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A Sister to Every Girl Scout: The Volunteer Experience

April 24, 2017

 

By Katie Taylor, Volunteer Experience Director

Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines is home to more than 9,000 volunteers across the council. Our volunteers range in age, education, religion, ethnicity, geographic location, and so much more. A diverse group, they all share one thing in common: Girl Scouts!

We recently asked our volunteer what words came to mind when they think of their Girl Scout experience, they were quick to respond with words like positivity, bonding, camping, confidence, love, happiness, travel, sisterhood, and special! And that wasn’t all – pictures and stories came flooding in from volunteers across the council who wanted to share their love for Girl Scouting and their love for their fellow volunteers. Whether they became a Girl Scout volunteer for their daughter, granddaughter, or to have an impact on young girls in their community, our volunteers have found Girl Scouting to be more than they expected; it’s their home away from home.

Through Girl Scouting, our adult volunteers learn new skills from one another, as Shareen B., Pitt County, shared “[Donetta W.] is her go to girl when she needs a buddy for Camporee or Leaderee; she knows camping and has taught me a lot about it!” Some also find new skills on their own, like Debi W., Wake County, whose “confidence grew when [she] became a service unit manager,” and Donie O., Moore County, who is “Girl Scout strong and found her way” in leading her own troop.

New skills aren’t the only thing our volunteers have found in Girl Scouts. When she first started as a new co-leader, Camille F. “would spend time with her fellow co-leaders outside of Girl Scouts” and who became her closest friends, friends who even traveled with her family for a fun Disney adventure.  Now living in a different state, Camille still keeps in touch with her fellow co-leaders from years ago!

Our volunteers join Girl Scouts to enrich the lives of young girls, but many stay, some even after their own girls have aged out, because they have found a true sisterhood and a place to thrive as individuals. Rhonda W., Vance County, knows this to be true, as she shares “Girl Scouting has allowed [her] to make some special friendship bonds that have helped [her] grow and develop as a person.”

In honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month, we thank ALL of our amazing volunteers who have shared their passion for Girl Scouting with the girls and our council. We’re so glad you found us and this amazing sisterhood we call Girl Scouts.

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Join the Media Girlz Team!

April 17, 2017

by Jodi Gilbert, Communications Manager

Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines is searching for rising Girl Scout Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors who love being in the spotlight and who ooze the courage, confidence, and character of a true G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, and leader) to join the 2017-2018 Media Girlz Team!

Media Girlz is a year-long program that will give girls across central and eastern North Carolina the chance to be included in various media opportunities like television, radio, and newspaper interviews and be the girl voices of our 41-county footprint.

Looking for reasons why girls should apply to be a Media Girl? Here’s are our top three!

  1. Enhance Your Communication Skills

Having great communication skills is key in almost every career, relationship, and in everyday life. By being a Media Girl your written and verbal communications skills will not only improve, but you will gain confidence in these skills! Media Girlz offers opportunities for girls to speak publicly, engage with television and newspaper reporters and radio personalities, and attend council events where you will be talking to council staff and volunteers.

  1. Explore Career Options

Media Girlz is perfect for girls looking to explore their interest in television, radio, writing, production, and more! What better way to get a jump start on exploring new careers options than getting to experience it hands-on? With this program, girls will experience the media world and learn how the news is produced. Girls will learn proper business and interview etiquette, along with having a great addition to put on their college applications and resumes.

  1. Elevate your Girl Scout Story

If you’re passionate about Girl Scouts and love sharing your Girl Scout story – Media Girlz is the perfect fit for you. When you talk to the media, you will share your leadership experience and help spread the word about Girl Scouts across our council. You’ll get to show the world that Girl Scouts is the premier leadership development organization for girls and young women, and share stories about how girls like you are making an impact in world every day.

Girls looking to make new friends and become role models for girls across the North Carolina Coastal Pines council can fill out an application to be a Media Girl today!

Fill out your application to be a Media Girl today!  

 

 

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