflects their individual interests. Projects must challenge thegirl’s abilities, innovation and creativity. This award reflects the girl’s commitmentto herself, her community and Girl Scouting. Forty five girl members earned theGold Award during the membership year.Gold Award RecipientsDana BaumgartnerDeanna BonaventuraAutumn BryantMargaret CarmelGrace CasalinoLauren CashmanErin ClarkMegan CostonAllyana CreekmoreApril CrossMary DelmonteRachel EddowesAdrianne FockeKristen FreyJ. Christina FurstShalom FurstCourtney GreenNatalie HartJennifer HarveyVienna HarveyHunter HaynieEmily HockebornBlair HorthCiera JamesSara KazmerKristen KernNicole LichtyRachel LukeAllison LundyRebecca MontgomerySilver AwardRebecca NissenLauren OleszkoKaren OsgoodAleena PickettHarlie PowellRebecca RichardsonElizabeth RobertsonCaroline RobinsonHallea RossLauren RussellElizabeth RuzickaCarlyn SchaefflerKatherine SimmonsMadison WintersAshley WolfeGirl Scout Cadettes may earn the Girl ScoutSilver Award by taking action on projects intheir communities. Going for the Girl ScoutSilver Award - the highest award a Girl ScoutCadette can earn - gives girls a chance toshow that they are leaders who are organized,determined, and dedicated to improving theworld. In 2012, 176 girl members in ColonialCoast received the Girl Scout Silver Award.National Girl Scout Young Woman ofDistinction Darragh Friedman, adocumentary filmmaker, and GSCCCAlumna Katherine VanDeVeer, whoearned her Gold Award in 2009, werespeakers at the 2012 Gold AwardCelebration. Darragh’s film whichbecame her Girl Scout Gold Awardproject, Voices of Time Before They AreSilenced, documented stories of foursurvivors of the Holocaust.Every year, Girl Scouts provide over75million hours of direct service totheir communitiesThe contribution to society represents$1.6billion in girl-led projects withlasting results.Girl Scout Ambassador and Gold Awardee Rachel Eddoweshad an opportunity to share her project with National CEOAnna Maria Chávez at the launch of the Year of the Girl.Rachel’s project involved advocating for research for ALSor Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or, better known as LouGehrig’s disease.As part of her Gold Award project, Rachel also created waysfor the community to volunteer to help families with memberswho suffer from ALS. In 2012, Rachel was recognized with anOutstanding Volunteer Youth Award for her project byVOLUNTEER Hampton Roads.
100th Anniversary CelebrationThe 100th anniversary was an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We celebrated ourtime-honored legacy with members and friends in the community. Severalanniversary Council events were held, including Girl Scouts Rock the Beach thatwas attended by more than 3,000 guests. Girls had opportunities to do hands-onactivities at 35 booths, explored activities offered by community partners, such asthe Virginia Living Museum and Roanoke Island Festival Park, and wereentertained by national talent, including the musical group SAVVY. Three regionalTrefoil Sing Alongs were held, including one that took place at Mt. Trashmore inVirginia Beach, where over 300 Girl Scouts formed a “human trefoil.”More than 5,000 of the10,000 Gift of Caring GirlScout Cookie boxes werepresented to the military atGirl Scouts Rock the Beach,and more than 3,000pounds of food wascollected for local foodbanks.National events, too, wereattended by our members,such as Girl Scouts Rockthe Mall, the nation’slargest sing along. It wasattended by 250,000Girl Scouts - nearly 1,000GSCCC members - andtook place in WashingtonD.C. on the National Mallgrounds.ExhibitsGirl Scouts has produced pioneers who blazedtrails. Today’s Girl Scouts take part in many activitiesthat others enjoyed 15, 50 or 75 years ago, as wellas new activities never before imagined.The sponsors included:SponsorsGirl Scout history exhibits were placed at events,such as Girls Rock the Beach, museums, librariesand at camps. These exhibits helped promoteanniversary events and encouraged Girl Scoutalumnae to reconnect. Locations included:Suffolk Art Museum; Children’s Museum of Virginia,Museum of the Albemarle; Mary Pretlow Libraryin Norfolk; Chesapeake Central Library; MeyeraOberndorf Library in Virginia Beach; Main StreetLibrary in Newport News and the Ruth CampCampbell Memorial Library in Franklin.
Once a Girl Scout, Always a Girl ScoutGirl Scouts is the world’s most successful organization dedicated to creatinggirl leaders with more than 59 million alumnae nationwide. Since its inception in1912, women have explored new fields of knowledge, learned valuable skills, anddeveloped strong core values through Girl Scouting. The organization has shapedthe lives of the majority of femalesenior executives and businessowners, two-thirds of womenin Congress and virtually everyfemale astronaut. Women whohave been involved in Girl Scoutingroutinely point to the immediatebenefits, as well as the lastingeffects of the experience.“Girls are backing down, opting out, and shyingaway from leading. Although we can’t transformthe entire landscape in a single year, we canturn it around in a single generation - so that allgirls born this year have every single door opento them by the time they grow up.”National GSUSA Board Chair Connie LindseyAll AboardIn 2012, Girl Scouts of theColonial Coast engaged with areaGirl Scout alumnae through avariety of ways, including severalleadership luncheon and breakfastprograms. GSUSA National BoardChair Connie Lindsey was the guestspeaker at the 2012 LeadershipLuncheon held at the NorfolkYacht Club.A celebratory train ride was attended by more than200 area Girl Scouts. The special day-trip washosted by Norfolk Southern and led by Girl Scoutalumna Deborah Butler, the Chief InformationOfficer and Executive Vice President of Planning ofNorfolk Southern Corporation. Norfolk Southern ishelping open more doors for girls to explore science,technology, engineering and math.“I enjoyed my Girl Scout years. It was veryhelpful for my daughters growing up in amilitary family to find friends and build asupport system. As a Girl Scout Leader fortheir troops, I’ve been able to spend somevery special time with them that has beenmeaningful for all of us. There’s nothing likeGirl Scouts to build a strong bond betweenmother and daughter.”Girl Scout Volunteer DeLevay MinerFriends ReunitedCamp reunions were held at Camp Skimino,Camp Darden, Camp Burke’s Mill Pond and Camp Apasus to reconnect withGirl Scout alumnae. It was an opportunity for stories to be shared and new ones tobe created, as more adults returned to an organization that meant so much to themas youth. As one alumna put it, “once a Girl Scout, always a Girl Scout.”In honor of the 100th anniversary, an annual Presidents’ Luncheon was initiated. As former Councilpresidents and board chairs, these legacy volunteers continue to give to the Council through theirmentorship, consultations and direct volunteer roles.“I have always loved leading Girl Scoutsongs, especially in the outdoors under thenight sky. Songs and their words can reach aperson’s heart and make a profound impact– just as Girl Scouting can. Being at theCamp Skimino Reunion and singing againwith Girl Scout friends brought back somewonderful memories. It was a perfect way tocelebrate the 100th anniversary.”Girl Scout Alumna Anne Caruso
The Voice of GirlsIn Girl Scouting, leadership means asking questions, challenging assumptions anddebunking stereotypes – all part of being an advocate. Girl Scouts of the ColonialCoast encourages every girl and adult to practice advocacy. For adults and teengirls who were members of the Council’s Advocacy Committee in 2012, thatmeant speaking up for policies that support the well-being of girls and tacklingissues with policy makers and stakeholders, such as relational aggression problemsamong middle-school girls in our schools and communities. Members from theCouncil met with legislators inVirginia and North Carolinato share Girl Scout researchand programs that can beput into action that willaddress issues such asbullying and the lack ofparticipation by girls inSTEM areas of study.Nearly every city and countywithin the Council’s jurisdiction,as well as state governments,recognized the 100thanniversary of Girl Scoutswith a proclamation signing.Governor Beverly Perdue, a Girl Scout alumna, signed theGirl Scout 100th Anniversary Proclamation issued by the Stateof North Carolina on March 8, 2012, at the North CarolinaGirl Scout Legislative Day.Advocating for Healthy LivingGirl Scouts encourages every girl toadopt healthy habits that will help herdeal with stress, cope with peer pressureand feel good about herself. Our goalis to define healthy living for girls asboth desirable and achievable.Through Council events with partners,such as the annual International GirlsDay Out with The Kappa Delta Sororityat The College of William and Maryor the many series programs offeredin cooperation with Girls Inc. and othercommunity partners that focus onaddressing anti-bullying and buildingself-esteem, girls had opportunitiesat every grade level to learn healthyhabits and put them into practice.Girls as AdvocatesKirsten Talken-Spaulding, Superintendent, Fort Monroe National Monument, anda former Gold Awardee from York County, led Girl Scouts in a project during theannual Hampton Youth Government Day. They photographed outdoor amenities,discussed the possible recreational opportunities available on the property andthe need for historic preservation. The results were shared with SasakiAssociates, the lead consultant for the land planning effort of Fort Monroe.“Girl Scouts helped me develop skills for working with others. It helped me to always lookat the big picture, while at the same time caring about feelings - both important in goodleadership.” Kirsten Talken-Spaulding
Let’s Go Outdoors!Whether they're learning about endangered wildlife, developing creative recyclingprojects or working towards earned grade-level awards, girls were engaged inenvironmental programs that focus on care, conservation and responsibility of ourearth in 2012. This included venturing into the outdoors through camp or otherpathway activities.Camping is an integral part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Girl Scoutsof Colonial Coast is dedicated to providing the outdoor programs our girls andfamilies want. Resident camp programs were offered at Camp Darden and CampSkimino and served a total of 487 girls; day camp programs at various locationsserved 803 girls, and 304 girls attended special camp events, such as Cracks,Crevices and Crawlways that prepared them for caving. The number of girls whotook advantage of camping at Council-owned properties through troop or serviceunit opportunities totaled 6,519.Camp PropertiesGirl Scouts of the Colonial Coast has a dedicated property team that works withvolunteers to ensure girls have a quality and safe camp experience while atCouncil properties. In 2012, several property improvement projects werecompleted that included: addition of a greenhouse and a program shed at theLodge located at A Place for Girls, replacement of refrigerator and new tents atCamp Apasus, and the installation of air conditioning at Camp Darden’s DiningHall. There were also many maintenance projects that included a new septicdrain system at Camp Skimino and many clean-up projects that resulted fromHurricane Irene. Security, too, was advanced at properties with the addition ofsecurity cameras and improved lighting.Camp Skimino • Camp Darden • Camp ApasusCamp Burkes Mill Pond • A Place for GirlsGirl Scouts had fun at camp doing a variety of activities, including swimming inthe camp pool and canoeing on ponds. Having a complete waterfront option atour camps was important to be competitive in the camp market in 2012. A poolcampaign was initiated to replace Camp Darden’s pool that is beyond repair afterdecades of use.The challenge course - high and lowropes - at Camp Skimino is anadventure recreation program thatoffered girls and adults theopportunity to participate in aseries of activities involving mental,physical and emotional risk-taking.The course features wall climbing,rappelling, a zip line and a giantswing.“Girl Scouting riseswithin you and inspiresyou to put forth your best”- Juliette Gordon Low15 Outcomes of the Girl ScoutLeadership ExperienceDiscover1. Girls develop a strong sense of self.2. Girls develop positive values.3. Girls gain practical life skills.4. Girls seek challenges in the world.5. Girls develop critical thinking.Connect1. Girls develop healthy relationships.2. Girls can resolve conflicts.3. Girls feel connected to theircommunities, locally and globally.4. Girls promote cooperation and teambuilding.5. Girls advance diversity in a multiculturalworld.Take Action1. Girls can identify community needs.2. Girls are resourceful problemsolvers.3. Girls advocate for themselves andothers, locally and globally.4. Girls educate and inspire othersto act.5. Girls feel empowered to make adifference in the world.
Engaging with Girl ScoutsAdult volunteers in Girl Scouts play an integral role in designing opportunities forgirls to have meaningful engagement with the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.When they encourage girls to lead, they experience positive outcomes themselves.While working with girls for an extended time towards a common goal, they canbuild trusting relationships and reap other positive benefits.Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast has in place a comprehensive volunteer managementsystem that attracts, develops and retains a diverse group of volunteers whosupport the Girl Scout mission and help deliver the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.Volunteer Course Development in 2012CourseAttendanceBasic training for new volunteers 796Online/Webinars 1,095First Aid/CPR certification 171Leadership Enrichments 374Outdoor Training/Enrichments 359Learning Facilitator Training 36Former National Chief ExecutiveOfficer and author Kathy Cloninger wasthe guest speaker at the 2012 AnnualCouncil Meeting.2012 Girl Scout AdultAwards Presented toGSCCC MembersThanks Badge IICheryl McGrenraJan TylerThanks Badge IKen MiddlebrookHonor PinKimberly BrownBarbara DavisDonna FarnhamCarolene Goodwyn-HarrisKim LincolnWendy McMurryAnn-Marie PartinMichelle SantaJennifer TatroBonnie TaylorSharon VillalobosJennifer WartmannSeveral new e-learning options were added to the course selections. A newvolunteer service delivery model was introduced in May 2012 which required newcourse designs and implementation by task group members to facilitate integrationin membership communities.One Movement, One VoiceThree Council-wide adult learning events were held during the membership year,including the annual volunteer development conference that was attended by morethan 200 volunteers. Pegine Echevarria, an author and national speaker, was thekeynote speaker at the membership year kick-off event and conducted a workshopthat helped volunteers realize their own leadership strengths. Another workshopfocused on the impact of relational aggression on girls and adults. Volunteers learnhow to help girls become empowered.Volunteers Make theDifferenceEileen Livick has been a GirlScout most of her life. Her fondmemories of her years as agirl in Girl Scouting led her tobecome a leader when her twodaughters, Danielle and Nicolewere young. She’s excitedabout the new Girl Scoutmembership pathways and hastaken leadership roles on severalCouncil sponsored traveldestinations for teen girls.“I believe in Girl Scouts. I believe inthe organization, the program andthe positive influence it has on girls.I have not only seen the proof in myown two daughters but in the youngladies who I have watched grow upright beside them.” Eileen“I’ve never known a life without Girl Scouts. It has taught me to be the independent andstrong young woman who has the confidence to achieve anything I set my mind to. I wantevery girl to be able to look back as lifetime Girl Scouts knowing they were able to make adifference in their community through volunteering.” Nicole
Financial LiteracyHelping girls gain financial literacy is part of the goals of Girl Scouts. Starting inkindergarten as Girl Scout Daisies, girls learn the basics about money. Thecurriculum progresses, so each girl builds on what she’s already learned in eachsuccessive year. As a Girl Scout Ambassador, girls may earn the “Good Credit”badge and will understand what a credit score is and what factors make it go upor down. In addition to badge work and other activities offered in a troop settingin 2012, girls also had opportunitiesto explore financial literacy throughworkshops offered at A Place for Girls,the Council’s program center andheadquarters. Workshops includedCookie Business and FinancialFitness offered by the TidewaterChapter of Virginia Society of CPAs.2012 Financials2012 Income2012 ExpensesProduct Sales $ 3,213,078Philanthropy $ 645,141Program Fees $ 579,358Investments $ 408,396Shop Sales $ 178,113Site Rentals $ 5,0152012 Income $ 5,029,101Site Rentals 0%Shop Sales 4%Philanthropy13%Investments8%Program Fees 12%$ 5,029,101Product Sales,63%Meeting Our Customers NeedsProgram Services $ 3,932,727Management & General $ 374,676Fund Raising $ 355,3612012 Expenses $ 4,662,764Fund Raising 8%Management &General 8%$ 4,662,764Program Services,84%The 2012 Membership Year saw great progress in internal and external customerservice relations. The IT Department implemented a unified Helpdesk system thataids in tracking issues, building a knowledge base, quickly resolving customerrequests, and streamlining the communications process - merging multiple supportpaths into a single support email system. Additionally, the point of sale systemat both our A Place for Girls and the Peninsula Service Center was completelyupdated with new hardware and software. With the growth of shop sales over thepast several years, this was a critical component in ensuring continued growthas well as improving customer service with limited downtime due to unforeseenissues.Through Girl Scouting, girls becomeleaders in their daily lives and preparefor their bright futures! Girl ScoutProduct Activities, such as theGirl Scout Cookie Program or theselling of nuts or magazines throughlicensed vendors provide an importantingredient for leadership by helpinggirls develop five key skills: GoalSetting, Decision Making, MoneyManagement, People Skills andBusiness Ethics.During the FinancialFitness workshopoffered at A Place forGirls, girls researchedand did comparisonshopping based onadvertisements online and in printon a variety of items (shoes, backpacks,watches, etc.). They createdand utilized a recording sheet for theirfindings and calculated the differencebetween the lowest and highest items.They discussed the positive andnegative consequences of buyingname brand versus generic brands,as well as discussed the impact ofadvertisements on buying habits.
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