Invest in Girls. Change the World

December 12, 2016


By: Cindy Sortisio, Volunteer and Donor

Did you know that Girl Scouts have the ability to change the world?

I joined Junior Girl Scouts in 1974, thanks to my best friend, Kelly, and her wonderful troop leader, Mrs. Simone, who always made room for one more girl. That attitude was lucky for me, because I was about the 40th girl in the troop!

From that first meeting, I was hooked. Every week, there was something exciting and fun: cake decorating with real pastry bags, weaving on a cardboard loom, camping, learning how to build a campfire, selling cookies (75 cents per box, as I recall). The opportunities and adventures got bigger with each passing year: a bus trip to Toronto, Canada, advanced primitive camping skills at summer camp, a three week journey called Wyoming Trek to National Center West.

As an adult, I could not wait to extend a hand to girls and show them the wonderful world of Girl Scouting. While a student at the University of Virginia, I started a Campus Girl Scouts group and led a Junior troop. After graduating, I moved on to graduate work at UNC-Chapel Hill, and the first call I made was to the local Girl Scout office to find a troop. (My classmates used to joke that graduate school was just another one of my extracurricular activities.) Now, in addition to leading a troop, I enjoy opportunities to mentor and teach new volunteers, organize events, and serve on various committees.

I invest a tremendous amount of time in Girl Scouting, because it is so much fun for me and because it has a tremendous impact on girls. There is no better place for young women to explore their world and themselves, to forge deep connections with each other and with caring adults, and to develop their abilities to lead.

I also invest financially in Girl Scouting. It is not enough to me to simply invest my time and energy. Contributing dollars is a concrete demonstration of the value I place on the organization’s mission. It is so important that those of us who care enough to volunteer and/or enroll our girls in the program are willing to donate to this organization we value so much. I am a big believer that we get what we pay for and we get out of things what we put into them.

We simply must invest in our girls. We must invest in our girls so that they can continue to make progress in taking their full place in the world, in STEM fields, in government, in higher education, in Fortune 500 companies, in leadership positions of all kinds. Girls do not become leaders until they see themselves as capable of leading. And girls do not see themselves as capable of leading until they have real experiences in which they take risks, learn new things, and discover that they can. When they learn to prepare a meal at a homeless shelter, organize a food drive for hurricane relief efforts, snowboard, program a robot, or lead camp songs for younger Girl Scouts, they are developing a sense of possibility and capability that will carry them far into the future. When we invest in Girl Scouts, we are investing in our own futures and the futures of our communities.

Join Cindy and the hundreds of others who invest in girls through financial contributions to our Girl Scout programing. Visit www.investingirlsNC.org to make your gift today. Thank you.



2016 Girl Scout Holiday Gift Guide

December 7, 2016


By: Ga Ming West, Marketing Coordinator

Whether you’re an early shopper or a last-minute gift-giver, we’ve made the holidays that much easier with our Girl Scout Holiday Gift Guide! Find the perfect gift for the girl or volunteer in your life. The Girl Scout Shop has lots of great gifts available ranging from jewelry to journals to camping gear. There’s something for every Girl Scout!

Here are our top 10 picks for this year’s holiday season!

1. Girl Scout Cookie Ornaments

Know a peanut butter lover? Help her kick-off the 2017 Cookie Program early with these super cute Girl Scout Cookie ornaments! There’s two choices available:  a chocolate peanut butter and peanut butter sandwich cookie ornament. We’ve also got a Brownie Entrepreneur ornament that has a trefoil for a personalized message!

2. Journal and Stylus Set


Get the best of both worlds with this journal and stylus set! The stylus can be used for a tablet and includes a pen for writing. The journal is berry colored with the Girl Scout logo etched on the front – a great way to record all her awesome Girl Scout adventures.

3. Traditional Trefoil Charm Necklace


Recently added to our Girl Scout shop, this beautiful charm necklace is both simple and elegant! Wear it with your formal uniform or with your favorite Girl Scout t-shirt. It’s the perfect accessory!

4. Yankee Candle Cookie Scented Large Jar Candles


Enjoy Girl Scout cookies all year-round with our scented candles! There’s Thin Mint, Coconut Caramel, Trefoils, and Chocolate Peanut Butter.

5. Water Bottle


It’s important to stay hydrated when you’re active, and this water bottle fits the bill! It has a no-leak push-pull spout so it’s ideal for all outdoor activities, whether it’s hiking, camping, or a playing a sport.

6. Baseball Style Tee

baseball tee

Show your Girl Scout spirit with this relaxed fit baseball style t-shirt. It’s both comfy and cute with a peace, love, and nature themed graphic.

7. Daisy, Brownie, and Junior Plush Dolls

GS doll

Now your favorite Girl Scout can have an adorable mini-me!  There’s four different dolls available for each grade level and they are a great way to remember her Girl Scout experience from Daisy up through Ambassador. Collect one or collect them all!

8. Girl Scout Stainless Steel Mess Kit


Your outdoor cooking enthusiast will love our cooking set! It’s a five-piece kit that includes a 1 quart pot, a frying pan with lid, a bowl and cup, and a mesh dish dunking bag.

9. NCCP Large Admiral Tote


Girl Scouts are always on the go – which is why this tote is the perfect gift for leaders, parents, or girls who are always on the move. Carry your wallet, keys, cell phone, and more in our durable canvas tote! There’s a front pocket for easy access and a zippered top closure to secure all your necessities.

10. Gift Packs


Take the guesswork out of Girl Scout gift giving with our gift packs! We’ve got options for both girls and adults, like our S’more Fun pack with a fun Best Friends pouch and Traditional Treasures pack with a lovely Promise Scarf.

See something that caught your eye? Stop by one of our local council shops today! Check out our website for locations and hours. You can also purchase your gifts on the web with our official online store.



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