Tuesday, June 19, 2018

June: Honoring our Gold Award Girl Scouts and Fearless Women

Wow—these past few weeks have been really something! June has been one of those months where I keep saying to myself how lucky I am to work for the best leadership organization for girls. Period!

On Wednesday, June 13, we hosted our 25th annual Woman of Merit event and honored three Fearless Women: Susan Lasota, Senior Managing Director at State Street Global Advisors and Madonna Badger, CCO and Founder of Badger & Winters with the Woman of Merit Award and Girl Scout Danielle from Bethel with our Courage, Confidence, and Character Award. These three women are true role models making our world a better place. 
With nearly 200 people in the room, it was amazing to see how many hands went up when we asked who was a Girl Scout when they were younger! It was evident then and now that we all share a common goal: to ensure that all girls have the chance to thrive and succeed. And Girl Scouting is the pathway to lead girls to success. 

We also heard from the wonderful Girl Scout Olivia from Shelton and saw firsthand the impact Girl Scouts has on a girl’s life. Guests also had the opportunity to meet with other Girl Scouts and saw how they are making our world a better place. We cannot thank everyone enough for all of their support. It truly does take a village to raise truly awesome girls and young women in Connecticut. And, thank you to all of our sponsors for helping us host an incredible event.

On Friday, June 15, I also had the chance to step away from the office and head down to Camp Katoya and meet with the amazing staff from WTNH who helped us get ready for summer camp! WTNH was celebrating its Founder’s Day—70 years!—and to celebrate, they go out in the community and take action! Thank you to WTNH and our GSOFCT staff for all of their help. We can’t wait for camp!
Bring on summer!

Yours in Girl Scouting,

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Congratulations to our 2018 Gold Award Girl Scouts!

On Sunday, June 3, we honored 70 incredible Gold Award Girl Scouts in Connecticut. Each year, I am always in awe when I learn about all of the amazing ways Girl Scouts in Connecticut are making a difference locally and globally.
The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award in Girl Scouts. Open only to girls in high school, the Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls—and the most difficult to earn—and it’s only available to Girl Scouts. As a Gold Award Girl Scout, you’re challenged to identify a meaningful problem and then find a solution to address the issue and change the world!

Gold Award Girl Scouts are making the world a better place. These young women are inspiring leaders whose Gold Award projects are impacting the worlds of STEM, education, agriculture, medicine, and more on a local, national, or global level.

In Connecticut, Gold Award Girl Scouts are:

  •  Implementing sign language education in their town
  • Educating their communities about mental health
  • Refurbishing and beautifying open spaces and community gardens
  • Encouraging young girls to pursue careers in STEM and STEAM
  •  Ensuring that our world is a more inclusive one through art, film, and performance
  •  Informing their communities about animal rights
  • Addressing the lack of literacy in their towns
  • And so much more!
Awesome job to our 2018 Gold Award Girl Scout Liz Helmin for sharing her Gold Award journey!

Learn more about all of our fantastic 2018 Gold Award Girl Scouts, and some of our past highest award recipients! Also, take a look photos from our wonderful Gold Award Reception at Cascade in Hamden on Facebook.

Yours in Girl Scouting,

Friday, April 20, 2018

It's time for summer camp! Learn more at our Open Houses this Sunday!

It may not feel like it, but warmer weather is right around the corner. In fact, we are hearing that this weekend may be a good one for getting outside. We are staying positive about the warm weather here at Girl Scouts of Connecticut! If you want to get in the “summer camp mood,” come join us at any of our summer camp properties for Summer Camp Open House! The open houses will run from
1:00-3:00 p.m. at the following camps:

·         An-Se-Ox, Oxford
·         Aspetuck, Weston
·         Carlson, Bristol
·         Kayota, Milford
·         Laurel, Lebanon, also a residence camp!
·         Merrie-Wood, Manchester

At Summer Camp Open House, girls and their families will be able to tour the properties and ask any questions they might have about camp.

At Girl Scout Summer Camp, she will:
  • Grow in confidence as she faces and overcomes challenges
  • Gain new skills as she takes the lead in everything she does
  • Find her passions as she explores a wide variety of exciting activities
  • Connect with nature as she discovers the wonders of the great outdoors 
  • Make a lifetime of memories, and build community as she shares her summer with new friends 
And she'll do it all in a supportive all-girl, girl-led, and girl-friendly environment where she'll be given endless opportunities to take the lead and let her unique G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) ™ potential SHINE. Give her a summer like no other.

You can now register online for summer camp! To learn more, visit our website, gsofct.org, and click on the Camp tab to view our Camp Brochure and learn more about summer camp!

Hope to see you this weekend! Feel free to bring the whole family! 

Yours in Girl Scouting,

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Thank you for joining us at "A Conversation with Martha Hall Kelly!"

Today is Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, and we couldn’t think of a better way to commemorate those affected by the tragedies of World War II by hosting our “Conversation With” event yesterday with Martha Hall Kelly, New York Times best-selling author of Lilac Girls.

Martha was interviewed by Diane Smith, Emmy award-winning TV and media personality.

Based on a true story of a New York socialite who championed a group of concentration camp survivors known as the “Rabbits,” Lilac Girls reveals a story of love, redemption, and terrible secrets that were hidden for decades. The novel is historical fiction, based on the true story of 72 Polish women who were imprisoned and experimented on at Ravensbrück Concentration Camp and how Caroline Ferriday, an American philanthropist and former actress from Bethlehem, Connecticut, brought them to the U.S. for rehabilitation and the trip of a lifetime. 
Martha was inspired to write this novel when she visited Caroline’s family summer home, the Bellamy-Ferriday House in Bethlehem, Connecticut, and learned about Caroline’s life. Lilac Girls is a story about compassion and sisterhood, and Caroline Ferriday embodies all of the attributes that Girl Scouts holds dear. Caroline saw injustice and took a risk to create sustainable, positive change, making our world a better place.
We also cannot forget Kasia and the other women who were subject to experimentation at Ravensbrück. Kasia, a Girl Guide, uses the skills she’s learned to work in the Polish underground before her capture. She continues to hone these survival skills at the concentration camp and help her and her sister escape to safety.
Lilac Girls is an incredible novel, and we are so grateful to Martha for joining us to share her story. Her passion for sharing Caroline’s story shone as she spoke about her visits to Caroline’s family house in Bethlehem; her trips to Poland, Paris, New York City, and Washington D.C. to research in Caroline’s archives, and so much more went into this novel. We can’t thank Martha enough for making Caroline’s story come to life.
And, we can’t thank our supporters enough for joining us and making this event a success! Because of you, we can being more Girl Scouting to our state and build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place, like Caroline!

Yours in Girl Scouting, 

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Happy National Volunteer Month! Four Amazing Benefits Girl Scout Volunteers Experience Each Day

Did you know that April is National Volunteer Month? An entire month dedicated to thanking and honoring our amazing volunteers. At Girl Scouts of Connecticut, volunteers are our lifeblood, and we have over 13,000 adult members and volunteers who truly make Girl Scouting happening in our state. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for all that you do for the nearly 30,000 Girl Scouts in Connecticut.

We know that being a volunteer is a challenging and rewarding job. And national studies show that many Girl Scout Volunteers put in more than twice the volunteer hours of the average U.S. volunteer. But, what are the benefits of being a Girl Scout Volunteer? Here are four amazing benefits that many Girl Scout Volunteers report they experience each day:

1.    Create lifelong memories with your girl: Girl Scouts is a wonderful place to step away from it all with your own daughter or a special girl in your life and make lifelong memories together! It’s a safe environment to watch her try new things, fail, and get back up again with a smile on her face!
2.    Build friendships and network: As a Girl Scout Volunteer, you are part of a strong sisterhood of hardworking, dedicated individuals with the same goal: to impact the lives of girls. And while you are making a difference in the lives of girls, you get to make friends and network with other volunteers, opening up new horizons for you.
3.    You have so much fun! It is so fun to be a kid again! As a volunteer, you’re able to kick back, relax, and explore the world with your girl, like going to Girl Scout camp, going on a hike, learning about STEM, going on field trips, selling Girl Scout Cookies, and more!
4.    Learn valuable skills to put on your resume: Girl Scout Volunteers learn so many resume-ready skills that they can carry over to their careers or prospective careers. Did you know that Girl Scouts of Connecticut provides our volunteers with resume-ready descriptions for their designated roles? All you need to do is copy and paste your job description in your resume, and you’re ready for your next career!

Why do you love being a Girl Scout Volunteer? Share why in the comments!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Get your tickets for "A Conversation with Martha Hall Kelly!"

Join us!

On April 11, 2018, Martha Hall Kelly will be sharing the stories and ideas that motivated her to create her New York Times best-selling novel, Lilac Girls, at our event “A Conversation with Martha Hall Kelly.”

The event is at the New Haven Lawn Club and runs from 12:00-2:00 p.m. At our event, Martha will be interviewed by Diane Smith, Emmy award-winning TV and media personality. Martha will also join Breakwater Books to sign purchased books! 

In this short video, Martha Hall Kelly talks about the tour of the Bellamy-Ferriday House in Bethlehem, Connecticut that inspired her to write her story. We invite you to watch this short video to learn more about Martha and her uplifting novel, as well as the location in our very own backyard that plays such an integral part.

Here’s how you can buy tickets and support this incredible event. All proceeds from the event will enable us to bring Girl Scout leadership programs to nearly 30,000 girls in Connecticut, especially to those who want to be Girl Scouts, but might not have the funds to participate. 

Hope to see you there!

Yours in Girl Scouting,

Friday, March 16, 2018

Girls make their voice heard at Lunch with your Legislator

Girls make their voice heard at Lunch with your Legislator

Yesterday, just some of our brightest and boldest Girl Scouts made their way to the State Capitol for our Lunch with your Legislator event. It was an amazing and inspirational day filled with engaging conversation about making the world a better place for girls, women, and all.

Girls started the day hearing from powerful female leaders in office about their roles. They also expressed the importance of having women in office creating policy and equal representation. Girls then had the chance to participate in a creative discussion about what can be done to ensure that women are safe and respected on college campuses. It was a great discussion—I was in awe at all of the incredible ideas and positive conversation. Girls then had lunch with their local legislators and discuss issues that they are passionate about or that affect their communities. We were also fortunate to hear from Girl Scout Juliette from Chester, who shared her Gold Award journey with the crowd. After lunch, we held a ceremony with Secretary of the State Denise Merrill and welcomed members to our Honorary Girl Scout Troop at the Capitol. At the end of the day, girls were able to get an exclusive tour of the Capitol! 

It was wonderful to see the girls in action and celebrate the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, and Leader) during Girl Scout Week and the celebration of Girl Scouts’ 106th birthday! What better way to honor the power of girls than to make their voice heard?

Check out our Facebook album for the event!

Yours in Girl Scouting,