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Lifelong Girl Scout Celebrates 80 Years of Building Confidence, Courage, And Character

June 12, 2017

In 1937, Lois “Lofi” Hirschman joined Girl Scouts when she was just 10 years old. Growing up with a learning disability, Lofi found it difficult to fit in during sports, dance, and school. But after joining Girl Scouts, she found her “safe place,” a judgement-free zone where she has continued to fully embrace the Girl Scout Promise and Law for the past 80 years.

Girl Scout Promise:

On my honor, I will try: To serve God and my country, To help people at all times, And to live by the Girl Scout Law.

Girl Scout Law:

I will do my best to be honest and fair, friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, courageous and strong, and responsible for what I say and do, and to respect myself and others, respect authority, use resources wisely, make the world a better place, and be a sister to every Girl Scout. 

Lofi felt a sense of belonging at Girl Scouts and the Movement gave her what she needed to feel encouraged and accepted during difficult times. Girl Scouts provided her and continues to provide every girl the Girl Scout Leadership Experience – a collection of activities and experiences girls have while they earn badges, sell cookies, go on exciting trips, explore the outdoors, and so much more that make the world a better place.

Throughout the years, Lofi continued her passion for Girl Scouts by serving as several roles including a member of the board, a service unit director, and a troop leader.

As a troop leader, Lofi was an advocate for diversity amongst the girls in her troop – whether that was ethnicity, age, or religion. She continues to believe that all girls can learn from each other and help them better understand others perspective.

“I want people to understand others and help other people”

“People are fascinating.”

Lofi served many troops throughout her many years of service and always vowed to allow girls to choose their journeys and to provide them with new opportunities that they otherwise wouldn’t have the chance to do. She believes in the power of learning by doing – when leaders take a step back and allow the girls to take charge, they will be able to learn from each other and “learn to respect others’ ideas.”

From impromptu activities on trips, to serving girls from seven different countries in her troop at once, to advocating and helping those with disabilities – Lofi has made an impact on not only on the girls she has served, but to their families, other volunteers, and the councils.

And at almost 90 years old, Lofi believes that the Girl Scout program is still just as important today as it was 80 years ago. As a lifelong advocate for the girl-led movement, she states that she “dreams in green” and believes that every girl is worthy of the Girl Scout experience.

Lofi continues to share many stories about her troops and how she implemented girl-led experiences and made the best of each meeting, trip, and journey. Her desire to see girls across many generations succeed and learn new skill sets continues to put a smile on her face.

Girl Scouts continues to remain a vast part of Lofi’s life as she displays her Girl Scout memorabilia and awards in every single room of her house.

 

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She continues to write about Girl Scouting, attend Girl Scout council events, and credits Girl Scout founder, Juliette Gordon Low, as one of the role models that has allowed her to have a social life, provided her with ethics for family, and showed her to always do what is right.

Lofi was recognized for her 80 years of commitment by Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines at the councils 10th Annual Meeting that was held on Saturday, March 4 in Greenville, NC.

 

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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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