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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



‘Tis the Season to Give Back

December 4, 2014

By: Jenny Taylor, Communications and Public Relations Intern

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As the air turns chilly and twinkling lights appear throughout our neighborhoods, we are all feeling the excitement of the holiday season. This joyous season is the perfect time to help your girls focus on their Girl Scout Promise to help people at all times. Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines has always taken great pride in the generosity of the girls in our council. Let’s make it another year to remember! What creative and fun ideas can your girls dream up for giving back and helping their communities?

Try using these suggestions to start your girls brainstorming about holiday service projects:

  1. Consider holding a coat and blanket drive. Work with a local charity to distribute what you collect.
  1. Food pantries and shelters are running low on supplies this year. Think of a creative way to collect non-perishable items.
  1. Many schools, local malls, and social service departments have “angel trees.” Have your troop collect the items on one child’s wish list. Have a gift wrapping party and make it fun!
  1. Provide a meal, small gifts, firewood, or gift cards for a family in need. The ideas are endless.
  1. Now is a great time to thank your meeting space hosts. There are so many ways to express thanks, including baking cookies, making cards, or helping with a project.
  1. This can be a difficult time of year for the elderly who are no longer able to live at home. You could sing carols or make decorations for the rooms at a nursing home or retirement facility.
  1. Think about ways to cheer up children who are ill and will not be able to spend the holidays at home.
  1. Don’t forget our furry friends during these cold months! Shelters are always in need of food, treats, and toys.

Here’s hoping this helps give your girls’ creative minds and generous hearts a jump start into this season of giving. We can’t wait to hear what your troop is doing!

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