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Thankful to Be a Girl Scout Volunteer

November 24, 2013

By Craven County Girl Scout volunteers, Service Unit 618

a forever green 3Without the generous support of our adult volunteers, Girl Scouts NC Coastal Pines could not carry out its mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character. Our volunteers make it possible to deliver the Girl Scout program helping girls become our future leaders.

In this season of remembrance and thanks, we are so grateful for our volunteers!  And we just love hearing the many reasons why our volunteers in Craven County are thankful for their Girl Scout experience!

  • I love being a Girl Scout leader because it changes lives.  It changes the lives I touch, but mostly it changes my life.  – Kim, Troop #279
  • Being an adult Girl Scout gives me the chance to continue being part of an organization that I loved as a young girl.  – Gail, Troop #90
  • I am thankful for Girl Scouts for giving me the opportunity to spend more time with my girls and teach them to be better people.  – Mary, Troop #184
  • I love being a Girl Scout volunteer because not only do I have the opportunity to experience new things with my own daughter, but I know I’m helping other young girls reach their goals, whether it is with cookie sales or life.  – Crystal, Troop #315
  • Girl Scouts helps me expand my skills, meet others involved with Girls Scouts, make new friends, and make a difference.  – Tracy, service unit secretary
  • I enjoy working with the girls and learning from them, as well as co-leading with a great group of adults who have become my friends.  – Camille, Troop #1814
  • I am thankful to be a Girl Scout volunteer because I hope to pass along the same things that I treasure from my years as a Scout – lifelong friendships, independence & life skills, confidence, and a spirit of service to others.   – Paula, Troop #1508
  • I am thankful that I get to teach 13 sassy girls new skills that will better them in their adult lives.  – Mattie, Troop #132
  • I have a better understanding about different people and it makes me feel good that I’m contributing to girls’ lives, but more important; I know the girls are learning new skills each time we meet.   – Jennifer, Troop #863
  • I am thankful for being a Girl Scout volunteer because I cherish the impact I make as a mentor for girls. Also, I enjoy mentoring new leaders and sharing my knowledge and experience.  – Nancy, Troop #1956
  • I am thankful to be a Girl Scout volunteer for being part of young girls’ lives; for showing them what can be accomplished with hope, courage, strength & faith and witnessing the practice thereof. - Sarah, Troop #696
  • I am thankful to be a Girl Scout volunteer because I care about the future of our country and know that I have a part in creating these young entrepreneurs, physicians, scientists, politicians, etc. - Sara, Troop #119
  • I’m thankful to be a positive role model in young girls’ lives and to meet wonderful kids, parents, and adult members to help me along the way. - Brittany, Troop #1543
  • The girls keep me humble and put into perspective the fact that I may only be a small part of the world but I can make a big difference. - Jeanette, Troop #812

Are you looking for a meaningful way to spend time with your daughter, granddaughter, or niece?  Are you interested in helping girls develop a strong sense of self and become the leaders of tomorrow?

Become a Girl Scout Volunteer and start the fun today!

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How to Plan A Community Service Event: New Troop Leader Series

November 7, 2013

By Tiffany H., New Daisy Girl Scout Troop Leader

photo-1-1-e1383577729405As a new Troop Leader for Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines, I knew that I wanted to create opportunities for my Girl Scouts to give back to the community. I decided that it was time to start planning our troop’s first community service event! Not sure where to start…I begin asking around to find out what opportunities were available for our Daisy Troop.

I was able to find the perfect event through our Area Leader, which was planting flags at our local Veteran’s Cemetery in honor of Veterans Day. As a leader, I saw this is as a great way to show the girls how to honor our heroes and earn their Veteran’s Day activity badges.

I have to say that the event went great! A veteran spoke to the girls, and other participating community groups, about being a solider and serving our country. He explained to all of us how some veterans were alive and some weren’t, but that they all deserved honor. This message really stuck with my girls as they realized that heroes come in many shapes and sizes and are people who fight and serve for the greater good.

As a group we sang the National Anthem and said the Pledge of Allegiance before heading over to plant our flags. As the girls placed flags, they talked about how there were soldiers buried there and how their families must miss them. I was surprised by their understanding and in awe of the honor they showed at such a young age.

Overall, the event was a wonderful opportunity to show the girls the importance of giving back and to celebrate the everyday heroes among us!

For new Troop Leaders looking to plan their first community service project, here are a few tips to get you started!

  1. Ask around! You never know where this an opportunity to give back so ask your Area Manager, other leaders, or even your neighbors!
  2. Once you have your service project idea, be sure to communicate clearly the time, place, and duration of the event to girls and parents.
  3. Indicate the reason and purpose of the event and let parents/girls know if there is an activity badge or if it’s just for the experience.
  4. Always be prepared to talk about the event and let your Girl Scouts walk away with a lesson learned a memory to last a lifetime.

What events or service projects are you planning for your troop this year?

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