Top 5 Reasons to Register for Girl Scouts Now!

April 1, 2014

By Leslie Flood, Chief Business Officer

1977175_10152072485899092_1284490141_nApril 1 is the start of our Early Bird Registration and Renewal for the 2015 membership year at Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines! Here are the top 5 reasons to register now:

1. Beat the “back-to-school” madness. There’s so much to do in the fall – new teacher, buying school clothes and supplies, school fees – it’s crazy. Don’t add Girl Scout registration to the madness – Register Now!

2. Confirm girl and adult participation in your troop. With early registration, you know who is returning and who might need some extra encouragement. Early Bird helps identify those few extra spots to fill or if you need to recruit some additional parent support!

3. Your troop can hit the ground running in the fall! This year’s memberships expire on September 30. Have member registration out of the way so you can jump right into planning fall activities.

4. Girls will be excited for Back-to-Troop! We all want to know we have a place in the group. Help girls know that the troop is continuing and that everyone will be part of the troop again in the fall!

5. Girl Scouts is FUN! Girls have new experiences that inspire them to look forward to what they’re doing today, tomorrow, and years from now. And adults can be part of the fun too – Volunteer today!

If these reasons aren’t enough to sway you, check out our Early Bird incentives:

Early Bird Patches for all girls and leaders! Who doesn’t love a new Girl Scout patch?

$15 Early Bird Gift Card to the council shop or for council activities. To qualify troops must have at least 5 girls and 2 adults* registered.

15% off Camp and Event Fees – Parents/Guardians will receive one discount coupon for one camp session or council-sponsored event from May 1, 2014 – May 31, 2015.

Cash Prizes – Weekly drawings for troops to win cash awards: 3 troops per week will win $150 in April, $75 in May, and $50 in June. To qualify troops must have at least 5 girls and 2 adults* registered.

$500 Grand Prize – One lucky troop with at least 5 girls and 2 adults* registered by June 30 will win a $500 cash award.

Extra! Extra! Troops will get additional chances to win for each 5 girls registered during the drawing period. The earlier the troop registers and the more girls, the more chances to win!

Start the FUN! Click here to register and renew today! It’s quick, efficient and environmentally friendly.

* For registration purposes, Adult Membership is associated with one specific troop only. In other words, you can’t be counted as an adult in each troop you’re associated with.

**All troops that meet the qualifications will be included in each drawing going forward, so register early for best odds to win


Gift for Change: A Visit to the Sangam World Center

March 21, 2014

By Linda Roberts, Co-Leader, Girl Scout Troop #243

WAGGGS session participantsThis past winter break, I was lucky to travel to India with 4 other members of Girl Scout Troop #243.  We are a Senior and Ambassador troop with Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines based in Chapel Hill.

The first half of our trip was spent at beautiful Sangam, the WAGGGS World Center in Pune, India. We were joined by 16 other Girl Guides from the UK, Ireland, and Australia for Gifts for Change, a session devoted primarily to community service.

Our first service project was to help with a dental camp that was jointly sponsored by Sangam and Green Tara, an agency that serves teen girls in 15 slum areas around Pune by teaching them life skills and trades. We ran healthy sessions like how to brush your teeth and good nutrition while two dentists provided checkups for the 100+ girls who attended. We also toured some of the homes of the girls we met at Green Tara, which was an amazing experience.

We also joined Nehru Bal Sangh for a half day march through Pune with 900 young adult Indians in support of “Save the Girl Child,” a movement to improve gender value and opportunities of girls.

Riding an ElephantPartnering with a local community center, our group also helped to host an annual Christmas party. We made endless amount of paper snowflakes and hats, played duck-duck-goose and parachute games with local children until we were dizzy, and did quite the aerobic rendition of the 12 Days of Christmas song!

We took an auto-rickshaw ride to a main shopping district to buy material so we could have a custom sari or punjabi suit made. Once made, we all donned our new outfits for an Indian afternoon complete with mehindi (henna body art), badminton, rangoli (Indian sand art), and other games. The afternoon was capped off with a Maharashtran dinner feast!

Since we visited over New Years, we all attended a rockin’ New Year’s party at Sanscruti, a local cultural park where we feasted, danced all night, watched puppet shows, native dancers, and saw fireworks at midnight.

After tearful goodbyes, it was time for the 21 of us to part ways. Our quintet flew to Dehli and we transitioned to being tourists. All in all, it was a magical trip where we not only got to share our talents, but we learned so much as well. I encourage everyone with a traveler’s sprit to visit this wonderful World Center.


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