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Take Me Out to the Ball Game, Girl Scout!

July 28, 2014

By Jenifer Bubenik, Program Director

Girl Scouts at the Mud Cats!This past month, Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines partnered with the Carolina Mudcats to help girls work towards a baseball/softball badge, all while having fun in a hands-on experience at the July 12 game. Girls and families were able to enter our Mudcats ticket giveaway for the game on Facebook by telling us what their favorite family summer activity was.  Answers included kayaking, visiting the beach, pool time and, of course, baseball games!

As girls and their families arrived at the Five County Stadium, they were treated to a pre-game question and answer session with Carolina Mudcats coaches and players.  Girls were also able to receive autographed Mudcats photos and had a chance to watch batting practice before lining up on the field to join the players for the National Anthem.  Over 250 girls and their families partook in this fun activity.

Two special Girl Scouts were chosen to throw out the first pitch and sing the National Anthem.  Eryn O., who was recently awarded the Life-Saving medal for her heroic actions did a great job throwing the ball across home plate before Julianna F. sang the National Anthem in front of a packed house.   Both girls are Girl Scout Seniors and have been participating in Girl Scouting since they were Daisies — Wow, Girl Scouts.  Thank you for your leadership!

After the event, members of Girl Scout Troop #198 agreed they want to “be a baseball player!” when they grow up.

Last year Girl Scouts of the USA implemented GirlSports, a program that encourages our girls to participate in sports activities and earn their Legacy Athlete badges.  Through this program girls are able to gain new skills-like cross training to up their fitness levels or becoming a coach to see what it takes to lead and make a difference.

By participating in GirlSports, girls can hear stories from inspiring women athletes and visit our inspiring women timeline.  They can see trailblazers, like Lisa Leslie the legendary basketball star, or learn about women athletes on the first all-American girl’s professional baseball league.  They can play sports games and watch videos to learn more about sports-related careers.

With over 30 GirlSports badges, there is something for everyone.  Girls can learn to set goals, be a good teammate, and reach their health and fitness goals.  Girls can also post pictures of themselves in action on the GirlSports Photo Wall through Instagram or Twitter using #GSSports.

Be on the look-out for more GirlSports programs in our 2014-2015 program guides and on social media, including our upcoming Girl Scout night with the Carolina RailHawks on September 20!  Join us as we get out, and get movin’!

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‘Thanks,’ Senator Barringer, for 45 years and counting…

July 20, 2014

By Samantha Herring, Communications & Marketing Intern

State Senator Barringer and Girl Scouts CEO Lisa JonesForty-Five years. That’s how long North Carolina State Senator Tamara Barringer has been a Girl Scout. At this year’s annual meeting, Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines had the honor of presenting her with a 45-Year Membership Pin and also awarded her the Girl Scout Thanks Badge. The Thanks Badge is a really big deal. It’s a national award that honors a volunteer for going way beyond expectations in serving their Girl Scout Council.

You go, Girl Scout!

Senator Barringer has contributed to Girl Scouting in many different ways. So many ways, in fact, that it would be easier to list the positions she hasn’t held! She has served as a Troop Leader, Adult Learning Facilitator, Service Unit Manager, Board of Directors member, and has chaired or served on numerous other committees.

We recently asked Senator Barringer about her Girl Scout experience. Read on to learn what she shared.

How long have you been a volunteer and what has your favorite role within Girl Scouts been?

I’ve been an active volunteer since 1977. It would be hard to say what my favorite role has been. Each has had its own challenges and rewards. I am proud to have had the opportunity to serve in so many different ways.

What can you tell us about your experience as a young Girl Scout?

Girl Scouting has had a profound influence on my life since I was very young. My original Girl Scout leaders in Shelby, North Carolina, taught me through their words and deeds that people are inspired by and respect leaders who challenge them.

Do you think being a Girl Scout had any influence on your becoming a Senator?

Through Girl Scouting, I learned to be a leader. Now, more than 40 years later, I continue to experience the life-enriching joy of service to others. The Girl Scout mission is at the heart of my service to others.

Do you ever hear from the girls who were in the troops you led?

Oh, yes. I try to stay in contact with them. When I am able, I especially enjoy attending their weddings, baby showers, and other important events. I am so proud of them all.

Are you still active in Girl Scouts?

Absolutely! I keep my certifications up to date so that I can continue to train leaders and girls, and supervise troop events. I also am a member of the Gold Award Committee, which reviews and approves girls’ Gold Award projects.

Hats off and congratulations to Senator Barringer for being honored with the Thanks Badge for being such a vital Girl Scout volunteer, for completing 45 years as a Girl Scout, and being such an incredible role model!

Being a Girl Scout volunteer can change your life, and your service can change the lives of girls. Start the fun today — click here to explore the many ways you can help shape girls of courage, confidence and character.

 

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