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Costa Rican Adventure

December 18, 2014

By: Alyssa H., Girl Scout Ambassador-Troop 1584

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Over the summer I had the opportunity to be involved in a Girl Scout destinations trip to Costa Rica. It was a truly life-changing experience that opened my eyes to different cultures and also allowed me to look into myself and to become a better leader. Describing this trip in just one blog entry would be impossible, but I will do my best to explain a few of the highlights.

Friendships: I went to Costa Rica knowing nobody, but by the end of the trip I felt like I had known the girls on my trip my whole life. It was amazing how quickly we bonded and grew close to each other. We still text and send mail to each other to keep in touch.

Adventure: From admiring a new landscape to surfing and white-water rafting, adventure was truly present throughout the whole trip. The views were incredible, and being able to participate in high adventure activities in such a different environment than I was used to really allowed me to experience adventure at a whole different level. I really loved how I went there not having any surfing experience whatsoever, and was able to learn how to surf and actually get up on the board by the first day of surfing.

Leadership: During this trip we were able to experience leadership by being in charge for a day, as well as learn about how to become a better leader through learning sessions that we had all throughout the trip.

Service to the Community: One day on this trip we were able to walk to a local school and serve the kids and teachers there by painting their school buildings. Watching the joy on the students faces as we painted and the experience of playing with them afterwards gave me so much joy and once again showed me the reason why I serve others.

Memories: So many activities led to an abundance of memories that I will never forget. From developing new life-long friends to exploring a whole new landscape and culture, this trip will never be forgotten.

To learn more about what travel experiences are available to girls, contact Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines Program Director Neph Bailey at nbailey@nccoastalpines.org.

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Join the Business of Selling Awesomeness!

December 9, 2014

By Amy Vitale, Product Sales Manager

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Ask any girl what she loves about being a Girl Scout and selling cookies makes the list every time, hands down. Girls love counting the boxes, giving people their change, and seeing their customers’ excitement when they get their cookies. And if that’s not enough to get you motivated, here’s more on why you don’t want to miss out on Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines 2015 Girl Scout Cookie Sale!

It’s about way more than selling cookies.

Actually, each box of cookies is packed with a lifetime supply of learning. Selling cookies teaches girls goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics – aspects essential to leadership, to success, and to life. Our Girl Scout Cookie sale is a financial literacy program and is helping girls build confidence. When a Girl Scout sells cookies, she is learning she can be and do anything she sets her mind to!

Each box is packed with a different adventure.

Earning money to achieve goals is what cookie season is all about! Cookie sale proceeds help troops fund everything from patches, meeting supplies, local activities, service projects, and year-end activities. Girls love deciding with their troop how they’ll use their cookie money each season. Proceeds help their next adventure – their next dream – come true.

Girl Scout Cookies bring a sweet taste of home to our military.

This year we are celebrating 10 amazing years of Operation Cookie Drop, a council-wide community service project which has donated nearly 700,000 boxes of cookies to our deployed military service personnel. Having a donation jar for spare change at your booth is an easy way to support this program and girls can earn a special anniversary patch for participating. In celebration of our tenth anniversary, we hope to send 100,000 boxes to troops this year. Help make this mission possible!

Patches, troop trips, and polar bears… Oh My!

Girl Scouts can earn these rewards and recognitions and more in the 2015 Cookie Sale. Well, not a real polar bear of course, but a pretty cute stuff animal. Or perhaps they’ll get a chance to see a real polar bear in during a troop trip to the NC Zoo in Asheboro paid for by cookie proceeds! In addition, Girl Scouts who sell 500 boxes can choose from Superstar Destinations and earn admission tickets to amusement and water parks, gift cards to favorite restaurants, or “Cookie Dough” which can be used to pay for a week at summer camp.

They’re not only tasty. Selling Girl Scout Cookies is FUN!

From setting goals to decorating a wagon or a troop parent’s car for Walkabout Week, preparing and participating in the Cookie Sale is fun! Girls love decorating signs, making posters and other promotional items for the sale. This year’s Bling Your Booth contest has gone national and boasts a $500 cash prize. And taking some time to enjoy a cookie or two during the sale is always fun. Milk and Girl Scout cookies makes everyone smile.

Follow the fun and join the Girl Scout cookie experience today. Visit our Cookies page to learn more. And for all those experienced sellers out there, be sure to check out our new cookie resources and let us know what your favorite thing is about the Girl Scout Cookie Sale program!

 

 

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