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Girl Perspectives: Making the World a Better Place (Aleeyah)

July 24, 2017

Girl Scout Alleyah shares her story on earning her Girl Scout Silver Award.

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By Aleeyah W., Girl Scout

I am an Ambassador Girl Scout and I have greatly enjoyed my participation in Girl Scouts over the last 9 years. My experience has been wonderful and has included hard work. While being a Girl Scout, I have earned a lot of badges and numerous cookie recognitions.  I earned my Girl Scout Silver Award and have had opportunities to travel as well as go camping in the wilderness. I have had the opportunity to attend summer leadership, science and cooking camps and for a couple of years now I have been an assistant leader on Monday evenings to a Daisy troop – I love it! I have made so many sisters in Girl Scouts.

My accomplishments while earning my Girl Scout Silver Award made the world a better place. I conducted an afterschool reading program at a local daycare in my community. Reading makes us smarter. It is a vigorous exercise for the brain and helps us to understand the world around us. The children who attended liked reading to me, and I loved reading them their favorite books. When I had time, I would check out additional books from our local library on topics they enjoyed such as plants and animals. We even made crafts, such as coloring dinosaur eggs. All of them had great imaginations. When we’d go outside to play, they’d recite the alphabet which is the first step in learning to read. I also collected and refurbished books donated by members of my community to give to them.

Last summer I attended counselor in training camp at Camp Mary Atkinson where I received the camp name Reese and enjoyed activities such as canoeing and archery. And over the years I’ve learned so much during cookie season – to smile, count money back and of course ask everyone to buy cookies. In the fall I will be a senior in high school. It is something I am happy about, but sadly it will also be my last year as an Ambassador. But it will not be my last year as a Girl Scout – Once a Girl Scout, Always a Girl Scout.

My goal is to one day become a reading teacher and hopefully someday I will also be a Girl Scout leader where I can teach girls to make the world a better place and to inspire young girls to be the best they can be. I could not have accomplished all I have in Girl Scouts alone and I appreciate everyone, troop leaders and family, who have helped me along the way.

What a great story! Thanks for sharing, Aleeyah! To join in sharing your Girl Scout story, visit our story submissions page!

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June Commemorative Celebrations

June 5, 2017

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Summer is here and it is time to celebrate Zoo and Aquarium Month, Music Day, and more! There are activities for you to do as a troop or as a family. Bring on the heat and the commemorative celebration activities!

Zoo and Aquarium Month

Kickoff your summer by celebrating animals and places you can visit them. Plan your family or troop outing to learn about animals this June.

  • Sea Turtle Patch Program – GS – NCCP has a Sea Turtle patch program for Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors. Through the activities in the program, girls will learn more about the lives and habits of Sea Turtles. They also will explore ways to help save and protect our friends in the sea.
  • Zoo Craft– Lions, tigers, and bears, oh my! Bring home the animals by making a craft. This website has lots of zoo crafts for your troop to create. There are paper monkeys, cardboard elephants, clay lions, and more. Don’t forget to learn about the animal your troop makes!
  • Take a Trip – Lucky for us in North Carolina, we can visit a zoo and aquarium. Head to the coast and visit one of the four NC Aquariums. Each aquarium has special exhibits and activities to educate your troop about local fish and other sea creatures. If your troop is interested in furry critters, plan a visit to the NC Zoo. Reach out to Nicole Peterson, petersen@nczoo.org, to schedule a Girl Scout program at the NC Zoo.

Here is a fun zoo patch to celebrate the month.

Music Day

Music is a big part of life for many people. Some make a profession out of playing instruments and writing songs. Other people use music to relax or celebrate. Discover what aspects of music interest your troop on June 21.

  • Explore New Music – Expand your troop’s musical taste with some new musical choices. You can expose them to classical or folk music. Maybe have them listen to something from another country or culture. There are so many types of music you can share with your troop to expand their taste.
  • Go to a Concert – Find a local family-fun concert to attend. Take the troop as an outing to listen to new music and maybe dance a little too.
  • Make an Instrument – Create your own musical instrument to play. This website has a ton of ideas for easy instruments to make with your troop.

Commemorative your troop learning more about music with a fun patch.

National Doughnut Day

I think it is safe to say the doughnuts are the best! We can’t get enough of these glazed, sprinkled, chocolate covered, rings. Don’t forget to celebrate delicious doughnuts on June 2.

  • Tasty Treat– Celebration National Doughnut with doughnuts at your troop meeting. Head to your favorite doughnut shop to purchase a sweet snack that everyone will enjoy. Don’t forget extra sprinkles!
  • Doughnut Craft– Decorate and get crafty for your doughnut party. Create one of these doughnut themed crafts: doughnut garland or doughnut floppy hat.
  • Share the Love– Take your troop to a local doughnut shop to buy a dozen doughnuts and then give them out in your community. Offer them to your church or school staff or bring them to a local nursing home. Share your love of doughnuts!

Check out this fun doughnut patch!

National Outdoor Month

June is the perfect month to celebrate National Outdoor Month: the days are warm, the nights are cool, and school is out! Plan a way to get outside as a troop or family this June. There are countless ways to enjoy the great outdoors in North Carolina, we’ve listed a few below:

  • Try A New Outdoor Hobby– Challenge yourself in June to get outside and try and new hobby. Have you ever tried paddle-boarding or Ultimate Frisbee? What about mountain biking, archery, or golf? The options are endless. Be a risk-taker and try a new outdoor hobby.
  • Bonfire– Whether you are camping in June or not, you can always have a bonfire. Get the troop together one night for a traditional Girl Scout bonfire. Sing songs, play games, and make s’mores. This is a great way to enjoy a beautiful, North Carolina night outside.

S’mores patch anyone? Purchase this cute patch to remember your troop bonfire.

Keep your eyes peeled for July’s commemorative celebrations blog.

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