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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

Camp Graham - Girl Scouts NC Coastal Pines

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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Leave No Trace in Your Outdoor Adventures

July 8, 2014

By Meridith Orr, Program Executive

Outdoor Education in Girl Scouts - NC Coastal PinesOne of my favorite Girl Scout – NC Coastal Pines experiences is the weekend I spent camping to earn my Outdoor Skills certification in the Fall of 2012.  During that October weekend, I experienced both fair weather and foul, bonded with my patrol mates and an amazing band of volunteer facilitators, and learned new skills I would never have attempted otherwise!  I still enjoy tossing out tidbits of my training when meeting new people.  For instance, you’d be surprised at the reaction you’ll get when telling people a Dorito chip makes an excellent firestarter!

The most important lessons I learned were those of observing, admiring and respecting nature. My training included not just setting up and breaking down my campsite, but minimizing the impact of my adventures on the environment.  As we work together to provide fun, unique and memorable outdoor experiences for our girls, let’s remember to share with them as well as model these important practices of “leave no trace.”  These principles uphold many parts of our Girl Scout Law, from using resources wisely, to being responsible for what we say and do and making the world a better place.

The Leave No Trace Seven Principles have been a part of Girl Scout outdoor education for many years. Summarized here, they ask us to:

  1. Plan ahead and prepare
  2. Travel and camp on durable surfaces
  3. Dispose of waste properly
  4. Leave what you find
  5. Minimize campfire impacts
  6. Respect wildife
  7. Be considerate of other visitors

Our Founder, Juliette Gordon Low, was an avid outdoors adventurer and her stories are legendary, including one hilarious fishing expedition with poet Rudyard Kipling in formal wear during a party.  Our outdoor programs in Girl Scouts not only connect girls’ experience to her, they enrich us as parents, staff and mentors as we teach them how to be good stewards of our environment; to do the right thing because it is the right thing to do.

How do you and your Girl Scouts support the Leave No Trace Behind? 

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