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Powering Adventures with Girl Scout Cookies!

February 15, 2017

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By: Ga Ming West, Marketing Coordinator

Girl Scout Cookies are more than just a sweet treat! Not only does every cookie purchase give girls an opportunity to develop important financial skills like goal setting, and money management, but it also powers fun and amazing experiences. And the best part? Girl Scouts get to choose what they do with their cookie proceeds!

From community service projects to traveling and experiencing new places, the possibilities are endless! Check how these Girl Scouts are taking action and making a difference in their communities with cookie proceeds: 

 

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Troop #1625 Helps Out a Girl Scout Sister
After learning that a Girl Scout sister and troop leader’s father’s house caught on fire, and they lost almost everything, Troop #1625 donated some of their cookie proceeds to help this family rebuild their home where they can make new memories together.

 

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Troop #285 Explores the Appalachian Trail
Talk about Cookie Bosses! Troop #285 sold almost 10,000 boxes of cookies to fund a backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail! The girls purchased ultralight gear and spent four days on the trail. They even biked 20 miles on the Virginia Creeper Trail and reached the summit of Mt. Rogers, the highest point in Virginia at 5,728 feet. How awesome! These rising 6th and 7th graders became proficient in setting up their tents, meal planning and cooking, gear selection, packing their bags, and the Leave No Trace principles.

  

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Troop #1625 Gives to Ronald McDonald House Residents
Girl Scout Brownie Troop #1770 used some of their Cookie Program proceeds to buy supplies and prepare Baby Shower Bags and Sibling Kits for the Ronald McDonald House. The Baby Shower Bags contained items that a family would need to care for a new born baby and the Sibling Kits contained items to entertain young children at the Ronald McDonald house while their siblings are in the hospital.

 

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 Troop #1555 Explores Charlotte
Senior Girl Scout Troop #1555 used part of their cookie proceeds to explore Charlotte, NC. Their adventure included visiting the Carolina Panther’s stadium, riding roller coasters at Carowinds, panning for gold at Reed’s Gold Mine, trying yummy dishes on a local food tour, shopping at Concord Mills, working as a team in a room escape game, and touring Davidson College!

Wow, the things a cookie – and a Girl Scout – can do! What about you, Girl Scout? How will you use your proceeds to power your next adventure? Share your story with us and we’ll feature your story on our social media outlets!

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What Every Girl Scout Should Treasure: The Fun of Giving Back

February 13, 2017

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By: Yolanda Rabun, Corporate Counsel, IBM

As a professional actor, this past summer I had the pleasure of working with extremely talented Broadway, New York-based, and local professionals and students in the North Carolina Theatre’s production of Mary Poppins. To say my experience was magically whimsical on stage would not be far from the truth! My character, Mrs. Corry, ran a shop where people could buy words and letters for conversation and Mary Poppins, as we all know, would fly with the aid of an umbrella and appear out of thin air quite often!  But what I found to be more magical and gratifying than the fun we had on stage was the tremendous joy and fun I shared with Girl Scouts and their families that toured with me backstage after the show.

I believe the Ancient Greek saying that No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.   It really is true!  A few groups and their families received a special tour of the unique props and larger than life stage furniture stored backstage. Some troops even got to meet Mary Poppins, Bert, and many other characters from the show and get autographs. There were a myriad of emotions! Some Girl Scouts were surprised, in shock, star-struck; others were in awe, inquisitive, and openly grateful. But there was no doubt, between the Girl Scouts, me, and the Mary Poppins cast and crew, we were all having fun!

As a past Girl Scout, I think, along with the Girl Scouts I met on the tours, what we all treasured most about the time spent together was that we were making a real impact on each other’s lives! I was smiling, they were smiling, and the cast and crew were smiling! We were all very happy! That is the power of giving back and possibly, one of the best examples of ourselves we can be for each other. We should always find the fun in giving back and aim to help make someone smile!

What act of kindness have you done that made someone smile?

Yolanda Rabun is an active member in our community and has spent time as a mentor with Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines. We shared Yolanda’s story as it captures why she enjoys volunteering and the positive impact it can have on young girls. Because of women like Yolanda, we are able to provide our girls life-changing opportunities where they learn about how to become active members in their own communities.

You can join Yolanda in support of girls who are changing our world through volunteering or giving. Thank you!

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