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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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World Thinking Day 2016 Inspires Girl Scouts to Connect Around the World

February 15, 2016

World Thinking Day 2016

By Tara Rappleye, Program Director

A day of international friendship, February 22 is a special day for both Girl Scouts and Girl Guides. While providing an opportunity to connect with 10 million Girl Scouts and Girl Guides in over 140 countries, World Thinking Day is the also the perfect time to learn about and celebrate other cultures, while raising awareness about important issues facing girls and women all over the world.

At the 1926 International Conference of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, held at our own Camp Edith Macy, the idea of World Thinking Day was born. The bond between Girl Scouts and Girl Guides was then and remains to this day one of global sisterhood. With this in mind, the delegates chose February 22 in honor of the shared birthday of Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts and his wife, Olave Baden-Powell, the founder of Girl Guides.

Ninety years later, the theme for World Thinking Day is “Connect.”  Noted American author and scholar, Brene’ Brown writes, “Connection is the energy that is created between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued.”  Girl Scouts are encouraged to create this positive energy by participating in World Thinking Day activities that explore the connections among their individual selves, their friends and the world. Here are a few examples:

  1. Connect with me: To make a difference in the world and in others’ lives we need to be confident and happy. Make sure you take time on World Thinking Day to connect with yourself! Younger Girl Scouts can draw pictures of themselves doing something each girl is good at or something she loves about herself. Have the girls share their masterpieces with their troop. Always clap/snap when someone shares their drawing. It is important to affirm others for what they love about themselves! For older Girl Scouts, meditation is a great way to relax and de-stress. This mindful practice allows you to spend quality time with yourself, relaxing and de-stressing, which makes a happier you! Here is a quick guide to meditation.
  2. Connect with friends: Connection and friendship go hand-in-hand. Without true and meaningful connection we can’t be happy in our friendships. Connect with someone you care about by making a friendship stick. Share it with a troop member or a friend you want to invite to join Girl Scouts!
  3. Connect with the world: World Thinking Day is a time to think about your friends and community locally and globally. Younger Girl Scouts can try playing a game from another country. Check out these great games for a start! Older Girl Scouts can complete the Beauty around the World activity in the Free Being Me Patch Program (pg. 8). Explore and discuss the differences in beauty standards around the world, but also how all women everywhere deal with these expectations.

How will you celebrate World Thinking Day? Don’t forget to share your World Thinking activities and fun experiences using the hashtag #connect10million.

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