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Leadership Grows at Summer Camp

June 15, 2015

Girl Scout Leadership Camp - North Carolina

By Tracy Sternberg, Chief Development Officer

I was fortunate to attend several different resident camps growing up. My experiences were life changing and many of my summer camp pals have become lifelong friends. I gained confidence and learned that I could try anything and succeed – or fail – and that was OK.

Join me in raising your hand if you too spent some amazing summers at camp during your youth. Since I can’t see your hands, I will assume many of you shared in memorable camp experiences and understand the benefits of outdoor and camp experiences.

Unfortunately, many girls in our community are not able to raise their hands with us. As each school year comes to a close, many girls see the excitement of their classmates who can’t wait to go to summer camp. They dream of what camp is like, and wish they could share their own camp story when the new school year begins. But when paying the bills is challenge enough for their families, they know that summer camp is out of the question.

But this is where Girl Scouting comes in. Each year, Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines holds Summer Leadership Camp for under-served girls. Our Summer Leadership Camp program provides the opportunity for girls from low-income families to attend a week of resident camp at no cost to them. Filled with traditional camp activities such as swimming, boating, and archery – activities many of these girls will experience for the first time – this week-long camp is unique in its focus on building life and leadership skills. Campers take part in sessions that help them build their self-confidence, learn how to form and maintain healthy relationships, define their value system, and understand the importance of giving back to their communities.

In addition to a camp group service project, each camper creates an independent project during the week through which she will “Take Action” in her community after camp ends. To help inspire the girls to achieve goals made during camp, area businesswomen and community volunteers mentor the girls on their Take Action projects. The camp culminates in a day-long visit to a college campus, where the campers engage with students and faculty.

Summer Leadership Camp doesn’t just teach – it activates! By providing this unique summer camp experience, girls having the opportunity to explore beyond their communities and can dream big.

You can help a girl create her summer camp story to share with classmates. Give her the opportunity to grow in confidence and know that her voice matters!

DONATE NOW to send a girl to Summer Leadership Camp.

Questions? Contact Emily Hill at ehill@nccoastalpines.org to learn ways you can help a girl discover that anything is possible.

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Explore the World Around You! Trips & Travel within Girl Scout Journeys

June 8, 2015

Girl Scouts Trips and Travel

Many people don’t know, but American Girl Scouts get to travel the world, and that’s a very good thing, as the more we can expose our young people to other cultures, the better off we’ll be in this increasingly globalized environment. – Anna Maria Chavez, CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves! Traveling, be it down the street or across the globe, provides our girls opportunities to explore the world around them, step out of their comfort zone, and embrace diversity and different cultures. It’s pretty awesome!

But how do you incorporate these amazing adventures and new experiences into your troop meetings or your Journeys? That’s where we come in! Let’s explore the different travel and trip opportunities available and how you can enhance these experiences by tying them back to your Journey!

For Girl Scout Brownies:

There are a lot of day trips throughout our council that would complement the Brownie Journeys. For instance, you could arrange to visit a local water treatment facility or contact DENR for water programs for the Brownie WOW Journey. Or for Brownie Quest, invite family members to a park where you can participate in healthy living activities like walking, playing Frisbee, or even arrange a super fun game of kickball.

What about World of Girls? Visit the North Carolina Museum of History to learn about stories from our past! Or you could set up a visit to a local assisted living center where the girls and residents will benefit from sharing stories together!

For Girl Scout Daisies:

Daisies can explore the world too – be their backyard, their community, or their state! Take your Daisy troop to a local arboretum or come to one of our council programs at the JC Raulston Arboretum for the Daisy Flower Garden Journey where girls explore all the wonderful things Mother Nature has to offer! For Between Earth and Sky, find a natural treasure in your area to learn about, like our rare carnivorous plants near the coast or visit the New River which is one of the oldest in the world! Are you working with 5 Flowers, 4 Stories , and 3 Cheers for Animals? Head on over to a local SPCA, Humane Society, Petco or PetSmart and learn the importance of caring for animals.

There are so many fun and fabulous ways to help girls experience the world around them!

Ready for your next big adventure? Share your stories with us on Facebook or in the comments below! If you need more ideas on how to infuse travel within your Journey, or if you have an amazing idea you would like to share with your Girl Scout sisters, send us a note at journeyhelp@nccoastalpines.org. Happy travels!

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