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Sea Turtles, Lighthouses, Exploring North Carolina, oh my!

August 24, 2015

Council Patch Program

By Kim Henry, Program Director

Are you looking for some fun activities to supplement for your meetings?  Or maybe your troop has special interests or hobbies they would like to explore?  Well look no further than our Council Own Patch program here at Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines.

If your girls are interested in animals, check out our Sea Turtle patch. Many troops even take this adventure on the road and visit a rehabilitation turtle hospital at the coast. Or maybe you’re planning to attend the Reptile and Amphibian day at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences in March? You can earn several steps toward the Amphibian and Reptiles patch while you are there.

Looking to learn more about our state? We have a few great patches for you. Explore downtown Raleigh as your troop work towards the Know Your State Capital patch.  Whether you are close to the coast or your troop loves to travel, you and you girls can learn about some really cool lighthouses as they earn the NC Lighthouses patch.

Are you and your girls feeling extra adventurous? Be a true Tarheel and travel across the state while earning the Exploring North Carolina patch. This patch program is designed to increase girls’ knowledge of our state, its history, and resources. It offers a variety of fun activities and travel opportunities!

Watch for our Patch of the Month in the weekly e-news and on our website!  From September through May, we will highlight a patch of the month.  It’s a great way to introduce your troop to the Council Own Patch program.  Keep an eye out as we plan to add more patches this year.

Do you have an idea for a patch?  We would love to hear from you!  Contact the program department for the guidelines to create a Council Own patch. Your troop’s patch may be highlighted as a future Patch of the Month this year!


Explore the World Around You! Trips & Travel within Girl Scout Journeys

June 8, 2015

Girl Scouts Trips and Travel

Many people don’t know, but American Girl Scouts get to travel the world, and that’s a very good thing, as the more we can expose our young people to other cultures, the better off we’ll be in this increasingly globalized environment. – Anna Maria Chavez, CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves! Traveling, be it down the street or across the globe, provides our girls opportunities to explore the world around them, step out of their comfort zone, and embrace diversity and different cultures. It’s pretty awesome!

But how do you incorporate these amazing adventures and new experiences into your troop meetings or your Journeys? That’s where we come in! Let’s explore the different travel and trip opportunities available and how you can enhance these experiences by tying them back to your Journey!

For Girl Scout Brownies:

There are a lot of day trips throughout our council that would complement the Brownie Journeys. For instance, you could arrange to visit a local water treatment facility or contact DENR for water programs for the Brownie WOW Journey. Or for Brownie Quest, invite family members to a park where you can participate in healthy living activities like walking, playing Frisbee, or even arrange a super fun game of kickball.

What about World of Girls? Visit the North Carolina Museum of History to learn about stories from our past! Or you could set up a visit to a local assisted living center where the girls and residents will benefit from sharing stories together!

For Girl Scout Daisies:

Daisies can explore the world too – be their backyard, their community, or their state! Take your Daisy troop to a local arboretum or come to one of our council programs at the JC Raulston Arboretum for the Daisy Flower Garden Journey where girls explore all the wonderful things Mother Nature has to offer! For Between Earth and Sky, find a natural treasure in your area to learn about, like our rare carnivorous plants near the coast or visit the New River which is one of the oldest in the world! Are you working with 5 Flowers, 4 Stories , and 3 Cheers for Animals? Head on over to a local SPCA, Humane Society, Petco or PetSmart and learn the importance of caring for animals.

There are so many fun and fabulous ways to help girls experience the world around them!

Ready for your next big adventure? Share your stories with us on Facebook or in the comments below! If you need more ideas on how to infuse travel within your Journey, or if you have an amazing idea you would like to share with your Girl Scout sisters, send us a note at Happy travels!


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