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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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Going Gold – Making a Difference in the World

July 31, 2013

By Krista Park, Communications & Marketing Director

Each year, girls who Go Gold demonstrate extraordinary leadership through individual Take Action projects that provide a sustainable, lasting benefit to their larger community. Since 1916, girls have successfully answered the call to Go Gold, an act that forever marks them as accomplished members of their communities and the world.  During 2012, Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines was proud to bestow the Girl Scout Gold Award on 43 girls.

The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting.  This past July, Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines honored the 2012 Gold Award recipients at three Gold Award receptions across our council region. These receptions, sponsored by Wells Fargo Insurance Services, celebrated these accomplished Girl Scouts who achieved their goals and this distinguished honor all while serving their communities. Each Awardee also received a special Girl Scout Gold Award bracelet with a commemorative 100th anniversary charm.

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The Gold Award project fulfills a need within a girl’s community (whether local or global), creates change, and is sustainable.  The project is more than a good service project— it encompasses organizational, leadership, and networking skills.  Media literacy, exercise and healthy living, nutrition and childhood obesity, immigration and access to education, economic development, childhood depression, and public safety were among the community issues addressed by the 2012 awardees.  To read more about each Girl Scout Gold Awardee and her project, view our interactive 2012 Girl Scout Gold Awards booklet.

Here are 10 impressive facts about the Girl Scout Gold Award:

  1. Approximately one million Girl Scouts have earned the Gold Award or its equivalent since 1916.
  2. Awarded to fewer than six percent of Girl Scouts annually, each Gold Awardee spends one to two years on her project.
  3. In 2010, the average age of recipients was 17 years old.
  4. Gold Award projects involve eight steps: identifying an issue; investigating it thoroughly; inviting others to participate and building a team; creating a plan; presenting your plan; gathering feedback; taking action; and educating and inspiring others.
  5. 80 hours is the suggested minimum hours of service for Gold Award projects.
  6. A number of college scholarship opportunities await girls who have earned their Girl Scout Gold Award.
  7. In recognition of their achievements, Gold Awardees who join the armed services enter at one rank higher than other recruits.
  8. Gold Award alumnae are more successful in school, develop a stronger sense of self, and report greater satisfaction with life than their peers.
  9. Gold Award recipients have a built-in sisterhood. They join networks of Gold Award recipients and become role models to other girls.
  10. Girl Scout Gold Award projects create lasting change.

Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines takes great pride in recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of the 43 young women who achieved their goals to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award during the 2012 Girl Scout award year.   Congratulations to all of our 2012 Girl Scout Gold Awardees!

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