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Real G.I.R.L. Stories

August 28, 2017

By Ashley Winton, Communications Intern

One of the best parts of being a Girl Scout is that it provides girls with so many opportunities to unleash their inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)! These traits define a girl of courage, confidence, and character—a G.I.R.L. can achieve anything that she sets her mind to! Every girl is a G.I.R.L., and through awesome opportunities like the Girl Scout Cookie Program, service projects, excursions, and more, girls can develop the skills they need to shine as leaders in their community and even the world.

Need some inspiration to help your troop unleash their inner G.I.R.L.? Look no further! Every day, the troops of Girl Scouts—North Carolina Coastal Pines do BIG things that allow them to challenge themselves and grow, building the leaders of tomorrow and creating true girl-bosses.

Go-getter

A Go-getter is bold and does not take no for an answer. She knows what she wants and sets goals to accomplish anything that she sets her mind to! Being a go-getter means going after the things she is passionate about and never giving up even if she fails the first time.

A great example of a Go-getter is Cassie from Troop #172! Cassie has been a dedicated Girl Scout for eleven years, and could not wait to visit Our Chalet, a Girl Scout World Centre during her visit to Switzerland! In spite of many obstacles concerning transportation, Cassie did not take no for an answer and made her dream of visiting Our Chalet a reality!

Cassie Foltz1

 

Innovator

An Innovator is a girl that thinks outside the box, constantly coming up with new ideas to make a difference in her community. She has the ability to be creative and let her imagination run wild. Our Girl Scouts are innovators when they think up new service projects, learn new things about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), and so much more!

The Girl Scout Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes from Troop #829 were Innovators when they constructed cat-scratch pads out of leftover cookie box cases from the 2017 Girl Scout Cookie Program! The girls wanted to help the environment by finding a use for their cookie cases instead of throwing them away, and help a local animal shelter. They completed the pads during a camping adventure at Camp Mu-Sha-Ni and they were excited to deliver them to the cats when they returned!

Troop 829

 

Risk-Taker

A Risk-taker is not afraid of the unexpected—she embraces it! As Girl Scouts, girls have endless opportunities to step outside their comfort zone and accomplish the things that they never thought possible.

One example of a Risk-taker is Cara from Brownie Troop #611! This year, Cara set a goal to gather a high amount of donations for Operation Cookie Drop. To reach her goal, she visited Coopers Fire and Rescue and gave a speech about Operation Cookie Drop to a full crowd. Even though it made her nervous to speak in front of so many people, it was so worth it after they made a $200 donation!

Cara Cotugno

 

Leader

A Leader is confident and responsible enough to take charge and to rally others to join her in changing the world. All of our Girl Scouts get the opportunity to be a leader—whether it’s within her troop or the community!

The Girl Scout Seniors from Troop #326 have proved themselves to be excellent leaders after hosting the International Festival for Area Wake 18 for three years! The event has been a great success due to their extensive planning that involves patch design, scheduling, and implementing safety rules of course! This opportunity has allowed them to grow as leaders and role models for younger Girl Scouts!

Troop 326

How do you unleash your inner G.I.R.L? Share your story here!

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Our Program: Focused on the Future, Honoring our Past

August 7, 2017

History Blog

“Dear Girl Scouts:  I hope that we shall all remember the rules of this Girl Scouting game of ours.  They are:  To play fair, To play in your place, To play for your side and not for yourself.  And as for the score, the best thing in a game is the fun and not the result…”   – Juliette Gordon Low, October 31, 1924

For 105 years, the Girl Scout program has built resourceful, resilient girls who have gone on to change the world in all ways great and small.  Today’s program may look differently than the small handbooks first issued to teen girls at the beginning of the 20th century.  But our mission has never wavered.

Our earliest program emphasized skill-building, with proficiency badges in ten focus areas. The Girl Scout Handbook of 1940, for example, provided the following program areas:  Arts and Crafts, Community Life, Health and Safety, Homemaking, International Friendship, Literature and Dramatics, Music and Dancing, Nature, The Out-of-Doors and Sports and Games.

Most importantly, the handbook stated ahead of all the program content: “Girl Scouting is Fun!  The sort of fun that will last because it can help you to be an interesting and useful person, with ideals and a code that girls the world over try to follow.”

As we continue into the 21st century, we have built on our legacy by focusing our curriculum on four pillar areas: STEM, Outdoors, Life Skills and Entrepreneurship.  These pillars help us move into the future while honoring our past.  In fact, as you explore the badges, you’ll find that they are rooted in our exciting history, only updated to reflect the current ways in which we communicate and use technology to effect positive change in the world.

To serve as a guiding star for our program’s success, we developed program outcomes to help us ensure we would provide the kind of fun that would last.  As we identified those important keys to leadership: Discover, Connect, and Take Action, we matched five outcomes to correspond to each.  The resulting 15 outcomes were indeed ambitious, taking our founder Juliette Gordon Low’s admonishment to do things “with all your might” to heart.

With feedback from our volunteers and parents, we re-visited those outcomes and condensed them to five essentials that communicate perfectly what we hope to achieve with “this Girl Scout Game”:

1) Sense of Self: Girls have confidence in themselves and their abilities, and form positive identities.

2) Positive Values: Girls act ethically, honestly, and responsibly, and show concern for others.

3) Challenge Seeking: Girls take appropriate risks, try things even if they might fail, and learn from mistakes.

4) Healthy Relationships: Girls develop and maintain healthy relationships by communicating their feelings directly and resolving conflicts constructively.

5) Community Problem Solving: Girls desire to contribute to the world in purposeful and meaningful ways, learn how to identify problems in the community, and create “action plans” to solve them.

It’s exciting to see our program continue to grow and develop by adding content that 21st century girls will need to be interesting and useful people!   New Journey programs and badges are on the way that we know will provide many more amazing adventures for girls.  We can’t think of a better time to prepare for the new program year than to renew your membership now.

Renew your Girl Scout Membership today! 

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