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 gsofct.org.

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,


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Celebrating Girl Scouts, like Grace, who change the world!

As you all may know by now, this year we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the highest, most prestigious award in Girl Scouting, the Girl Scout Gold Award. On June 5, we honored 86 incredible young women who have made a meaningful and sustainable impact in their communities and beyond. I continue to be inspired by all their hard work and passion. Because of them, our future is so bright.

It’s an exciting time this year as we celebrate the Gold Award Centennial. Not only did we have a record number of girls this year earn their Gold Award, but one of our own Gold Award Recipients, Grace Anne Herrick of Newtown, was one out of eight girls chosen across the country to showcase her project today in D.C. at Girl Scouts of the USA’s Capitol Hill Event.

From left to right: National CEO Anna Maria Chavez,
U.S. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, Grace, and
National Board President Kathy Hopinkah Hannan
at the celebration today!
Grace and other 2016 Gold Award Recipients across the nation will join National CEO Anna Maria Ch├ívez, National Board President Kathy Hopinkah Hannan, members of Girl Scouts’ Honorary Troop Capitol Hill, and other leaders from both Congress and the administration to celebrate the centennial. 

For her Gold Award Project, Grace addressed two issues: lack of education and lack of health for children under the age of five who live in rural Nakaseke, Uganda. Grace has developed an early education program for the children of Uganda with the help of ACCESS (African Community Center for Cultural Sustainability). The community is so excited about the program that there is a waiting list. Grace will continue her work as an adult and hopes to build a school where more families can participate.

We have so many incredible girls who are doing amazing things across the state. I encourage all of you to take a look at this year’s Gold Award Recipients and continue to join us as we celebrate 100 Years of Changing the World.

Go, Grace!

Yours in Girl Scouting,




Friday, June 10, 2016

Another School Year Comes to a Close…

To the 35,000 Girl Scouts in Connecticut:

As you pack up your school books and welcome the lazy days of summer, I can’t help but be proud of all of the amazing milestones you have achieved in your lives this past year. The end of the school year means you are also bridging to a new year and possibly even an exciting new level of Girl Scouting. This is an especially momentous year to be bridging and also earning your highest awards, as it is the Gold Award Centennial!

I know many of you know Juliette Gordon Low’s story. Juliette had a vision that she wanted to do something to help girls to get outdoors and have fun, but also to become more confident and self sufficient. During Juliette’s time, girls were expected to be seen and not heard and to stay indoors doing needlepoint and learning to play the harpsichord, while boys were able to be outside and go on adventures and do fun activities.

Juliette learned about the Girl Guides while living for a brief time in Scotland and when she returned to the United States, she was determined to create Girl Scouts. She started Girl Scouts in 1912 in Savannah, Georgia with 18 girls. Today, Girl Scouts has 1.7 million members in the U.S., and you are all part of Juliette’s vision to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world and their communities better places.

When I was a girl there weren’t so many choices for after school adventures and activities, so I am really glad that today, when there are many choices, girls are still choosing to be Girl Scouts. To the adults: I am really glad you continue to support your girls in Girl Scouting.
I hope that you feel as proud as I do of what you have accomplished and also cherish the friendships you have made in Girl Scouting. Most importantly, we hope you will continue to find Girl Scouting fun and rewarding, but also don’t forget that being a Girl Scout makes you part of a very large and special group of girls and women who believe in the values that we recite in our Promise and Law.

You have the right and the power to dream about what you want to accomplish and see changed in the world….don’t ever feel you are not entitled to what you want to achieve, but also remember it will take hard work and the support of others.

To our volunteers: thank you for supporting our girls. We know what a precious commodity your time is, and your support of your daughter and all these young women is really an investment in not only their futures, but all of our futures. 

So, congratulations to all, I am so proud to be connected with all of you. I know that the future is in good hands!


Yours in Girl Scouting,