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Get Movin’: GirlSports

October 21, 2014

By Jenifer Bubenik, Program Director

Girl Scouts - NC Coastal Pines Girl Sports

I remember playing T-ball with my Brownie troop and feeling proud to play sports as a young girl. I went on to become a member of the first women’s fast-pitch team at my high school. And as the years have passed, I have stayed active and even ran my second full marathon this past year! I had to walk the last three miles, but in the end, I finished.

Growing up, Girl Scouts gave me the confidence to try new things and never give up before crossing that finish line. It showed me that anything was possible and if I tried, I would succeed.

Here at Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines, we believe that girls who compete on the playing field succeed and lead in life. Our GirlSports initiative is helping girls learn how sports, nutrition and healthy living can help them develop leadership skills they can use now and in the future.

As part of our GirlSports, we are hosting three awesome events this year to help you and your girls Get Movin’! Attending these events is also a great way for girls working on their Athlete badges to get some real-life inspiration.

Girls Scouts and their families can also participate in Capital RunWalk’s Monster Dash 5K on October 26. Choose from a 5K, 1 Mile Fun Run and 100 Yard Dash to promote family fitness. Participants are encouraged to dress up in your favorite costume! This is a perfect activity for girls and troops looking to earn the Make Every Step Count badge.

And when outdoor temperatures cool, take the game inside. Join the fun at an afternoon basketball game with the Duke Women’s teams as part of Girl Scout Day with the Duke Blue Devils on December 21. There will be opportunities for Girl Scouts to meet the players, make a sports SWAP craft, and more!

Don’t miss these great opportunities to see athletes in action and join the GirlSports initiative! For more healthy living events, click here to see our full calendar online.

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A Quick Guide to Girl Scout Badges and Patches

September 29, 2014

By Meridith Orr, Program Executive

Girl Scouts can earn Badges (front of the uniform) or Patches (back of the uniform).

Girl Scouts can earn Badges (front of the uniform) or Patches (back of the uniform).

“The symbols which you wear on your sleeve mean that you have an intelligent interest in the subjects you have chosen, understand the principles of them, and can give reasonable, practical proof of this.” – Scouting for Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts, published by The Girl Scouts, Inc., 1920

The great news is many new members join our movement each year. And any experienced Girl Scout knows there’s a lot to explore – and learn – in Girl Scouts, especially the many types of badges and emblems that decorate Girl Scout sashes and vests.

So what’s it all about?

The most important thing to know is that all badges or patches earned in Girl Scouts are meant to show a girl’s achievement and are most meaningful when a girl can clearly articulate what she has achieved. For those of you who don’t know a patch from a petal, here’s a quick guide.

BADGES

Badges” refers to Girl Scout’s National Proficiency Badges, which are worn on the front of the uniform. They have a distinct shape and color that corresponds to each grade level. For example, Girl Scout Brownie badges are triangles, Junior badges are circles, and Cadette badges are diamond-shaped.

Badges have five steps with three different options for each step, and once completed, a girl should be able to demonstrate skill or knowledge of that topic. There’s a handy pull-out chart for all available badges, including the Skill-Building badges for in The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting.

And coming soon is our very own “Council’s Own Badge” program that provides girls with a unique, local opportunity that they cannot experience anywhere else. It is an award developed according to our national Girl Scout Leadership Experience guidelines, and can be worn on the front of the uniform. Only girls from Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines can earn one of our 10 Council’s Own badges. Stay tuned for more information our our council’s badge program, which is getting refreshed and updated as we speak!

Girl Scouts can also choose a “Make Your Own” badge! Girl Scout Brownies through Ambassadors can develop their own badge once a year, following particular guidelines of course.

What about our youngest Girl Scouts? Our Daises Girl Scouts (grade K-1) earn “Petals” that represent the 10 parts of the Girl Scout Law. Those petals are placed around a daisy center on the front of a smock or vest. In addition, Daisies can earn Financial Literacy “leaves” and Journey award patches.

PATCHES

“Patches” are fun ways to document a council or local area event. They are always worn on the back of the uniform. All patch programs include content from the National Leadership Journeys to provide girls with meaningful experiences on their path to leadership. Some patches unique to our council include the Hurricane Awareness patch which was introduced as a Patch of the Month this summer. Going forward, our council will be featuring one Council Patch each month, where girls across our 41 counties can explore and learn together.

My final words to live by, at least when it comes to badges and patches are “Educate, don’t decorate.” It’s not a competition for which troop has the most. It’s about exploring new things, discovering new skills, building skills for leadership, and having fun!

What badges or patches are your favorite or most meaningful, Girl Scouts? Tell us in the comments below! 

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