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Unleash her inner G.I.R.L.

December 4, 2017

By: Cecily Nisbet

“Thirteen years of fun, challenge, and achievement” was how I described my time in Girl Scouts while attending the dedication of the National Girl Scouts Headquarters in New York City, 1993 – when GSUSA moved in to their new offices.

When I joined Brownies as a second grader in 1980, little did I know what a significant impact it would have on my life.  I have now been an active member of Girl Scouts for over forty-five years.

When I was a Cadette Girl Scout, I wanted to travel – I was a Go-getter.  I applied for the first national Girl Scouts trip that I was old enough to attend.  I was chosen to go to National Center West and experience a rodeo, camping in the snow (in June) and meeting girls from the entire country.  I’ve been able to attend National Conventions in Florida and Minnesota.

I still love to travel –  and in two weeks, I am taking my sixteen Juniors to Kitty Hawk, NC. In preparation for our trip to the coast, the girls learned about flying and built their own kites, which we will fly at Jockey’s Ridge State Park.  They are using their minds like Innovators.

My hope is that I can help these girls learn to live by the Girl Scout Promise and Law.  I want to help them be Risk-Takers and try new activities.  I want them to be Leaders with heart – to think of others and how they can help solve problems.

Learning new things should be fun – and in Girl Scouts it is.  Our troop has learned to make candy from chocolate, we have toured the 911-emergency call center for Orange County, we have learned to make clay pots from Mark Hewitt and explored his huge kiln in Pittsboro, and we have done archery and played Quidditch (with the NC State Quidditch Team!). We – as a troop – have learned to unleash our inner G.I.R.L.

I enjoy being a leader because I learn new things and have fun.  When I was chosen to be a principal speaker at the dedication ceremony in 1993 as a girl member of the National Board, I’m sure I couldn’t imagine my future self.  But if someone had told me that I would become a Girl Scout leader, I wouldn’t have been surprised.  Over the years, I’ve had troops in Brooklyn, Boston, and Chapel Hill – and I can’t think of a better way to give myself to an organization that builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

You can join leaders, like Cecily, in support of girls who are ready to unleash their inner G.I.R.L. through volunteering or giving today. Thank you!


“I Camp too!”

May 9, 2016

pg 13 smores

By Margaret Hartzell, Individual Giving Director

“You camp?! You don’t look like you camp.” said a former coworker to me once when I mentioned an upcoming camping adventure.

At first it surprised me. Does someone who camps look a certain way? Was it because I was a woman? Couldn’t I wear dresses and love the outdoors?

But then it made me proud! I DO camp!

Because, the truth was, I never went to summer camp. I didn’t start camping until my late 20’s and early 30’s. When I finally discovered it though, camping became our preferred method of vacationing. We camped with our three dogs all over North Carolina, spending nights in places like Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Ocracoke. The big adventure was a road trip up the California coast camping along the way—Joshua Tree National Park, Big Sur, Bodega Bay, and Humboldt Redwoods State Park. The first time I ever saw the Milky Way was as I laid in my tent. Even as an adult I’m proud of the dirt line left by my sandals after days of camping. Or the scrapes and bruises that come with a difficult hike.

My first trip to Girl Scout Camp was Camp Mary Atkinson for an all-staff meeting last month. Even without the girls singing camp songs in the dining hall or counselors herding girls for the next activity, I could feel the magic of it all. It’s a magic I want all girls to experience.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that any of these young girls love the outdoors. I want them to proudly say “I camp too!”

Unfortunately for many girls in under-resourced communities across North Carolina Girl Scout camp isn’t a reality. The Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines Campership Fund provides financial assistance so that any girl can have the life-changing outdoor experience that Girl Scouting provides. For every Girl Scout – our girls pay less than half of the cost we incur to bring them a week of camp adventures.

This month we are raising money for Camperships so we can deliver the gift of the great outdoors to every girl. With your help, more girls will say “I CAMP TOO!” because of their time spent at Graham, Hardee, or Mary Atkinson this summer.

Donate here.

P.S. Thanks to our community partners, Carolinas IT and Great Outdoor Provision Co., your gift to the Campership Fund will be matched, allowing more girls to find adventure and friendship at Girl Scout Camp this summer.

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