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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.

Mission: Girl scouts is the world's preeminent organization dedicated solely to girls where, in an accepting and nurturing environment, girls build character and skills for success in the real world. In partnership with committed adults, girls develop qualities that will serve them all their lives: strong values, social conscience, and conviction of their own self-worth. In 2014, the council served 14,000 girls in our area.

Programs: Program: the girl scout experience is a leadership development program. One way girls develop numerous leadership skills is through our annual cookie program. Girls learn to work as a team, set goals, manage money, and gain public speaking confidence. In 2014, 9,200 girls participated, selling over one million boxes of cookies. This generated $2. 5million that will be used by the council to further the mission of girl scouting through programs and services. Another $600,000 was earned by the troops and used by the girls in our community to pay for girl scout programs, camps, and to enhance their community service projects. Our community outreach program, girls go beyond, served 2,300 girls via programming and financial assistance in 2014. We also have several focus areas to ensure a relevant and balanced program for girls. Our focus on healthy living reached over 1,100 girls through programs such as scouting for the cure. Stem programming reached 665 girls through multiple programs including discovery after dark and cybergirl tech camp. Over 500 girls participated in our environmental leadership & outdoor adventure focus area in programs including earth day and haunted adventure weekend/fall festival. Over 130 girls participated in financial literacy & entrepreneurship programs.

membership engagement: girl scouts helps girls discover themselves, connect with others, and take action to make the world a better place. During 2014, thanks to our dedicated 5,700 adult members, we served 14,000 girls and 17% of our membership represented girls from underserved and/or fragile communities served through our community outreach program. Volunteers work in close partnership with our membership team which organizes troops, recruits volunteer troop leaders, supports the volunteer structure that oversees volunteer-led troops, conducts background checks on volunteers working with girls, and delivers numerous training courses. During 2014, we had 3,000 adult participants in all of our required and enrichment trainings.

camp & camp properties: the outdoor experience is a critical component of the girl scout program. We have five exciting properties for girls to explore. Most of our properties were in use during 2014 with over 6,600 people participating in activities throughout the year at one of the properties. When visiting one of our properties, girls can take advantage of the many opportunities offered such as archery, team building activities, high challenge course elements, and climbing and bouldering walls. At our newest property, the 700-acre dale earnhardt environmental leadership campus at oak springs, 2014 marked the completion of softball and multi-purpose fields thanks to a generous donation from snyder's lance. In 2014 we marked the end of an 18 month endeavor when the gates on the dam were closed to fill the lake. Girls can now broaden their outdoor adventure with canoeing, swimming, kayaking, and more. We welcomed approximately 2,800 overnight guests at this property in 2014.

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been in GSHNC for many years as a troop leader and also as a member of the Service Unit team for my service unit. The support I have received from Hornets' Nest Council has been unwavering.
Concerns are listened to and addressed. Council staff continues to improve communications between Council and volunteers.


Review from Guidestar

Jessie F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We've been with girl scouts since 2004, and have had many wonderful experiences. Council has always come up with fun things for the girls to participate in, as well as making sure we have lots of community service. All the events and activities that a Girl Scout has the opportunity to participate in provide great experiences for girls to grow and learn about themselves, others and their world.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a troop leader in this Council for 6 years. The amount of support and guidance I have received has been terrific. Our district has had the most fabulous women step up and guide us. They are great examples to the girls of how women can be strong leaders who CAN make the world a better place. They bring innovative ideas to keep the girls interested through their teen years -- no easy task in this day and age! They offer a variety of programs that are learning experiences, fun challenges, skill strengthening, and most important of all, ways to build lifelong friendships. I am proud to be a member of this great organization.

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Jessi R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been in Girl Scouts for 12 years and I love it. I graduated high school last year and didn't want to give it up so I became a leader. I love being able to have younger girls look up to me and let them have the chance to do stuff they wouldnt normally do. If it wasn't for Girl Scouts then I wouldnt be who I am today.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been volunteering with Girl Scouts Hornets Nest Council since my daughter was in the 1st grade, she is now an 8th grader and is training to be a leader. I have seen girls from all walks of life over the years and the impact this organization has made on their lives is just almost more than I can put into words. These girls have been given opportunities to travel places they would have never got to travel, they have been to events they would not have been able to attend, they have all tried things they would have never tried, and they have all been a lot more successful in their live because of Girl Scouts. This organization builds character, and self-esteem, which is what a lot of these girls need. I have seen girls get financial assistance when they did not think they were going to get to join girl scouts, or they did not think they were going to get to attend camp. Also, I have seen girls that could not afford thier uniforms, pins, and books needed, these things were provided because of Girl Scouts Hornets Nest Council.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Girl scouting has been a rewarding experience since I started 3 years ago, thanks to the Girl Scouts Hornets Nest Council. My daughter wanted to become a Daisy girl scout so when we went to sign up I needed to step up and start a new Troop. They explained it all and I was convinced that I would get the help I needed as a new leader. Now we are Brownies and have grown to 12 girls. I have received plenty of training and look forward to learning more. I love that there is training available every year. I look forward to attending retreats with fellow leaders, where I can hear about other troop ideas and other ways of handling cituations that may arise.
The official girl scout web site has plenty of information and ideas for all troops. I like the ease of getting forms when I need them and registering for events at any time. This is a great organization for girls that teaches life skills and compassion. Girls are givin the opportunity to experience subjects that they may never get to. And visit people and places that they may never get to. And learn about helping others, making money and saving money, creating goals and working out our problems. I hope to see my troop grow together into confident and successful young ladies.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had such a wonderful experience volunteering for Girl Scouts Hornet's Nest Council! I went in last August, and was immediately and cheerfully greeted and given the information and instruction I needed to start a Girl Scout troop. I was really impressed with the organization - everything I needed for "behind the scenes" was in a notebook already, and the staff was very knowledgable on what it contained - all my questions were answered. They have an amazing support structure, both through staff, who have been completely dedicated to making my troop work and getting back to me quickly any time I need to contact them, and through the organization of volunteers. New leaders are immediately introduced to countless experienced volunteers who have activity ideas and advice on how to work with girls that may need a little extra attention and managing troop accounts. The council offers totes of supplies for specific activities or badges, "pods" to go camping in behind the council, and classes to teach first aid/cpr, firebuilding, and more. Everything you need for a successful troop is here. I knew I was going to enjoy working with the girls and this council - I was a Girl Scout through this council when I was a kid - but I never saw the "working" side of things. I'm sure it's come a long way from 15-20 years ago, but it's just as enjoyable the second time around because of the great support from the council!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Girl Scouts Hornet's Nest Council (GSHNC) has been building girls of courage, confidence, and character for many years now. The Council takes seriously its role to promote the tenants of the founder of Girl Scouting, Juliette Gordon Low. GSHNC believes that every girl should be able to have the opportunity to become a Scout which means the opportunity to become "all that a girl can be." GSHNC reaches out to girls in every neighborhood, culture, ethnicity. All the events and activities that a Girl Scout has the opportunity to participate in provide great experiences for girls to grow and learn about themselves, others and their world.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Girl Scouts Hornets nest Council is where Girls Grow Strong! They grow up knowing the value of giving back to the community in which they live. They become leaders in their communities, careers and Churches. I know this because I was a Hornets Nest Girl Scout for 12 years. I have also been volunteering as a GS leader for the last 15 years. I am who I am because of my leaders and the values they instilled in me as a Girl Scout. My daughter, who is in her 2nd year of college, is still a Girl Scout. I see it in the way she carries herself, expresses herself and the way she cares about those around her. My family is a GS family. My mother is an Assistant leader. My brother and sister-n-law are GS Leaders. Both my nieces are Girl Scouts. I watch them live their lives as proud Girl Scouts. I am proud to be a Girl Scout. I am proud to be a Girl Scout in Hornets Nest Council

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is my second year as a Daisy Troop Leader. It is very overwhelming becoming a troop leader as there is so much to learn and do to make it a meaningful experience for the girls. I called the Hornets Nest Girl Scout Council many times with questions. Without fail, if they could not answer a question, they would find the person who could. I was never put off or shuffled around. They care about your question and want to help.

Secondly, we tragically lost one our key council volunteers this year to an acute medical condition. The council volunteers, troop leaders and Girl Scouts rallied around the family with heart felt letters, a scholarship fund for her surviving children and through countless other ways that honored Meg's life and her impact on others through the council. Hornets Nest Girl Scout Council puts people first, not getting bogged down in the administration of all the work they are doing. I am thankful to be a member.

Rachel Milbourn
Troop 1058 leader

Review from Guidestar