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Daisy Journey Spotlight: Welcome to the Daisy Flower Garden

November 16, 2015

GS Journey

By Tara Rappleye, Program Director

Girl Scout Daisy Troop #4593 isn’t letting the wet autumn weather keep them from working on their Welcome to the Daisy Flower Garden Journey. After attending the Flower Garden Friendships event at the J.C. Raulston Arboretum, troop co-leader Lisa B. was inspired to approach the Journey in a different way.

During the event this past October, Troop #4584 was fully engaged as they made their own garden to take home, explored the arboretum’s garden, and learned about flowers. In addition to staying engaged with many hands-on activities, the girls also completed the Watering Can award of It’s Your World-Change It! Journey. The girls just loved it.

After noticing her girls’ enjoyment of the hands-on activities, it dawned on Lisa that winter isn’t prime time to grow a flower garden. But that didn’t stop her – Lisa decided to go back to the basics…SOIL.  Lisa led her troop on a journey about the different types of soil and what elements contribute to healthy soil. With the knowledge of soil under their tunics, these Girl Scout Daisies decided it was time to make their own.

Yes, that’s right.  Their own SOIL.

GS Journey

A huge part making healthy soil is composting. And a huge (well maybe not physically) part of composting is WORMS.  The troop decided each girl would undertake her own compost bin with worms at her home – thanks for the awesome support, troop parents! After one incident of a sibling being put in a bin followed by a conversation on what should and should not go in a bin, Daisy Troop #4584 was ready for worms.

In early November, Lisa gathered the girls together to distribute their composting worms. She plopped the bucket of worms on the table and let the girls learn and explore. The girls were encouraged to pick out their own 12 worms and play with them a little. The girls showed their compassion as they helped pick out worms for their friends who weren’t quite fans of the little critters.

The girls now are waiting patiently for composting process to start in their bin. In the meantime many are enjoying their new pets, some of which live inside and others in the garage. Once the girls’ soil has composted, they plan use the soil to plant herbs for a take action project. They will harvest the herbs to share as a gift to those living in a retirement home in the area.

Lisa has loved watching the girls get their hands dirty as they learn to care for their planet. Even though the girls aren’t taking care of a garden, they are working to create healthy soil for spring planting all while caring for creatures of the garden.

If your Girl Scouts want to grow their own flowers, Lisa said she would encourage other Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines’ troops to wait until spring to start this Journey. However, Lisa and her Troop are LOVING the wiggly way their Journey has taken them.

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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!

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