Shanise Harris, Public Relations Manager
July 1, 2020
For Immediate Release
Virtual Summer Programs with Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast
Want to build a solar oven in your backyard, learn coding or do some recycling crafts? Girl Scouts are doing all of this and more through their virtual programs where girls meet up on Zoom to be in an all-girl space to learn the how-to's and then do activities at home, later coming back and sharing their experiences. Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast (GSCCC) is offering a variety of virtual programs that include summer camp sessions, workshops for girls online and weekly activity opportunities through community partnerships.
"We already had great relationships with several community partners like Girls Inc., of Albemarle County" said Terri Washington, the council's vice president of membership engagement. "So we reached out to them and offered delivery of activity packets to girls and their families. We'll be offering different activity packets weekly. Along with the kits, we created activity videos on YouTube and gave families links to other virtual programs they could find on our website. We are also offering free Girl Scout membership through these community partnerships to keep in communication with the girls and families. It's a great way to introduce them to Girl Scouts"
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Girl Scouts quickly moved program and services online. The pivot helped continue services to current members but they soon realized that it posed a real problem in reaching new girls, especially in communities with limited resources. Some girls had no computers, whether it was a case where there was no computer at home or they had limited time on the computer due to parents working remotely and access was limited. Relying on community partners, community nonprofits and schools, is helping Girl Scouts continue to reach and serve girls.
Like other youth-serving organizations, GSCCC has found it challenging to serve their current membership as well but has found success in virtual programming and service delivery and is planning on continuing virtual pathways even when in-person opportunities open up again. The benefits are still there they say. Girls can build friendships online, find ways to do community service and work on badges that help them learn and build skills.
"Girl Scouts is fun and something that we know girls love and want to be involved in," Washington said. "Now that school is out, girls will be looking for connections with friends and things to do and we're here for them. Best of all, our badge programs are aligned with the Standards of Learning and so participating will help prevent the summer slide that some students experience."
To get involved or to donate, email GSCCC at firstname.lastname@example.org. To register for a free Discover Girl Scout webinar, visit www.gsccc.org.
About Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast
Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast, a United Way agency, serves nearly 12,000 girls in grades K through 12 with the help of more than 5,000 adult volunteers in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. Girl Scouts offers a one-of-a-kind leadership development program for girls, unleashing the G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ in every girl. Since 1912, Girl Scouts has been building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. To volunteer, reconnect, donate or join, visit www.gsccc.org or call 1-800-77SCOUT.