Meet Your Girl Scout Program Team!

July 27, 2015

Girl Scout - NC Coastal Pines Program Team

By Kim Henry, Program Director

What do Girl Scouts do? Whether you’re new to Girl Scouting or have led a troop for years, you probably have asked yourself that question from time to time.

Program is the “what” at the heart of the Girl Scout Experience and your council’s Program team is here to support you, whether you have questions about an event, need activity ideas for Journeys, or guidance about our Highest Award programs. We are also in charge of planning and coordinating council-led events and promoting opportunities in the local community. So to better support you, let’s introduce our team!

Girl Scouts - NC Coastal Pines, Meridith Orr, Program ExecutiveMeridith Orr is the Program Executive. She provides leadership for the development and delivery of girl programs and girl training opportunities throughout our 41 counties. She also supervises the four Program Directors, who specialize in troop support for each of the Girl Scout grade levels. Before coming to Program in 2013, Meridith worked in both Customer Care and Membership departments.


Deanna Welker, Program Director, Girl Scouts - NC Coastal PinesDeanna Welker has been a staff member for eight years. Prior to her work for the council, she was the troop leader for her oldest daughter’s troop.  While she primarily oversee our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs, she also works with our cultural arts and history programs, the religious recognitions, and day camp.  “I can talk about them all day!” she says.  She is also the Program staff liaison for the Girl Scout Junior troops.  “I love those Jazzy Juniors, and I’m always happy to help leaders explore the Junior Journeys, those great Junior badges, and of course, the Girl Scout Bronze Award.”

Kim Henry, Program Director, Girl Scouts - NC Coastal PinesKim Henry is the Program Director for Daisies and Brownies. So what does that mean? Part of her job is to coordinate council-led programs for Daisies and Brownies. “I love working with our girls and volunteers!” Kim says. “I am also here to support Daisy and Brownie leaders with any program questions or needs. If you need help with Journeys, let me know and I would love to help!”

Melissa Almodovar, Program Director, Girl Scouts - NC Coastal PinesMelissa Almodovar is the Program Director based out of the Wilmington Service Center. “I am responsible for the new Mobile Programming vehicle that we affectionately call ‘Daisy.'” Melissa says, “I am also your go-to person for anything Program Aide Core Training-related. I travel throughout our 41 counties bringing programming to troops, especially those who are not able to get into the service centers for training or events.”
We are excited to have a new staff member coming on board who will be a resource for Girl Scout Cadette, Senior and Ambassador program questions, and oversee the Girl Scout Silver and Gold Awards. She will also coordinate council-led events and some trainings for teen girls. Stay tuned for more updates!

Now that you have met us, we really look forward to meeting you! Remember, if you ever need us, we are just an email or phone call away!


Sing It! With Girl Scouts!

July 20, 2015

By Kim Henry, Program Director

“Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver, the other is gold.

A circle is round, it has no end. That’s how long, I will be your friend…

Across the land, across the sea. Friend forever, we will always be.”

This quoted Girl Scout friendship song is a classic – perhaps you are even humming along now. Well, here at Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines, we know that songs have been a treasured part of Girl Scouting since the beginning. Girl Scouts use songs to start meetings, to fill time transitioning from one activity to the next, and to close a special ceremony or troop meeting.

Anyone who grew up as a Girl Scout usually remembers a favorite song of two from their childhood. I can vividly remember a meeting years ago when I was a Girl Scout Brownie. I can still picture the school cafeteria where we met. I remember that I had been upset earlier about something, but then, when we closed the meeting my feelings all changed. Our troop gathering in our closing friendship circle and started singing and acting out “Alice the Camel.” Who can stay upset after a few rounds of that song??

Anne Smith from Girl Scout Troop #394 shared some of her beloved song memories:

“I’ve been a Girl Scout since 1978. Girl Scouting has always been a big part of my life. My mom was a Girl Scout. I am a Girl Scout. Both of my daughters are Girl Scouts. The happiest memories for me have been the songs. I remember romping around Camp Apasus as a 7-year-old singing the songs my mom taught me. I grew up in a different council so the songs we sing here are variations of the songs that I learned as a child.”

One of our favorite songs to kick off a Brownie troop meeting is the Brownie Smile Song. It’s a short and simple song that reminds the girls to have fun. Sometimes during a meeting you just need to get the wiggles out!

Girls Scouts have a never ending supply of silly songs. Check these out for your next Girl Scout gathering!

And what better time to sing Make New Friends or TAPS (in ASL) when you close your troop meeting with a friendship circle! And here’s a great Song Leading mini-workshop from Girl Scout University. For more ideas ask your sister Girl Scouts young and old, and remember to have fun!


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