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Are You “The One”?!

May 28, 2014

By Allison Winans, Volunteer Services Executive and Brooke Banson, Volunteer Recruitment Director

CristinKenneyPhotographyGirlsScouts--21When you think of Girl Scouting, what comes to mind?  Camping with your best friends? Learning life skills that will make you a courageous leader? Giving back to the local community? Absolutely! That is exactly what the Girl Scout Movement instills in girls today.  But, one thing that is not on the forefront of our minds is that where our girls meet is just as important as what they are doing.

Safe, regular meeting space for troops to meet in is very important for an effective and fun program.  As you know, Girl Scouts—NC Coastal Pines is growing. We need your help to find locations that will host a Girl Scout Troop in order to allow girls to get involved in Girl Scouting!  There are currently over 1,000 girls waiting to be placed in local troops, and you and an organization you know could be “the one” to help us!

What are we looking for? Ideal and out-of-the-box locations are:

  • churches, temples or mosques
  • fire departments,
  • office conference rooms after hours
  • day care centers
  • non-profit offices
  • apartment or neighborhood clubhouses
  • assisted living facilities
  • civic groups with buildings; like the Shriners Club or American Legion

Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines will:

  1. Communicate with a local site contact to confirm a starting date of the new troop and on-going as needed
  2. Provide trained adults who submit to a background check to facilitate the Girl Scout program
  3. Ensure that all participants will be registered members of Girl Scouts of the USA and covered by Girl Scout insurance
  4. Provide appropriate leadership and on-going training and support for volunteer leaders using your facility
  5. Leave the space better than they found it
  6. Work with a local site contact to determine an appropriate service project for the site that is also age and skill appropriate for the Troop

You can be the key to helping us unlock new, safe and exciting meeting spaces for our girls!  Do you have suggestions for locations in your area?  Or do you work for an organization that would be willing to host a Girl Scout Troop? Please send your recommendations or reach out directly to Allison Winans (awinans@nccoastalpines.org) with the organization name, contact person, address, phone number and email. We’ll do the rest!

As always, thank you for supporting girls across our 41 counties!

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Go, Go Girl Scouts! Top Travel Trips for Troops

May 6, 2014

By Meridith Orr, Program Executive

Girl Scouts - NC Coastal Pines TravelWhether you’re part of a new or long-established Girl Scout troop, at some point you may want to take a trip together.  Juliette Gordon Low was a fearless traveler, having attended boarding school as a young girl and sailed to Europe before she married. Biographer Stacey Cordery wrote that our Founder “encountered other cultures appreciatively and made lifelong friendships” through her many adventures.

Girl Scouts of all ages love to travel, and opportunities range from short field trips or an overnight for Daisies and Brownies to longer trips for older girls. While we can’t possibly cover all travel options in this article, we can highlight a few fun and educational destinations that are convenient to our council.

  1. Savannah, GA – What would any Girl Scout travel bucket list be without this city rich in history, culture and great food?  Must-see stops include the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, the first Girl Scout National Headquarters and the Andrew Low House, where our Daisy spent her final days.  A lovely way to end your visit is to stop by Laurel Grove Cemetery on your way out of town and pay your respects to our Founder at her resting place.
  2. Washington, DC – Our nation’s capital boasts a number of amazing attractions that are free or require only a small donation, including the Smithsonian Castle, the National Air and Space Museum, and the Museum of Natural History – all conveniently located on the National Mall.  The National Archives is just a short walk away, so go visit our Constitution!  From there it’s a short walk to the National Portrait Gallery, where you’ll find a beautiful portrait of Juliette Gordon Low! Taking the train helps keep the trip affordable and gives you more leg-room!
  3. New York City – “Big Apple”-bound troops have plenty of opportunities to make lots of memories in just a couple of days.   Take a tour of the GSUSA National Headquarters, see a Broadway play, visit the Statue of Liberty and roam the vast exhibits of the Metropolitan Museum and Museum of Natural History.
  4. Williamsburg, VA – History buffs can step back in time by visiting this living museum, a 300-acre historical district consisting of restored colonial homes and buildings dating back to the beginning of the 18th century! Re-creators dress in colonial costume, use colonial speech, and work in professions that were popular during the era.
  5. Disney World (Orlando, FL)Disney’s Youth Education Series programs give girls a hands-on, educational adventure in topics such as: Applied Sciences, Environmental Studies, Liberal Arts and Leadership Development.  Your troop will practice teamwork, critical thinking and problem-solving skills while participating in one-of-a-kind moments steeped in the magic of Disney.

Need help getting started on your troop’s adventure?  Email the council at council@nccoastalpines.org for assistance.  If you’re a seasoned traveler, why not join our new Travel Committee and help other troops with the task of planning their trips?  All you need is your travel savvy and a love of all things Girl Scouts!  Contact Neph Bailey, Program Director, at nbailey@nccoastalpines.org.

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