Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Check this out! Girl Scout from Manchester talks entrepreneurship with SBA Administrator Linda McMahon


In July, I traveled to Washington, DC with Girl Scout Julia Vieira Reis from Manchester for the incredible opportunity to meet the SBA Administrator Linda McMahon. Julia, who is twelve years old and one of our top cookie sellers in Connecticut, sat down with the SBA to talk entrepreneurship and the skills that she gains from the not only the Girl Scout Cookie Program®, but from being a Girl Scout! Here’s Julia’s account of her experience:

This summer, I was invited to Washington DC to talk with the SBA Administrator Linda McMahon about entrepreneurship and the Girl Scout Cookie Program. This opportunity blew my mind, and I had a blast doing it! During the four-day trip, I spent two days exploring DC with my mom, and the other two with Girl Scouts. I did quite a lot and experienced a lot of traveling by train. It was so exciting!

My mom and I went on a previous trip to DC a couple years back, and saw a lot of the monuments, so this trip, we just had a nice ride on some city bikes around the area and visited the Jefferson Memorial. The view across the lake was beautiful; it was a wonderful day to bike ride too. The sun was shining… nice fluffy white clouds… it was a perfect day. We also visited some museums! We went to the National Air and Space Museum with the awesome aircrafts and space shuttles. Then, we went to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, which was very moving.

What I was most excited for was meeting Linda McMahon. It was a little nerve racking, but I was very thankful for this opportunity. The studio was at the NASA headquarters, and I found that especially thrilling because I have an interest in science!  Inside the studio, I was astonished by the big fancy cameras, bright lights, and that I was in the same room as Mrs. McMahon! I even got to see the back room and try my hand at playing with the lighting— that was fun. And in the end, the interview was a success. To be honest, it didn't feel as much as an interview; it felt like a casual everyday conversation which really helped take the pressure off. Not to mention, Mrs. McMahon is very easy to talk to; we had a lot in common because we are both entrepreneurs! It was so fun to talk about why I love selling Girl Scout Cookies, and I was happy to also receive some marketing and entrepreneurial tips from the SBA Administrator. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

The day after the interview, my mom and I got a tour of the U.S. Capitol. It was an amazing experience! I saw some famous U.S. history paintings like the signing of the Constitution or Washington crossing the Delaware and learned about congress and other U.S. history. But what I found really cool was the architecture. If you stand in a certain spot inside the dome, a tiny whisper can be heard from across the room! I found it interesting how the sound waves travel like that, and it was really weird when you listened to the other person, my mom in this case. When she spoke, it sounded like she was speaking from all directions.... IT WAS SO COOL!!

Girl Scouts has given me all of these once-in-a-lifetime experiences that I will truly cherish for the rest of my life. Everything from growing with my troop, camping in the summer, earning patches, selling cookies, and amazing opportunities like this one are memories that you just never forget. Girl Scouts is a part of who I am, and I am proud because this organization is helping girls’ dreams come true, and making the world a better place one girl at a time.



Check out the conversation below:



And, read the SBA Administrator's blog post about the experience. 



Yours in Girl Scouting, 





Thursday, August 17, 2017

Come join us at our Kickoff events!

What is the best way to get a firsthand feel for the power and fun of Girl Scouting? Joining us at one of our Kickoff events in late August!
Do you have a go-getter in your life? Is your girl a problem solver—does she like to take healthy risks and take the lead? Your girl needs to be a Girl Scout! Girls and interested adults can learn more about Girl Scouts of Connecticut at one of our two Kickoff events!

There is no question in my mind that Girl Scouts is the BEST girl leadership experience in the world, period. At Girl Scouts, girls take the lead in everything that they do—they practice leadership with grit like a Go-getter, problem solve and are creative like an Innovator, try new things and embrace new ideas like a Risk-taker, and show empathy like a Leader.

Our two Kickoff events are on Wednesday, August 23, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the West Side Middle School in Waterbury, and Saturday, August 26, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at RHAM High School in Hebron. Come and experience for yourself the many ways that Girl Scouts can make a real difference in the life of your girl!

As we approach the end of another Girl Scout year, I would like to thank our amazing volunteers for everything that they do. Without you, Girl Scouting would not be possible. At Girl Scouts of Connecticut, we strive to find ways to better serve our leaders. This past week, Girl Scouts of Connecticut transitioned to a total new way of work, Volunteer Systems, to help improve the way we serve our volunteers. This includes unveiling our Volunteer Toolkit! It’s never been easier to be a Girl Scout volunteer! The VTK gives troop leaders— grades K-5—program content and other resources that they need to effectively manage their troop planning all year long!
There is a lot to be excited about, and I hope you can join us in kicking off a new year of Girl Scouting!
Yours in Girl Scouting,




Thursday, August 10, 2017

They're back! Girl Scout S’mores™ cookie will return to 2018 cookie lineup!


Happy National S’mores Day! Today, along with celebrating these delicious ooey gooey treats, we are announcing something very exciting—the return of our Girl Scout S’mores™ cookie! That’s right! This upcoming cookie season, hungry customers will be able to purchase those delicious marshmallowy cookies celebrating a longstanding tradition that Girl Scouts has held since the beginning—our love for the outdoors!

The tradition of making and enjoying s’mores in the outdoors was popularized by Girl Scouts as early as the 1920s publishing the first known recipe for making delicious s’mores! As reported in the Girl Scout Research Institute’s study, More than S’mores, there’s a positive correlation between outdoor experiences and girls’ understanding of their leadership potential.

Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s returning Girl Scout S’mores cookie is a crunchy graham sandwich embossed with designs that honor Girl Scouts’ Outdoor badges and inside cookie lovers will find a creamy chocolate and marshmallowy filling. This s’mores-inspired cookie, made with specialty ingredients, was created with emerging consumer trends in mind. It contains no artificial flavors or colors, no high-fructose corn syrup, or hydrogenated or potentially hydrogenated oils, making it the first cookie of its kind at Girl Scouts.

Girl Scouts of Connecticut will continue to offer one of the two varieties of Girl Scout S’mores, which joins classics like Thin Mints®, Samoas®, and Trefoils®. This means consumers in Connecticut will be able to get their hands on these delicious cookies while powering unique and amazing experiences for girls with each and every cookie purchase!

And Girl Scouts in Connecticut are able to do incredible things thanks to their cookie earnings, including going on trips, taking action in their community with service projects, and more. Each and every purchase of Girl Scout Cookies—100 percent of the net revenue of which stays local—is an investment in girls and their leadership capabilities, both now and in the future.

Learn more about the Girl Scout Cookie Program® and all of the other amazing benefits of Girl Scouting at gsofct.org!

Yours in Girl Scouting,




Friday, August 4, 2017

Why Girl Scouts?

To Our Valued Members:

Hard to believe that summer is beginning to wind down and a new Girl Scout year is about to begin. I hope everyone has had a relaxing and enjoyable time!

We know that our volunteers and families are about to get very busy, so I thought this might be a good time to thank everyone for their continuing commitment to our girls and also to reflect on why Girl Scouting remains a great choice for girls.

As we all prepare for a new school year, we know that families and girls have many options for how they spend their out-of-school time. I wanted to share with you why we believe it is valuable and essential for girls to be Girl Scouts and for all of us to share our incredible organization with new girls and volunteers in our towns.
·        Girl Scouts has introduced 23 new fun and exciting badges in the Outdoor Adventure and STEM areas—everything from our new Outdoor Journey to robotics, environmental adventure, coding, outdoor STEM, cyber-security, and more!
·        Girl Scouting remains to be the largest single-gender leadership experience for girls, resulting in five outcomes that will serve girls for a lifetime: strong sense of self, positive values, challenge seeking, building healthy relationships, and community problem-solving.
·        Girl Scouting offers girls the opportunity to try many new things in a safe and nurturing environment with positive adult mentors—allowing them to build confidence and self-esteem so that they can achieve their dreams.

There are so many more reasons to be a Girl Scout! As we approach the new Girl Scout year, we hope each and every one of you will work to spread the good word about Girl Scouting. In addition to all the exciting new opportunities for our girls, staff has been working very hard this year to improve our service to our valuable volunteers! Be sure to check out the new MyGS area of our website when we reopen on August 14.

See you at the Kickoffs!

Yours in Girl Scouting,