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Unleash her inner G.I.R.L.

December 4, 2017

By: Cecily Nisbet

“Thirteen years of fun, challenge, and achievement” was how I described my time in Girl Scouts while attending the dedication of the National Girl Scouts Headquarters in New York City, 1993 – when GSUSA moved in to their new offices.

When I joined Brownies as a second grader in 1980, little did I know what a significant impact it would have on my life.  I have now been an active member of Girl Scouts for over forty-five years.

When I was a Cadette Girl Scout, I wanted to travel – I was a Go-getter.  I applied for the first national Girl Scouts trip that I was old enough to attend.  I was chosen to go to National Center West and experience a rodeo, camping in the snow (in June) and meeting girls from the entire country.  I’ve been able to attend National Conventions in Florida and Minnesota.

I still love to travel –  and in two weeks, I am taking my sixteen Juniors to Kitty Hawk, NC. In preparation for our trip to the coast, the girls learned about flying and built their own kites, which we will fly at Jockey’s Ridge State Park.  They are using their minds like Innovators.

My hope is that I can help these girls learn to live by the Girl Scout Promise and Law.  I want to help them be Risk-Takers and try new activities.  I want them to be Leaders with heart – to think of others and how they can help solve problems.

Learning new things should be fun – and in Girl Scouts it is.  Our troop has learned to make candy from chocolate, we have toured the 911-emergency call center for Orange County, we have learned to make clay pots from Mark Hewitt and explored his huge kiln in Pittsboro, and we have done archery and played Quidditch (with the NC State Quidditch Team!). We – as a troop – have learned to unleash our inner G.I.R.L.

I enjoy being a leader because I learn new things and have fun.  When I was chosen to be a principal speaker at the dedication ceremony in 1993 as a girl member of the National Board, I’m sure I couldn’t imagine my future self.  But if someone had told me that I would become a Girl Scout leader, I wouldn’t have been surprised.  Over the years, I’ve had troops in Brooklyn, Boston, and Chapel Hill – and I can’t think of a better way to give myself to an organization that builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

You can join leaders, like Cecily, in support of girls who are ready to unleash their inner G.I.R.L. through volunteering or giving today. Thank you!

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Donor Spotlight: United Way of Wayne County

November 3, 2017

For girls in Wayne County, the Community Troop experience is vital, providing supportive opportunities, positive adult role models and enrichment experiences that girls may not have access to at home, in their normal classroom environment or in their community. United Way of Wayne County has been providing critical support to these Community Troops for the past two years providing them with experiences they could not get anywhere else.

Through the Community Troop model, girls follow the Girl Scout Leadership Experience – a collection of activities and experiences where girls are able to earn badges, sell cookies, go on exciting trips, explore the outdoors, create “Take Action” projects that make a difference, and more.  The Community Troops are hosted at housing authority sites in Wayne County, allowing girls with limited access to youth development programming as a result of financial hardship or other barriers to participate at no cost.

Terrica Hay, Girl Scout Membership Director in Wayne County, describes the program as a way to provide girls with experiences where they can freely be themselves while learning the importance of respect, responsibility, healthy living, and fun. She has witnessed many girls grow throughout the program, especially one Girl Scout from a large family who didn’t feel like she had a chance to shine. By participating in a Community Troop, she feels like she has been given a voice and a chance to be herself.

Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines appreciates the support of the United Way of Wayne County and all the donors who make these Community Troops possible! Research has proven that participation in Girl Scouting improves life outcomes both in the short and long-term. By participating in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, girls will become more resilient and more likely to make positive choices in today’s complex world.

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