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We Pass the Parent Test

October 14, 2014

By Krista Park, Communications & PR Director

15 Gives You a Great Year in Girl Scouts

What parent isn’t looking for the best for their child these days? When it comes to extracurricular activities in today’s competitive world, families are looking for programs that are not only fun but also help further their child’s overall development.

One of the things that is so exciting for us here at Girl Scout – NC Coastal Pines is that we offer the chance for every girl to do something amazing. Not only is Girl Scouts FUN – it’s where a girl discovers what she cares about; it’s where a girl is surrounded by a supportive group of friends; it’s where a girl learns she can make a difference in the world. And does.

And what’s also exciting is that new research now shows that the majority of our parents are seeing great benefits for their daughters participating in Girl Scouts. Results of a summer 2014 pulse poll conducted with over 3,500 volunteers and parents of Girl Scouts in grades K-5 show just how awesome it is to be a Girl Scout.

Here’s what the parents all agreed on:

  • 97% agree that Girl Scouts has been a positive activity for their daughter;
  • 95% agree that their daughter has had fun and exciting new experiences; and
  • 96% agree that their daughter has learned or tried something new.

In addition, as a result of being involved in Girl Scouts:

  • 94% say that their daughter feels special;
  • 95% say their daughter has more friends; and
  • 89% say that their daughter is happier.

Wow – that’s a lot of awesome right there! And if that wasn’t enough, the data shows that it is not just girls who benefit, but our Volunteers as well:

  • 94% of volunteers reported they have made new friends;
  • 88% believe their life is better because they volunteer with Girl Scouts;
  • Two-thirds believe their volunteer experience has helped them professionally; and
  • 95% of Girl Scout volunteers are happy knowing they are making girls’ lives better.

The study also revealed the variety of experiences and the value for the money the Girl Scout program provides are also popular selling points for parents. Eighty-nine percent of parents say their daughter gets a greater variety of experiences from Girl Scouts than she does from other extracurricular activities.

Overall, parents consider Girl Scouts one of the most beneficial extracurricular activities for their daughter. For just $15, a girl can follow the fun, do what she loves, make new friends, and discover a world of possibilities exists for her.

Wondering just what Girl Scouts is like today? Learn more about the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. And don’t forget about all those great benefits of volunteering. The more adults who step forward to volunteer, the more girls will get the chance to be a Girl Scout.

Join Girl Scouts today!


Helping Middle School Girls Be a Friend First

October 12, 2014

By Krista Park, Communications & PR Director

Be a Friend First with Girl Scouts - NC Coastal Pines

When girls are mean, you often don’t see anything at all. But girls can feel it. The cliques. The eye rolling. The taunting. The rumors. It may not look like it, but it is bullying. Right now, when girls are bullied, almost no one intervenes.  Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines has committed to being part of the change.

Nationally, one-third of girls ages 12–18 say that they have been bullied at school. And, according to the National Education Association, more than 160,000 students miss school each day because they are fearful of being targeted by bullies.

Girl Scouts, with 100 years of experience fostering girls’ healthy relationships and leadership skills, recognizes the need for an innovative bullying-prevention initiative for middle school girls. Middle school is a time when girls navigate new relationships and explore their emerging identities and independence. It’s also when bully behavior peaks.

Our BFF program, which stands for Be a Friend First—a name that girls selected—was developed by Girl Scouts to address behaviors specific to girls, plus the issues that lead to bullying in the first place. It gives girls the relational and leadership skills to short-circuit the bullying behavior when it happens, or prevent it from happening in the first place.

BFF—which can easily be integrated into existing health or character education classes and after-school programs —uses activities such as role playing, creative writing, and discussion exercises, where girls explore thorny issues like peer pressure, stereotyping, gossip, and cliques. With adult guidance, girls also talk about core friendship values such as honesty, loyalty, integrity, kindness, and compassion, and learn how to stay true to these values in their own lives. They learn to develop self-confidence and stand up for what they believe—as well as the skills to intervene if they witness cruel or hurtful behavior among their peers.

BFF is designed to work with the aMAZE! Journey, Girl Scouts’ leadership curriculum for middle school girls. As part of BFF, girls can also create and lead projects in their schools and communities to tackle bullying issues. BFF gives girls the opportunity to take charge of their world to implement change, and encourage their peers to do the same.

When girls feel safe, secure, and valued, they can focus on learning and set themselves up for academic success. Girls who learn to respect one another and become skilled at honest communication are more likely to become healthy, well-adjusted adults.

This October, join Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines in making a commitment as a community to encourage healthy relationships among our girls. Their future depends upon it.

Interested in bringing the BFF program to your middle school or community group? Want to learn more? Email us! In the meantime, explore our BFF activities online.


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