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STEM Education with Girl Scouts

March 13, 2017

Tracy Autem Photography 2013

By: Laura Novotny, Ph.D., STEM Programs Director

For over 100 years, the mission of the Girl Scouts has been to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. And while our mission has remained the same, the skills and experiences we strive to provide—including our Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs—have been enhanced and updated in order to move at the speed of today’s girls.

Consider the following facts:

  • More than 75% of tomorrow’s jobs will require the use of computers.
  • Over the next 10 years, the number of STEM jobs in the United States is projected to increase at a rate equal to three times the increase in the number of non-STEM jobs.
  • There are not enough qualified job candidates in the United States to fill all of these projected positions.

This shift toward a more highly-technical workforce is reflected in the council’s emphasis on quality STEM programming. After all, it is the Girl Scout’s mission to build girls with the skills necessary to effect positive change in the society of today and into tomorrow!

During the 2015–2016 program year, the Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines offered more than 30 fun STEM events. Events, such as Engineer It!, Computer Expert, and TechnoQuest, provide the girls with opportunities to conduct scientific investigations, engage in the engineering design process, and interact directly with female STEM professionals. Research suggests that girls are more likely to remain interested in STEM fields if they see female scientists and engineers that look like them, and have women in their corner to encourage them. Mentorship is a key component to the success of our council’s STEM programs because it helps the girls see that they do belong.

Other council STEM programs, such as Letterboxer, Geocacher, Becoming a Naturalist, and Bug Out, encourage the girls to take science into the great outdoors, show them the importance of understanding the natural world, and highlight ways they can make a different in the world.

Help position your girls for a lifetime of success by encouraging them to take advantage of the exciting STEM programs the council offers. You can register for our STEM programs on our website or through your MyGS account!


Girl Scout Camp Spotlight: Camp Mary Atkinson

March 8, 2017


By: Sheryl McGlory, Camp Director at Camp Mary Atkinson

Who’s ready for summer? We can’t wait for your girl to enjoy all of the awesome outdoor activities Girl Scout Camp has to offer like archery, canoeing, and crafts to name a few. You’ve learned about Camp Hardee and Camp Graham, and last, but not least, is Camp Mary Atkinson!

Camp Mary Atkinson is located in Johnston County, only 40 minutes from Raleigh. The property spans over 278 wooded acres and is home to traditional resident camp, day camp, adventure trips, and an on-site horse program! Depending on age level, campers are offered the chance to climb the alpine tower and boulder on the climbing grotto. Access to a zero entry swimming pool and lake offers campers a chance to swim multiple times a day as well as participate in watercraft activities.

Camp Director Sheryl McGlory loves Camp Mary Atkinson, and had so many great things to tell us in our Q&A.

1. Tell us about your position and role with camp. 

I am the Camp Director at Camp Mary Atkinson (CMA)! I am responsible for hiring our summer camp staff, planning training and camp sessions, and overseeing the day-to-day workings of camp all summer.

2. How long have you been in your position?

I have been in my position at Camp Mary Atkinson for one year, but have worked in a camp environment for several years.

3. What do you look forward to every summer?

There are so many things to look forward to in the summer, it’s hard to pick just one! I get to work at CMA during the year when it’s quiet and so I love when camp starts and our property is filled with girls and staff singing songs and having fun again.

4. Favorite Camp Activity?

One of my favorite activities is a nature hike – especially an evening one!

5. What makes Girl Scout Camp unique?

Girl Scout Camp is unique because it’s a time to share fun experiences with other young women, learn about our differences and similarities, and encourage one another to grow in courage, confidence and character.

6. Any best kept secrets at the camp property?

If I told you, they wouldn’t be secrets! 🙂 I think the best secrets are the hidden treasures of nature we can spot if we’re really looking. That, and platform tents are super fun to sleep in!

7. Why should girls attend Girl Scout Camp?

Girls should attend Girl Scout Camp to make new friends, share lots of laughs, sing silly songs, try new things, and create lasting memories!

There’s truly something for every girl at Camp Mary Atkinson! Want to see what camp is like? Join us for our free open house event on March 19 to tour the camp property and meet our camp staff! We look forward to seeing you there!



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