Girl Scouts Hornets Nest Council

Rating: 4.69 stars   16 reviews


7007 Idlewild Road Charlotte NC 28212 USA


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.


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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I grew up as a Girl Scout, so I was thrilled when my daughter asked to join a troop. I love Hornets' Nest Council and all of the Staff and Volunteers! I started off as "the Mom who hung around at the meetings" to now I am a Service Unit Manager, Assistant Troop Leader, Council Facilitator and Trainer. GSHNC provides wonderful opportunities to all of the girls that are members.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Enrichment and facilitating opportunities

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a wealthy benefactor to help develop our new camp.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughters started as Brownie scouts in 2007. Originally I saw this as just a way to maintain an inside connection with those yummy girl scout cookies. But it didn't take long before I realized what a wonderful organization Girl Scouts is and all that it can provide for my children. Our council, Hornet's Nest, provides so many different activities for the girls to participate in and to grow into future leaders. My girls have participated in sleepovers where they have learned science and math. They have enjoyed learning about ways to protect mother earth when they participated in an Earth Day event, and they have learned about other countries during "World Thinking Day". One of their favorites is when they join together with other troops within our service unit to collect food for those in need. I can't put into words how wonderful it feels to see the joy on their faces when they walk the neighborhood and gather the bags of food that people have left on their porches for the girls to collect. They have learned the importance of helping others and I am thankful that Hornet's Nest council provides opportunities like that for my girls.
My girls have also attended a week long summer camp for the last 3 years. They have learned so much and look forward to this day camp each summer. I am thankful that our council can provide so many wonderful opportunities for my children to explore so many different things. I love volunteering with GSHNC and plan to be a part of this organization for many years to come.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

becoming a co-leader and being a part of helping our girls become leaders.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Currently I can not think of any changes that I would make. Just keep offering activities for the girls to grow and learn.

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