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Leave No Trace in Your Outdoor Adventures

July 8, 2014

By Meridith Orr, Program Executive

Outdoor Education in Girl Scouts - NC Coastal PinesOne of my favorite Girl Scout – NC Coastal Pines experiences is the weekend I spent camping to earn my Outdoor Skills certification in the Fall of 2012.  During that October weekend, I experienced both fair weather and foul, bonded with my patrol mates and an amazing band of volunteer facilitators, and learned new skills I would never have attempted otherwise!  I still enjoy tossing out tidbits of my training when meeting new people.  For instance, you’d be surprised at the reaction you’ll get when telling people a Dorito chip makes an excellent firestarter!

The most important lessons I learned were those of observing, admiring and respecting nature. My training included not just setting up and breaking down my campsite, but minimizing the impact of my adventures on the environment.  As we work together to provide fun, unique and memorable outdoor experiences for our girls, let’s remember to share with them as well as model these important practices of “leave no trace.”  These principles uphold many parts of our Girl Scout Law, from using resources wisely, to being responsible for what we say and do and making the world a better place.

The Leave No Trace Seven Principles have been a part of Girl Scout outdoor education for many years. Summarized here, they ask us to:

  1. Plan ahead and prepare
  2. Travel and camp on durable surfaces
  3. Dispose of waste properly
  4. Leave what you find
  5. Minimize campfire impacts
  6. Respect wildife
  7. Be considerate of other visitors

Our Founder, Juliette Gordon Low, was an avid outdoors adventurer and her stories are legendary, including one hilarious fishing expedition with poet Rudyard Kipling in formal wear during a party.  Our outdoor programs in Girl Scouts not only connect girls’ experience to her, they enrich us as parents, staff and mentors as we teach them how to be good stewards of our environment; to do the right thing because it is the right thing to do.

How do you and your Girl Scouts support the Leave No Trace Behind? 

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Cash Prizes, Weekly Drawings, and Free Patches, Oh My! Why Girl Scouts Should Participate In Early Bird Registration!

June 24, 2014

By Samantha Herring, Communications Intern

Girl Scouts Early Bird RegistrationWouldn’t you love not having to worry about registering your girls and parents in the fall while you are coordinating all of your start-up activities? Taking a few minutes now to complete registration of your girls and adults means one less thing to do during the flurry of back-to-school activities and the planning your troop will be doing for an action packed fall. If that’s not enough to motivate you, how about some cold, hard cash? For qualified troops who participate in Early Bird Registration, there are weekly drawings till the end of June and then a final, grand-prize drawing for $500 on June 30th. And oh, the things your troop could do with $500! Once you register, your troop is eligible for all remaining drawings. So if you haven’t completed your troop registrations yet, there is still time—and girl is it worth it!

But Wait, There’s More!

Even if you don’t win one of the drawings, your troop will automatically earn a $15 Early Bird gift card that you can use in the council shop or for council activities. You might use it for badges the girls earn or to help pay for a troop leader’s First Aid or Overnight Camping training.  It’s a win-win opportunity.

Girls Will Earn Discounts

Girls who are registered by June 30th will get a 15% discount on any new 2014 resident camp registration or any Council event through May 31, 2015.

Help Your Area Win Cash

Based on the number of girls and adults registered for the new Girl Scouting year, your Area can win cash too: $200 if 30% of registrations are completed by June 30, $400 if 50% are completed, and $500 if 65% are completed. Imagine the smile on your Area director’s face!

Get the official Early Bird Registration details on the Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines website.

Take a few minutes now and help yourself, your troop, and your area. Help Council serve you better by completing Early Bird Registration. Then sit back, sip a cool glass of iced tea, and congratulate yourself on a job well done!

 

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