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Mission Delivery: Operation Cookie Drop

January 21, 2016
Reagan and a fellow Girl Scout during last year's Cookie Sale

Reagan and a fellow Girl Scout during last year’s Cookie Sale

By Krista Park, Communications & PR Director

Everything girls do in Girl Scouts is designed to help them become leaders of tomorrow. Honoring leaders of today, like our military personnel, is part of how Girl Scouts can learn about and build their own leadership skills. With these leaders in mind, Girl Scouts collect donations each year when selling Girl Scout Cookies so that they can send a “taste of home” to troops serving miles away from home.

Over the last ten years, Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines has donated nearly 800,000 boxes of cookies to our military men and women the Operation Cookie Drop. This program is an important ingredient of our Girl Scout Cookie Sale and is a council-wide community service project for our Girl Scouts.

Delivering a sweet taste of home to deployed military personnel can be as easy a donation jar for spare change and creating fun posters talking about Operation Cookie Drop for cookie booths. Another great tip comes from Girl Scout Reagan H. of Albertson:

“I create a letter each year to send to family, friends and local businesses. In the letter, I explain the Operation Cookie Drop program and talk about my sales goals. I usually include a picture of myself from a past cookie booth. I love the Operation Cookie Drop program because it provides a way for me to support our local military heroes.”

During the 2015 Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program, Reagan collected enough donations to contribute 569 boxes of cookies to Operation Cookie Drop. Yay, Reagan! With Operation Cookie Drop, girls Like Reagan learn the importance of giving back to their community and—in some small way—thank our military personnel.

Donating to Operation Cookies Drop is a Win-Win! Not only do you support our military, but your donation contributes to a Girl Scout’s overall sale proceeds. This is also a great way for customers with dietary restrictions to support Girl Scouts in their neighborhoods. If you can’t eat ‘em, treat ‘em!

So this year, be sure to support Operation Cookie Drop and say “Thank You” to all who serve.

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Gratitude Grows in Girl Scouts

November 20, 2015

 

Giving Thanks for Girl Scouts

By Krista Park, Communications & PR Director

As Thanksgiving nears, there is much to be grateful for – in addition to the pumpkin pie! Research has shown that that the regular practice of gratitude helps children (and adults too!) slow down and be more present, think about what they appreciate, and learn what matters to them.

Help your Girl Scouts grow gratitude this year! And to get you started, here are two simple craft activities that will get your girls thinking about what they are thankful for during the holiday season and beyond!

1. “Grow” a Thanksgiving Tree.

Help your troop show their friends and families what they are thankful for this holiday season.

Thanksgiving-Tree

What you need: Twigs with several small branches; leaf templates; colored construction paper (orange, red, yellow, and green); scissors; large paper or Styrofoam cups; twist ties, pipe cleaners, or ribbon; modeling clay or small pebbles; pens or markers; hole punches

What to do: If possible, take a nature walk with your troop before you plan to build the Thanksgiving Trees. Gather straight twigs that have at least three branches (up to 12 inches tall). Invite girls to decorate their cups using markers or construction paper and glue. Fill each cup with enough clay/pebbles to support the twig. Have girls “plant” their Thanksgiving Trees by sticking the twigs into the cups.

Trace the leaf templates on the colored construction paper and cut them out. Pass around hole punches so the girls can punch holes at one end of each leaf. Ask girls to write one thing on each leaf for which they are grateful. Have them fasten the leaves to the trees with twist ties, pipe cleaners, or ribbon.

2. Create a gratitude jar.

You can begin this activity by decorating a jar together as a fun craft activity. Glass or plastic jars both work! Then choose a particular troop meeting or meetings, to talk about giving thanks and adding to the gratitude jar.

Gratitude Jar

 

What you need: One medium or large jar for troop; or multiple smaller jars for each girl. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – have girls bring in their own jar; scrap paper; pens and pencils. Optional items to decorate jar: ribbon or twine, scissors, tags, foam letters, stickers, beads, glue, markers, etc.

What to do: Decorate jar if desired. Cut out scrapbook paper into strips. Have girls write down things they are thankful for on strips of paper, fold, and place in the jar. Items can be read aloud before being placed in the jar, read out load by a leader, or saved for a later time. Hearing what troop friends are thankful for can also help shape a girl’s understanding of gratitude.

Most of all, be creative and have fun giving thanks with Girl Scouts!

What are you thankful for this year? How do you plan to celebrate and give thanks with your troop?

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