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Get in the Spirit! Girl Scout Week 2015

March 2, 2015

Girl Scout Spirit Week - Girl Scouts NC Coastal Pines

By Meghan Gargan Bredahl, Marketing Director

I think we can all agree – Girl Scout Week is the best week of the year! And there is no better way to celebrate than participating in our third-annual Girl Scout Spirit Week!

As a council, we have lined up some pretty exciting activities that celebrate our amazing sisterhood and organization. From throwing a birthday party (we’re 103!) to a Milk and Cookies Reception to a heartwarming letter writing campaign, there are so many ways to join in on all the fun.

Keep reading to learn more details about each day and follow our Facebook and Twitter pages to stay up-to-date on what’s happening around our council.

Monday, March 9 – Say the Girl Scout Promise

There is no better way to kick off our Girl Scout Spirit Week than by reciting the Girl Scout Promise (and Law!). It’s a great reminder of all that Girl Scouts stands for and how we are building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.

Recite the promise and law during the opening or closing of a troop meeting or before heading off to school/work as a reminder of our core values, mission, and dedication to the service of others.

Tuesday, March 10 – Letters To Our Military Troops (Letter Writing Campaign)

Bring a smile to a soldier’s face this spring! Join our letter writing campaign to our military troops by submitting letters, stories, poems or pictures thanking them for all they do! All submitted letters will accompany our Operation Cookie Drop deliveries this spring. We can’t begin to tell you how much receiving these letters means to the men and women deployed far from home!

To participate, simply mail your letters to the address below or drop them off at any of our service center locations by April 15, 2015.

Letters To Our Troops
c/o Marketing Department
6901 Pinecrest Road
Raleigh, NC 27613

Wednesday, March 11 – Cookies and Milk Reception

Join us and sister councils at the NC State Legislature in downtown Raleigh to receive the Governor’s Proclamation and to enjoy a Milk and Girl Scout Cookies Reception on March 11th. Girls who attend will be able to shadow a representative and learn all about local government!

Be sure to wear your sash or vest and show your Girl Scout pride!

What: Cookies ‘N’ Milk Reception

When: Wednesday, March 11, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where: Legislative Building, 1000 Court, 16 West Jones Street Raleigh, NC 27601

Attire: Girl Scout Uniform (sash/vest); no jeans.

Cost: Free!

Register here to attend! 

For those who cannot attend the reception be sure to follow us on Twitter to catch all the action.

Thursday, March 12 – Happy Birthday, Girl Scouts!

We’re 103 this year and can’t wait to celebrate with you all! Whether you’re throwing a party, ordering cupcakes or completing a service project…we want to hear about it! Submit your best Girl Scout Birthday photos through our Story Submission form or post them to our Facebook page. We’ll be sharing all your amazing photos all day long!

Friday, March 13 – Share a Favorite Girl Scout Memory

Whether it’s roasting marshmallows over a campfire, a trip abroad with your troop or the friendships that have endured years…share your favorite Girl Scout memories with us! You can submit memories and photos via our Story Submission form or on our social media channels including Facebook and Twitter. We’ll be compiling these memories to share throughout the year and to help convey how much Girl Scouting means to us all.

Girl Scout Week Religious Recognitions (March 8 & March 14)

Additionally, during Girl Scout Week, our council will celebrate its rich history of partnership and collaboration with faith-based communities on Girl Scout Sunday (March 8) and Girl Scout Sabbath (March 14).

Faith-based awards include religious recognitions as well as the My Promise, My Faith pin. The My Promise, My Faith pin complements existing religious recognitions and allows all girls to further strengthen the connection between their faith and Girl Scouts. During Girl Scout Week, many girls will receive their pins on Girl Scout Sunday or Girl Scout Sabbath.

We hope you’ll join us in celebrating Girl Scout Week this year! Have another idea for a spirit week activity or perhaps a special way you and your girls are celebrating? Tell us in the comments below or share with us online!

 

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Girl Scouts’ Advice for Successful Scholarship Applications!

February 2, 2015

By Meridith Orr, Program Executive

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In addition to the fun, friendship and amazing experiences that come with being a Girl Scout, there is another wonderful benefit that comes with membership – scholarship opportunities! Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines has been the fortunate recipient of several scholarship programs funded by our generous alumnae.   We also try to pass along information on other Girl Scout-related scholarship programs as we learn more about them.

If you are a Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador, you’ll want to make a note of these important programs and apply when they open this winter. If you are a younger Girl Scout, perhaps these programs will encourage you to pursue our Highest Awards. As a Highest Awards recipient, you’ll have more scholarship opportunities available to you when the time comes!

The following scholarship programs are offered exclusively by our Council:

Misty Crabtree Eastham Scholarship (For Girl Scout Gold Award Recipients)

Opens: January 2, 2015

Deadline: March 13, 2015

As a girl in foster care, Misty joined Girl Scouts and gained a network of friends to support and guide her— friends who joined her in a journey of adventure that provided life-changing opportunities. Misty overcame adversity and embodied a sense of selflessness, generosity, drive, and determination. Her scholarship foundation recognizes and rewards Girl Scouts with these same qualities. The award from this scholarship is used to help pay for college expenses.

Jane S. Barringer Award (For Girl Scout Gold Award Recipients)

Opens: January 2, 2015

Deadline: March 13, 2015

“Mrs. B” has been an inspiration to Girl Scouts in our council for 50 years! As a teen advisor she has offered girls different perspectives and opportunities to make a difference. If you are proactive and passionate about making the world a better place, apply for this scholarship designed to further your education or skill development.

We are also pleased to pass along information about the Corinne Jeannine Schillings Foundation Scholarships (For Silver or Gold Award Recipients). This opportunity is open to Girl Scouts across the United States.

Opens: March 15, 2015

Deadline: May 15, 2015

Corinne was passionate about higher education for women. She understood the value of learning about other cultures through language. This scholarship honors her memory and is an investment towards ensuring that every girl reaches her full potential.

Be Prepared: Our Recommendations for a Successful Application

To ensure that your efforts have a better chance of success, you’ll need to do some preparation.   Read each application thoroughly so that you are familiar with the requirements of each program. Put reminder dates on your paper calendar and phone, if necessary. Gather needed items in advance so that you won’t be scrambling while you are in the process of completing your applications! Here’s a list to get you started:

  1. High school transcript – check requirements for whether an official transcript is required so you that can order it in advance of the application deadline
  2. If you are already in college, your first semester or quarter grades, as applicable
  3. Letter(s) of recommendation
  4. School picture or a nice high-resolution image that is a well-lit head and shoulders shot
  5. Biographical information for yourself
  6. How you would like your name to be listed
  7. How you would like your parents’ and/or guardians’ names to be listed in any announcement
  8. Your Highest Awards paperwork and any pictures of your project(s)

A few parting thoughts:

  • Take a moment to journal about your favorite Girl Scout memories. Describe what Girl Scouting means to you in detail, and provide specific examples of what you learned during the experience. Having this step completed early will save you time later, and provide a more compelling story for the application’s reviewer.
  • Thank you notes are always appreciated – for your recommenders, advisors, troop leaders, and awarding organizations.
  • Pay it forward. Make plans to donate to scholarship funds in the future, volunteer to serve as an advisor or lead a troop!

Learn about all our scholarship programs including how to apply and the application itself here. Good luck, Girl Scouts!

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