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Girl Scouts Take on the Great Outdoors with New Explorer badges

September 14, 2015

New Girl Scout Outdoor Badges

By Krista Park, Communications & PR Director

As our Wild About Camp summer season comes to a close, outdoor enthusiasts don’t fret!  Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines is getting revved up for an adventurous year that would make any avid outdoorswoman envious.

One of many exciting adventures that lie ahead this year is the new Outdoor Explorer badge program for Girl Scouts. Informed by thorough research about the benefits of time spent outdoors, Girl Scouts themselves led the charge and voted to create this new outdoor badge series. For the first time ever, the new badge materials and requirements are now available online.

And what’s also impressive is that the benefits of the Girl Scout outdoor experience do not end with the joy of earning a new badge! According to More Than S’mores, a 2014 study by the Girl Scout Research Institute, girls benefit immensely from time spent outdoors. Girls who regularly spend time outdoors are more likely than their peers with less outdoor experience to possess certain leadership traits, such as environmental stewardship, willingness to seek challenges, and problem solving skills. Participating in Girl Scouts has proven to be one of the best ways for a girl to get a quality outdoor experience!

Furthermore, to ensure girls have every opportunity to venture into the great outdoors, Girl Scouts of the USA has recently announced a new partnership with the National Park Service for the Girl Scout Ranger Program. Girl Scouts can now join with a national park in their area for an organized outdoor service project.

We are so fortunate to live in a state with access to exceptional state parks, beaches, and mountains. There are seemingly endless places to explore the outdoors across North Carolina. There is no better time or place for girls to get involved with Girl Scouts and experience all that we have to offer as part of the girl-designed outdoor initiative and the Outdoor Explorer Badge program.

Discover the new badges and download materials for free!

Be sure to Explore our Camps and visit our Events Calendar to learn more about the year-round outdoor opportunities available to you and your Girl Scouts!

Not a Girl Scout? Find a Troop Near You and start sharing in the Outdoor Fun today!

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Sea Turtles, Lighthouses, Exploring North Carolina, oh my!

August 24, 2015

Council Patch Program

By Kim Henry, Program Director

Are you looking for some fun activities to supplement for your meetings?  Or maybe your troop has special interests or hobbies they would like to explore?  Well look no further than our Council Own Patch program here at Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines.

If your girls are interested in animals, check out our Sea Turtle patch. Many troops even take this adventure on the road and visit a rehabilitation turtle hospital at the coast. Or maybe you’re planning to attend the Reptile and Amphibian day at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences in March? You can earn several steps toward the Amphibian and Reptiles patch while you are there.

Looking to learn more about our state? We have a few great patches for you. Explore downtown Raleigh as your troop work towards the Know Your State Capital patch.  Whether you are close to the coast or your troop loves to travel, you and you girls can learn about some really cool lighthouses as they earn the NC Lighthouses patch.

Are you and your girls feeling extra adventurous? Be a true Tarheel and travel across the state while earning the Exploring North Carolina patch. This patch program is designed to increase girls’ knowledge of our state, its history, and resources. It offers a variety of fun activities and travel opportunities!

Watch for our Patch of the Month in the weekly e-news and on our website!  From September through May, we will highlight a patch of the month.  It’s a great way to introduce your troop to the Council Own Patch program.  Keep an eye out as we plan to add more patches this year.

Do you have an idea for a patch?  We would love to hear from you!  Contact the program department for the guidelines to create a Council Own patch. Your troop’s patch may be highlighted as a future Patch of the Month this year!

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