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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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Girl Scouts Travel to Our Cabaña In Mexico

May 13, 2014

By Cheryl Olive, Girl Scout Troop #7000 – International Travel Group

Traveling is a great way for girls to gain experiences exploring new places and new culture. Over spring break, nine adult members and one Girl Scout Ambassador from Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines traveled to Our Cabaña in hot and sunny Mexico. This was the first visit for all but one of our travelers to the Girl Scout World Centre located in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

Girl Scouts - NC Coastal Pines Travel to Mexico!What a fabulous time we had! We arrived on Saturday afternoon and got settled into the dorms. The grounds are absolutely beautiful and the staff was fantastic and very accommodating – they took great care of us.

We spent Sunday in Tepotzlan and Tlayacapan. We toured cathedrals, shopped in the local markets, and made pottery.

On Monday, we had a day at the centre learning about Mexico by doing a scavenger hunt and making some traditional Mexican crafts. In the evening we had a salsa dancing lesson.

Tuesday we drove to Taxco, the Silver City, and enjoyed our day there. We toured the city, did quite a bit of shopping, and some of us even took a cable car (after a crazy taxi ride) up to get an impressive view of the city. I t was a great day!

Wednesday morning was dedicated to service. We painted over two walls full of graffiti on a building that is used for young pregnant women who have no other place to stay. That evening, we had a lovely dinner at Las Mañanitas, watching the birds on the grounds and eating traditional Mexican food. We even had fun chasing a flamingo out of the ladies’ bathroom.

Girl Scouts - NC Coastal Pines Visit Mexico!Thursday we spent the morning at the pyramids at Xochicalco. They were amazing! We climbed all over them and explored the grounds. We had a cooking lesson in the afternoon where we made enchiladas with a green sauce, and relaxed after dinner while watching a movie.

We spent our last full day visiting the town of Cuernavaca, “City of Eternal Spring.” We visited the cathedrals, shopped in the market, toured the Palace of Cortez and the Robert Brady House, and enjoyed a lovely lunch at Casa Hidalgo.

The closing ceremony was special as the staff of Our Cabaña built us a campfire, ending the week with campfire songs and a pinning ceremony.

It was a wonderful week and I can’t wait to go back. What destinations are you hoping to visit with your Girl Scouts?

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