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Troop Poster Wins at Scouting for the Cure

March 31, 2015

Scouting for the Cure - Girl Scouts NC Coastal Pines

Angela R. Hubbard, Leader of Girl Scout Brownie Troop #3301

Girl Scout Brownie Troop #3301 had the pleasure of attending Scouting for the Cure event on October 25th in Chapel Hill, NC. Activities like these inspire the young ladies to do something positive and caring–doing something that brings a smile to someone who is going through a tough time.

The decision to participate in the event was not a hard one at all.  My friend’s mother was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer in 2014.  I am happy to announce that after having a double mastectomy, she is currently living cancer free! Unfortunately, I have had several family members to lose the battle with cancers of different types, there are many others who know this battle all too well.

My Girl Scout Brownies had nothing but great things to say about the event!

My daughter Dacota, age 8, told me that she really enjoyed the craft stations and the entertainment provided by the jump rope team.  She said she especially enjoyed making the mastectomy pillows that will be later delivered to breast cancer patients.

Camille, age 9 stated that she enjoyed the event as well, “especially the singing, jump roping team, and the crafts.”  Ashani, 7, “My favorite thing at Scouting for the Cure was the activities.  I also like the people who did the jump rope things, they did front flips and back flips!”

Mariam, 8 stated, “Scouting for the Cure was a great experience, I really enjoyed stuffing pillows and decorating binders that will be sent to people living with Cancer.  It was fun watching all the great entertainment, especially the jump rope team.  I also received pamphlets and flyers on breast cancer awareness that I took back home and shared with my dad and older sister.”

One of our Girl Scout parents, Mrs. Dawn Foster, lost her mother-in-law to cancer and stated, “With the continued focus and attention, I am hopeful there will be a cure in my lifetime.”

Winning Troop PosterThe day at the event could not have ended better! Our troop won the Scouting for the Cure poster contest!  Our theme was, “A world without breast cancer is in our hands.”  The girls had a blast making the poster, dipping their little hands in pink paint to place strategically on the poster in the shape of a pink ribbon.  We are looking forward to seeing our winning poster at Susan G. Komen, Race for the Cure in June, 2015.

We are Girl Scout troop leaders and mothers raising little girls. It is extremely important that we educate these little ladies about health matters that impact females.  I applaud the organizers of this event for being able to bring breast cancer awareness to the young ladies in a fun and creative way.

Thanks, Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines! Troop #3301 will attend again next year.

Scouting for the Cure is a program that teaches Girl Scouts breast health education and breast cancer awareness through fun and creative activities/games, such as Breast Health Bingo.  Girl Scouts also earn the Think Pink patch for their participation in the event.

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Meet the Rangers: Lon Everett, Camp Hardee

March 24, 2015

Camp Ranger Lon

By Meridith Orr, Program Executive

This is the first in a series of interviews with our Camp RangersStay tuned to get to know each ranger at all of our camps!

Think about the last time you visited one of our Council camps. Maybe you hiked the trails, made s’mores over a campfire or enjoyed a meal or activity in our dining hall. You may not realize it, but there is someone who makes all those adventures possible for Girl Scouts, someone who works behind the scenes to ensure our campers have everything they need.

At Camp Hardee, that someone is Lon Everett. Known to most campers as “Mr. Bluejeans,” he is the camp ranger responsible for keeping the property in tip-top shape.   In addition to sprucing up the Rotary Lodge this past winter, Lon has helped establish new trails, re-open abandoned trails and re-discover trail markers. Always ready with a smile and a joke, Lon works tirelessly to provide a fantastic experience for Camp Hardee’s visitors. Recently, he took a break from his rounds to answer a couple of questions for our Girl Talk blog.

Q:  How did you get started being a camp ranger?

A: About 25 years ago, I was referred to a church camp site in my home state of New Jersey as a facilities manager. I started working there and learned a lot of stuff on the job.

 

Q: How long have you worked with Girl Scouts and our council?

A: This has been the first Girl Scout council for me– eight years this July. Seems like yesterday!

 

Q: What’s a fun fact about Camp Hardee?

A: As I sit along the Pamlico river seeing the brightly colored cabins – I am watching the eagles fly. Just saw two young eagles flying with an adult eagle – the first time I’ve ever seen that! They were right on top of us.

 

Q: What do you love best about being a camp ranger?

A: Watching campers grow up to be adults and have children who come to camp and then become campers – watching that progression.

 

Q: What’s the ONE thing you do around camp that no one would expect that you do?

A: Wash dishes! I help out in the kitchen in the summer sometimes with that.

 

Q: If you could teach someone something about your job, what would it be?

A: The proper way to use a chain saw. It becomes part of the job as a ranger to get firewood.

Q: What do you do in the winter?

A: Cut up trees, get firewood ready for the upcoming year, get the buildings ready for the winter, pick up leaves. All that stuff that needs doing when no one’s around. Mostly inside work. Last year is when I did all the electrical work and floors in the rotary lodge. The work on the trails is easier with no leaves. This year I’ll be cutting the kudzu out with a bush hog and tractor.   That way people can see the woods and not just kudzu this summer!

 

Q: What do you like best about Girl Scouts?

A: The comradery and how everyone works together. Seeing people from all walks of life, all over the state, getting to hear the stories of where people are from.

 

Q: Do you have a favorite camping tip or story related to Girl Scouts?

A: Funny story. Two summers ago a camper came up to me who was eight or nine years old. “Mr. Bluejeans, I have a project I want to do for you!” She wanted to put pads on the screen doors at the point where they hit the frame so no one would wake up at night. She was as serious as can be. She really wanted to do that kind of work. I told her I thought it was a great idea.

 

Q: What’s your earliest memory of camping as a kid?

A: In high school, I went camping with my church youth fellowship. We sold pumpkin bread all through the winter to go to Florida for a week to Disneyworld (which had only been open two years at the time). We were up for two nights straight over the weekend baking pumpkin bread. It helped save the cost big time. There were about 30 of us. We spent a whole week camping out, plus we went to Disney World and Cypress Gardens.

 

Girl Scouts visiting Camp Hardee have a great friend in Mr. Bluejeans. Next time you see him, please be sure to thank him for the firewood, the fun trail hike, the lovely Rotary Lodge or the Kudzu-free view of the woods! And if you have a question for our rangers, please be sure to leave one in the comments!

 

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