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Girl Scouting Keeps the Faith with Troops Sharing Their Stories!

August 25, 2016

Troop 833

By Meridith Orr, Program Executive

Our Girl Scout Promise states that each girl will, on her honor, try “to serve God.”  While we refrain from teaching specific religious or spiritual beliefs or practices, we believe that the motivating force in Girl Scouting is a spiritual one, and our organization supports girls from all backgrounds and beliefs.

Girl Scouts encourages both our girl and adult members to explore their values, including developing connections between their own faith traditions and the Girl Scout Law.

Troop 109 and 290

The My Promise, My Faith pin is a GSUSA-created award that helps a girl explore connections between the Girl Scout Law and her faith.  The steps to earn the award show her how both Girl Scouting and her faith offer similar ideas about how to act.  Girls may earn the pin once a year, every year she is in Girl Scouting by choosing a different line of the law.  The award may be earned in a troop setting and the requirements are published in each grade level of The Girls’ Guide to Girl Scouting.

Religious recognition awards are created by specific faith communities, and offer lessons based on their beliefs and tenets.  The requirements, as well as the awards themselves, are obtained from national faith organizations or committees.  More information about religious recognition programs can be found at www.praypub.org/partner_gsusa.htm

Troop 961

During Girl Scout Week each March, we start with Girl Scout Sunday and end with Girl Scout Sabbath on a Saturday, so that it always includes Girl Scouts’ Birthday, March 12.  Girl Scout Sunday and Girl Scout Sabbath give girls an opportunity to attend their place of worship and be recognized as a Girl Scout. This year, we invited troops to share their stories about how they celebrated Girl Scout Sunday, and you responded with great stories and pictures!

  • Rainbow Service Unit worked with Cherry Point Baptist Church in Havelock, NC, to create a special celebration. 20 girls and their families attended the church service, where each Girl Scout wore her uniform vest. From handing out bulletins and Girl Scout Sunday flyers to playing music and leading prayers, each girl participated in the service, including a music program for the church prior to the sermon.  Following the service the Girl Scouts thanked the church by hosting a reception for the members.
  • Troop 833 in Henderson celebrated at Raleigh Road Baptist church in Henderson, where the troop meets. The girls held roles as greeters and ushers during the service, and provided a picture slide show during their presentation to show some of the fun activities and learning projects they have completed this year. The girls even brought some cookies for the congregation to sample.
  • Girl Scout Troops 109 & 290 in Wayne County spent Girl Scout Sunday presenting the entire service at Brogden United Methodist Church. They sang, ushered, served as acolytes and helped with the offering. They even cleaned the church afterwards!
  • Troop 961 attended services at Hill King United Methodist Church in Louisburg. The girls served as greeters, distributed church bulletins and took up the offering during the service.

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To help troops explore religious emblems and prepare to celebrate Girl Scouting in their faith communities, Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines offers a Religious Recognitions Workshop.  Here, girls have the opportunity to grow stronger in their faith and honor their promise “to serve God.”  This year, you can attend a workshop in person on September 30, 2016 at the Raleigh Service Center or one of three webinars on January 31, April 11 and August 29, 2017.  We hope to hear more of your Girl Scout Week stories in 2017!

 

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Spring into Birthday Fun with Girl Scout Week (and Spirit Week) 2016!

February 29, 2016

By Tara Rappleye, Program Director

It’s that time of year again…GIRL SCOUT WEEK! Time to celebrate the organization that we all love and are honored to be a part of. This year Girl Scout Week will be celebrated March 7, 2016 to March 12, 2016.

As in past years, all our members are invited to celebrate Girl Scout Week by participating the fourth annual Girl Scout – NC Coastal Pines Spirit Week. This year, when girls/troops participate in the spirit week fun, they’ll also be fulfilling requirements to earn our first-ever Girl Scout Week patch!

The Girl Scout Week patch is part of our council-sponsored patch program and encourages girls to learn more about our amazing organization and how we’ve been building girls of courage, confidence, and character for 104 years.

We’ve outlined the 2016 Girl Scout Spirit Week activities below and you can learn more about how to earn our Girl Scout Week patch on our website.

Girl Scout Spirit Week Activities

GSWeek 2016

Monday, March 7 – Girl #ScoutSelfie

Get those selfie sticks ready! Snap a selfie of you or your troop in your Girl Scout gear or participating in a Girl Scout activity. Then post your selfie on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag Girl #ScoutSelfie and tell us why you love Girl Scouts!

Tuesday, March 8 – Get Outside

Got cabin-fever after a long winter? Time to get outside! If the weather is warm visit one of our Girl Scout Camps and have a picnic. If Jack Frost is still hanging around take a quick walk with your family, just to get some fresh air. Post a photo on Facebook and Twitter and tell us your favorite outdoor activity!

Wednesday, March 9 – Letters to the Troops (Operation Cookie Drop)

Giving back is a core tenant of every Girl Scout experience. A phenomenal way to celebrate Girl Scout Week is to participate in our fourth annual Letter Writing Campaign for our military troops. These letters/stories/pictures are delivered alongside our Operation Cookie Drop deliveries this spring. Soldiers not only enjoy a sweet taste of home, but also receive a heartfelt thank you from our Girl Scouts!

To participate, simply mail your letters to the address below or drop them off at any of our service center locations by April 15, 2016.

Letters To Our Troops
c/o Amy Vitale
6901 Pinecrest Road
Raleigh, NC 27613

Thursday, March 10 – Throwback Thursday (#tbt)

Whether your first Girl Scout meeting was four months ago, four years ago, or 40 years ago, it’s time to throw it back by sharing your favorite Girl Scout memory or photo on Facebook and Twitter. We can’t wait to see a those vintage uniforms and relive some amazing Girl Scout adventures.

Friday, March 11 – Fashion Friday

Time to show your Girl Scout spirit by wearing your Girl Scout Sash/Vest or Girl Scout T-shirt! Be CONFIDENT as your wear your Girl Scout gear to school, to work, or just around town, and show everyone you’re a part of an incredible organization. Don’t forget to post your Fashion Friday pictures to Facebook and Twitter.

Saturday, March 12- Girl Scout Birthday!

Wahoo! We are 104! Break out the cupcakes and decorations as a troop, and throw a party celebrating 104 years of Girl Scouting. Don’t have sweet tooth? Plan a service project for your community as another way to honor the organization that inspires us to TAKE ACTION. Keep us posted on Facebook and Twitter on how you are celebrating the Girl Scout Birthday.

Girl Scout Birthday Week Patch Program

The Girl Scout Birthday Week Patch Program was created to help troops celebrate Girl Scout Week! The activities in this patch program have been inspired by a combination of many different facets of the Girl Scout organization. The variety of activities will encourage all Girl Scouts, no matter their interest or age to participate in this patch program.

Do you want to participate in both Spirit week and the Girl Scout Birthday Patch Program? YOU CAN! Spirit Week and the patch program are tied together! There are activities within this patch program, which correlate with Spirit Week Days. Participating in the Girl Scout Spirit Week helps you earn your patch.

Please note, you don’t have to participate in Spirit Week to earn this patch, they are tied together for those who want to participate in both. Also, you don’t have to do all the requirements for the patch program in one week, take time to celebrate Girl Scout Birthday Week throughout the month of March!

We hope you’ll join us in celebrating Girl Scout Week this year! Have another idea for a spirit week activity or perhaps a special way you and your girls are celebrating? Tell us in the comments below or share with us online!

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