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Rain Garden in Time for April Showers

February 27, 2014

By Kristin Yerkie, Camp Staff

Rain Garden ProjectThe rain garden designed as part of Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines’ Citizen Science Series continues to take shape with the engineers at Grounded Engineering of Raleigh. Set to be unveiled during the Good Earth Adventures event at Camp Mary Atkinson (CMA) on April 26, the ten Girl Scouts participating in the design and construction process anxiously await to see their hard work come to fruition.

When asked about their experience with the project, the participants had many things to say:

“We get to make our designs as a group and it’s a very useful experience; educational as well. We have got to use a lot of different technologies that most people haven’t even seen or heard of. We used the 3D simulator and Kinect to try out different rain gardens for CMA. It was so cool!” ~ Abby, Girl Scout Senior

“Dirt and Tigger (a.k.a. the program staff) have made it so not only is it a fun learning experience for us to create this rain garden, but they have also given us the responsibility and treated us like adults in allowing us to create the rain garden with our own thoughts and ideas while guiding us along the way.” ~ Nicole, Girl Scout Ambassador

“All the technology we get to experience is really neat. I also love how hands-on it has been!” ~ Alyssa, Girl Scout Senior

“We were able to mess with technology and the Kinnect was kind of like something you would see in movies. We also got to use augers to take soil samples from CMA, and see a rain simulator. These are the types of things that you get out of an agricultural experience like Citizen Science with really cool people!” ~ Janelle, Girl Scout Ambassador

How awesome is that?  Thanks to support from Duke Energy Foundation, Girl Scouting is able to provide this opportunity for girls to become savvy, innovative, aspiring science and engineering leaders.

Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines strives to provide opportunities for girls that enhances exposure and deepens engagement in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics – or STEM.

Interested in careers which focus on science or technology? Watch our Inner-views podcast series focuses on North Carolina women in STEM.

Tell us what you love about girls and STEM?

 

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Our Future Is Bright!

July 3, 2013

By Lisa Jones, Chief Executive Officer

Wow…my first six months have been a blur, but tremendously fun and exhilarating!  In the last few weeks, we have seen some exciting changes around Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines.  Our Fayetteville Service Center has moved to a new location which will increase both our visibility and accessibility. Since our previous lease was ending, we were able to find a space within our budget that offered all that we had before plus a larger meeting space for girl and volunteer programs – hooray!

IMG_4093We also recently signed a contract to begin a water project at Camp Mary Atkinson that will connect us to the Johnston County public water system – which means we will have water at every corner of the camp!   Pieces from the N.C. Museum of History 100th Anniversary exhibit, At the Speed of a Girl, now decorate the halls of the Raleigh Service Center and Camp Mary Atkinson– please stop by and see it!

Recently, we assembled a task group that was focused on evaluating the programs opportunities we deliver in our southeastern counties.  They have been working diligently to compile feedback and presented a well-thought out recommendation to address issues raised earlier in the year.  In the recommendation, they have identified a number of options for camping and outdoor activities as well as program and training space for Girl Scouts in this area.  The leadership team and Board of Directors will be reviewing the recommendation and our goal is to be able to move forward with more definitive plan in the fall.

2013_it2_teamThis summer, I am joining with our Board of Directors, volunteers, parents and girls to dive further into who we are as an organization, uncover our challenges, identify our strengths, and increase opportunities for girls and volunteers across our 41-county region.  The outcome will be a plan for the next 3 years that will help us further our mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place!

With our mission front and center, we are committed to building a stronger Council – one that will continue to offer extraordinary, life-changing experiences for ALL girls.  As we embark on this strategic learning journey, I know we will build on the successes of the past to make our Council and Girl Scouting stronger across central and eastern North Carolina.

We are committed to providing the programming and support to best serve our girls and adults!  And we know our future is bright!

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