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Meet Your Girl Scout Program Team!

July 27, 2015

Girl Scout - NC Coastal Pines Program Team

By Kim Henry, Program Director

What do Girl Scouts do? Whether you’re new to Girl Scouting or have led a troop for years, you probably have asked yourself that question from time to time.

Program is the “what” at the heart of the Girl Scout Experience and your council’s Program team is here to support you, whether you have questions about an event, need activity ideas for Journeys, or guidance about our Highest Award programs. We are also in charge of planning and coordinating council-led events and promoting opportunities in the local community. So to better support you, let’s introduce our team!

Girl Scouts - NC Coastal Pines, Meridith Orr, Program ExecutiveMeridith Orr is the Program Executive. She provides leadership for the development and delivery of girl programs and girl training opportunities throughout our 41 counties. She also supervises the four Program Directors, who specialize in troop support for each of the Girl Scout grade levels. Before coming to Program in 2013, Meridith worked in both Customer Care and Membership departments.


Deanna Welker, Program Director, Girl Scouts - NC Coastal PinesDeanna Welker has been a staff member for eight years. Prior to her work for the council, she was the troop leader for her oldest daughter’s troop.  While she primarily oversee our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs, she also works with our cultural arts and history programs, the religious recognitions, and day camp.  “I can talk about them all day!” she says.  She is also the Program staff liaison for the Girl Scout Junior troops.  “I love those Jazzy Juniors, and I’m always happy to help leaders explore the Junior Journeys, those great Junior badges, and of course, the Girl Scout Bronze Award.”

Kim Henry, Program Director, Girl Scouts - NC Coastal PinesKim Henry is the Program Director for Daisies and Brownies. So what does that mean? Part of her job is to coordinate council-led programs for Daisies and Brownies. “I love working with our girls and volunteers!” Kim says. “I am also here to support Daisy and Brownie leaders with any program questions or needs. If you need help with Journeys, let me know and I would love to help!”

Melissa Almodovar, Program Director, Girl Scouts - NC Coastal PinesMelissa Almodovar is the Program Director based out of the Wilmington Service Center. “I am responsible for the new Mobile Programming vehicle that we affectionately call ‘Daisy.'” Melissa says, “I am also your go-to person for anything Program Aide Core Training-related. I travel throughout our 41 counties bringing programming to troops, especially those who are not able to get into the service centers for training or events.”
We are excited to have a new staff member coming on board who will be a resource for Girl Scout Cadette, Senior and Ambassador program questions, and oversee the Girl Scout Silver and Gold Awards. She will also coordinate council-led events and some trainings for teen girls. Stay tuned for more updates!

Now that you have met us, we really look forward to meeting you! Remember, if you ever need us, we are just an email or phone call away!


Troop Poster Wins at Scouting for the Cure

March 31, 2015

Scouting for the Cure - Girl Scouts NC Coastal Pines

Angela R. Hubbard, Leader of Girl Scout Brownie Troop #3301

Girl Scout Brownie Troop #3301 had the pleasure of attending Scouting for the Cure event on October 25th in Chapel Hill, NC. Activities like these inspire the young ladies to do something positive and caring–doing something that brings a smile to someone who is going through a tough time.

The decision to participate in the event was not a hard one at all.  My friend’s mother was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer in 2014.  I am happy to announce that after having a double mastectomy, she is currently living cancer free! Unfortunately, I have had several family members to lose the battle with cancers of different types, there are many others who know this battle all too well.

My Girl Scout Brownies had nothing but great things to say about the event!

My daughter Dacota, age 8, told me that she really enjoyed the craft stations and the entertainment provided by the jump rope team.  She said she especially enjoyed making the mastectomy pillows that will be later delivered to breast cancer patients.

Camille, age 9 stated that she enjoyed the event as well, “especially the singing, jump roping team, and the crafts.”  Ashani, 7, “My favorite thing at Scouting for the Cure was the activities.  I also like the people who did the jump rope things, they did front flips and back flips!”

Mariam, 8 stated, “Scouting for the Cure was a great experience, I really enjoyed stuffing pillows and decorating binders that will be sent to people living with Cancer.  It was fun watching all the great entertainment, especially the jump rope team.  I also received pamphlets and flyers on breast cancer awareness that I took back home and shared with my dad and older sister.”

One of our Girl Scout parents, Mrs. Dawn Foster, lost her mother-in-law to cancer and stated, “With the continued focus and attention, I am hopeful there will be a cure in my lifetime.”

Winning Troop PosterThe day at the event could not have ended better! Our troop won the Scouting for the Cure poster contest!  Our theme was, “A world without breast cancer is in our hands.”  The girls had a blast making the poster, dipping their little hands in pink paint to place strategically on the poster in the shape of a pink ribbon.  We are looking forward to seeing our winning poster at Susan G. Komen, Race for the Cure in June, 2015.

We are Girl Scout troop leaders and mothers raising little girls. It is extremely important that we educate these little ladies about health matters that impact females.  I applaud the organizers of this event for being able to bring breast cancer awareness to the young ladies in a fun and creative way.

Thanks, Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines! Troop #3301 will attend again next year.

Scouting for the Cure is a program that teaches Girl Scouts breast health education and breast cancer awareness through fun and creative activities/games, such as Breast Health Bingo.  Girl Scouts also earn the Think Pink patch for their participation in the event.


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