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Gratitude Grows in Girl Scouts

November 20, 2015


Giving Thanks for Girl Scouts

By Krista Park, Communications & PR Director

As Thanksgiving nears, there is much to be grateful for – in addition to the pumpkin pie! Research has shown that that the regular practice of gratitude helps children (and adults too!) slow down and be more present, think about what they appreciate, and learn what matters to them.

Help your Girl Scouts grow gratitude this year! And to get you started, here are two simple craft activities that will get your girls thinking about what they are thankful for during the holiday season and beyond!

1. “Grow” a Thanksgiving Tree.

Help your troop show their friends and families what they are thankful for this holiday season.


What you need: Twigs with several small branches; leaf templates; colored construction paper (orange, red, yellow, and green); scissors; large paper or Styrofoam cups; twist ties, pipe cleaners, or ribbon; modeling clay or small pebbles; pens or markers; hole punches

What to do: If possible, take a nature walk with your troop before you plan to build the Thanksgiving Trees. Gather straight twigs that have at least three branches (up to 12 inches tall). Invite girls to decorate their cups using markers or construction paper and glue. Fill each cup with enough clay/pebbles to support the twig. Have girls “plant” their Thanksgiving Trees by sticking the twigs into the cups.

Trace the leaf templates on the colored construction paper and cut them out. Pass around hole punches so the girls can punch holes at one end of each leaf. Ask girls to write one thing on each leaf for which they are grateful. Have them fasten the leaves to the trees with twist ties, pipe cleaners, or ribbon.

2. Create a gratitude jar.

You can begin this activity by decorating a jar together as a fun craft activity. Glass or plastic jars both work! Then choose a particular troop meeting or meetings, to talk about giving thanks and adding to the gratitude jar.

Gratitude Jar


What you need: One medium or large jar for troop; or multiple smaller jars for each girl. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – have girls bring in their own jar; scrap paper; pens and pencils. Optional items to decorate jar: ribbon or twine, scissors, tags, foam letters, stickers, beads, glue, markers, etc.

What to do: Decorate jar if desired. Cut out scrapbook paper into strips. Have girls write down things they are thankful for on strips of paper, fold, and place in the jar. Items can be read aloud before being placed in the jar, read out load by a leader, or saved for a later time. Hearing what troop friends are thankful for can also help shape a girl’s understanding of gratitude.

Most of all, be creative and have fun giving thanks with Girl Scouts!

What are you thankful for this year? How do you plan to celebrate and give thanks with your troop?


Thankful to Be a Girl Scout Volunteer

November 24, 2013

By Craven County Girl Scout volunteers, Service Unit 618

a forever green 3Without the generous support of our adult volunteers, Girl Scouts NC Coastal Pines could not carry out its mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character. Our volunteers make it possible to deliver the Girl Scout program helping girls become our future leaders.

In this season of remembrance and thanks, we are so grateful for our volunteers!  And we just love hearing the many reasons why our volunteers in Craven County are thankful for their Girl Scout experience!

  • I love being a Girl Scout leader because it changes lives.  It changes the lives I touch, but mostly it changes my life.  – Kim, Troop #279
  • Being an adult Girl Scout gives me the chance to continue being part of an organization that I loved as a young girl.  – Gail, Troop #90
  • I am thankful for Girl Scouts for giving me the opportunity to spend more time with my girls and teach them to be better people.  – Mary, Troop #184
  • I love being a Girl Scout volunteer because not only do I have the opportunity to experience new things with my own daughter, but I know I’m helping other young girls reach their goals, whether it is with cookie sales or life.  – Crystal, Troop #315
  • Girl Scouts helps me expand my skills, meet others involved with Girls Scouts, make new friends, and make a difference.  – Tracy, service unit secretary
  • I enjoy working with the girls and learning from them, as well as co-leading with a great group of adults who have become my friends.  – Camille, Troop #1814
  • I am thankful to be a Girl Scout volunteer because I hope to pass along the same things that I treasure from my years as a Scout – lifelong friendships, independence & life skills, confidence, and a spirit of service to others.   – Paula, Troop #1508
  • I am thankful that I get to teach 13 sassy girls new skills that will better them in their adult lives.  – Mattie, Troop #132
  • I have a better understanding about different people and it makes me feel good that I’m contributing to girls’ lives, but more important; I know the girls are learning new skills each time we meet.   – Jennifer, Troop #863
  • I am thankful for being a Girl Scout volunteer because I cherish the impact I make as a mentor for girls. Also, I enjoy mentoring new leaders and sharing my knowledge and experience.  – Nancy, Troop #1956
  • I am thankful to be a Girl Scout volunteer for being part of young girls’ lives; for showing them what can be accomplished with hope, courage, strength & faith and witnessing the practice thereof. – Sarah, Troop #696
  • I am thankful to be a Girl Scout volunteer because I care about the future of our country and know that I have a part in creating these young entrepreneurs, physicians, scientists, politicians, etc. – Sara, Troop #119
  • I’m thankful to be a positive role model in young girls’ lives and to meet wonderful kids, parents, and adult members to help me along the way. – Brittany, Troop #1543
  • The girls keep me humble and put into perspective the fact that I may only be a small part of the world but I can make a big difference. – Jeanette, Troop #812

Are you looking for a meaningful way to spend time with your daughter, granddaughter, or niece?  Are you interested in helping girls develop a strong sense of self and become the leaders of tomorrow?

Become a Girl Scout Volunteer and start the fun today!


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