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The Adventure of a Lifetime!

November 11, 2014

By Mikayla S., Girl Scout Senior – Troop #49

Girl Scouts - NC Coastal Pines Adventure of a Lifetime

Not many people have the opportunity to spend two weeks in a foreign country without their parents.  I am one of those few people.  From holding newly hatched baby sea turtles, to scuba diving a shipwreck, to ziplining through the canopy, my two weeks in Costa Rica and Panama were by far the best two weeks of my life.  I made so many amazing friends, who I still talk to daily.  I was immersed in a culture very different from the one back home in the United States.  Most of all, I did so many new things many people can only dream of doing.

There is something quite special about holding a newly hatched baby sea turtle.  They are so small and fragile, yet so full of energy and movement.  Their small eyes are not even open yet, and their flippers flap wildly in the air.  One second, they are clambering out of their nest and the next, you are watching them scramble down the beach into the ocean.  For these small hatchlings, everything is an obstacle; driftwood, grass, animals, large piles of sand, big waves, trash, etc.  You become so attached to them in the few minutes you spend with them, it is hard to know that only 1 out of 1,000 will survive.

The other highlight of my trip was the scuba diving.  Under the water’s surface is a world unlike no other.  Underwater everything is bustling, but everything is so quiet.  The only thing you can hear are the animals munching on coral and the bubbles that float up when you exhale.  Everything is peaceful and you can float above everything and just be an observer.  The colors are so vibrant, between the tropical fish and the tall coral.

This experience, which was a Girl Scouts destinations trip, was by far the best of my life.  I made new friends, that are now more like my sisters.  Saying goodbye to them was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do, but I know that they, and the amazing experience I had, are once in a lifetime.

 

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We Pass the Parent Test

October 14, 2014

By Krista Park, Communications & PR Director

15 Gives You a Great Year in Girl Scouts

What parent isn’t looking for the best for their child these days? When it comes to extracurricular activities in today’s competitive world, families are looking for programs that are not only fun but also help further their child’s overall development.

One of the things that is so exciting for us here at Girl Scout – NC Coastal Pines is that we offer the chance for every girl to do something amazing. Not only is Girl Scouts FUN – it’s where a girl discovers what she cares about; it’s where a girl is surrounded by a supportive group of friends; it’s where a girl learns she can make a difference in the world. And does.

And what’s also exciting is that new research now shows that the majority of our parents are seeing great benefits for their daughters participating in Girl Scouts. Results of a summer 2014 pulse poll conducted with over 3,500 volunteers and parents of Girl Scouts in grades K-5 show just how awesome it is to be a Girl Scout.

Here’s what the parents all agreed on:

  • 97% agree that Girl Scouts has been a positive activity for their daughter;
  • 95% agree that their daughter has had fun and exciting new experiences; and
  • 96% agree that their daughter has learned or tried something new.

In addition, as a result of being involved in Girl Scouts:

  • 94% say that their daughter feels special;
  • 95% say their daughter has more friends; and
  • 89% say that their daughter is happier.

Wow – that’s a lot of awesome right there! And if that wasn’t enough, the data shows that it is not just girls who benefit, but our Volunteers as well:

  • 94% of volunteers reported they have made new friends;
  • 88% believe their life is better because they volunteer with Girl Scouts;
  • Two-thirds believe their volunteer experience has helped them professionally; and
  • 95% of Girl Scout volunteers are happy knowing they are making girls’ lives better.

The study also revealed the variety of experiences and the value for the money the Girl Scout program provides are also popular selling points for parents. Eighty-nine percent of parents say their daughter gets a greater variety of experiences from Girl Scouts than she does from other extracurricular activities.

Overall, parents consider Girl Scouts one of the most beneficial extracurricular activities for their daughter. For just $15, a girl can follow the fun, do what she loves, make new friends, and discover a world of possibilities exists for her.

Wondering just what Girl Scouts is like today? Learn more about the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. And don’t forget about all those great benefits of volunteering. The more adults who step forward to volunteer, the more girls will get the chance to be a Girl Scout.

Join Girl Scouts today!

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