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S’more Adventure with Troop 2430

July 17, 2013

By Jenifer Bubenik, Community Cultivation Specialist

DSC_0155Growing up, Girl Scout camp was always my favorite time of the year.  I can still remember the excitement I felt before each camp season.  Girl Scout camp is where I learned how to properly tie knots and identify poison ivy, paddle a canoe, ride a horse, and most of all, where I made new friends.

These memories are some of the many reasons I love sharing Girl Scouts with communities across the Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines council region.  As I work to foster relationships in communities new to Girl Scouting, I am able to bring our leadership programs and opportunities like summer camp into households and families that otherwise know very little about Girl Scouts.

Over the last year, I have been fortunate to work with Girl Scout Troop #4230 from Southeast Raleigh.  This past spring, we presented our S’More Adventure program to the girls’ families and shared the many opportunities possible through our Camp Pathway program.  The girls and families were hooked from the start!

In the following weeks, Wake 16 Membership Director Meridith Orr and I met with the girls to ensure they were prepared for camp.  They made their first sit-upons, SWAPS to share with new friends at camp, and crazy hats for Wacky Wednesday – a tradition at Camp Mary Atkinson. We also had a guest speaker teach the girls about First Aid and CPR.  When it came time to leave for camp, the girls were ready.

As we headed to Camp Mary Atkinson the van was quiet – this was each of the girls first time at camp and it was clear they were taking the whole experience in.  Ooh’s and aah’s abounded once we reached the property, full of lush green trees and flourishing flowers. After check-in, the older girls ran off to Fox Leap without a good-bye or hugs — they were excited to get going!

Over the course of the next week all eight girls participated in archery, canoeing, cook-outs, and even used iPads to identify trees and outside plants.   They nick-named the Alpine Tower the “Eiffel Tower” and shared that swimming in the pool was their favorite activity at camp!

DSC_0166As we drove home, I asked what they had learned over the course of the week. I heard so many responses including, “I learned to face my fears” and “I learned to swim under water with my eyes open!”  And what had once been a quite car ride to camp, the return ride was booming with camp songs with each girl wanting, “My song next!”

Back in the girl’s neighborhood, there were lots of hugs and thank you’s, but most of all questions.  From Linda, “Miss Jenifer, can I go to every camp, every year?” From Camila, “Miss Jenifer, when do we get to go back to camp?”

I told them that I hoped each of them could attend camp again next year and for years to come.  But I also shared, that if they are like me and a Girl Scout for life, camping will be with them wherever they go.  I encouraged them to take what they learned at Girl Scout camp and use it in the future, whether they are hiking the Appalachian Trail or pitching a tent in their backyards.

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What A Girl Can Do!

June 13, 2013

By Nephitearya Bailey, Program Director

 “The work of today is the history of tomorrow, and we are its makers.”- Juliette Gordon Low

UnknownIn late January, the it2– Inspire Today, Inspire Tomorrow- Girl Advisory Team was revitalized bringing together twenty girls from across our 41-counties to help represent the voice of girls at Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines. This advisory team provides girls, in all areas of our Council, an opportunity to share their experiences and opinions on our current Girl Scout program and options available to teens in Girl Scouting.

Members of the advisory team give input on Girl Scouting and girl issues at large, Council programming and publications, and represent girl membership the Council at meetings and conferences. The current advisory team members range in grade levels from 8 – 12 and represent Durham, Chatham, Columbus, Johnston, Wake and Wilson counties.

Over the past few months, the girls have provided feedback on our annual Lead On and Go! publications sharing their likes, suggestions for improvement, and what they would like to see included in future issues. The girl-led team is also working to plan a Council-sponsored event designed especially for and by teen Girl Scouts.

The team’s goal is two-fold: to keep older girls engaged in Girl Scouts by providing them with fun opportunities, and to also use the group as a support system for keeping themselves involved with the organization and its leadership development program. In June, the team will meet with CEO Lisa Jones to share both their experiences in Girl Scouting and offer their views for strategies to keep girls involved in the Girl Scout movement.

Lead by volunteer advisors Rebecca Daniels, Sarah Hodges and Cynthia McNeil, the following girls are serving on the 2013 team:

Audrey B., Troop 243

Cheri C., Troop 300

Samantha C., Troop 1860

Jordan C., Troop 1349

Victoria D., Troop 154

Troi D., Troop 1842

Rebecca D., Troop 1761

Kathryn H., Troop 1002

Kathryn H., Troop 1860

Morgan H., Troop 1725

Rachel J., Troop 1069

Lillie M., Troop 231

Anne M., Troop 12

Jennie M., Troop 1349

Catherine P., Troop 1349

Sybil R., Troop 517

Diana R., Troop 1182

Patrice S., Troop 3563

Tiffany S., Troop 394

Maggie S., Troop 295

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