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2016 Girl Scout Holiday Gift Guide

December 7, 2016

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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
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Awareness Patch Program

November 30, 2016

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By: Myra Walters, Girl Scout Troop Co-Leader

Girl Scout Troop Co-Leader Myra Walters shares how Hurricane Matthew affected her troop and shines a light on the strength and powerful impact of the Girl Scout sisterhood during times of difficulty.

On October 7th the rain started as the news came that Hurricane Matthew would be hitting North Carolina on October 8th.

Troop 17 had just completed the requirements at the end of September for the Hurricane Awareness Patch.  We learned how to track the hurricane, what the different categories meant, how to pack a preparedness kit, and develop an evacuation plan.  We also created a collage of previous hurricane destruction that occurred in other states so we knew what the aftermath could look like.  We were ready I thought until I lived through Hurricane Matthew and listened to the stories from my Girl Scouts of their experiences.

It’s October 8th and the rains continue, the winds whip, water starts to rise, trees begin to fall, and the power goes out.  Okay, we learned about all this, but it seems like the water is rising fast. Then the warnings came to evacuate areas due to flooding, but we can’t get our vehicles out so boats come to rescue us.  You grab what you can carry and leave in the middle of a dark rainy night praying for safety.  You see cars getting washed away, people stranded on their roofs and hear calls for help.  We make it to a shelter of crowded, scared strangers, all wondering if our home will be there when this is over.

The night has ended and daylight has approached, and we hear the news of areas that are completely flooded, roads are closed, trees are down, and some people have died or are missing.  One of my Brownie Scouts asked her mom if they were homeless.

Were we prepared for all this devastation?  No matter how much you read or see on TV what a hurricane can do, it will never prepare you until you experience it.

As we face the challenge with God’s strength to recover and try to put some normalcy back in our lives, my troop has been a great example of the Girl Scout Law in the following ways:

  • Courageous and strong to face the storm and its devastation
  • Considerate and caring, friendly and helpful as we worked in different communities helping to clean up, serve food, and pass out supplies.
  • Using resources wisely when the water supply was cut off, and we had to use ditch water to flush toilets.
  • Respect for others and authority when we were told to evacuate and were rescued by Emergency personnel.
  • Making the world a better place as we pull together as sisters to put communities back together.

We would like to give a big shout out of thanks to Girl Scout Troops 1458, 1804, 1013, 1864 led by these Great Leaders: Brenda Ramsey, Shanika Reaves, Kimberly McClure,  Jerial Bogan, and volunteer of Evelyn Baskervill of Cumberland County. They demonstrated what Girl Scout Sisterhood is all about. They reached out to my troop and collected and purchased a huge amount of clothes, shoes, school supplies and toiletries for us, in addition to their kind gesture to adopt my girls that lost everything for Christmas.

This is one patch program that we will never forget.

 

 

 

 

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