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Explore the World Around You! Trips & Travel within Girl Scout Journeys

June 8, 2015

Girl Scouts Trips and Travel

Many people don’t know, but American Girl Scouts get to travel the world, and that’s a very good thing, as the more we can expose our young people to other cultures, the better off we’ll be in this increasingly globalized environment. – Anna Maria Chavez, CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves! Traveling, be it down the street or across the globe, provides our girls opportunities to explore the world around them, step out of their comfort zone, and embrace diversity and different cultures. It’s pretty awesome!

But how do you incorporate these amazing adventures and new experiences into your troop meetings or your Journeys? That’s where we come in! Let’s explore the different travel and trip opportunities available and how you can enhance these experiences by tying them back to your Journey!

For Girl Scout Brownies:

There are a lot of day trips throughout our council that would complement the Brownie Journeys. For instance, you could arrange to visit a local water treatment facility or contact DENR for water programs for the Brownie WOW Journey. Or for Brownie Quest, invite family members to a park where you can participate in healthy living activities like walking, playing Frisbee, or even arrange a super fun game of kickball.

What about World of Girls? Visit the North Carolina Museum of History to learn about stories from our past! Or you could set up a visit to a local assisted living center where the girls and residents will benefit from sharing stories together!

For Girl Scout Daisies:

Daisies can explore the world too – be their backyard, their community, or their state! Take your Daisy troop to a local arboretum or come to one of our council programs at the JC Raulston Arboretum for the Daisy Flower Garden Journey where girls explore all the wonderful things Mother Nature has to offer! For Between Earth and Sky, find a natural treasure in your area to learn about, like our rare carnivorous plants near the coast or visit the New River which is one of the oldest in the world! Are you working with 5 Flowers, 4 Stories , and 3 Cheers for Animals? Head on over to a local SPCA, Humane Society, Petco or PetSmart and learn the importance of caring for animals.

There are so many fun and fabulous ways to help girls experience the world around them!

Ready for your next big adventure? Share your stories with us on Facebook or in the comments below! If you need more ideas on how to infuse travel within your Journey, or if you have an amazing idea you would like to share with your Girl Scout sisters, send us a note at journeyhelp@nccoastalpines.org. Happy travels!

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“…to serve God”: Religious Recognitions in Girl Scouting

May 26, 2015

Girl Scouts and Faith

By Meridith Orr, Program Executive

“Still, Daisy listened to the teachings of her church and watched the example of her parents. From the Helpful Hands Club to ailing Spanish-American War soldiers, from her efforts among the villagers in Wellsbourne to helping poor girls in Camberwell, Daisy was no stranger to philanthropy.” – Stacey Cordery, Juliette Gordon Low: the Remarkable Founder of the Girl Scouts

Our Founder, Juliette Gordon Low, was a woman of deep faith in her Episcopalian church. She not only was baptized in Christ Church in Savannah, Georgia, she was married and had her funeral there.   Her tombstone contains a passage from 1 Corinthians 13, “Now abideth faith, hope and love, but the greatest of these is love.”

Today, the Movement she founded is an organization that supports girls from all backgrounds and beliefs. While we refrain from teaching specific religious or spiritual beliefs or practices, we believe that the motivating force in Girl Scouting is a spiritual one. Girl Scouts encourages both our girl and adult members to explore their values, including developing connections between their own faith traditions and the Girl Scout Law.

The My Promise, My Faith pin is a GSUSA-created award that helps a girl explore connections between the Girl Scout Law and her faith. The steps to earn the award show her how both Girl Scouting and her faith offer similar ideas about how to act. Girls may earn the pin once a year, every year she is in Girl Scouting by choosing a different line of the law. The award may be earned in a troop setting and the requirements are published in each grade level of The Girls’ Guide to Girl Scouting.

Many faith communities offer Religious Recognitions for Girl Scouts at each grade level and corresponding recognitions for adults. It’s important to remember that the My Promise, My Faith pin does not replace Religious Recognitions. Girls are encouraged to earn both awards, and both are worn on the front of the uniform.

Religious recognition awards are created by specific faith communities, and offer lessons based on their beliefs and tenets. The requirements, as well as the awards themselves, are obtained from national faith organizations or committees. More information about religious recognition programs can be found here . In 2014, Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines was ranked 7th across all Girl Scout councils for usage of the P.R.A.Y. recognitions program.

Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines offers a Religious Recognitions Workshop to give girls the opportunity to grow stronger in their faith and honor their promise “to serve God.” Look for information on this year’s workshop when our program event guides are published this fall.

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