Posts Tagged ‘Community Service’

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Girl Scout Seniors Taking Root

October 23, 2017

For over a century, Girl Scouts have been taking action within their communities to make the world a better place. When Girl Scouts take action, they are identifying a problem and creating a sustainable solution, while working together as a team as they put their plan into action. When girls expand their network and work together as a team, they are able to build off each other’s strengths while making an impactful difference.

And that’s exactly what local Girl Scout troop #1555 and #1114 did.

When Deda Band and Mary Hunt stepped on as co-leaders of Troop #1555 they looked to long time co-leader and mentor, Donna Hayes for guidance and advice. Donna was the co-leader of Troop #1114 when the troop leader met and decided to collaborate working on Journeys and badges together to help better serve their Girl Scout Seniors.

In Spring 2017, the Girl Scout Seniors decided to come together to complete the It’s Your Planet – Change It! Sow What Journey. After discussing the topics of the It’s Your Plant Journey and It’s World Journey – the troops decided that they had a strong interest in exploring food sustainability through the Sow What Journey.

To kick-off their Journey, the girls held a lock-in where they worked through the activities in the Sow What Journey handbook while focusing on the topic of sustainability. After establishing the needs of their community, the troop headed out to do hands-on activities to help them work towards the Journey.

Troop #1555 and Troop #1114 visited the Ninja Cow Farm in Raleigh where the family raises and sells humane, grass-fed livestock. At the farm, the troops learned about the benefits of purchasing local products and raising and selling livestock in a humane way.

Another highlight of the Journey was going to Pompoeri Pizza in Durham. The girls spoke with the staff about how they created a restaurant focused on eating local and being sustainable. The girls got a first-hand lesson in aquaponics, which Pompoeri uses to grow herbs.

The leaders saw a strong tie between the Sow What Journey and Locavore badge, so the girls worked on the badge in conjunction with the Journey activities. The troops put on their chef hats and made fresh strawberry jam, salsa, and guacamole as part of the badge.

Both troops love the community service they get to do as Girl Scouts. To close out the Sow What Journey, the troops went to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina to help prepare meals as part of the Food Bank’s effort to fight hunger. They got their hands dirty as cleaned and prepped potatoes. The girls have loved their experiences at the Food Bank and cherish them as some of their favorite Girl Scout memories.

Through the Journey handbook activities, the many outings, and service at the Food Bank, Troops #1555 and #1114 learned the benefits of sustainability and purchasing local foods. Many members of the troop are more intentional about the food they purchase and being educated about what they are eating after completing the Sow What Journey.

When asked what advice, she would give to co-leaders working on a Journey, Deda Band said, “I would encourage troops to work together and collaborate. Brainstorming and planning is easier when there are multiple co-leaders working together. “

Troop #1555 and #1114 valuable their sister troop and the experiences they’ve had together.

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Operation Cookie Drop 2017

June 26, 2017

Seymour

It’s more than a box of cookies. It’s a comforting and sweet taste of home that boost spirits and gives hope to those serving our country!

For the last 12 years, Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines has supported military men and women that could be stationed far from home through Operation Cookie Drop, a council-wide community service project that donates Girl Scout Cookies to our troops.

More than 900,000 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies have been donated since the start of the annual service project in 2006. Girls across central and eastern North Carolina receive donations through their local cookie sales – giving customers the opportunity to not only purchase America’s favorite cookie for themselves, but to also send a box (or more) to military personnel who appreciate a sweet reminder of home.

 

NCPacks

Local Girl Scouts donated and delivered Girl Scout Cookies to military personnel worldwide including U.S. Marine installation Cherry Point in Havelock, U.S. Army installation Ft. Bragg in Fayetteville, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, NCPacks4Patriots in Ayden, USO of North Carolina at RDU Center, and the USO of NC, Jacksonville Center.

Through the 2017 Girl Scout Cookie program, girls collected donations for Operation Cookie Drop during Walkabout Week as well as during booth sales by using donation jars for spare change and creating fun posters and signs talking about this community service project to get the word out. 

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This year, girls delivered 1,400 cases of Girl Scout Cookies to Cherry Point, 1,700 cases to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, 1,868 cases to NCPacks4Patriots, 505 cases to USO in Jacksonville, 2,537 cases to Fort Bragg, and 260 cases to the USO at RDU.

 

Fort Bragg

Operation Cookie Drop represents more than just a sweet treat. The service project aims to show support, kindness, and hope to those serving our country.

“Girl Scout Cookies are a true reminder of our childhood. Everyone remembers selling cookies, helping your sister sell cookies, watching your mom and dad loading cookies, and helping with sales”, said Barbara Whitehead, director of NCPacks4Patriots, a local organization that supports military troops and families. “When you are far away from home, living in harsh conditions, even a small taste of home can help boost your morale.”

 Cherry Point

Girls who participate in Operation Cookie Drop deliveries experience first-hand how their hard work during the Cookie Program directly impacts military men and women and their families and see that one box of cookies can mean so much to those serving our county.

For information learn more on Operation Cookie Drop, visit our website at nccoastalpines.org.

 

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