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Girl Scouts Travel from London to Lucerne

April 7, 2014

By Cheryl Olive, Girl Scout Troop #7000 – International Travel Group

I have the pleasure of being the organizational leader for Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines’ international travel group.  In the summer of 2013, I was fortunate to get to travel with the Girl Scout troop I had been leading for about 10 years. While our girls came and went, a select few persevered and worked really hard to raise the funds for a great international trip.

The girls chose to take a trip to Europe to visit two of the Girl Scout World Centers – Pax Lodge and Our Chalet – and make a stop in Paris as well.  After all, isn’t it every teenager’s dream to go to Paris?  It was for our girls.

We flew into London and had several days seeing the sights.  On our first day in England we took the tube and found our way to Buckingham Palace to see the changing of the guard.  No other event could have given us a more “Welcome to England” feeling.

We visited Hampton Court Palace, completed a walking tour of London, spent time in Hyde Park, enjoyed a ride on the London Eye and a Thames River Cruise.  We spent a half day at Pax Lodge taking part in a pinning ceremony and enjoying high tea.

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The Eurostar shuttled us at about 180 miles-per-hour under the English Channel to Paris where we enjoyed all the sights including the Louvre, Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower and a day trip to the palace of Versailles.

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Then it was on to Switzerland.  We spent a day exploring Our Chalet and had some free time in the beautiful town of Adelboden.  The last days of our trip were spent in Lucerne touring and shopping, and attending a Swiss Folklore event where we sampled cheese fondue and learned about Swiss culture and history.

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This was a wonderful trip, enjoyed by all.  The girls stepped out of their comfort zone learning about what it takes for international travel, and also about several cultures different from their own.

Are you interested in travel with your Girl Scouts? Are you girls interested in traveling to one of the Girl Scout World Centers?  Contact our program department for more information!

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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

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