By Ashley Winton, Communications Intern
One of the best parts of being a Girl Scout is that it provides girls with so many opportunities to unleash their inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)! These traits define a girl of courage, confidence, and character—a G.I.R.L. can achieve anything that she sets her mind to! Every girl is a G.I.R.L., and through awesome opportunities like the Girl Scout Cookie Program, service projects, excursions, and more, girls can develop the skills they need to shine as leaders in their community and even the world.
Need some inspiration to help your troop unleash their inner G.I.R.L.? Look no further! Every day, the troops of Girl Scouts—North Carolina Coastal Pines do BIG things that allow them to challenge themselves and grow, building the leaders of tomorrow and creating true girl-bosses.
A Go-getter is bold and does not take no for an answer. She knows what she wants and sets goals to accomplish anything that she sets her mind to! Being a go-getter means going after the things she is passionate about and never giving up even if she fails the first time.
A great example of a Go-getter is Cassie from Troop #172! Cassie has been a dedicated Girl Scout for eleven years, and could not wait to visit Our Chalet, a Girl Scout World Centre during her visit to Switzerland! In spite of many obstacles concerning transportation, Cassie did not take no for an answer and made her dream of visiting Our Chalet a reality!
An Innovator is a girl that thinks outside the box, constantly coming up with new ideas to make a difference in her community. She has the ability to be creative and let her imagination run wild. Our Girl Scouts are innovators when they think up new service projects, learn new things about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), and so much more!
The Girl Scout Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes from Troop #829 were Innovators when they constructed cat-scratch pads out of leftover cookie box cases from the 2017 Girl Scout Cookie Program! The girls wanted to help the environment by finding a use for their cookie cases instead of throwing them away, and help a local animal shelter. They completed the pads during a camping adventure at Camp Mu-Sha-Ni and they were excited to deliver them to the cats when they returned!
A Risk-taker is not afraid of the unexpected—she embraces it! As Girl Scouts, girls have endless opportunities to step outside their comfort zone and accomplish the things that they never thought possible.
One example of a Risk-taker is Cara from Brownie Troop #611! This year, Cara set a goal to gather a high amount of donations for Operation Cookie Drop. To reach her goal, she visited Coopers Fire and Rescue and gave a speech about Operation Cookie Drop to a full crowd. Even though it made her nervous to speak in front of so many people, it was so worth it after they made a $200 donation!
A Leader is confident and responsible enough to take charge and to rally others to join her in changing the world. All of our Girl Scouts get the opportunity to be a leader—whether it’s within her troop or the community!
The Girl Scout Seniors from Troop #326 have proved themselves to be excellent leaders after hosting the International Festival for Area Wake 18 for three years! The event has been a great success due to their extensive planning that involves patch design, scheduling, and implementing safety rules of course! This opportunity has allowed them to grow as leaders and role models for younger Girl Scouts!
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