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Learn While You Earn Through our Council Patch Program!

August 4, 2016

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By Tara Rappleye, Program Director

Are you and your girls planning your adventures for the 2016-2017 program year? Let us help! In addition to our Girl Scout Leadership Experience badge program, Girl Scouts- North Carolina Coastal Pines also has a variety of council patch programs special to our council.

With almost 20 different council patch programs that cover an array of topics, there is a patch for every Girl Scout’s interest. Girl Scouts can work towards a patch at any time during the year. However, the council highlights a “Patch of the Month” so that troops from across our 41 counties can learn and earn together and share their experiences to enrich the overall experience.

Below is our Patch of the Month schedule starting in September 2016. We encourage troops leaders and parents to submit story submissions of girls earning our awesome patches so that we can share with the media and across our social media platforms recognizing your girls’ hard work.

*September Make Every Step Count

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September is National Childhood Obesity Month, which is the perfect time for the relaunch of our Make Every Step Count patch program. This patch program has been updated and simplified. Girl Scouts will learn about eating right, exercising, and overall wellness. The Make Every Step Count patch program is divided into two programs, one for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors and the other for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors. Each packet contains activities specific to the age range. Ready to get stepping?

October – Think Pink!

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The Think Pink! patch program carries special meaning to our organization as it honors our founder, Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low, who died of breast cancer. Think Pink! is also newly updated and includes engaging activities that educate Girl Scouts on breast cancer and overall wellness. The program encourages troops to learn more about Daisy and her battle with breast cancer and spread awareness of the disease throughout the community.

 

 

*November – American Indians in North Carolina  

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American Indian Heritage month is November, which is a great time for us to bring back our American Indian patch program. This program informs Girl Scouts on the life of American Indians in NC, both past and present. Troops will have the opportunity to research local tribes and take part in American Indian traditions.

 

 

December – Talk It Out

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The Talk It Out patch program gives troops, parents, and leaders the tools to talk about underage drinking. The program consists of activities that get girls thinking about the consequences of underage drinking. The program targets older Girl Scouts and their families.

 

 

January – Lemur S.C.O.U.T

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The Lemur S.C.O.U.T patch program is a great way to get your troop out and about during the winter. In this patch program they learn about lemurs and have the opportunity to visit the Duke Lemur center to interact and see these adorable furry friends!

 

 

February – Black History Month

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This patch program is in recognition of Black History Month. Girl Scouts of all ages have the opportunity to learn more about African American history and culture. Troops will take time to learn about notable African Americans and enjoy an NC African American experience at places such as the Stagville Historic Site or International Civil Rights Center and Museum.

 

 

March – Girl Scout Birthday Week

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Girl Scout Week 2017 will be celebrated March 12 through March 18. This patch program provides ideas to celebrate the world’s largest organization for girls. Your troop will take part in Girl Scout traditions, service projects, and much more throughout the patch program, all while celebrating our sisterhood of 2.7 million strong!

 

 

April – Make Every Dance Step Count

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It is time to get dancing in honor of International Dance Day on April 29th! Your troop will learn multiple styles of dance through this patch program. They also will learn some history and key players for each style of dance they study. Make Every Dance Step Count is a program that is fun for all ages.

 

 

May – Amphibians and Reptiles 

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As the weather warms up, it is time to get outside and learn about reptiles and amphibians through this patch program. The activities will educate Girl Scouts on amphibians and reptiles native to North Carolina. Troops will also have the opportunity to bring awareness to the protection of these creatures through different service projects.

 

 

Where do I find GS-NCCP patch programs?

Head to our Council Patch website page to download these patch program packets.

* Patch programs marked with an asterisk are not currently on the website, but will be added shortly before they are Patch of the Month.

How does my troop earn their patch?

Girl Scouts earn the patch by meeting the requirements specific to the patch program and turning in the evaluation and order form into one of the council’s shops.

Where are patches placed on a Girl Scout vest/sash/tunics?

Patches are not part of the GSUSA badge curriculum, so they are to be worn on the back of a vest/sash/tunic.

Questions?

If you have questions about one of our patch programs, email the Program Team at patchprogram@nccoastalpines.org.

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3 Reasons to Renew Your Girl Scout Membership

August 1, 2016

BlueBay13_PB30_1094By Jen Lawrence, Membership Director

As summer is winding down and we all start to hit that back-to-school mode, now is the perfect time to renew your Girl Scout membership! Why should you renew your Girl Scout membership now rather than later you ask? The sooner you renew your girl and adult memberships, the closer you are to new adventures and more fun! Need another reason to renew? I’ve got three!

1. Claim her spot! Troops are forming now!

Back to Troop is a busy season for our troop leaders, volunteers, and staff. Parents can help troop leaders by claiming their girl’s spot in the troop by renewing her membership. This helps leaders prepare for the upcoming year and also determine if they can bring new girls into the troop according to our safety girl to adult ratios.

2. Continue the skill-based learning and fun!

One of the best part of being a Girl Scout is learning new skills and badges alongside troop friends. Whether your girl(s) are interested in exploring STEM or discovering more about who they are and how they can make an impact in the world, we have a great lineup of activities and opportunities this fall.

Additionally, renewing girl members means they are one step closer to being able to participate in our awesome 2016 Fall Product Program, kick off in October, which allows troops to earn quick startup money selling magazines and popular nuts and candies to fund amazing adventures. Plus, we are adding in an exciting new treat to the Fall Product Program– a special s’more mix featuring chocolate, graham crackers, and marshmallow in an adorable and reusable Girl Scout mason jar! How delicious is that?

Renewing also allows girls to participate in the 2017 Girl Scout Cookie Program. This year celebrating 100 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies – it’s a celebration you don’t want to miss! My personal favorite part of being a Girl Scout when I was younger was the Cookie Program. I absolutely loved it and it allowed me to grow out of my shell and become more confident in my skills. The great thing is I still the program giving girls the same (and more) opportunities and helping build them into confident leaders

Plus, participating in both sale programs gives girls the chance to earn rewards, recognitions, and even a new super cute custom avatar patch when you participate both the 2016 Fall Product Program and 2017 Girl Scout Cookie Program!

3. Stay Connected with the Volunteer Toolkit

Although it has “volunteer” in the title, the Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) is a great resource for volunteers and parents. Troop leaders can use it to plan meeting and troop activities, track financial reports, and communicate with parents. Parents can use it as a way to stay in touch with the troop, review forms and documents, and see what the troop is planning for the year.

There are so many adventures in Girl Scouting like meeting new friends, trying out new activities, and experiencing why it’s awesome to be a girl! We can’t wait for you to renew your memberships and experience all Girl Scouts has to offer.

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