Wednesday, October 12, 2016

5 Ways to Have Fun this Fall

Happy fall! Now that the weather is cooler and the leaves are changing, it’s time for me to change my flip flops to sturdy walking shoes and get outdoors!

Our national research has found that Girl Scouts who have monthly outdoor experiences really benefit. They are stronger problem solvers, better challenge seekers, and are more likely to recommend Girl Scouts to their friends. So, Troop Leaders and volunteers: get off that couch and get yourself and the girls outdoors!

Here are five things I personally enjoy doing during the fall:
  1. Going for a walk/hike: There’s really nothing better than going for a walk in the crisp air and hearing those leaves crunch underneath your feet. I love going for walks with my dogs in the evening and smelling campfires and fireplaces around my neighborhood—especially if they’re roasting s’mores!

  2. Pumpkin picking: I have such fond memories of going to my local pumpkin patch to pick pumpkins with my son. Now that he’s older, I still enjoy watching the reaction of young children and their parents as they converge on the local pumpkin patch and enjoy participating in such a heartwarming family activity.
  3. Thanksgiving: Another reason I love fall is because I am able to whip out my comfort food recipes—and what better way to cook than with your family during Thanksgiving!
  4. Raking leaves: To some, this may be a boring task, but raking leaves to me is a fun outdoor activity—plus, you get a little exercise, too!
  5. Gardening:  As a summer girl, it’s always somewhat bittersweet to see the mums and other fall flowers bloom (When it comes to fall--I always say ‘mum’s the word’). Despite saying so long to my summer flowers, I do enjoy getting my garden ready for the next season. It’s always very refreshing to cut back my perennials and to turn over soil and prepare for a new season, new beginnings! 

Whatever your own fall pleasures may be, make sure you get outside and enjoy the bounty of outdoor opportunities that abound.

What are your favorite fall activities to do with your family or troop? 

Share in the comment section below!

Yours in Girl Scouting,  

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Shop at Whole Foods Market today to benefit Girl Scouts of Connecticut!

Today, do your grocery shopping or grab some lunch at Whole Foods Market at Blue Back Square in West Hartford! Today, Whole Foods Markets at Blue Back Square in West Hartford Center is hosting a 5 percent Community Giving Day to benefit Girl Scouts of Connecticut. The store will donate 5 percent of that day’s sales to the local non-profit.
Since 1912, Girl Scouts of Connecticut has fulfilled its mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.  Girl Scouts offers programs in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), healthy living, positive relationships, self esteem, and the outdoors, and gives girls the opportunity to gain confidence and entrepreneurial skills through its iconic Girl Scout Cookie Program. 
Through Girl Scouting, girls understand the importance of civil service, and works with their troop to take action in their communities to make lasting change. Please help support our organization and help provide girls a safe place to take healthy risks, learn from failure, and gain skills they will carry with them throughout the rest of their lives.
To learn more about Girl Scouts of Connecticut visit 

Yours in Girl Scouting, 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Join us at Kick Off: Make 2017 your best Girl Scout year ever!

It’s time to get ready for back to school…and for another action-packed Girl Scout year! Through Girl Scouts, girls are able to try new things, explore the outdoors, make lifelong friends, and challenge themselves in a safe, supportive environment, all while having fun! We invite all girls K-12 to join and create memories to last a lifetime.

We can’t forget that none of this would be possible without our volunteers. Our volunteers are truly the backbone to our mission, and with their help, girls are able to build courage, confidence, and character, and use the skills they learn to make the world a better place for all.

Volunteers also reap benefits from Girl Scouting; a 2016 data report from the Girl Scout Research Institute finds that volunteers stay in Girl Scouting because they enjoy helping girls grow and reach their full potential. Volunteers help make a difference in their community; they build leadership skills and form lifelong friendships with other volunteers. It’s truly a remarkable experience for all.

We heard you!  We’re excited to return to our live Kick Off events this year—and one is today! Come join us this evening at West Side Middle School in Waterbury from 6:00-8:00 p.m. or this Saturday, August 27, at South Congregational Church in East Hartford from 11:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m. For more information visit

There are many good reasons to take time from your busy schedule to attend Kick Off:

1.    Get your own copy of the brand new Program Resource Guide filled with special events and activities for you and your girls this year.  This will give you the chance to work with your girls to plan a fun-filled Girl Scout year.
2.    Meet the staff and other volunteers to find out more specific information about how to access all the great events and activities available.
3.    Find out what is new this year! There are lots of surprises and wonderful new ways to deliver the best Girl Scout experience to our girls.
4.    Express your ideas and questions directly to our staff…make your voice heard!

We hope to see you there, and have a fabulous Girl Scout year!

Yours in Girl Scouting,

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Get ready for a tasty, new Girl Scout Cookie in 2017!

Happy National S’mores Day! Today is a special day—not only are we celebrating one of the most delicious Girl Scout traditions, we are also introducing a new Girl Scout Cookie to our lineup in 2017—the Girl Scout S’mores Cookie!

In 2017, we will be celebrating 100 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies, and what better way to celebrate than to introduce a really special new cookie? You can order this new delicious cookie starting January 7, 2016!

Though the s’more has become a global phenomenon, the tradition of making and enjoying s’mores in the outdoors has been held by Girl Scouts as early as the 1920s. We are so excited for girls to celebrate 100 years of gaining entrepreneurial skills and making lasting change in their communities and provide their customers with a delicious new treat.

Now, get outside, build a campfire, and have a delicious s’more in celebration!

Yours in Girl Scouting, 

Friday, July 1, 2016

Amazing girls and women + the great outdoors = a memorable experience!

What happens when you bring 24 high school-aged girls and 19 successful women professionals in Connecticut together at a summer camp?

Amazing things!

For the past several years, Girl Scouts of Connecticut has hosted Camp CEO at Camp Laurel in Lebanon. There, incredible things happen. This year from June 22-25, young women paired with their CEO buddies, including myself, to take part in a life-changing leadership program. Together, we learned about our strengths and passions, setting and achieving goals, and how each of us individually can make a positive difference in the world.  We always leave Camp CEO so excited for the future!

At Camp CEO, girls take away lessons and connections they will carry with them for the rest of their adult lives. At Camp CEO, young women learn that their passions and strengths can be transferable in their future careers. They find their confidence; they break out of their shells, and realize that they can be whatever they want to be.

This year's amazing group at Camp CEO! 

This year, the possibilities for fun and adventure were endless. We participated in traditional camp activities like swimming, kayaking, boating, crafts, horseback riding, hiking, archery, and more (phew!), but we also took on skill-building projects, learned how to do a TED Talk, interacted with a panel of impressive young professional women and participated in team building activities.

This year, we were fortunate to have GoPro cameras donated to us by the International Women’s Forum-CT. The girls quickly learned to employ these amazing little digital tools to record memories and fun activities at Camp CEO, as well as to prepare their presentations for their marketing projects.

For our main project, the girls became the marketing strategy teams for Luci Lights –totally cool solar-powered inflatable lights created by MPOWERD to support those living in “energy poverty” in developing countries. Coached by the women professionals at Camp CEO, four teams of girls created “off the charts-creative” product strategies, social media plans, and TED Talks to promote the Luci Lights.  In an amazingly short time period, they used the GoPros to create commercials and video presentations to present their work. We were all so impressed with how unique and professional these projects were! The girls are true entrepreneurs!

After Camp CEO, the superlative feedback from the women who attended tells us that not only do the girls benefit from this experience, but the CEOs do, too. We learn more about ourselves in the process: as leaders, as women, and as role models to the women of tomorrow. We grow, too. And several of the women there have been back two, three, and four times.

We ended this year’s program overlooking the peaceful waters of our pond at Chapel Point. There, two of our CEO women with Native American backgrounds led the entire group in a very special dream catcher ceremony. Each girl and woman placed her charm on the dream catcher to ask for her own special dream to come true. It was a very magical and emotional way to end Camp CEO together.

I hope to see you next year at this extraordinary program. See more photos from Camp CEO. Look for details in early January.  In the meantime, have a fun, safe, and relaxing summer.

Yours in Girl Scouting, 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Camp CEO Starts Today!

Summer is my favorite time of year, and what better way to kick off the warm weather than at camp?! This week, I will be at Camp Laurel in Lebanon participating in one of my favorite programs—Camp CEO!  I have already started packing my camp gear and bug spray and look forward to leaving behind my hair dryer and makeup!

This week, a wonderful group of female executives in Connecticut and I will pair up with a group of young women ages 14-17 at camp and take part in a life changing leadership program. There, together, we will learn more about leadership, setting and achieving goals, how to take action in our communities and lives, and learn more about ourselves and our voice in this world. Not to mention, we will also participate in a number of traditional camp activities, like swimming, hiking, boating, kayaking, and making s’mores over a campfire that we built together!

Last year's group at Camp CEO!

Camp CEO is an incredible experience. Not only do the girls get to learn more about themselves and find the courage, confidence, and character to realize their dreams, but I find that I learn a little more about myself each year as well. It’s truly a beneficial experience for all!

Stay tuned next week for a more detailed account of my experiences at Camp CEO.

Yours in Girl Scouting,

Monday, June 20, 2016

Congratulations to all who earned Girl Scouting’s Highest Awards!

As another Girl Scout year comes to a close, I want to take a moment to congratulate all of the Girl Scouts throughout Connecticut who have aspired and inspired others in their communities as they earned Girl Scouting’s highest awards: Bronze, Silver, and Gold.

In Girl Scouting, girls have the opportunity to discover who they are, their values, and use their experiences, knowledge and skills to explore the world around them; they connect with others who share the same vision and values; and take action in their communities to make the world a better place.

The Girl Scout Bronze Award is the highest award that can be earned by a Girl Scout Junior. By earning this award, girls have made a promise to help others, improve their communities and become the best young citizens they can be. It’s always incredible to see what girls can do—like collecting food and clothing for others in need, helping out at a local animal shelter, or beautifying a local park in their town.

The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award that can be earned by a Girl Scout Cadette. By earning this award, girls not only strengthen their skills and abilities, but they are learning about improving their communities and taking action, whether it is building a bench at a local state park, raising awareness about allergies and how to address an allergic reaction, and more. The older the girls get, the more in awe I am of all that they do to make meaningful changes in our world.

The highest award a Girl Scout can earn, the Gold Award, is an incredible and prestigious honor. An award with national standards, the Gold Award represents an individual's accomplishments, leadership, commitment, creativity, and personal effort contributed to make a sustainable, positive impact on their community. This year we are celebrating the Gold Award Centennial and a record number of 86 Girl Scouts across the state who earned their Gold this year!

To all girls who earned the highest awards: congratulations. And to all girls who are aspiring to earn their awards: keep at it! You are joining a group of incredibly accomplished young women who bring passion and purpose to their communities. I hope that you feel as proud as I do of what you have accomplished and also cherish the friendships and lessons you have learned through Girl Scouting.

Thank you for all that you do; you make our futures brighter by holding up half the sky.

Yours in Girl Scouting,