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Calling All Captains!

July 5, 2016

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By Brooke Banson and Allison Winans, Recruitment Team

Do you love Girl Scouts? Want to share your amazing experiences as a parent or Girl Scout volunteer with others? Then you (or other interested parents!) should join our Girl Scout School Captain team! School Captains are a short-term volunteer role that assists with our fall recruitment efforts.

Interested? Awesome! Here’s what you need to know!

Last fall, we announced a new volunteer role perfect for potential volunteers, families, and parent’s on-the-go…the Girl Scout School Captain! As a School Captain, you’ll be the bridge between Girl Scouts and a specific elementary school (or group of schools!) to help drive awareness about Girl Scouts among girls and families in the community. You’ll be able to work independently, but make a huge impact! A commitment of two hours per month during the back-to-school season is all the time needed to be successful in this role. As a part of a team of captains, you will stay informed with three to four online webinars a year and a monthly email newsletter packed with suggested activities, talking points and ways to showcase the girls’ experiences and leadership skills.  In this key role you will help share and highlight important milestones that are at the core of the Girl Scout program.

Ready for the nitty gritty?  Here are three ways a School Captain can help with back to school recruitment efforts this summer and fall:

1 – Show Up! Attend an open house for an elementary school near you as a Girl Scout representative.  Work with members of the Girl Scout staff to identify, schedule, and attend a school open house to engage parents and girls in all things Girl Scouts. If you supply the energy, excitement, and personal stories, we will supply the materials, Girl Scout swag, and other items needed to make our presence stand out!

2 – Pass it Out! Assist staff and other volunteers with the distribution of Girl Scout recruitment flyers to local schools. Throughout the year most schools will allow Girl Scout recruitment flyers to be distributed to students.  The more schools we can deliver our materials to, the stronger our presence and message will be in the community. And that leads to more girls engaged in our program, reaping the benefits of leadership development, and most importantly – having a ton of fun!

3 – Speak Up! Attend a PTA meeting at your local elementary school to share your stories and experiences with the Girl Scout program. The personal connection you have with the Girl Scout mission helps showcase the amazing things our girls (and volunteers, like you!) are doing in the community and the impact they can have on the school community. Working with the PTA to have a space on their agenda will allow the opportunity to showcase our program! Worried about what you will say? No problem! Our staff will be with you every step of the way and provide talking points, presentations, recruitment materials, and so much more!

So, what’s next? Sign me up!

Contact me directly for details on how to get started!  With a strong network of captains, this will be the best summer ever!

Brooke Banson
bbanson@nccoastalpines.org
910-202-9203

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Be a Home Scientist This Summer – Five Easy Experiments to Try

June 27, 2016

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By Tara Rappleye, Program Director

School’s out, but science class is still in!

Keeping kids’ minds entertained and engaged in the summer can be tough. Especially on rainy days, there are only so many movies and board games to keep the mind stimulated. However, there’s a plethora of fun, STEM-based activities on the Internet. These at-home science experiments not only keep kids busy, but also encourage them to increase and retain their knowledge.

We’ve found a few experiments that make great rainy day activities and help Brownies work towards their Home Scientist badge. Earning badges and keeping kids entertained can be exhausting, so if have the supplies ready to go on those rainy days this summer, you can have your cake and eat it, too!

Be a kitchen chemist: What is better than Jell-O? Jell-O that glows! No chemistry experience required for this experiment, only a little tonic water and Jell-O. This activity will be sure to leave your Girl Scout glowing.

Edible-Glowing Jell-O

Create static electricity: Build a butterfly out of tissue paper and grab a balloon, time to make your butterfly dance.

Electric Butterfly

Dive into density: Rainy days means rainbows in the kitchen. Grab a few household items to teach your Brownie about the different density of liquids.

Rainbow in a Jar

Make something bubble up: Got a sock or two without a pair lying around? Here is the perfect activity to use up those socks and have fun!

Homemade Bubble Blower

Play with science: Instead of setting up a lemonade stand, use those lemons to make a mighty volcano. Learn the science behind this citric eruption.

Lemon Volcanoes

These are just five of thousands fun, STEM related activities on the Internet. A simple search will lead you to many blogs, pages, and websites with more suggestions. There are experiments for every age and interest, from engineering to chemistry, and everything in between. Summer is a great time to teach your kids a thing or two about science and make great memories!

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