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Girl Scouts Hornets Nest Council

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Nonprofit Overview

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

Mission: To build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.

Programs: Girl scout leadership experience (gsle) - the girl scout leadership experience prepares girls for a lifetime of leadership by helping girls develop a strong sense of self, become challenge seekers, display positive values, develop healthy relationships and contribute to the community. Our programs enable girls to discover new skills, connect with others and take action to make their world a better place. Through our annual cookie program, girls develop essential life skills--goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics--all while soaring in confidence and practicing leadership. 7,000 girls participated in 2017, selling over 1m boxes of cookies. This generated $2. 5m, used by the council to further the mission of local girl scouting through programs and services. Another $650k was earned by the troops and used by the girls in our community to help power new experiences such as community service projects and leadership and camp adventures. Our community outreach program, girls go beyond, provided 2,800 girls new opportunities and leadership experiences. This year, 231 girls earned the bronze award, 154 girls earned the silver award and 29 girls earned the gold award. These awards represent the highest accomplishments girls can achieve in girl scouting and represent more than 14,600 hours of service.

membership engagement - girl scouting is primarily delivered by volunteers with council support and resources dedicated for girl and adult recruitment, registration, and placement, and volunteer education, support, retention, and management. During 2017, we served 11,500 girls thanks to our dedicated 4,800 adult members, and trained 1,200 adults in required and enrichment trainings. 24% of our membership represented girls from underserved and/or fragile communities.

camp & outdoor experience - the outdoor experience is a critical component of the girl scout program where girls gain new skills, work together, try new things, and "un-plug" in the great outdoors. In 2017 we had over 5,000 people participating in activities such as canoeing, swimming, archery, team building activities, high challenge course elements, climbing and bouldering walls at one of our 3 properties and over half of those people spent at least one night at camp. At our newest property, the 700-acre dale earnhardt environmental leadership campus at oak springs, we held our 2nd year of overnight summer camp where 340 girls enjoyed several days swimming, boating, climbing, and many other activities. Additionally, 200 girls attended our week long day camp program.

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 4

I've been a Girl Scout for 9 years. I started out as a Daisy in Rhode Island,
moved to North Carolina where I was a Brownie to Junior. Another move to Ohio where i was Junior and bridged to a cadette. A year overseas I was a Juliette and now I'm back in North Carolina as a cadette. In Girl Scouts I have made lots of friends and done a lot of fun projects. I have a core of 5 friends who have all been in scouts since 1st grade. We are have saved for a special trip for 3 years and are going to NYC to bridge ( move to the next level) across the Brooklyn Bridge.
I've also been able and animals while doing community service. One community service project we did was to help the local animal shelter, we raised money to buy toys and took care of the dogs at the shelter.
I enjoy being a Girl Scout and will continue next year!

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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.


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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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Through Girl Scouting, I have watched girls grow with the courage, character and confidence that Girl Scouting promotes. I have watched as a high school Girl Scout who had no friends was invited by her Girl Scout friend to sit at the "popular" table at lunch and was suddenly deemed socially accceptable by the other students at school. I have seen a girl without a mother receive the motherly care by other girls who took her shopping for undergarmets because her dad was uncomfortable with this task. I have seen girls who would not have gone to college, complete a four year degree because they saw the importance of supporting themselves through Girl Scouting. I have seen young girls feel strong as they have learned lifetime skills such as drilling a hole or hammering a nail. I have had parents thank me that their daughter had the skills to lead their families through times when the power had been out and the girl scout was the only one who could start a fire or prepare a meal on a campstove. I have seen friendships of sisters develop as they crawl into a bunk next to a fellow girl scout on a cold camping trip or share their food. I have seen girls learn acceptance of special citizens or of a family with economic hardships through service to their community. I have seen girls scared faces as they hang from a high ropes challenge course and later beam with pride that they completed it. I have seen young girls develop into the leaders of tomorrow. II have been lucky to be a Girl Scout leader.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Nicholas R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We joined the Hornest Council troop 662 in 2008. Being new to the city we really enjoyed our time with troop. Despite moving and changing schools three times we have stayed with troop 662.

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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!

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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.

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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

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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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter started with Daisy Scouts in 2008 and is currently a Brownie Scout. The fellowship with the other girls and the mentorship of the troop leader are invaluable to her development into a strong goal oriented woman. It is evident that the training that the Girl Scouts Hornets Nest Council provides to the troop leaders truly prepares the leaders to facilitate great events and programs to the young girls. I highly recommend this Council as the Girl Scout Council to be in.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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