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Biking Safely with Clayton Police Department

April 21, 2014

By Girl Scouts Troop #1859, Johnston County

Girl Scouts Bike SafetyI am the proud Girl Scout Leader of Johnston County’s Troop #1859.   We recently were able to participate in a Bike Rodeo with the Clayton Police Department and had a great time of learning and riding.   I believe Bike Safety is a huge lesson for our girls to be learning and I am very passionate about keeping our girls safe when they are out and about.

A lot of our girls ride their bikes in the road and on the Neuse River Parkway Trails and we, as parents, want to be assured our kids know what to do whether it be stranger danger, wearing helmets, getting lost, getting hurt or if their bike breaks down.

As a Girl Scout Leader, I get the privilege of seeing the enjoyment and excitement of my Troops’ faces each time we step out on one of our new adventures.

– Ms. Lisa, leader of Girl Scout Troop #1859

Bike Safety - Girl Scouts North Carolina Coastal PinesHere’s what my Girl Scouts had to say about the experience:

I love the Clayton Police because they protect me.  – Ashley

I had fun and we learned about staying safe.  – Marissa

I like to be a Girl Scout because I get to do new activities, meet new friends and learn new things.  – Callie

I learned that you have to wear the right clothing when going bike riding, like bright clothes to be seen easier. It’s also important to have reflectors on your bike, especially when it’s dark. – Maia

I love being a Girl Scout because of all the fun activities, getting to sell cookies and the chance to earn patches.  I also get to make new friends.  – Isabella

I thought it was awesome riding with the officers, making sure her bike was safe and riding on the greenway since she had never been before.  Great time! – Caroline, Troop #974

And we also had the honor of being featured in the new Public Safety Tips video with the Clayton Police Department.  Click here to see our debut.

What lessons are you sharing with your Girl Scout Troop?  What was your latest adventure?


Rain Garden in Time for April Showers

February 27, 2014

By Kristin Yerkie, Camp Staff

Rain Garden ProjectThe rain garden designed as part of Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines’ Citizen Science Series continues to take shape with the engineers at Grounded Engineering of Raleigh. Set to be unveiled during the Good Earth Adventures event at Camp Mary Atkinson (CMA) on April 26, the ten Girl Scouts participating in the design and construction process anxiously await to see their hard work come to fruition.

When asked about their experience with the project, the participants had many things to say:

“We get to make our designs as a group and it’s a very useful experience; educational as well. We have got to use a lot of different technologies that most people haven’t even seen or heard of. We used the 3D simulator and Kinect to try out different rain gardens for CMA. It was so cool!” ~ Abby, Girl Scout Senior

“Dirt and Tigger (a.k.a. the program staff) have made it so not only is it a fun learning experience for us to create this rain garden, but they have also given us the responsibility and treated us like adults in allowing us to create the rain garden with our own thoughts and ideas while guiding us along the way.” ~ Nicole, Girl Scout Ambassador

“All the technology we get to experience is really neat. I also love how hands-on it has been!” ~ Alyssa, Girl Scout Senior

“We were able to mess with technology and the Kinnect was kind of like something you would see in movies. We also got to use augers to take soil samples from CMA, and see a rain simulator. These are the types of things that you get out of an agricultural experience like Citizen Science with really cool people!” ~ Janelle, Girl Scout Ambassador

How awesome is that?  Thanks to support from Duke Energy Foundation, Girl Scouting is able to provide this opportunity for girls to become savvy, innovative, aspiring science and engineering leaders.

Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines strives to provide opportunities for girls that enhances exposure and deepens engagement in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics – or STEM.

Interested in careers which focus on science or technology? Watch our Inner-views podcast series focuses on North Carolina women in STEM.

Tell us what you love about girls and STEM?



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