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Spring into Birthday Fun with Girl Scout Week (and Spirit Week) 2016!

February 29, 2016

By Tara Rappleye, Program Director

It’s that time of year again…GIRL SCOUT WEEK! Time to celebrate the organization that we all love and are honored to be a part of. This year Girl Scout Week will be celebrated March 7, 2016 to March 12, 2016.

As in past years, all our members are invited to celebrate Girl Scout Week by participating the fourth annual Girl Scout – NC Coastal Pines Spirit Week. This year, when girls/troops participate in the spirit week fun, they’ll also be fulfilling requirements to earn our first-ever Girl Scout Week patch!

The Girl Scout Week patch is part of our council-sponsored patch program and encourages girls to learn more about our amazing organization and how we’ve been building girls of courage, confidence, and character for 104 years.

We’ve outlined the 2016 Girl Scout Spirit Week activities below and you can learn more about how to earn our Girl Scout Week patch on our website.

Girl Scout Spirit Week Activities

GSWeek 2016

Monday, March 7 – Girl #ScoutSelfie

Get those selfie sticks ready! Snap a selfie of you or your troop in your Girl Scout gear or participating in a Girl Scout activity. Then post your selfie on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag Girl #ScoutSelfie and tell us why you love Girl Scouts!

Tuesday, March 8 – Get Outside

Got cabin-fever after a long winter? Time to get outside! If the weather is warm visit one of our Girl Scout Camps and have a picnic. If Jack Frost is still hanging around take a quick walk with your family, just to get some fresh air. Post a photo on Facebook and Twitter and tell us your favorite outdoor activity!

Wednesday, March 9 – Letters to the Troops (Operation Cookie Drop)

Giving back is a core tenant of every Girl Scout experience. A phenomenal way to celebrate Girl Scout Week is to participate in our fourth annual Letter Writing Campaign for our military troops. These letters/stories/pictures are delivered alongside our Operation Cookie Drop deliveries this spring. Soldiers not only enjoy a sweet taste of home, but also receive a heartfelt thank you from our Girl Scouts!

To participate, simply mail your letters to the address below or drop them off at any of our service center locations by April 15, 2016.

Letters To Our Troops
c/o Amy Vitale
6901 Pinecrest Road
Raleigh, NC 27613

Thursday, March 10 – Throwback Thursday (#tbt)

Whether your first Girl Scout meeting was four months ago, four years ago, or 40 years ago, it’s time to throw it back by sharing your favorite Girl Scout memory or photo on Facebook and Twitter. We can’t wait to see a those vintage uniforms and relive some amazing Girl Scout adventures.

Friday, March 11 – Fashion Friday

Time to show your Girl Scout spirit by wearing your Girl Scout Sash/Vest or Girl Scout T-shirt! Be CONFIDENT as your wear your Girl Scout gear to school, to work, or just around town, and show everyone you’re a part of an incredible organization. Don’t forget to post your Fashion Friday pictures to Facebook and Twitter.

Saturday, March 12- Girl Scout Birthday!

Wahoo! We are 104! Break out the cupcakes and decorations as a troop, and throw a party celebrating 104 years of Girl Scouting. Don’t have sweet tooth? Plan a service project for your community as another way to honor the organization that inspires us to TAKE ACTION. Keep us posted on Facebook and Twitter on how you are celebrating the Girl Scout Birthday.

Girl Scout Birthday Week Patch Program

The Girl Scout Birthday Week Patch Program was created to help troops celebrate Girl Scout Week! The activities in this patch program have been inspired by a combination of many different facets of the Girl Scout organization. The variety of activities will encourage all Girl Scouts, no matter their interest or age to participate in this patch program.

Do you want to participate in both Spirit week and the Girl Scout Birthday Patch Program? YOU CAN! Spirit Week and the patch program are tied together! There are activities within this patch program, which correlate with Spirit Week Days. Participating in the Girl Scout Spirit Week helps you earn your patch.

Please note, you don’t have to participate in Spirit Week to earn this patch, they are tied together for those who want to participate in both. Also, you don’t have to do all the requirements for the patch program in one week, take time to celebrate Girl Scout Birthday Week throughout the month of March!

We hope you’ll join us in celebrating Girl Scout Week this year! Have another idea for a spirit week activity or perhaps a special way you and your girls are celebrating? Tell us in the comments below or share with us online!


Why A Girl Scout Goes for Gold

February 22, 2016


Girl Scout Gold Award

By Eileen Miller, Program Director

There are countless reasons why Girl Scouts across the nation decide to #GoGold and earn the Girl Scout Gold Award. Perhaps a Girl Scout is inspired by a family member fighting an illness, or she learns members of her community are in need of clothing or academic support.  She may discover she has a passion for the environment and works to develop a program at a local park so that families can enjoy the outdoors together.

Whatever the reason, a Girl Scout makes a difference in her own life and the lives of others when she earns this prestigious award.  And it is truly a privilege to bestow this honor on each Girl Scout Gold Award recipient at Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines.

Here are some other really awesome things a Girl Scout gains when she Goes for Gold:

A Sense of Accomplishment

When a girl implements her Girl Scout Gold Award project, she makes an impact on her community that is measurable and sustainable. This means her efforts will have lasting change. It is an accomplishment that she can take pride in during the process, following completion, and for years to come.

Respect and Appreciation

A Girl Scout Gold Award recipient is recognized through ceremonies held regionally throughout the Council each spring. As an awardee, she wears a pin and displays her certificate proudly inspiring peers, community members, and fellow Girl Scouts. As a leader, she is recognized by Girl Scouts of the USA along with numerous national organizations and government entities. And it does not stop there! Locally, Girl Scout Gold Award recipients are recognized by media outlets who share each girl’s achievements and extraordinary accomplishments broadly.

A Competitive Edge

Many colleges and universities recognize the difference a Girl Scout Gold Award recipients has made in her community and the leadership it takes to complete a project. Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award can be the tipping point that provides a Girl Scout entrance to her choice school.

Scholarship Opportunities

In addition, there are numerous scholarships available to recipients. Within our own council these include the Jane S. Barringer Award, and the Misty Crabtree Eastham and the Alcoa Chuck McLane Scholarships. And many of the scholarships are not just for current awardees! If you are a Girl Scout Award recipient, don’t delay. Visit the Council’s website today, as scholarship deadlines are quickly approaching.

Ready to start? Learn more about the Girl Scout Gold Award by visiting the Council website or emailing  Upcoming award workshop are listed on our events page.


2016 is the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scout Gold Award. It’s a great year to “Go for Gold”!


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