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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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Explore the World Around You! Trips & Travel within Girl Scout Journeys

June 8, 2015

Girl Scouts Trips and Travel

Many people don’t know, but American Girl Scouts get to travel the world, and that’s a very good thing, as the more we can expose our young people to other cultures, the better off we’ll be in this increasingly globalized environment. – Anna Maria Chavez, CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves! Traveling, be it down the street or across the globe, provides our girls opportunities to explore the world around them, step out of their comfort zone, and embrace diversity and different cultures. It’s pretty awesome!

But how do you incorporate these amazing adventures and new experiences into your troop meetings or your Journeys? That’s where we come in! Let’s explore the different travel and trip opportunities available and how you can enhance these experiences by tying them back to your Journey!

For Girl Scout Brownies:

There are a lot of day trips throughout our council that would complement the Brownie Journeys. For instance, you could arrange to visit a local water treatment facility or contact DENR for water programs for the Brownie WOW Journey. Or for Brownie Quest, invite family members to a park where you can participate in healthy living activities like walking, playing Frisbee, or even arrange a super fun game of kickball.

What about World of Girls? Visit the North Carolina Museum of History to learn about stories from our past! Or you could set up a visit to a local assisted living center where the girls and residents will benefit from sharing stories together!

For Girl Scout Daisies:

Daisies can explore the world too – be their backyard, their community, or their state! Take your Daisy troop to a local arboretum or come to one of our council programs at the JC Raulston Arboretum for the Daisy Flower Garden Journey where girls explore all the wonderful things Mother Nature has to offer! For Between Earth and Sky, find a natural treasure in your area to learn about, like our rare carnivorous plants near the coast or visit the New River which is one of the oldest in the world! Are you working with 5 Flowers, 4 Stories , and 3 Cheers for Animals? Head on over to a local SPCA, Humane Society, Petco or PetSmart and learn the importance of caring for animals.

There are so many fun and fabulous ways to help girls experience the world around them!

Ready for your next big adventure? Share your stories with us on Facebook or in the comments below! If you need more ideas on how to infuse travel within your Journey, or if you have an amazing idea you would like to share with your Girl Scout sisters, send us a note at journeyhelp@nccoastalpines.org. Happy travels!

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