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3…2…1…Blast Off! 2014 Campership Fund

March 17, 2014

By Emily Hill, Director of Individual Giving, GSNCCP

PrintToday we launched our 2014 Campership fundraising drive, which collects donations to help Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines provide scholarships for girls 2014 Campership Fundacross our 41 counties to attend summer camp.

As I was conducting research to craft our Campership appeal, I heard stories about girls trying new things, making new friends, and learning different skills because of camp. I heard from parents about how their girl gained confidence and her interest in the world flourished at camp. I heard from one former camper about how her leadership skills blossomed at camp and she now holds the position as resident assistant, mentoring girls in her college dorm.

I also learned that these aren’t just anecdotes. Studies show that camp can be a formative time in a child’s life.

PrintResearch conducted by the American Camp Association and other independent organizations show time and time again that well-run summer camps – like our Girl Scout camps – can have a powerful, long-term effect on a child’s development, especially on her self-control, independence, assertiveness, and decision-making. In one study, 74% of camp attendees reported that they did things at camp that they were afraid to do at first. Overcoming fear and challenging yourself are just two important life skills that Girl Scout Camp can instill in a girl.

If you’re like me, you want more confident, independent, and assertive girls in this world. The more girls that can attend Girl Scout camp – especially those who might otherwise not have the opportunity to do so – the more chances we get to encourage girls to become their best selves.

Last year, over 260 girls were given the opportunity to attend one of our camps because of the financial assistance your support provides. I’m happy we provide scholarships so more girls can get the valuable benefits of camp. And I’m delighted that our friends, like you, make the yearly commitment to help us do more. Please consider making a gift to our Campership fund today by visiting www.nccoastalpines.org/champerships or contacting me at 919-600-6347.

With your support, we can make a difference in the life of one more girl. Thank you.

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Celebrating The Girl Scout Movement!

March 10, 2014

By Meridith Orr, Program Executive

Juliette Gordon LowHappy Birthday to Girl Scouts everywhere!  On this 102nd anniversary of our movement, it is so important to look back at the life of our remarkable founder, Juliette Gordon Low.  Many Girl Scouts today might not be aware of how many of our programs and traditions actually connect back to her amazing experiences.

For example, did you know our youngest Girl Scouts are called “Daisies” after Juliette Low herself?  From the beginning of her life, she was called “Daisy” by her family.   In the biography “Lady from Savannah:  The Life of Juliette Low,” we learn that Juliette was named after her maternal grandmother, and that Daisy’s uncle actually said, “I’ll bet she’s going to be a Daisy!”  The family immediately started calling her by her nickname to avoid confusion, and the name stuck.  Virtually no one close to her ever called her “Juliette” during her lifetime.  Later on, Daisy encouraged the first Girl Scout patrols in Savannah to name themselves after flowers to emphasize the importance of exploring and honoring nature.

Junior aMuse Journey - Girl ScoutsYou can also find many connections to our founder in programs such as “aMuse,” the Junior journey from It’s Your Story, Tell It.  The acting and role playing exercises in “Amuse” are rooted in Daisy’s love of theater.  As a child summering with her many cousins, biographer Stacey Cordery describes how Daisy wrote scripts, planned costumes and played as many of the parts as she could!  She excelled at acting.  She also wrote and illustrated her own summer newspaper! Storytelling was as dear to Juliette Low as her legendary love for animals, which are the focus of the Daisy journey, “Three Cheers for Animals!

Financial literacy was also important to Daisy.  While living in England she helped her first group of Girl Guides raise chickens for eggs to sell to nearby hunting lodges.  After learning the skill from the village postmistress, she then taught the girls how to spin wool and sell it to a weaving shop in London! Her lessons to girls in gaining skills and financial independence continue today through our badge programs, such as “Money Manager” and “Cookie Business” in “The Girls’ Guide to Girl Scouting.

How many more connections can you find between Daisy’s life and the Girl Scout program today? For more stories about our founder, look for these fascinating biographies:  “Juliette Gordon Low: The Remarkable Founder of the Girl Scouts,” by Stacy A. Cordery, and “Lady from Savannah: The Life of Juliette Gordon Low,” by Gladys Denny Shultz and Daisy Gordon Lawrence.

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