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Let’s Think About Girl Programs!

February 16, 2015

By Kim Henry, Program Director

World Thinking Day - Girl Scouts NC Coastal Pines

As Spring is approaching, so are some exciting new programs! Happening this month is one of our beloved Girl Scout traditions, World Thinking Day (WTD). Here’s the lowdown on this annual event plus some additional tips for new leaders.

World Thinking Day 2015

What is World Thinking Day? Each year on February 22, girls around the world participate in activities to encourage girls to think about their sister Girl Scouts and Girl Guides in other countries. By participating in select activities girls can earn the World Thinking Day Award, which is an official award and can be worn on the front of her vest or sash. Some girls earn the award by attending WTD events while others may work on activities or service projects with their troop.   This year’s theme for WTD is girls worldwide say “we can create peace through partnerships.” Read more about this year’s theme and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.

Jump Into Journeys

Want to explore a new Journey but don’t know where to start? Pile in your troop and join us at one of four locations for our Jump Into Journeys program for Daisies and Brownies.We will help you find your way!

This Spring, we will be jumping into the Brownie Quest and the Daisy 5 Flowers, 4 Stories , 3 Cheers for Animals! Journeys. These events get girls excited about the Journeys and give leaders an opportunity to see how to customize the Journey to fit their troop’s needs. Girls will earn the first Journey award and badge sets are included with the registration fee. If you can’t make it to a program and still are looking for assistance, please contact journeyhelpline@nccoastalpines.org.

 

Helpful Tips for New Leaders

  1. Attend leader meetings and talk with other leaders. Our volunteers are the most valuable resource for you. They have new ideas and know what works and what doesn’t. They even may have materials to share with you. You can also join our Girl Scout Leader Facebook Group!
  2. Use your Program Support Staff. We are here to make your life easier! Call us, email us, send up flares –we are happy to help!
  3. Use the Volunteer Tool Kit! It is great as is, or you can customize it to fit your troop plans!
  4. Attend local area and council-sponsored events. Not only are they exciting for the girls but they are also a great way to meet other leaders and gather ideas for future activities with your troop.
  5. Don’t sweat it! You got this!! Know that we appreciate you, and most of all, the girls appreciate you and all you do!

Still have questions? We are here to support you and will be happy to answer any questions about Journeys or other Girl Scout programs. Call 800-284-4475 and ask for the Program Team.

 

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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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