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Growing in Girl Scouts – Older Girl Programming

August 29, 2016

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By: Eileen Miller

Growing in Girl Scouts – Older Girl Programming

Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines recognizes that girls who grow in Girl Scouts are provided greater opportunities to develop their leadership skills. The program team has an awesome line up of activities to offer older girls (Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors) that are engaging, thought provoking and FUN! Check out our website’s activities section to learn more about each activity and register or download information as a troop, individual or Juliette.

Some highlights include:

The Arts: Spend time at Artspace, located in Raleigh, to create individual works of art under the tutelage of professionals.

Leadership: Attain one or both of the highest awards, the Girl Scout Silver and Gold Awards, by attending an upcoming workshop to learn more.

The Law: Interested in the law or civics? If yes, the UNC Women in Law Patch is back! Attend this program to participate in a mock trial as well as other fun educational activities.

Journey: Are you a Juliette interested in completing the Ambassador level Bliss Journey? This is a great opportunity to complete this Journey over the course of a school year. Registrants will meet monthly engaging in different activities that will come to a conclusion with a fun camping trip in June 2017.

College Readiness: In spring 2017, a variety of college readiness programming will be offered* at various universities to include resume writing, college tours, interviewing skills and more.

Financial Literacy: Merrill Lynch is offering two opportunities for older girls to learn about the importance of good credit and buying power.

Program Aide Core and Specialty: Program Aide Core and Specialty course materials are now available online on our website. Volunteers can download the facilitator and girl training materials to deliver this programming at a time and location convenient for them.

Each of these activities was designed to be fun while exploring new opportunities and developing leadership skills. We can’t wait for your girl to participate!

*Dates for the college readiness program are to be determined.

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Girl Scouting Keeps the Faith with Troops Sharing Their Stories!

August 25, 2016

Troop 833

By Meridith Orr, Program Executive

Our Girl Scout Promise states that each girl will, on her honor, try “to serve God.”  While we refrain from teaching specific religious or spiritual beliefs or practices, we believe that the motivating force in Girl Scouting is a spiritual one, and our organization supports girls from all backgrounds and beliefs.

Girl Scouts encourages both our girl and adult members to explore their values, including developing connections between their own faith traditions and the Girl Scout Law.

Troop 109 and 290

The My Promise, My Faith pin is a GSUSA-created award that helps a girl explore connections between the Girl Scout Law and her faith.  The steps to earn the award show her how both Girl Scouting and her faith offer similar ideas about how to act.  Girls may earn the pin once a year, every year she is in Girl Scouting by choosing a different line of the law.  The award may be earned in a troop setting and the requirements are published in each grade level of The Girls’ Guide to Girl Scouting.

Religious recognition awards are created by specific faith communities, and offer lessons based on their beliefs and tenets.  The requirements, as well as the awards themselves, are obtained from national faith organizations or committees.  More information about religious recognition programs can be found at www.praypub.org/partner_gsusa.htm

Troop 961

During Girl Scout Week each March, we start with Girl Scout Sunday and end with Girl Scout Sabbath on a Saturday, so that it always includes Girl Scouts’ Birthday, March 12.  Girl Scout Sunday and Girl Scout Sabbath give girls an opportunity to attend their place of worship and be recognized as a Girl Scout. This year, we invited troops to share their stories about how they celebrated Girl Scout Sunday, and you responded with great stories and pictures!

  • Rainbow Service Unit worked with Cherry Point Baptist Church in Havelock, NC, to create a special celebration. 20 girls and their families attended the church service, where each Girl Scout wore her uniform vest. From handing out bulletins and Girl Scout Sunday flyers to playing music and leading prayers, each girl participated in the service, including a music program for the church prior to the sermon.  Following the service the Girl Scouts thanked the church by hosting a reception for the members.
  • Troop 833 in Henderson celebrated at Raleigh Road Baptist church in Henderson, where the troop meets. The girls held roles as greeters and ushers during the service, and provided a picture slide show during their presentation to show some of the fun activities and learning projects they have completed this year. The girls even brought some cookies for the congregation to sample.
  • Girl Scout Troops 109 & 290 in Wayne County spent Girl Scout Sunday presenting the entire service at Brogden United Methodist Church. They sang, ushered, served as acolytes and helped with the offering. They even cleaned the church afterwards!
  • Troop 961 attended services at Hill King United Methodist Church in Louisburg. The girls served as greeters, distributed church bulletins and took up the offering during the service.

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To help troops explore religious emblems and prepare to celebrate Girl Scouting in their faith communities, Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines offers a Religious Recognitions Workshop.  Here, girls have the opportunity to grow stronger in their faith and honor their promise “to serve God.”  This year, you can attend a workshop in person on September 30, 2016 at the Raleigh Service Center or one of three webinars on January 31, April 11 and August 29, 2017.  We hope to hear more of your Girl Scout Week stories in 2017!

 

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