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Commemorative Celebrations – September

August 22, 2016

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By Tara Rappleye, Program Director

Did you know that there are special holidays and observances each month that aren’t on every U.S. calendar? Fun celebrations like National Cookie Month, Go Caroling Day, Garden Month, and Drawing Day –  these are a few of the monthly and daily observances that we celebrate in the United States each year!

There’s a variety of monthly observances, ranging from the fun National S’mores Day in August, to the impactful International Girls Day in October. Many of the monthly and daily observances can be tied to Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) curriculum like STEM Month and Outdoor Month! Inspired by the connections made between these celebrations and Girl Scout badges, awards, patches, and traditions, the GS – NCCP Commemorative Celebrations blog series was created to keep you and your Girl Scouts in-the-know!

In the weeks before the start of a new month we will post a special blog post highlighting some of the fun holiday and observances for the upcoming month. To help you plan how your troop will participate in these observances, we will share ways your troop can celebrate and get involved. There will be activities connected to badges, patches, Girl Scout traditions, and ones that are just simply fun!

Be sure to pop by our blog at the end of each month to see what observances your troop can celebrate next!

September’s Monthly and Daily Observances:

National Hispanic Heritage Month

September is National Hispanic Heritage Month. This monthly observance was created to celebrate Hispanic Heritage both inside and outside the Hispanic community. One way you can partake is through our council’s Hispanic Heritage Month patch program. In the patch program, Girl Scouts will learn more about the Hispanic population in their community through interviews, research, crafts, making meals, and more. This patch program is great for all ages because of the variety of activities.

Fruits & Vegetables- More Matters Month

Fruits & Vegetables- More Matters Month is all about eating more fruits and vegetables! Here are three ways to add some veggies and fruits into your troop meetings:

  1. Fruits and Veggies Only- Instead of bringing trail mix or cupcakes to your troop meetings this month, bring a fruit or veggie. Grab a bundle of bananas or bag of carrots. This is a super simple way to eat more vegetables and fruit.
  2. Farmer’s Market- North Carolina has many wonderful farmer’s markets across the state. Adventure as a troop to one near you. Let everyone pick out a fruit or veggie to take home or grab a bunch different ones to snack on after your trip.
  3. Home Grown North Carolina Patch Program– Learn about the agriculture of North Carolina through our patch program. Girl Scouts will be educated on the produce local to North Carolina and about the Department of Agriculture.

National Wildlife Day- September 4

Girl Scouts’ compassion and love for animals is inspired by our founder, Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low. This love of animals is why we are highlighting National Wildlife Day this month. Below are three ways to love wildlife on or around September 4!

  • Nature Walk-Enjoy that perfect September weather at one of North Carolina’s state parks or in your own neighborhood. On your walk, track all the animals you see!
  • Animal Care- An important part of celebrating our wildlife is helping to care for it. A great way to help wildlife is to clean up trash that endangers their lives. Head to a park, wooded area, or any green space with animals and spend an hour picking up trash.
  • Animal Badges- Brownies through Seniors can earn an animal related badge. National Wildlife Day is a great day to be inspired to work on one or two of your Animals badge requirements.

National Preparedness Month

The motto of the Girl Scouts is to “Be prepared,” which is why we chose to celebrate National Preparedness Month. Here are two ways you can work as a troop on being prepared:

  1. Hurricane Awareness Patch Program-Check out our GS – NCCP patch program. Your troop will learn about hurricanes and how they work. They also will spend time thinking of how to ensure their safety if a hurricane hits.
  2. First Aid Badges- The Girl Scout First Aid badges educate girls on how to be prepared for both minor and major medical situations. As Brownies, you learn the basics, like how to dial 9-1-1. As you progress through the badges so does your knowledge of safety. Use National Preparedness Month to work on a few of your First Aid badge requirements.

Look for October’s observances and activity ideas on the blog towards the end of September!

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ATC Recap

August 15, 2016

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Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines is home to over 9,000 volunteers, and every single one is important to us. As the new Volunteer Experience Team, we’re here to support the overall success and experience of our volunteers through comprehensive training systems, educational programs and resources,  and recognition and appreciation initiatives. Starting with your very first day as a volunteer, we want your experience to be positive and satisfying and one that makes being here as meaningful and rewarding to you as being a Girl Scout is to our girls.

Here is a sneak peek at just a few of the learning opportunities and resources that we’ve been working on and that you can expect to see this fall…

New Core Leadership Series – Our new Core Leadership Series is designed to provide new co-leaders with a framework to get troops started as quickly as possible while still providing an opportunity for you to gain more information on working with girls and parents, an understanding of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, and how all Girl Scout program resources work together.

Co-Leader Webinar Series – We’ve expanded our webinar series to include even more!  Be sure to visit the Volunteer page on the council website to register and join us for one (or many) of our upcoming webinars!

  • New Co-Leader Series – featuring topics timed to the program year to help prepare and guide co-leaders through their first year [monthly]
  • Returning Co-Leader Series – featuring essential updates and timely news for returning co-leaders [quarterly]
  • Multi-Level Troop Series – featuring ideas and suggestions for multi-level troop leaders [quarterly]
  • Rising Co-Leader Series – for co-leaders moving up to the next grade level, join us to gain information to help you prepare and understand what to expect [early fall and spring]

Troop Banking Webinars

  • Troop Banking – Getting Started – held monthly, these webinars will prepare new troop treasurers for their role and ensure you’re ready for product sales and end of year reporting.
  • Troop Banking – Wrapping Up Your Year – held in April & May, join us to learn how to complete and submit your end of year troop banking report.

 VTK Live!: Volunteer Toolkit – VTK Live! invites co-leaders to join us for in-person trainings where they will learn the ins and out of VTK and have the opportunity to get started on their own year plan!

We are so excited to coordinate, plan, and deliver such a wide variety of learning opportunities, trainings, and other resources for our volunteers!  It’s our goal to help you succeed and thrive, so  whenever you’re ready, we’re ready for you! Visit our new Volunteer page on the website to see everything that’s happening and get started or contact us at volunteerservices@nccoastalpines.org!  If we can’t help you, we’ll connect you with the person(s) who can!

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