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‘Tis the Season to Give Back

December 4, 2014

By: Jenny Taylor, Communications and Public Relations Intern

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As the air turns chilly and twinkling lights appear throughout our neighborhoods, we are all feeling the excitement of the holiday season. This joyous season is the perfect time to help your girls focus on their Girl Scout Promise to help people at all times. Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines has always taken great pride in the generosity of the girls in our council. Let’s make it another year to remember! What creative and fun ideas can your girls dream up for giving back and helping their communities?

Try using these suggestions to start your girls brainstorming about holiday service projects:

  1. Consider holding a coat and blanket drive. Work with a local charity to distribute what you collect.
  1. Food pantries and shelters are running low on supplies this year. Think of a creative way to collect non-perishable items.
  1. Many schools, local malls, and social service departments have “angel trees.” Have your troop collect the items on one child’s wish list. Have a gift wrapping party and make it fun!
  1. Provide a meal, small gifts, firewood, or gift cards for a family in need. The ideas are endless.
  1. Now is a great time to thank your meeting space hosts. There are so many ways to express thanks, including baking cookies, making cards, or helping with a project.
  1. This can be a difficult time of year for the elderly who are no longer able to live at home. You could sing carols or make decorations for the rooms at a nursing home or retirement facility.
  1. Think about ways to cheer up children who are ill and will not be able to spend the holidays at home.
  1. Don’t forget our furry friends during these cold months! Shelters are always in need of food, treats, and toys.

Here’s hoping this helps give your girls’ creative minds and generous hearts a jump start into this season of giving. We can’t wait to hear what your troop is doing!

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How to Plan A Community Service Event: New Troop Leader Series

November 7, 2013

By Tiffany H., New Daisy Girl Scout Troop Leader

photo-1-1-e1383577729405As a new Troop Leader for Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines, I knew that I wanted to create opportunities for my Girl Scouts to give back to the community. I decided that it was time to start planning our troop’s first community service event! Not sure where to start…I begin asking around to find out what opportunities were available for our Daisy Troop.

I was able to find the perfect event through our Area Leader, which was planting flags at our local Veteran’s Cemetery in honor of Veterans Day. As a leader, I saw this is as a great way to show the girls how to honor our heroes and earn their Veteran’s Day activity badges.

I have to say that the event went great! A veteran spoke to the girls, and other participating community groups, about being a solider and serving our country. He explained to all of us how some veterans were alive and some weren’t, but that they all deserved honor. This message really stuck with my girls as they realized that heroes come in many shapes and sizes and are people who fight and serve for the greater good.

As a group we sang the National Anthem and said the Pledge of Allegiance before heading over to plant our flags. As the girls placed flags, they talked about how there were soldiers buried there and how their families must miss them. I was surprised by their understanding and in awe of the honor they showed at such a young age.

Overall, the event was a wonderful opportunity to show the girls the importance of giving back and to celebrate the everyday heroes among us!

For new Troop Leaders looking to plan their first community service project, here are a few tips to get you started!

  1. Ask around! You never know where this an opportunity to give back so ask your Area Manager, other leaders, or even your neighbors!
  2. Once you have your service project idea, be sure to communicate clearly the time, place, and duration of the event to girls and parents.
  3. Indicate the reason and purpose of the event and let parents/girls know if there is an activity badge or if it’s just for the experience.
  4. Always be prepared to talk about the event and let your Girl Scouts walk away with a lesson learned a memory to last a lifetime.

What events or service projects are you planning for your troop this year?

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