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  • GSNC to Temporarily Relocate First Week of July


    Garden City, NY (June 22, 2016) – The Girl Scouts of Nassau County (GSNC) will spend its final week in its longtime facility located at 110 Ring Road, Garden City N.Y., while preparing to undergo extensive renovations. The move, scheduled for the first week of July, will provide the GSNC corporate offices, Cookie Cupboard and Girl Scout Shop with a short-term home in Hicksville, N.Y.

    “This transition into our new temporary office in Hicksville would not be possible without the understanding and support we have received from everyone who is part of the Girl Scouts of Nassau County,” stated Donna Ceravolo, Executive Director, Girl Scouts of Nassau County. “We have been in our current headquarters for more than 50 years, and we are so excited for the much-needed renovations that will help us better serve the 23,000 Girl Scouts members.”

    The planned renovations will be executed by design firm Danita Otruba Architect of Westbury, N.Y., and are anticipated to be completed summer 2017.

    The headquarters will receive much-needed structural updates including a new roof, windows and insulation which will provide overall cost savings on utilities, security and technology system renovations. Additionally, the interior will undergo several cosmetic changes, including updates to the kitchen area, a redesign of the existing Girl Scout Shop, a new Volunteer Resource Center and a showcase for the council’s “Living History” collection of Girl Scout uniforms and treasures...



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  • Are You Man Enough to be a Girl Scout?


    Men Volunteer Their Time to Help Their Daughters Get the Girl Scout Experience 

    Garden City, NY (June 16, 2016) – In honor of Father’s Day, the Girl Scouts of Nassau County (GSNC) are commending the fathers who make being a Girl Scout possible and invite other Dads to step up to the challenge. Our male Troop Leaders, council members, Cookie Dads and behind-the-scenes volunteers are crucial to the success of each Girl Scout experience. The organization creates openings for fathers to be a part of their daughter’s lives and strengthen their relationships with one another through participation in numerous activities. We encourage fathers to be involved and on this holiday, thank the unsung heroes who load the camping gear into the truck, build “bridges” for our bridging ceremonies and lend a hand when needed.

    The Girl Scouts of Nassau County considers itself lucky to know numerous fathers interested in volunteering their time to contribute to their daughter’s, and other Girl Scout’s, experiences. These include Angelo Angelico and Jon Wang of Bellmore, NY; Jeff Strauber of East Meadow, NY; Wayne Goldenberg of Jericho, NY; and Clyde Riggins Jr. of Baldwin, NY; who are committed to further carrying the spirit of the Girl Scouts. When a group of hopeful Girl Scouts were in risk of being put on a waiting list to find a Troop Leader, Angelo and Jon stepped up to the plate as co-Leaders.

    “My involvement started when my...



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  • Reaching for the Gold: Girl Scouts of Nassau County Build the Leaders of Tomorrow


    Garden City, N.Y. (June 15, 2016) --- This June, members of the Girl Scouts of Nassau County (GSNC) will celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Gold Award, a prestigious honor and the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. The Gold Award represents developing leaders by inspiring girls to execute a project they feel passionate about in their local community to make the world a better place. The GSNC will award 101 local young women with the honor, an accomplishment which reflects leadership and citizenship skills that set them apart.

    “Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award is an extremely notable achievement, and we are so delighted to announce this year we have over a hundred local young women who will receive this honor," said Donna Ceravolo, Executive Director/CEO of the Girl Scouts of Nassau County. “On average, five percent of eligible Girl Scouts successfully earn the Gold Award, so this is an incredible success for us and the awardees. We are so proud of all the girls who have grown as leaders, increased their civic engagement, and community services through their projects.”

    Over the course of the past 100 years, approximately 1 million Girl Scout alumnae have developed Gold Award projects that address local or global issues – among them green energy and gender-balanced leadership. These projects have positively impacted girls’ lives, their communities, and the world.

    To be eligible, girls must complete two Girl Scout Senior...



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  • Girl Scouts of Nassau County Temporarily Relocate Headquarters


    Garden City, NY (May 17, 2016) – The Girl Scouts of Nassau County (GSNC) will be moving into a temporary headquarters in Hicksville, N.Y., while their longtime facility located at 110 Ring Road, Garden City N.Y., undergoes extensive renovations. The move, scheduled for July 1, 2016, will provide the GSNC corporate offices, Cookie Cupboard and Girl Scout Shop with a short-term home while the regional Girl Scouts council headquarters undergoes a complete overhaul.

    “We are very grateful to everyone who is part of the Girl Scouts of Nassau County for being understanding and supportive as we transition to our new temporary office in Hicksville,” stated Donna Ceravolo, Executive Director, Girl Scouts of Nassau County. “After more than 50 years, our building is in need of several updates, which will help us better serve the 23,000 Girl Scouts member.”

    The planned renovations will be executed by design firm Danita Otruba Architect of Westbury, N.Y., and are anticipated to be completed summer 2017.

    The headquarters will receive much-needed structural updates including a new roof, windows and insulation which will provide overall cost savings on utilities, security and technology system renovations. Additionally, the interior will undergo several cosmetic changes, including updates to the kitchen area, a redesign of the existing Girl Scout Shop, a new Volunteer Resource Center and a showcase for the council’s “Living History” collection of Girl Scout uniforms an...



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  • Girl Scouts of Nassau County Invites All Girls to their Camp Programs for a Fun-Filled Summer


    Garden City, NY (May 12, 2016) – Girl Scouts of Nassau County (GSNC) is inviting girls to join the GSNC family by taking advantage of exciting camp opportunities offered for current Troops and individual girls. Parents have the option of sending Girl Scouts and non-Girl Scouts to Camp Blue Bay Sleepaway Camp in East Hampton, N.Y. or Summer Fun Day Camp at Wantagh County Park in Wantagh, N.Y., where first grade to high school senior girls can reap the benefits of the camping experience.  Girls make new friends, explore nature and learn social and life-long skills, while spending their summer being physically active in the program of choice.

    “Girl Scouts of Nassau County is proud to offer rewarding camping opportunities to both our Troops and individual girls in the Long Island community,” said Donna Ceravolo, Executive Director/CEO of the Girl Scouts of Nassau County. “We firmly believe in the benefits of the camp experience and want every girl to have a chance to create life-long memories at our wonderful programs.”

    Summer Fun Day Camp at Wantagh County Park is a traditional style day camp with activities planned around a special theme each week. The sessions run from June 27th to August 19th and include the themes, Taste of Camp, Spirit Fun, The Magic of Camp, Wantagh’s Got Talent, Creativity, Team USA, Mystery Week and Endless Summer. Girls in grades 1-7 partake in a variety of fun activities throughout the day based on the...



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  • Girl Scouts of Nassau County “Go the Distance” for Healthy Living


    Garden City, NY (May 12, 2016) – The Girl Scouts of Nassau County (GSNC) recently hosted their 7th annual Girls Go the Distance Walkathon and Activity Fair at Old Bethpage Village Restoration. Over 800 girls, family members, friends and Long Islanders attended the event and enjoyed a fun-filled day outdoors, while participating in health-themed games and program activities.

    “This annual event brings our entire Council together and helps us promote healthy living to encourage our girls to live a socially and emotionally healthy lifestyle,” stated Donna Ceravolo, Executive Director of the Girl Scouts of Nassau County. “We are so thankful to everyone who participated in this wonderful event, along with all of our sponsors, volunteers and donors who made the day possible.”

    This year, a scavenger hunt was added to the two-mile walk, incorporating existing historic landmarks from Old Bethpage Village Restoration to serve as clues.

    Daisy-to-Ambassador Girl Scouts enjoyed healthy snacks, traditional Indian dancing, decorating T-shirts, and dabbling in GSNC Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) projects during the day’s action-packed activity fair. . All Walkathon proceeds) raised are donated to Girl Scouts Healthy Living Initiatives programming, which encourages Girl Scouts and their communities to integrate aspects of healthy living into their daily lives.

    Girl Scouts of Nassau County thanks the g...



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  • Girl Scout of Nassau County Leaders Share how GSNC Program Positively Influences Bond with Daughters


    Garden City, NY (May 8, 2016) – In honor of Mother’s Day, the Girl Scouts of Nassau County (GSNC) are celebrating the women who run Girl Scout meetings, use their homes as Girl Scout Cookie® warehouse during cookie season, and help raise Girl Scouts to be future leaders of their community, all year-round.  With over 18,000 Girl Scout of Nassau County, Troops would not be possible without the women who serve as leaders and volunteers.

    “Sharing the Girl Scout experience with my daughter creates a special bond between us,” said Tracy Keesee of Levittown, a leader who cherishes bonding with her 10 year-old daughter through the GSNC programs. “As a Girl Scout Leader, I watch other moms drop off their daughters and think ‘How lucky am I?’ I get to experience these moments of giving back or participating in fun activities like a boxing or cooking class alongside my daughter.”

    Girl Scouts instills values into young girls that aid them throughout their entire lives. Through community service, volunteer opportunities and numerous leadership roles, Girl Scouts teaches young women many valuable lessons and allows them to grow into intelligent and educated young women. On top of the opportunities available to the Girl Scouts themselves, the organization also allows mothers to be a part of their daughter’s lives to both strengthen their relationships with one another through numerous activities, as well as grow individually.

    “Being a mom, I could have ve...



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  • Girl Scouts of Nassau County Receive $10,000 Innovation Generation Grant


    Girl Scouts of Nassau County (GSNC) announced it has received a $10,000 grant as part of the “Innovation Generation Grant” program from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions Inc., to fund GSNC’s For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics Program. FIRST Robotics gives Girl Scouts the chance to design, build and program their own fully functioning robot and lets girls tackle real issues including energy conservation and climate change while still having fun. Girl Scouts work together on teams under the supervision of adult mentors to build robots based on a yearly theme in addition to competing in a series of tournaments.

    This year approximately 82 girls and 30 adult coach/mentors are participating in GSNC’s FIRST Robotics teams and discovering the values of teamwork and cooperation while being exposed to science and engineering in a fun and supportive environment. The Innovation Generation program awards organizations such as GSNC that foster and support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) initiatives for teachers and U.S. preschool through university students—especially girls and underrepresented minorities. 

    “We are extremely grateful to the Motorola Solutions Foundation for their generous grant,” said Girl Scouts of Nassau County Executive Director and CEO Donna Ceravolo. “GSNC believes in introducing our girls to STEM experiences at every age to ins...



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  • Girl Scouts of Nassau County Awarded $10,000 Grant by Wells Fargo Foundation to Support Entrepreneurial Program to Build Financial Literacy


    The Girl Scouts of Nassau County (GSNC) recently received a $10,000 grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation to support the Girl Scouts’ entrepreneurial programs and promote financial literacy. GSNC offers a wide range of activities and programs for girls of all ages to improve their financial literacy.

    In an effort to better understand girls’ levels of financial literacy and their confidence, attitudes and experiences with regards to money, the Girl Scout Research Institute conducted a survey with a nationwide sample of over 1,000 girls ages 8 to 17 years old and their parents. The study revealed that girls need and want better financial literacy to help them achieve their dreams: 90 percent said it is important for them to learn how to manage money, while only 12 percent of girls surveyed felt very confident about making financial decisions.

    “The recent survey results outlined how unconfident girls feel about making financial decisions and revealed how much work there is to be done,” said Girl Scouts of Nassau County Executive Director and CEO Donna Ceravolo. “As the Girl Scouts of Nassau County begins to work with representatives from Wells Fargo to setup programs and earn financial literacy badges, we hope to see the girls’ financial literacy improve dramatically.”

    GSNC aims its programs to promote financial literary for every age level. In fact, the Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led business in the world. It teaches five essential ski...



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  • Girl Scout Cookie Boxes Take the Runway at Roosevelt Field


    More than 40 Girl Scouts of Nassau County strut down the runway at Roosevelt Field during their first ever “Cookie Creations Cookie Box Fashion Show” on Saturday, January 30, 2016. Over 100 girls worked independently or in groups, turning Thin Mints, Trefoils, Do-si-dos, Samoas, Tagalongs, Savannah Smiles, Rah-Rah Raisin and Toffee-tastic boxes into wearable upcycled, fashion-forward apparel and accessories.

    “This is our council’s first time holding this event and we are so impressed by the ensembles and accessories we’ve seen,” said Donna Ceravolo, Executive Director/CEO of Girl Scouts of Nassau County. “This experience will not only show our girls what they are capable of but also, participating in the fashion show will further build their confidence.”

    All Nassau County Girl Scouts between the ages of 5 to 18 years old were invited to submit an entry of their one of a kind creation, using between 5 to 20 cookie boxes on their works of art. 

    The event coincides with the Girl Scout cookie season, which launched Friday, December 18, 2015 and will run until April 4, 2016. Cookie season teaches girls the five skills needed in both life and business: goal setting, decision making, money management, business ethics, and people skills. This is the second season of Digital Cookie, the first national digital platform that allows girls to sell cookies and learn 21st-century business skills, in addition to the continued tradition of taking paper orders...



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  • AT&T Contributes $10,000 Grant to Girl Scouts of Nassau County in Support of STEM Education Initiative


    AT&T recently provided the Girl Scouts of Nassau County (GSNC) with a $10,000 contribution in support of its STEM Education Initiative. This is the second year AT&T will be contributing to GSNC’s STEM education initiative where middle and high school aged girls from across Nassau County, will have the opportunity to attend multiple programs designed to offer a unique opportunity to see and interact with professionals in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM.)

    “We are extremely grateful for AT&T’s continued support and generous contribution,” said Girl Scouts of Nassau County Executive Director and CEO Donna Ceravolo. “This contribution provides young ladies the opportunity to gain an overall knowledge of STEM related subjects through interactive and educational programs such as this year’s “Imagine Your Possibilities” STEM Conference on October 17th where almost 100 girls experienced a full day of hands-on activities in various STEM fields and the opportunity to meet and interact with professional women in these fields.”

    This year’s GSNC STEM education initiative will provide girls between 13-17 years old with the unique opportunity to participate in a multitude of programs aimed to expand girls’ overall knowledge of STEM related subjects. The FIRST LEGO League robotic competition allows girls to be challenged to build and program robots to compete against one another combining the love of competition with...



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