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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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Get in the Spirit for 2014 Girl Scout Week

February 26, 2014

By Meghan Gargan, Digital Marketing & Project Director

Get ready for a week full of fun and festivities as Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines celebrates 2014 Girl Scout Week March 9 – 15, 2014!

In spirit week fashion, each weekday of Girl Scout Week will have a special theme or activity to celebrate different aspects of Girl Scouting. We encourage all girls and adults to participate and create a larger sense of sisterhood.

Join in on all the fun and don’t forget to share your photos and stories with us via our website, Facebook page, and Twitter. We look forward to seeing and hearing how all our girls and adults come together to celebrate this very special moment in Girl Scouting. 

Monday, March 10 – Girl Scout Promise 

WebToday, Girl Scouts across our 41 counties will recite the words that have united our movement from its inception – The Girl Scout Promise. Come together with your troop, parent, Girl Scout volunteer or even just a friend and discuss how you live the Promise everyday.

Girl Scout Promise

On my honor, I will try:
To serve God and my country,
To help people at all times,
And to live by the Girl Scout Law.

Tuesday, March 11  – Share Your Favorite Girl Scout Memory

WebOne of the best parts of being a Girl Scout is creating memories that last a lifetime. Whether it’s a silly story about your troop, an achievement such as your Gold Award or how you impacted your local community through a service project – we want to hear about it!

Share your stories, photos, and more on our Facebook Page or mention us on Twitter (@GirlScoutsNCCP) on Tuesday, March 11th to be entered to win one of three council shop gift cards ($25 value). Submissions will be assigned a number and selected at random. Inspire your fellow Girl Scouts with all the wonderful things you’ve accomplished.

Wednesday, March 12– Happy Birthday, Girl Scouts!

WebThe first Girl Scout troop meeting was held on March 12, 1912 in Savannah, Georgia by our founder, Juliette Gordon Low. Today we celebrate 102 years strong! Below are some fun ideas to help you celebrate – and don’t forget to share your pictures with us using the Girl Scout Gallery!

3 Ways to Celebrate the Girl Scout Birthday:

1. Bake delicious Thin Mint cupcakes and decorate with your girl or troop.

2. Take the time to make Girl Scout friendship bracelets to trade with each other or give to a Girl Scout volunteer.

3. Complete a service project such as donating canned goods or picking up trash at your local park.

Thursday, March 13– Letters to Our Military Troops

WebGiving back and supporting our military troops has always been a part of the Girl Scout way. Last year’s letter writing campaign saw over 300 letters, stories, and artwork submitted. WOW!

This year we’re hoping to receive 400 hundred submissions to be delivered along with Girl Scout cookies as part of Operation Cookie Drop. All three Council Shop locations will be collecting letters/messages through April 15, 2014.

Letters can also be mailed to:
Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines
c/o Letters For The Troops
6901 Pinecrest Road
Raleigh, NC 27613

Friday, March 14 – Wear Your Uniform

WebIt’s time to truly get in the Girl Scout spirit swing of things! Wear your uniform or Girl Scout clothing on Friday to let people know you are a Girl Scout! Whether you are showing of all your badges on your sash/vest or wearing your favorite Girl Scout t-shirt, let people know you are part of an amazing organization that supports and shapes girl leaders of today and tomorrow.

We can’t wait to see all the amazing things our girls and volunteers will do to celebrate Girl Scout Week!

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