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Girl Scouts Take on the Great Outdoors with New Explorer badges

September 14, 2015

New Girl Scout Outdoor Badges

By Krista Park, Communications & PR Director

As our Wild About Camp summer season comes to a close, outdoor enthusiasts don’t fret!  Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines is getting revved up for an adventurous year that would make any avid outdoorswoman envious.

One of many exciting adventures that lie ahead this year is the new Outdoor Explorer badge program for Girl Scouts. Informed by thorough research about the benefits of time spent outdoors, Girl Scouts themselves led the charge and voted to create this new outdoor badge series. For the first time ever, the new badge materials and requirements are now available online.

And what’s also impressive is that the benefits of the Girl Scout outdoor experience do not end with the joy of earning a new badge! According to More Than S’mores, a 2014 study by the Girl Scout Research Institute, girls benefit immensely from time spent outdoors. Girls who regularly spend time outdoors are more likely than their peers with less outdoor experience to possess certain leadership traits, such as environmental stewardship, willingness to seek challenges, and problem solving skills. Participating in Girl Scouts has proven to be one of the best ways for a girl to get a quality outdoor experience!

Furthermore, to ensure girls have every opportunity to venture into the great outdoors, Girl Scouts of the USA has recently announced a new partnership with the National Park Service for the Girl Scout Ranger Program. Girl Scouts can now join with a national park in their area for an organized outdoor service project.

We are so fortunate to live in a state with access to exceptional state parks, beaches, and mountains. There are seemingly endless places to explore the outdoors across North Carolina. There is no better time or place for girls to get involved with Girl Scouts and experience all that we have to offer as part of the girl-designed outdoor initiative and the Outdoor Explorer Badge program.

Discover the new badges and download materials for free!

Be sure to Explore our Camps and visit our Events Calendar to learn more about the year-round outdoor opportunities available to you and your Girl Scouts!

Not a Girl Scout? Find a Troop Near You and start sharing in the Outdoor Fun today!


Oh Say Can We Sing – Girl Scouts sing the National Anthem

July 6, 2015

Girl Scouts - NC Coastal Pines

By Lisa Lisk, Co-Leader of Troop #1859, Johnston County

Our Journey began by contacting the Wake County Speedway to see if our Troop could sing the National Anthem before a race. They thought it was a great idea and even agreed to have a Scout night where all Girl and Boy Scouts in uniform could attend the event for free.

What an honor to sing our country’s song and we could hardly wait! It was going to be hard, but I know my girls and I knew we could do it. When we started, only half of the troop wanted to sing. Then, with the girls’ encouragement and support for each other, all twelve troop members joined in!

Practice #1: Words were missed, tune was off, confidence was low and nerves where everywhere. I told them we are a team and to be proud of what they had started to accomplish.

Practice #2: Improvements everywhere and confidence was building. Since school was out, each girl was asked to watch an online video of the Star Spangled Banner and practice singing it five times a day. 

Final Practice: I was a nervous wreck! We sang separately and then together as one.   Each girl stood a little taller, sang a little louder, showed confidence and I knew my job was done.

“WOW, you girls are amazing!” was my response. I explained how I would be there to support them but they didn’t need me to lead them. Those smiles, their joy….I was speechless. I may be the troop leader but the girls have taught me so much more in return.

Ladies and Gentleman Start Your Engines!

That Friday night, Troop 1859 was ready to promote the Girl Scout program by passing out stickers and bracelets, the excitement was contagious. The time to sing arrived, the girls pulled together supporting one another as is the Girl Scout way.

They sang without any nerves or fear even during the rain. Despite the weather the girls finished strong to the cheers of the crowd. The fans were thankful and in awe seeing such a group of young girls present themselves in a professional manner, bringing honor to their country and community.

Girl Scout Troop #1859 is always willing to race to the challenge and show their support for the community and for Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines. I encourage you to think outside of the box for new ideas and experiences for your Girl Scouts. I believe everyone, every place and everything is a resource just waiting to happen. Who knows, maybe your troop will be singing next!


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