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Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Awareness Patch Program

November 30, 2016

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By: Myra Walters, Girl Scout Troop Co-Leader

Girl Scout Troop Co-Leader Myra Walters shares how Hurricane Matthew affected her troop and shines a light on the strength and powerful impact of the Girl Scout sisterhood during times of difficulty.

On October 7th the rain started as the news came that Hurricane Matthew would be hitting North Carolina on October 8th.

Troop 17 had just completed the requirements at the end of September for the Hurricane Awareness Patch.  We learned how to track the hurricane, what the different categories meant, how to pack a preparedness kit, and develop an evacuation plan.  We also created a collage of previous hurricane destruction that occurred in other states so we knew what the aftermath could look like.  We were ready I thought until I lived through Hurricane Matthew and listened to the stories from my Girl Scouts of their experiences.

It’s October 8th and the rains continue, the winds whip, water starts to rise, trees begin to fall, and the power goes out.  Okay, we learned about all this, but it seems like the water is rising fast. Then the warnings came to evacuate areas due to flooding, but we can’t get our vehicles out so boats come to rescue us.  You grab what you can carry and leave in the middle of a dark rainy night praying for safety.  You see cars getting washed away, people stranded on their roofs and hear calls for help.  We make it to a shelter of crowded, scared strangers, all wondering if our home will be there when this is over.

The night has ended and daylight has approached, and we hear the news of areas that are completely flooded, roads are closed, trees are down, and some people have died or are missing.  One of my Brownie Scouts asked her mom if they were homeless.

Were we prepared for all this devastation?  No matter how much you read or see on TV what a hurricane can do, it will never prepare you until you experience it.

As we face the challenge with God’s strength to recover and try to put some normalcy back in our lives, my troop has been a great example of the Girl Scout Law in the following ways:

  • Courageous and strong to face the storm and its devastation
  • Considerate and caring, friendly and helpful as we worked in different communities helping to clean up, serve food, and pass out supplies.
  • Using resources wisely when the water supply was cut off, and we had to use ditch water to flush toilets.
  • Respect for others and authority when we were told to evacuate and were rescued by Emergency personnel.
  • Making the world a better place as we pull together as sisters to put communities back together.

We would like to give a big shout out of thanks to Girl Scout Troops 1458, 1804, 1013, 1864 led by these Great Leaders: Brenda Ramsey, Shanika Reaves, Kimberly McClure,  Jerial Bogan, and volunteer of Evelyn Baskervill of Cumberland County. They demonstrated what Girl Scout Sisterhood is all about. They reached out to my troop and collected and purchased a huge amount of clothes, shoes, school supplies and toiletries for us, in addition to their kind gesture to adopt my girls that lost everything for Christmas.

This is one patch program that we will never forget.

 

 

 

 

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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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