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WHY WE NEED TO SUPPORT GIRL SCOUTS TODAY

October 8, 2014

By Lois “Lofi” Hirshman, alumna and volunteer

Girl Scouts - NC Coastal Pines Volunteer LofiLofi celebrates her 77th year as a Girl Scout today, October 10th. Her Girl Scout career includes time as a girl in Pennsylvania, a leader in New York, and a beloved volunteer in Chapel Hill. In addition, Lofi makes a yearly contribution to Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines. We asked her why she supports our girls, and here’s what she wrote.

When I go into Girl Scout troops today, I ask the girls what is the best thing about Girl Scouts. The answer always comes out FRIENDSHIPS and CAMPING.

What are the girls telling us? They’re saying…

“In this Facebook age, technology cannot replace the face to face experiences of life. We need both.”

Because Girl Scouting is a movement, we change with the needs of the girls we serve, and those needs are dictated by the girls. The Girl Scouting of today is very different than when I came into it in 1937. Today, girls want more technology and business skills along with the traditional camping, singing, and – of course – fun. The new program is doing this. Through its new technical badges, it’s concentration on building the 3 C’s courage, confidence, and character, and developing a basic understanding of business skills through the cookie program.

I also hear our girls say they want a place to be just girls. Girl Scouting is the only all-girl group that gives the girl many areas to examine toward her future life work and hobbies. This is one thing that has not changed.

Lady Baden-Powell, The World Chief Guide, always called Girl Scouting and Guiding a game. We only have to look to our Law and Promise for the rules of Our Great Game of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting. They are positive and youth oriented. They mirror the moral code of today, and they fit our technological society. The way we play the game is through the Motto and Mission. Our Motto of doing a good turn has been expanded from the personal good turn that we still must do daily to include good turns to the communities we live in – and worldwide.

Through these guiding principles, Girl Scouting serves the entire community. And we need to make it possible for everyone in the community to participate. Because everything is a great deal more expensive than it was when I was first a Girl Scout, the money needed to run our camps and programs has increased. In addition, our Council has been chosen to try out several of the new science and technical programs. Through these, our girls are learning about our amazing world of technology and seeing ways to become a useful member of our technological era, while keeping the fun that only interacting with other humans can give.

With our support, Girl Scouts will positively affect the future of the entire community – online, at home, and around the world.

You can learn more about making your tax deductible donation to support Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines on our website www.nccoastalpines.org/donate or by calling our Fund Development Office at 800-284-4475 x3315.

 

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Top 10 Tips for Girl Scout Troop Leaders

October 7, 2014

By Christy Philemon, Recruitment Director

Girl Scouts - NC Coastal Pines Troop Leader

The start of a new year is often a time when many set new goals and resolutions for the year ahead. As we kick of the new program year here at Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines, we thought we’d share the top 10 tips for troop leaders to help you get a fresh start for the year ahead. Drumroll please…

10. Rain or Shine, always have a back-up plan. Regardless of whether it’s an activity for a troop meeting or a volunteer on standby to be a chaperone, having a back-up plan is important to keep the fun going!

9. Get your troop parents involved. You don’t have to do everything on your own. Seriously. Encourage others to get involved and ask to parents to help with activities, lead a special meeting, and join their girls on events or trips.

8. Track your money wisely. The Annual Financial Report is a simple spreadsheet that works wonders. It will help you track your troop’s finances throughout the year. And the best part – at the end of the year, your report is already completed. J

7. Be prepared. A Girl Scout is always prepared – and organized! And did you know Trapper Keepers are back in? No matter your folder, be sure to keep all appropriate forms on hand at all times necessary in whatever fashion fits best for you.

6. Attend Service Unit Meetings. Get social with other volunteers and troop leaders while you learn what’s happening in your local area. These meetings are usually held monthly and are intended to provide support for all leaders in your area, so take advantage.

5. Schedule early. Scheduling your meetings in advance will help both you and your families plan their calendars accordingly. And be sure to involve your girls in planning!

4. Have fun! Regardless of whether you and your troop waiting for a meeting to start, working on a badge, or completing a service project, always keep the energy alive and exciting. Girl Scout songs are a fun way to pass a car ride and engage girls in a time-honored Girl Scouting tradition.

3. Never hesitate to ask for help! Girl Scouts promise to help people at all times – and this includes our adult Girl Scouts as well. Your membership director and service unit manager are always available for help, and other volunteers as well.

2. Set a goal to achieve with the girls. The goal can be something like selling a certain amount of cookies to earn enough money for a trip or everyone completing activities during a meeting in order to earn a badge.

And our #1 Top Top is:

1. Be Flexible. Realize that no matter how well organized or well planned, unexpected things will happen that take you off course. And that’s ok. No matter the path, know you are helping to guide and support girls as they develop new skills and grow into strong, confident leaders.

Building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place may not always be a simple task, however, sometimes it’s the little things that make all the difference. We hope you these little tips help you and your girls follow the fun and have a great Girl Scout year!

Want to get in on all the fun? Become a Girl Scout volunteer and use event code 367F22 when registering to be entered to win an iPad!

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