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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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When you’re a Girl Scout, it’s easy being GREEN!

March 28, 2016

Earth Day Girl Scouts

By Tara Rappleye, Program Director

Did you know that Girl Scouts are twice as likely as non-Girl Scouts to say they take action to protect the environment?  That’s 51 percent versus 23 percent in a national sampling of girls!  And 49 percent say that a personal experience in nature has made them appreciate it more.  Girl Scouts have a true love for the great outdoors!

Providing opportunities and engaging activities – both outdoors and in – to learn about environmental stewardship, conservation, and responsibility is SO Girl Scouts! Whether she’s learning about endangered wildlife, developing creative recycling projects, or working toward a grade-level award, a Girl Scout goes “green” and takes action to make a difference every day.

Recognized annually on April 22, Earth Day provides a perfect opportunity to share why caring for the environment is important.  And with spring time right around the corner (thank goodness!), we know you are ready to get your troop outside and involved in the community. There are lots of great Take Action projects that relate to animals, nature, recycling, and being an agent of change for our planet.

Here are some ideas to get you planning….

Get your Girl Scout Daisies into the garden with a delightful Take Action project for the 3 Cheers to Animals Journey.  Girls can earn the Clover Petal by making a Coffee Can Birdhouse out of recyclable materials, all while learning how to use resources wisely, and how to take care of animals.

Part of being a Household Elf and earning the Household Elf Badge is reusing and recycling. Girl Scout Brownies can have fun being crafty and make Water Bottle Birdfeeders out of recycled and reused materials as they help care for backyard birds.

Girl Scout Juniors will learn all about wild animals and how to protect their habitat, and can even make their own Toad Home, earning the Animal Habitats Badge.

This Earth Day and beyond, join Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines in making awesome things happen for our planet.  Whether girls are planting new trees, learning about fossil fuels and renewable sources of energy, or taking a hike in the outdoors to enjoy the fresh air, it’s easy to go GREEN with Girl Scouts!

Want to show off the beautiful birdhouse your girls create?

The JC Raulston Arboretum on the campus of North Carolina State University is having a Birdhouse Competition Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2.   The competition is free and Birdhouse Builders also receive a free ticket to the Raulston Blooms.  Enter your Girl Scout spirit and show off your recycled and reused birdhouse!

Be sure to let us know about your Earth Day Take Action projects.  Send your photos and notes to Tara Rappleye, program director, at trappleye@nccoastalpines.org.

 

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