Girl Scout Rangers, Get your Outdoors On!

August 31, 2015

Girl Scout Park Rangers

By: Jennifer Taylor, Communications & Public Relations Assistant

We know girls greatly enjoy the outdoor experiences they have in Girl Scouts and that those experiences are extremely beneficial for girls. Now there is a new and exciting way for girls to explore the outdoors, take action, and learn the history of our national parks! Girl Scouts of the USA has partnered with the National Park Service for the Girl Scout Ranger Program to help celebrate the centennial celebration of our national parks.

So, what does this partnership mean for the girls of Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines? It means new adventures and opportunities await you at one of North Carolina’s 10 national parks. From the Great Smoky Mountains to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and points in between, girls will be able to experience the beauty of our glorious state while also doing what Girl Scouts do best – taking action to make their world a better place.

The National Park Service has many fantastic organized programs such as the junior rangers, web rangers, and environmental education. Girls can also choose to take part in ongoing service projects at the park which help preserve the natural resources of the park. Girls have the opportunity to earn a certificate and a patch.

But, even better, Girl Scouts can get creative and design a custom program for themselves or their troop that serves to complete a journey, a badge program (hint, hint – Outdoor Explorers badges, anyone?), or a highest award take action project. Imagine the possibilities!

So, where to start? Take a look at the national park sites in NC and think about where you would most enjoy exploring and making a difference. Click on the link for the website to each individual park to learn more. From there, girls can get busy coming up with brilliant ideas!

Armed with a few good ideas, a parent or troop leader should contact the park directly to discuss how the Girl Scouts can participate in an organized event or put their ideas into action. For complete information on the Girl Scout Ranger Program, visit the National Park Service’s youth program website.

Are you ready? We can’t wait for Girl Scouts to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of our National Park Service. Let us know how you and your girls plan to rock out the great outdoors this year!


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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