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How Many Tie Dye T-Shirts Does a Girl Scout Volunteer Need?

February 9, 2015

By Peggy Anglin, Leader of Troop #1034

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The perfect NC summer get away for some would certainly be the beach- but not me. My favorite summer retreat (since my first experience in 1997) is Camp Graham surrounded by giggling girls, enthusiastic camp staff and other Girl Scout leaders and moms who volunteer to trade their usual routines for 6 days of Troop/Group Camp.

I never went to summer camp as a child – wanted to – but I wasn’t a Girl Scout back then. Maybe it was that unfulfilled longing that inspired me to get involved with my two daughters’ Girl Scout troops and recruit them and their fellow troop members for group camp every summer. What I discovered is that I had as much (or more) fun as the girls! It was and is rewarding to watch the bonds of Girl Scouting strengthen among the troop members that share the group camp experience.

Camp Graham becomes our temporary home away from home where we can sing silly songs at the top of our lungs, take part in all the waterfront has to offer with swimming, boating, and in recent years enjoying the thrill of going down inflatable slides out in the deeper part of the lake. The girls especially enjoy time spent with the counselors as they instruct us in archery and field games — and one of my most favorite activities – tie dye!

It’s like making a present for yourself! So many choices of colors – of designs – the anticipation that this year might be the year you make your most beautiful tie dye ever – or conquer that more challenging design that will be greatly admired by all who see it.

It’s the chance for the girls who aren’t into “arts and crafts” as much as others to create a thing of beauty and make a personal statement all their own. Unless they happen to mix up all the colors into a muddy combination – and the group leaders are there to see that they don’t – all tie dye T-shirts are beautiful and become a remembrance of the special, perhaps extraordinary, week spent at camp.

Extend your troop’s Girl Scout year by signing up for a week-long or mini-session (3 days) of Troop Camp at Camp Graham. Girl Scouts can never have too many Tie Dye T-shirts, right?!

A troop/group must have at least 6 girls and 2 adult participates to register for troop camp. All registered adults pay a reduced session fee of 50% per session. Meals are prepared in the dining hall. Groups will spend time exploring Camp Graham while enjoying all the waterfront of Kerr Lake has to offer, archery, arts & crafts, and much much more!

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Girl Scouts’ Advice for Successful Scholarship Applications!

February 2, 2015

By Meridith Orr, Program Executive

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In addition to the fun, friendship and amazing experiences that come with being a Girl Scout, there is another wonderful benefit that comes with membership – scholarship opportunities! Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines has been the fortunate recipient of several scholarship programs funded by our generous alumnae.   We also try to pass along information on other Girl Scout-related scholarship programs as we learn more about them.

If you are a Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador, you’ll want to make a note of these important programs and apply when they open this winter. If you are a younger Girl Scout, perhaps these programs will encourage you to pursue our Highest Awards. As a Highest Awards recipient, you’ll have more scholarship opportunities available to you when the time comes!

The following scholarship programs are offered exclusively by our Council:

Misty Crabtree Eastham Scholarship (For Girl Scout Gold Award Recipients)

Opens: January 2, 2015

Deadline: March 13, 2015

As a girl in foster care, Misty joined Girl Scouts and gained a network of friends to support and guide her— friends who joined her in a journey of adventure that provided life-changing opportunities. Misty overcame adversity and embodied a sense of selflessness, generosity, drive, and determination. Her scholarship foundation recognizes and rewards Girl Scouts with these same qualities. The award from this scholarship is used to help pay for college expenses.

Jane S. Barringer Award (For Girl Scout Gold Award Recipients)

Opens: January 2, 2015

Deadline: March 13, 2015

“Mrs. B” has been an inspiration to Girl Scouts in our council for 50 years! As a teen advisor she has offered girls different perspectives and opportunities to make a difference. If you are proactive and passionate about making the world a better place, apply for this scholarship designed to further your education or skill development.

We are also pleased to pass along information about the Corinne Jeannine Schillings Foundation Scholarships (For Silver or Gold Award Recipients). This opportunity is open to Girl Scouts across the United States.

Opens: March 15, 2015

Deadline: May 15, 2015

Corinne was passionate about higher education for women. She understood the value of learning about other cultures through language. This scholarship honors her memory and is an investment towards ensuring that every girl reaches her full potential.

Be Prepared: Our Recommendations for a Successful Application

To ensure that your efforts have a better chance of success, you’ll need to do some preparation.   Read each application thoroughly so that you are familiar with the requirements of each program. Put reminder dates on your paper calendar and phone, if necessary. Gather needed items in advance so that you won’t be scrambling while you are in the process of completing your applications! Here’s a list to get you started:

  1. High school transcript – check requirements for whether an official transcript is required so you that can order it in advance of the application deadline
  2. If you are already in college, your first semester or quarter grades, as applicable
  3. Letter(s) of recommendation
  4. School picture or a nice high-resolution image that is a well-lit head and shoulders shot
  5. Biographical information for yourself
  6. How you would like your name to be listed
  7. How you would like your parents’ and/or guardians’ names to be listed in any announcement
  8. Your Highest Awards paperwork and any pictures of your project(s)

A few parting thoughts:

  • Take a moment to journal about your favorite Girl Scout memories. Describe what Girl Scouting means to you in detail, and provide specific examples of what you learned during the experience. Having this step completed early will save you time later, and provide a more compelling story for the application’s reviewer.
  • Thank you notes are always appreciated – for your recommenders, advisors, troop leaders, and awarding organizations.
  • Pay it forward. Make plans to donate to scholarship funds in the future, volunteer to serve as an advisor or lead a troop!

Learn about all our scholarship programs including how to apply and the application itself here. Good luck, Girl Scouts!

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