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Girl Perspectives: Making the World a Better Place (Molly)

July 17, 2017

As part of a new series, we’ll be sharing Girl Scout stories about how local girls are making the world a better place! 

Girl Scout Molly shares her passion for saving pollinators while earning her Girl Scout Gold Award.

What would you think if I told you that I am indirectly responsible for one-third of what you eat today.  Shocking, right?!

I started out as a Girl Scout Daisy while I was living in Florida. We moved to North Carolina 6 years ago, and I continued as a Girl Scout. I earned my Silver Award in 2013 and I am currently working on my Girl Scout Gold Award project.

Through my involvement in Girl Scouts, I have helped to make the world a better place by educating people about how important pollinators are in the world. Pollinators are directly or indirectly responsible for creating 30% to 80% of the food we eat every day. They pollinate plants that produce foods, such as, fruits, nuts, vegetables, coffee and grains. They also pollinate plants that are the food supply for various animals or animal products we consume or use. Lastly, they also are responsible for pollinating plants that produce products such as cotton which is used to make goods such as clothing.

I have helped educate people about pollinators through the use of educational booths at festivals and events throughout my community to include a beekeeper association’s annual Pollinator Day, the Pittsboro Street Fair, Sunshine Lavender Farm Day, Chatham County’s Agricultural Day, Girl Scout Day Camp, Silk Hope Farmer’s day, State Farmer’s Market Honey Bee Day and many other events. At the educational booths, I have an observation hive where people can view the bees up close and safely. Sometimes I also have live caterpillars and butterflies for people to view. Additionally, I have a sampling of various pollinator plants to demonstrate what people can plant in their yards to attract pollinators.

For my Girl Scout Silver Award, I created a pamphlet on this topic that is now distributed at small businesses and beekeepers associations in my area. My pamphlet was even featured at a local beekeepers association display at the North Carolina State Fair.

In conclusion, through Girl Scouting I have made a big difference in the world. I have gained new skills and enhanced others. These skills include leadership and courage which gave me the opportunity to meet new people. I feel through my work educating people on pollinators that I have left a lasting impression. I believe that those I have been in contact with are better educated about the importance of pollinators and the urgency of creating pollinator habits, in order to help stop their decline. I hope that through my brief remarks today that you too can help impact the pollinator population. I mean you all like to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, right?

A big thank you to Molly for sharing her awesome Girl Scout story! Join in sharing how your Girl Scouts are making the world a better place by submitting your story!

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Get Eclipsed, Girl Scouts!

July 11, 2017

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Girl Scouts, grab your safety glasses and your viewing maps and get ready to get eclipsed! On August 21, we will have a rare opportunity to witness a solar eclipse. A solar eclipse is when the moon gets in the way of the sun light’s path, making it dark in the middle of the day. The total eclipse will cross the entire country, giving Girl Scouts from all over the opportunity to take a look– something that hasn’t happened since 1918!  Total solar eclipses are super cool because they allow us to look directly at the sun’s outer atmosphere, called the corona. Because of this, many scientific findings have taken place as a result of a total solar eclipse. How awesome is that?

The solar eclipse is the perfect way to get together with your fellow Girl Scouts to explore our solar system and witness a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence– and you can earn a fun solar eclipse patch! To help you prepare for the experience, we have put together some great learning suggestions and we have awesome tools so you can make the most of the event!

Here are some great suggestions of ways to learn  about this astronomical phenomenon:

  • Eclipse Demonstration – Using simple objects from home create a solar eclipse. Here are two experiment options to choose from: orange and clay model and apple and pencil model.
  • Watch the Eclipse – Step outside on August 21st to view this amazing sight. It is important to be safe when viewing a solar eclipse. Watch this video to follow the guidelines provided by experts.
  • Make a Pinhole Projector – With objects found at home you can make a tool to help you view the solar eclipse on August 21. Watch this video for step by step instructions to make a pinhole projector.
  • Attend our Solar Eclipse Party at Camp Mu-Sha-Ni! Full of hands-on events and a prime viewing location, this is a great way for all girls to learn about eclipses and earn our Solar Eclipse patch!
  • Looking for other fun activities? Use the official Girl Scouts Solar Eclipse Activity Guide full of great activities for every grade level!

In addition, Girl Scouts is celebrating the solar eclipse with patches and kits to help you safely view and locate the eclipse– get eclipsed!

Don’t miss out on your Great American Eclipse 2017 patch by ordering today! You can place your order online or email shop@nccoastalpines.org with the quantity, customer name, and shipping address.

Happy viewing, Girl Scouts!

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