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Tips for Going Gold: Working with the Girl Scout Gold Award Committee

February 1, 2016

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By Eileen Miller, Program Director

When a girl decides to #GoGold and earn her Girl Scout Gold Award, you can see the spark of change ignite within her. She’s ready to make an impact, big and small, and is dedicated to creating a sustainable project within her community. Since council unification in 2007, Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines has presented this prestigious award to nearly 500 girls who have pursued their passions for community service and a commitment to making the world a better place. These Girl Scouts are beyond impressive and we are so proud of all they have accomplished.

If your girl is considering earning her Girl Scout Gold Award, we know the process can seem overwhelming and a little scary. But here’s the good news! With a team of caring and supportive adults cheering her on, the award process doesn’t have to be daunting. In addition to a girl’s family and troop support, our council has a volunteer-driven Girl Scout Gold Award Committee which serves as a resource for girls.

The committee plays an integral role in reviewing, corresponding and supporting girls throughout the proposal and final report process. It is comprised of 12 dedicated volunteers who give their time willingly to help girls be successful, accomplish their goals, and carry out the mission of Girl Scouting.

Listen to what two committee members have to say about their experience:

“I enjoy serving on the Gold Award Committee because it gives me the opportunity to see all the wonderful things our young ladies are doing to serve their fellow man. We hear so many negative things about teenagers and the committee gives me the opportunity to see the positive ways these young ladies are impacting their community. Because of their perseverance they are able to accomplish their goals and bring about positive change.” – Emily Hayne

“As a member of our Council’s Gold Award Committee, I have been very privileged to see how the Girl Scout Gold Award has made a positive impact on the lives of many of our Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors. Just as our mission statement says the Gold Award process builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place on a daily and ongoing basis.” – Lori Winkelstein

So, how does the committee support a #GoGold Girl?

  • Each girl is assigned a committee member as her liaison to help guide her through the process and to be a resource as questions arise.
  • Requested edits and changes throughout the development of a proposal and a final report are normal and serve to strengthen a submission.
  • A proposal and final report are reviewed to provide constructive input and allow for the greatest success.
  • Feedback by a committee liaison is provided to propel a girl toward success.

Interested in learning more? Visit the Council’s website for upcoming award workshops. For questions or more information visit the Girl Scout Gold Award page or send an email to Girlawards@nccoastalpines.org.

Did you know 2016 is the 100th birthday of the Girl Scout Gold Award? We’ll be celebrating all year.

 

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Girls Lead and Learn by “DO”-ing

October 19, 2015

Learning by Doing with Girl Scouts

By Krista Park, Communications & PR Director

How does a girl accomplish her goal of learning about robotics? Or grow in self-confidence as she overcomes her shyness learning that her voice counts? Or help run the largest girl-led business in the world as she practices setting goals and making decisions?

How? It’s simple: Girl Scouts.

At Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines, girls get the chance to “DO” big things. They build book mobiles for reading journeys like Cadette Troop #375 in Oxford, and make blankets for children’s homes like Troop #4282 in Greenville. They spend a week at Camp Hardee learning to canoe and sail, and like Emily B., will return to participate in higher adventures during a 2-week water program.

Girl Scouts travel to incredible places across the country and beyond like Troop #49 from Durham who spent a week in Costa Rica exploring the landscape and local culture. They create sustainable change in their community, like Girl Scout Gold Award recipient Lillie M., who created an oral history project documenting the experiences of veterans and helping to increase awareness for local veteran support services in Columbus County.

Feeling empowered to take action can be difficult for some girls. But girls who experience learning by doing and are a part of a girl-led program can see firsthand how their creative and innovative ideas can make a difference in the world. Findings from the Girl Scout Research Institute’s national studies who it’s not just what girls do, but how they do it that makes Girl Scouts so beneficial to girls.

The effects of hands-on learning are nothing but positive. In Girl Scouts, learning by doing is a cornerstone of our organization, and is facilitated by a small troop leader to girl ratio, allowing more hands-on opportunities for girls to tap into their interests and talents. When a girl learns by doing, she is actively involved in fun and exploration, which helps her to become motivated, learn more, and develop essential leadership skills for her lifetime.

Did you know…?

  • At least 75% of girls who experience “learning by doing” and are part of our girl-led program become better at conflict resolution, problem solving, team building and cooperating, and developing a more positive sense of self.
  • Learning in a hands-on environment can also help girls retain up to three-and-a-half times more information compared to sitting and listening.
  • Not to mention, nearly three in four girls say that, because of Girl Scouts, they’ve become a leader in more activities with their friends and classmates, as well as in their community.

Girl Scouts offers a wide range of opportunities to brighten a girl’s future; opportunities that will help her build courage as she tries new things, gain confidence in herself and her skills, and strengthen her character to become the leader she is meant to be. Most of all, girls make new friends, give back, and realize why it’s awesome to be a girl.

Be sure check out all the cool program and events we host at Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines throughout the year. There’s a chance for every girl to “DO” something amazing.

Share in the fun and find a troop near you today!

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