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Keep Calm and Girl Scout On

March 10, 2015

By Catherine Locke, Volunteer and Former Board Member of USA Girl Scouts Overseas

Special thanks to Kathleen Fitzsimmons and Ruth Miller for the great pictures.

Special thanks to Kathleen Fitzsimmons and Ruth Miller for the great pictures.

Anytime a family decides to move it is tough– everyone is forced to give up things that are familiar and safe for the unknown. The unknown can include a new job, a new town, a new neighborhood, a new house, a new room, new friends, a new school and so on.

Toss in a move overseas to a foreign country, and now you have something many of our Girl Scout families in the military are faced with! With a move to a foreign country there are additional challenges to overcome: new language, new customs, and a new culture. The best thing you can do is “Keep Calm and Carry On.”

The phrase “Keep Calm and Carry On” was part of a propaganda campaign intended to be used during WWII by the British government. People in major cities were being threatened by massive attacks. The campaign was designed to increase morale, strengthen their faith and bring out the best in people.

“Keep Calm and Carry On” is now very common saying and as ubiquitous as the smiley face. And why not? It is a very catchy and positive phrase. It reminds us to remain steadfast in our lives and goals. To be strong. To do our best in the face of adversity. In essence, to be a Girl Scout!

Whether she is a daisy just starting her Girl Scout career, a girl with years of Girl Scouting on her sash, a leader who has come full-circle, or even a board-member who had just reconnected with the organization, it is possible to “Keep Calm and Girl Scout On” almost anywhere in the world.

In over 90 countries around the globe, girls can find troops to continue “carrying on” with Girl Scouting in ways that are familiar through USA Girl Scouts Overseas. Girl Scouts teaches girls how to survive, be strong and to lead. To see every challenge through the lens of optimism and hope. To turn the unknown into endless opportunities.

Endless opportunities abound for expatriate Girl Scouts. Yes, they participate in activities, just like their US counterparts. But camp is held in the Swiss Alps. Hiking is in the Welsh countryside. Her first cooking lesson may be in Japan. A Girl Scout troop may have the privilege of participating in the 60th Anniversary of DDay ceremony in Normandy, France. They may host World Thinking Day at a palace in Singapore.

Moving has its ups and downs. And USA Girl Scouts Overseas can provide some stability – and opportunities – during these tough transitions. And with a positive attitude and the ability to “Keep Calm and Girl Scout On” the transition is not only doable and but also life changing.

Catherine Locke recently relocated to the Raleigh area from England where she lived with her husband and son for the last 3 years. Catherine has served on the Executive Board of Director for Girl Scouts for the Sahauro Girl Scouts in Tucson Arizona as well as the USA Girl Scouts North Atlantic Overseas Councils. Professionally she has worked in marketing and public relations for the government, telecommunications, tourism and the retail industries. Welcome to North Carolina, Catherine!

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Costa Rican Adventure

December 18, 2014

By: Alyssa H., Girl Scout Ambassador-Troop 1584

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Over the summer I had the opportunity to be involved in a Girl Scout destinations trip to Costa Rica. It was a truly life-changing experience that opened my eyes to different cultures and also allowed me to look into myself and to become a better leader. Describing this trip in just one blog entry would be impossible, but I will do my best to explain a few of the highlights.

Friendships: I went to Costa Rica knowing nobody, but by the end of the trip I felt like I had known the girls on my trip my whole life. It was amazing how quickly we bonded and grew close to each other. We still text and send mail to each other to keep in touch.

Adventure: From admiring a new landscape to surfing and white-water rafting, adventure was truly present throughout the whole trip. The views were incredible, and being able to participate in high adventure activities in such a different environment than I was used to really allowed me to experience adventure at a whole different level. I really loved how I went there not having any surfing experience whatsoever, and was able to learn how to surf and actually get up on the board by the first day of surfing.

Leadership: During this trip we were able to experience leadership by being in charge for a day, as well as learn about how to become a better leader through learning sessions that we had all throughout the trip.

Service to the Community: One day on this trip we were able to walk to a local school and serve the kids and teachers there by painting their school buildings. Watching the joy on the students faces as we painted and the experience of playing with them afterwards gave me so much joy and once again showed me the reason why I serve others.

Memories: So many activities led to an abundance of memories that I will never forget. From developing new life-long friends to exploring a whole new landscape and culture, this trip will never be forgotten.

To learn more about what travel experiences are available to girls, contact Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines Program Director Neph Bailey at nbailey@nccoastalpines.org.

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