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Take Me Out to the Ball Game, Girl Scout!

July 28, 2014

By Jenifer Bubenik, Program Director

Girl Scouts at the Mud Cats!This past month, Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines partnered with the Carolina Mudcats to help girls work towards a baseball/softball badge, all while having fun in a hands-on experience at the July 12 game. Girls and families were able to enter our Mudcats ticket giveaway for the game on Facebook by telling us what their favorite family summer activity was.  Answers included kayaking, visiting the beach, pool time and, of course, baseball games!

As girls and their families arrived at the Five County Stadium, they were treated to a pre-game question and answer session with Carolina Mudcats coaches and players.  Girls were also able to receive autographed Mudcats photos and had a chance to watch batting practice before lining up on the field to join the players for the National Anthem.  Over 250 girls and their families partook in this fun activity.

Two special Girl Scouts were chosen to throw out the first pitch and sing the National Anthem.  Eryn O., who was recently awarded the Life-Saving medal for her heroic actions did a great job throwing the ball across home plate before Julianna F. sang the National Anthem in front of a packed house.   Both girls are Girl Scout Seniors and have been participating in Girl Scouting since they were Daisies — Wow, Girl Scouts.  Thank you for your leadership!

After the event, members of Girl Scout Troop #198 agreed they want to “be a baseball player!” when they grow up.

Last year Girl Scouts of the USA implemented GirlSports, a program that encourages our girls to participate in sports activities and earn their Legacy Athlete badges.  Through this program girls are able to gain new skills-like cross training to up their fitness levels or becoming a coach to see what it takes to lead and make a difference.

By participating in GirlSports, girls can hear stories from inspiring women athletes and visit our inspiring women timeline.  They can see trailblazers, like Lisa Leslie the legendary basketball star, or learn about women athletes on the first all-American girl’s professional baseball league.  They can play sports games and watch videos to learn more about sports-related careers.

With over 30 GirlSports badges, there is something for everyone.  Girls can learn to set goals, be a good teammate, and reach their health and fitness goals.  Girls can also post pictures of themselves in action on the GirlSports Photo Wall through Instagram or Twitter using #GSSports.

Be on the look-out for more GirlSports programs in our 2014-2015 program guides and on social media, including our upcoming Girl Scout night with the Carolina RailHawks on September 20!  Join us as we get out, and get movin’!

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Top Seller supports our Military

July 1, 2014

Amy Vitale – Product Sales Manager

Taylor - Girl Scouts - NC Coastal PinesAt the end of every Cookie Sale, our department calculates all kinds of statistics – how many boxes were sold? How many girls participated? What was the most popular variety? And of course, which Girl Scouts lead area and council sales?

This year, a new number jumped out during our calculations – $2,565.50 to be exact.  That is the amount of donations that Taylor W., a member of Girl Scout Cadette Troop #877, collected for Operation Cookie Drop.  That’s enough to purchase 733 boxes of cookies! This is almost an 100% increase over the amount she collected last year, and a 50% increase above last year’s top seller for this donation program.

Congratulations, Taylor!  We are so impressed by her leadership.  As her grandmother said to me,“I am so very proud of her.” And so are we! Taylor received a beautiful plaque honoring her achievement.

Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines is in our tenth year of Operation Cookie Drop. In our first year, donations helped purchase 45,000 boxes, and over the last ten years we have shipped almost 700,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to our military! Following the 2014 sale, cookies were delivered to Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, Cherry Point in Havelock, Fort Bragg near Fayetteville, NCPacks4Patriots in Ayden, Seymour Johnson AFB in Goldsboro, and both the USO of NC at RDU airport and in Jacksonville.

Operation Cookie Drop - Girl Scouts NC Coastal Pines“Nothing says home more than the taste of Girl Scout cookies. We all grew up waiting for cookie sales time, and everyone has our favorite cookies. To have that taste of home, that walk down memory lane to a happy time, means the world to our troops. But most of all, our troops know that they are not forgotten, and their country still appreciates their service, and thinks of them,” said Barbara Whitehead, director of NCPacks4Patriots.

Maj. Gen. Robert Hedelund, commanding general of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing based at Cherry Point, added, “They’ve joined the Marine Corps. They get moved all over the country, and if they come to a place like Cherry Point and the greater Havelock area, they really feel that community reach out and touch them, even through cookies. It’s something that they’ll never forget, so we appreciate it.”

These sentiments are exactly why Girl Scouts works so hard for the Operation Cookie Drop program.  It provides girls and the community the opportunity to support our military, many of whom are part of our Girl Scout family.

Congratulations to Taylor for your top selling sales and all of the Girl Scouts in our council who helped make this year’s program such a success!

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