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Thinking outside Box: beyond the traditional troop

August 18, 2014

By Ivonne Ibarra-Guajardo, Recruitment Director Cumberland County

Girl Scouts - NC Coastal Pines MultiLevel TroopJuliette Gordon Low had a grand vision for girls when she gathered the first group of Girl Scouts together in 1912. At that time, world was a different place for girls. Many extracurricular activities for girls were simply not offered. Low wanted more for girls – she believed that building strong girls would build a stronger world. And she was right about that!

Since that first meeting, opportunities for girls have grown both around the world and in here Girl Scouts. Girls are meeting every day with their Girl Scout troops all over the country and all over the world. Following the same values Juliette Gordon Low established over 100 years ago, the Girl Scout program offers opportunities for all girls ages 5-17 (grades K-12). In addition to the traditional troop model, Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines also offer two addition troop experiences – multi-level and co-op troops.

Our multi-level troops host a combination of Girl Scouts of varying grade-levels. This particular troop model often has many valuable benefits for its members and meets the needs of many volunteers and girls. A multi-troop environment allows girls to make new friends and interact with girls of different ages. Older girls in the troop have the opportunity to put their leadership skills into action as they mentor the younger troop members.

Sherry Weeks, who has been a multi-level troop leader the last four years, states it best: “Convenience. I have 2 daughters, one Brownie and one Junior. It became increasingly difficult getting them both to meetings and events because they met at different times. It made sense for me to switch to a multi-level troop.”

In Girl Scouts, we value a volunteer experience is easy, flexible, and most of all – fun! Our co-operative model distributes troop leadership equally. Each parent/caregiver of a girl in the troop agrees to coordinate one meeting during the year. Cooperatively, this team of adult volunteers leads the troop through the Journey and badge work, product sales, and other Girl Scout adventures. Co-op troops truly embody the spirit of teamwork to get the job done!

And what job could be better than helping girls discover friendship, follow the fun, and grow stronger together. With a variety of troop models, it’s easier than ever to lead. Start the fun and become a Girl Scout today! Use event code 367F22 when registering online to be entered to win an iPad!*

*Must be first time, new member and registered by 9/30/14 to be eligible to win.

 

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‘Thanks,’ Senator Barringer, for 45 years and counting…

July 20, 2014

By Samantha Herring, Communications & Marketing Intern

State Senator Barringer and Girl Scouts CEO Lisa JonesForty-Five years. That’s how long North Carolina State Senator Tamara Barringer has been a Girl Scout. At this year’s annual meeting, Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines had the honor of presenting her with a 45-Year Membership Pin and also awarded her the Girl Scout Thanks Badge. The Thanks Badge is a really big deal. It’s a national award that honors a volunteer for going way beyond expectations in serving their Girl Scout Council.

You go, Girl Scout!

Senator Barringer has contributed to Girl Scouting in many different ways. So many ways, in fact, that it would be easier to list the positions she hasn’t held! She has served as a Troop Leader, Adult Learning Facilitator, Service Unit Manager, Board of Directors member, and has chaired or served on numerous other committees.

We recently asked Senator Barringer about her Girl Scout experience. Read on to learn what she shared.

How long have you been a volunteer and what has your favorite role within Girl Scouts been?

I’ve been an active volunteer since 1977. It would be hard to say what my favorite role has been. Each has had its own challenges and rewards. I am proud to have had the opportunity to serve in so many different ways.

What can you tell us about your experience as a young Girl Scout?

Girl Scouting has had a profound influence on my life since I was very young. My original Girl Scout leaders in Shelby, North Carolina, taught me through their words and deeds that people are inspired by and respect leaders who challenge them.

Do you think being a Girl Scout had any influence on your becoming a Senator?

Through Girl Scouting, I learned to be a leader. Now, more than 40 years later, I continue to experience the life-enriching joy of service to others. The Girl Scout mission is at the heart of my service to others.

Do you ever hear from the girls who were in the troops you led?

Oh, yes. I try to stay in contact with them. When I am able, I especially enjoy attending their weddings, baby showers, and other important events. I am so proud of them all.

Are you still active in Girl Scouts?

Absolutely! I keep my certifications up to date so that I can continue to train leaders and girls, and supervise troop events. I also am a member of the Gold Award Committee, which reviews and approves girls’ Gold Award projects.

Hats off and congratulations to Senator Barringer for being honored with the Thanks Badge for being such a vital Girl Scout volunteer, for completing 45 years as a Girl Scout, and being such an incredible role model!

Being a Girl Scout volunteer can change your life, and your service can change the lives of girls. Start the fun today — click here to explore the many ways you can help shape girls of courage, confidence and character.

 

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