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From Cookies to Catering! Jill Santa Lucia – Owner and CEO Catering Works

February 19, 2018

I’m the owner of my own business, CEO Catering Works, and I was a Girl Scout, which gave me the beginning of salesmanship tools that I still use today.

I’m so thankful that I participated in the largest girl-led business in the world, and learned essential skills like goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. My daughter, Ella, was also a Girl Scout! We enjoyed sharing Girl Scout experiences together, and it was exciting to see her learn these skills as well.

These skills matter because they position a girl for career success. A girl who can set goals and meet deadlines, who works well with others, who understands customers, who can influence others, and who is honest, trustworthy, and reliable is very marketable to future employers. Or she can even become her own employer!

Jill and Daughter, Ella

The Girl Scout cookie sale was the highlight of my year. My best memory was when my father took me out of school for a whole day and we went to his high-rise office in downtown Rochester, hitting every floor. Building those communication skills with adults was an extremely important ability to develop. I always had the highest cookie sales which made me very goal-oriented, constantly striving to top my previous goal each year.

Girl Scouts gives young women purpose, builds their self-esteem, and increases confidence in their financial literacy abilities – all necessary skills for owning a business. Girl Scouts also encouraged me to give back to my community. I have a passion for helping the local community through donations of food and service, including Interfaith Food Shuttle and many other charitable organizations. Girl Scouts is the reason I have a passion to help others and a drive to succeed at my business!

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5 Fantastic Things To Do at Girl Scout Summer camp

February 12, 2018

Summer camp counselor, Megan, shares her top five favorite things to do at Girl Scout summer camp! Girl Scout resident camp registration is now open! 

Close your eyes and picture yourself at summer camp.  What are you doing?  What kind of activities do you imagine? Archery? Swimming? Boating? Tie Dye? Those are all things that we do at camp, but there is so much more.  As a camper for ten years and a staff member for two, here’s my top five favorite things to do in a single week at Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines resident camp.

1 – Playing in the water

The water has so much to offer.  Whether you are swimming for the first time, or a swim team star, camp has a place for you. All three resident camps offer different depths for you to play and swim with your camp buddies. Splashing around in the shallow end, playing marco-polo in the middle, or holding hands as you take the plunge into the deep section.

2 – Guessing your counselors’ real name

One thing I have found that makes Girl Scout camp unique is the counselor’s names.  All camp staffers go by camp names. This creates a fun game for the campers.  I always tried to guess my counselors real names. As a camper, you know the counselors won’t tell you their real names whether you guess it right or not. As a counselor, your learn that you must look like a Sara or a Julie because that’s what everyone guesses.

3 – Friendship bracelets

If you’ve never made a friendship bracelet, there are plenty of people at Girl Scout camp who are willing to teach you. Friendship bracelets are awesome to trade and heartwarming to receive. If you give one away you are almost always going to receive one back. They are things to wear home to remember all your camp friends. Most campers come home with interesting tan lines on their arm from wearing multiple friendship bracelets.

4 – Making new best friends

I run into people from camp all over the place. One day, as a junior in high school, I was walking down the street in Chapel Hill with a group of friends. A girl about our age was walking towards us calling me by name. I didn’t recognize her at first, but she reminded me  we were tent mates at Camp Graham when we were in fourth grade. It all came back to me in an instant; we were best friends that week. We exchanged phone numbers on the street and now we talk and reminisce about our week at camp. As I got older I ran into camp friends at band competitions and sporting events.  It’s always exciting to run into a camp friend.  I find it amazing how close you can get to someone in just one week.

5 – Learning new skills

From cooking to canoeing to cleaning, I learned lots of life skills at camp. Cookout night is always fun including teaching girls knife safety so they can properly cut a watermelon or learn how to start a camp stove or build a fire. My first ever week of camp, I learned how to clean a toilet. Now that I’m in college, I use that skill all the time and my roommate is rather thankful. When my friends want to go spend a weekend at the lake I think back to my second year at summer camp when I mastered the art of canoeing. Camp has provided me with many life skills that I continue to use everyday.

These are just my top five, but when you attend Girl Scout summer camp you’ll walk away with your top five (or more!) reasons why you love summer camp just as much as I do!

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