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Paving the Way to Courage, Confidence and Character

August 31, 2014

By Lori Winkelstein – Lifetime Girl Scout

10 amazing Girl Scout women have set the standards for my life. Most of them worked full time, kept their families running smoothly and still had time for Girl Scouting. Their examples along with a lot of love and caring have helped to establish my personal character.

I have chosen to purchase a brick for each of these 10 women to help honor who they are, their impact on my life and their passionate commitment to Girl Scouts.

The first four are for my troop leaders as I was growing up in Missouri – Lee Wilkerson, Sharon Pike, Jane Casati and Sharon Garrett! Each of these women provided me with opportunities that I never would have had otherwise. I can still remember the first campfire I lit! I pitched my own tent and slept in it – then re-staked it in the middle of the night when it fell down. I learned to steer my canoe! I had to eat my own cooking! The icing on the cake was when my Girl Scout Senior troop went to Our Chalet in Switzerland! I never would have had the chance to travel to outside the US without my Girl Scout opportunities. These four brick represent how Girl Scouts has given me courage to continue to try new things.

The next four bricks are in honor of my wonderful mentors as an adult volunteer with Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines – Sally Gill, Gwen Harker, Rachelle Deats and Dottie Gilbert. Each of these women has helped me along my path and guided me to be better in all the roles I have had in Girl Scouting. These four bricks represent how Girl Scouts has given me confidence to make a difference in my world.

Mary Daly is a life-long Girl Scout friend, we started Girl Scouts together 44 years ago and we are both still actively involved. Her brick represents the life-long relationships you gain in Girl Scouting.

And lastly, the final brick is in honor of Sasha, my daughter. She has given me a chance to re-live my personal Girl Scout experiences as she has made her own discoveries through Girl Scouting. Not only have I grown as a Girl Scout, but have had the honor and privilege to see her grow into a young woman of courage, confidence and character.

Each of these women, have help pave the way to the person I am today – and I am grateful. For me, dedicating a brick in the Camp Graham campfire circle was a wonderful way to honor these fabulous women who have helped me become a better person.

Do you have a special Girl Scout in your life? Someone who helped you in a way you’ll never forget? Purchase a commemorative brick for the Camp Graham Fire Circle in their honor and help us build a foundation for our girls’ success for many years come. Don’t forget to join Lori by becoming a Girl Scout volunteer and giving back to girls in your community! Use event code 367F22 when you register and be entered to win an iPad!*

*First time, new members only are eligible to win. Must register by 9/30/14 to qualify.


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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