Archive for the ‘Awards’ Category

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What do frogs and Girl Scouts have in common? Girl Scout Rachel H.!

July 15, 2014

By Samantha Herring, Communications Intern

Today our council recognizes an amazing project completed by one of our very own Girl Scouts! Girl Scout Rachel H. first became interested in amphibian conservation when she was in the sixth grade and learned that amphibians were the most endangered group of animal species on the planet. This issue was at the heart of her Girl Scout Silver Award project. In addition to numerous awareness activities, she partnered with the Save the Frogs organization and Governor Beverly Perdue to institute a Save the Frogs Day in North Carolina. Taking her advocacy even further, she helped establish two state amphibians, the Pine Barrens Treefrog – now our state frog, and the Marbled Salamander – now our state salamander!

Every day, Girl Scouts in our council do amazing things: from Gold Award projects aimed at saving endangered species to making a difference in their world by giving back through community service. Girl Scout Rachel Hopkins is no different. As a result of her volunteer work to save the frogs, she was awarded the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Distinguished Finalist bronze medallion during the May 20th Raleigh City Council meeting. The award represents the United States’ largest youth recognition program based solely on volunteer service.

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Rachel also received the Presidential Volunteer Service Award, which included a letter from the president of the United States, Barack Obama. In his letter, the president wrote, “Your volunteer service demonstrates the kind of commitment to your community that moves America a step closer to its great promise.”

Our goal at Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines is to give every girl the opportunity to be the leader she wants to be and to be the leader the world needs her to be. Rachel truly embodies the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Thank you Rachel for representing all Girl Scouts who work to make the world a better place!

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I’m Going Gold! One Girl’s Journey To Earning Her Gold Award

October 15, 2013

By Destiny O., GSNCCP Girl Board Member

Hey, it’s Destiny again from the Girl Board! I hope you’ve enjoyed all the Girl Board blog posts, we are having a blast writing them.

Recently, I finished my Girl Scout Gold Award project and I thought now would be the perfect time to tell you guys about it and the process that goes into Going Gold.

My project was called Kids Korners, yes with a K, where I created waiting areas for children at my local hospitals. I worked with CarolinaEast Medical Center in New Bern and Haly Burton Naval Clinic on Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point to try to make waiting areas more entertaining and less stressful for kids.

Once I received approval on my proposal, I kicked-off my project by envisioning what I wanted the waiting areas to look like. I built and painted bookshelves with my dad and I also made sure each area had a small table and chairs, along with colorful wall decals to make the space fun and inviting.

I collected book donations to fill the shelves and also created my own activity book based on the importance of reading and going to the doctor. Each activity book was printed, stapled, and then placed into a Ziploc bag with three crayons for kids to enjoy. Lastly, each bookshelf had a container of Girl Scout flyers provided to me by Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines.

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I am very proud of both my Kids Korners and they turned out better than I ever imagined! You can find the Haly Burton Naval Clinic Kids Korner in the hospital Pharmacy and the  CarolinaEast Medical Center Kids Korner is located in the Emergency Department.

For Girl Scouts who are figuring out what they want to do for their Gold Award, I suggest choosing a project you are going to enjoy. I love children and reading, and I want to be an interior designer, so being able to design the Kids Korners and bring books to the youngest generation is something I am proud of.  Pick a project you feel passionate about…it will motivate you to stick with your project and give it your all.

What are you doing to earn your Gold Award? What inspires you to go gold?

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