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5 Great Things about Joining Girl Scouts!

September 22, 2014

By: Keli Diewald and Meta Trombley, Membership Executives

Girl Scouts - NC Coastal Pines Troop

Every Girl Scout can give you 101 reasons why you shouldn’t wait to join Girl Scouts! If fun, new outdoor adventures, exploring the arts, science and technology, and spending quality time with your girl aren’t enough, here are 5 great things awaiting you at Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines:

1. Life Long Friendships. Through your troop activities and individual experiences you will find friends who share your interests, passions and desire to make the world a better place. Many of our Girl Scouts connect in Kindergarten and even as Graduating Seniors stay together. We have Alumnae who gather together to celebrate on a yearly basis their adult lives!

2. Real Life Skills. Whether attending council sponsored events, going on a camping trip, or selling cookies, girls develop skills that will help them throughout life. How many people can say they had a business when they were five? Our Girl Scout Daisies can! Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program our girls learn skills including Money Management, Business Ethics Goal Setting, Decision Making, and People Skills.

3. Scholarships, Awards and More! At each Girl Scout level, girls are investigating ways to impact the community around them from our Girl Scout Daisies’ engaging in a community service project to Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors receiving their Girl Scout Gold Award. Girl Scouting opens a world of opportunities for girls as they continue into higher education. Did you know that there are colleges and universities that give Gold Award Recipients between$1,000 and $6,000 per year in scholarships? You can be that girl!

4. New Experiences. Imagine hitting the waves at Girl Scout Surf Camp, climbing a 50 foot tall Alpine Tower, or filming a public service announcement about issues affecting girls today. Live one of our greatest traditions in Girl Scouts – having new experiences. Girl Scouts can do anything!

5. Making Memories that will Last Forever! You will have adventures that will last forever! Just ask any Girl Scout Alumna and she can tell you an awe-inspiring story that starts – “This one time in Girl Scouts…”

Get started on your Girl Scout story today. Join us for the journey of a lifetime! Use event code 367F22 when registered to be entered to win an iPad!*

*First time, new members only. Must register by 9/30/14.

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

September 16, 2014

By Jenifer Bubenik, Program Director

Hispanic Heritage Month - Girl Scouts - NC Coastal Pines

During National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15), Girl Scouts can join in recognizing and celebrating the profound and positive influence Hispanic Americans have had on our country. Hispanic culture is strong in its commitment to family, faith, hard work and service.

Did you know that Hispanics/Latinos accounted for 25% of North Carolina’s population increase over the past 20 years and the average age of Latinos living in North Carolina are 9 years old?

Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines has lots of exciting opportunities to help girls and troops learn more about this month while developing an awareness and appreciation of diversity. For the first time, we are offering a Discover Hispanic Heritage patch. Available year-round, this patch will help you to Discover, Take Action, and Connect with Hispanic culture. Fun activities include learning the Girl Scout Law in Spanish, reading about two Latina heroines and their life story, and becoming a pen pal with a Girl Scout/Girl Guide who lives in a Latin America country.

During September and October, our council will participate many different community events including UNIRUMBA, Fiesta del Pueblo, and the Durham Latino Fest. Girl Scouts are invited to stop by our booth and participate in a fun activity to learn more about other countries! This is also a great opportunity to try Hispanic foods and experience the music and dance from Central and South America.

On Sunday, September 28 we will host our Exploring Hispanic Culture event at Camp Mary Atkinson. Guests from countries such as Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Colombia will be sharing their culture through stories and artifacts. The Ballet Folklorico Guadalupano will also hold two dance performances, and Zumba with Nora will be teaching dance moves! This is going to be a fun day for the whole family!

In addition, you can learn more about Dia De los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a Mexican holiday celebrated around the world with Centro Hispano on Saturday, November 1. Visit our full event calendar online and look for other community opportunities this year to explore Hispanic Culture with your Girl Scouts.

Make sure to share your photos and let us know what you and your troop learned this month.

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