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The First Lady’s call to action – Volunteer Today

September 30, 2013

Michelle_Obama_2013_official_portraitDid you know that since 1917, every First Lady has served as Girl Scouts of the USA’s Honorary National President? It’s a tradition that began with First Lady Edith B. Wilson and dates back almost 100 years. Since then, each successive First Lady has served in this post.

First Lady Michelle Obama knows the important role played by Girl Scout volunteers and is encouraging adults to support girls and volunteer in a new video released by Girl Scouts of the USA. The video coincides with the launch of the organization’s new “I can’t wait to…” national campaign to increase recruitment of girl members and adult volunteers.

“Girl Scout volunteers can be moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents, or anyone else looking to help girls in their community fulfill their boundless promise,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “As a Girl Scout volunteer, you can show girls that anything is possible, and you can inspire them to dream bigger and go further than they ever even imagined.”

Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines is dedicated to getting the word out to adults who care about girls in their communities and want to make a difference. Girl Scout volunteers help girls make friends, have new adventures, and do great things. Volunteers help girls become whoever they want to be, which just may be a future First Lady or even the first female President.

Help us spread the word. Share this video with family and friends and encourage them to become a Girl Scout volunteer!

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The First Meeting: New Troop Leader Series

September 19, 2013

By Tiffany H., New Daisy Troop Leader

New Troop LeaderIt’s here — my first day as co-leader of my girlies’ Girl Scout Troop!  Our family now has two Daisies and a Troop Leader under one roof!  I am so excited to start this adventure, but even more excited to be able to share this experience with my girls and my fellow Girl Scout volunteers.

So how did I end up here, as a first-time Troop Leader for Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines

My oldest, a fun-loving six-year-old, joined Girl Scouts last year when she started Kindergarten. We were looking for an activity that would let us spend one-on-one time together and bond — Girl Scouts was the perfect solution!

New to Girl Scouts, becoming a volunteer allowed me to attend all the meetings and activities and contribute where and when I could. As I developed relationships with the two troop leaders, I began to assist with snacks and nightly craft projects. I enjoyed helping out and my daughter loved every minute of it!

At the end of the year we found out that one of our leaders was moving away – our troop is military-based, so all of us are either active or retired Army. The co-leader soon approached me and asked if I would be willing to help lead the troop next year. I was a bit shocked. I had never considered becoming a leader.  I told her I needed to think about it.

After thinking on it and talking to my husband, I decided I would love to be the co-leader.  I sat my girlies down and told them both that not only would my youngest be a Daisy this year, but that I would also be one of their leaders!

Fast forward to tonight…our first meeting.

I was so nervous.  In preparation I went to the Girl Scout Shop and got my youngest her “kit”, which includes her Journey Book, Vest, Troop Badges and a cool bag.  I even picked up a t-shirt for myself to help get me in the mood for the night ahead.

First Troop MeetingMy youngest was so excited about getting everything she was singing around the store a song about how she was finally a Daisy!  It just made it that much more special knowing I would be able to share this with both my girlies.

As we gathered for the meeting, I was anxious yet excited.  We started by greeting the girls and the parents.  Next, girls made the poster’s we will use for the year to say the Girl Scout Promise and Law throughout our year ahead.

Guess What? Everything went great, and the most important part is they had fun. I know this year will not be easy and the scheduling may be hectic, but seeing all the girls’ faces tonight I know it will ALL be worth it!

Are you new a Troop Leader? Thinking of joining? Tell me how your first meeting went in the comments below…and feel free to ask ANY questions! We’re all here to help each other! 

 

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