Costa Rican Adventure

December 18, 2014

By: Alyssa H., Girl Scout Ambassador-Troop 1584

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Over the summer I had the opportunity to be involved in a Girl Scout destinations trip to Costa Rica. It was a truly life-changing experience that opened my eyes to different cultures and also allowed me to look into myself and to become a better leader. Describing this trip in just one blog entry would be impossible, but I will do my best to explain a few of the highlights.

Friendships: I went to Costa Rica knowing nobody, but by the end of the trip I felt like I had known the girls on my trip my whole life. It was amazing how quickly we bonded and grew close to each other. We still text and send mail to each other to keep in touch.

Adventure: From admiring a new landscape to surfing and white-water rafting, adventure was truly present throughout the whole trip. The views were incredible, and being able to participate in high adventure activities in such a different environment than I was used to really allowed me to experience adventure at a whole different level. I really loved how I went there not having any surfing experience whatsoever, and was able to learn how to surf and actually get up on the board by the first day of surfing.

Leadership: During this trip we were able to experience leadership by being in charge for a day, as well as learn about how to become a better leader through learning sessions that we had all throughout the trip.

Service to the Community: One day on this trip we were able to walk to a local school and serve the kids and teachers there by painting their school buildings. Watching the joy on the students faces as we painted and the experience of playing with them afterwards gave me so much joy and once again showed me the reason why I serve others.

Memories: So many activities led to an abundance of memories that I will never forget. From developing new life-long friends to exploring a whole new landscape and culture, this trip will never be forgotten.

To learn more about what travel experiences are available to girls, contact Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines Program Director Neph Bailey at nbailey@nccoastalpines.org.


Give the Gift of Girl Scouting

December 12, 2014

By Emily Hill, Director of Individual Giving

End of Year Giving 2014

What’s the greatest gift you’re giving this holiday? The one that you’re really excited about? The one you can’t wait to see the look on the recipient’s face when they open it? The one you know will delight them, and give you that awesome feeling that generosity brings?

You know that feeling, right?

It’s a kind of glow – a warm feeling. It’s a smile that stretches from the recipient’s face to yours, and a sparkle that comes out in your eyes. It’s the feeling of making someone’s day – or week – or year.

Donors of Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines know that feeling too!

December is the time of year when many of our generous supporters make their annual contribution to help our programs remain strong and impactful across our 41 central and eastern North Carolina counties. Each year, our donors give to help us deliver Girl Scout programs that have girls take the lead on special projects for their schools and communities, build lasting friendships, explore science and math, experience nature, and gain valuable life skills. They give to help a girl discover her inner strength, passions, and talents all while having fun!

They give the gift of Girl Scouting. Will you join them?

Your support is crucial to keeping Girl Scouting in our community. In addition to providing outreach programs to under resourced girls, financial aid to Girl Scouts in need, and scholarship opportunities for camp and travel adventures, our Council subsidizes the cost of every Girl Scout’s experience. Sales through the Cookie Program help support our Council programs and help Troops earn money for all their adventures, but cookies can’t do it all. We rely on community members like you to invest in our Girl Scouts through donations – donations of time, talent, and resources.

And these generous feelings don’t stop with your donation! Your investment in girls today means they can give back all year long. Take for instance this year’s Daisy Dozen Troops. Whether they are participating in a local beach clean-up, holding canned food drives, volunteering at the animal shelter, or making sleeping mats for the homeless, these girls commit to “giving back” as a vital part of their Girl Scout experience. (I bet these Troops get that feeling of generosity daily!)

So, this December, please give the gift of Girl Scouting by making a tax-deductible contribution to Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines. You can give online, via mail, in any of our Council Shops, or by phone at 800-284-4475.

I know you’ll feel that warm glow when you make your gift to Girl Scouts, and that feeling will be there year long. Because when you see a girl become a leader in her community, remember, your gift helped to get her there!


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