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3…2…1…Blast Off! 2014 Campership Fund

March 17, 2014

By Emily Hill, Director of Individual Giving, GSNCCP

PrintToday we launched our 2014 Campership fundraising drive, which collects donations to help Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines provide scholarships for girls 2014 Campership Fundacross our 41 counties to attend summer camp.

As I was conducting research to craft our Campership appeal, I heard stories about girls trying new things, making new friends, and learning different skills because of camp. I heard from parents about how their girl gained confidence and her interest in the world flourished at camp. I heard from one former camper about how her leadership skills blossomed at camp and she now holds the position as resident assistant, mentoring girls in her college dorm.

I also learned that these aren’t just anecdotes. Studies show that camp can be a formative time in a child’s life.

PrintResearch conducted by the American Camp Association and other independent organizations show time and time again that well-run summer camps – like our Girl Scout camps – can have a powerful, long-term effect on a child’s development, especially on her self-control, independence, assertiveness, and decision-making. In one study, 74% of camp attendees reported that they did things at camp that they were afraid to do at first. Overcoming fear and challenging yourself are just two important life skills that Girl Scout Camp can instill in a girl.

If you’re like me, you want more confident, independent, and assertive girls in this world. The more girls that can attend Girl Scout camp – especially those who might otherwise not have the opportunity to do so – the more chances we get to encourage girls to become their best selves.

Last year, over 260 girls were given the opportunity to attend one of our camps because of the financial assistance your support provides. I’m happy we provide scholarships so more girls can get the valuable benefits of camp. And I’m delighted that our friends, like you, make the yearly commitment to help us do more. Please consider making a gift to our Campership fund today by visiting www.nccoastalpines.org/champerships or contacting me at 919-600-6347.

With your support, we can make a difference in the life of one more girl. Thank you.

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The USS Yorktown: An Exciting Girl Scouts Camping Destination!

January 27, 2014

By Meridith Orr, Program Executive

USS YorktownHave you ever imagined what life is like on an aircraft carrier?  Did you know you can actually spend the night on one?  You can if you visit the USS Yorktown – also known as “The Fighting Lady” – at the Patriot’s Point Naval & Maritime Museum in Charleston Harbor, SC.   The Yorktown recently hosted the Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines Program Team on an overnight aboard the ship so that we could get the scoop on all the great programs they have to offer.

Girl Scouts have their own sleeping quarters on the Yorktown!   When you arrive, you’ll drop your gear at your bunk and explore the ship’s operating spaces and living quarters, followed by a meal and entertainment – there’s a theater on board that hosts movie nights.  After a fire-drill and roll call at the large American flag on the flight deck, you’ll head back to your quarters for lights out and “Taps” at 11:00 p.m.

Revile wakes you up bright and early the next morning with a bugle call.  You’ll line up to go to the Chief Petty Officer’s Mess for breakfast, and then start the day with all sorts of fun, hands-on activities that explore Oceanography, Astronomy, Aviation and more!

These activities support some of the Girl Scout Journey badge programs, including “Home Scientist” from Brownie Quest and “Gardener” from Get Moving.   The Program Team performed water tests, built a robotic arm and made some eco-friendly cleaning solutions, before attempting the “Collision Course” leadership challenge!

The Yorktown’s “Collision Course” Leadership program puts you in a real-life situation that tests your problem-solving skills.  Using math and GPS technology, you and your teammates must complete a mission by cracking a secret code!   If you want more challenges, the Yorktown also offers scavenger hunts, geocaching and a climbing wall. You can also take the role of a scientist studying the unique ecosystem offered by Charleston Harbor’s estuary environment.

We had a fantastic time on our shipboard camping adventure, and we think you and your troop will, too!  For more information, contact the Program Department at 800-284-4475.

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