Posts Tagged ‘Girl Scouts’


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!


Girl Scout Rangers, Get your Outdoors On!

August 31, 2015

Girl Scout Park Rangers

By: Jennifer Taylor, Communications & Public Relations Assistant

We know girls greatly enjoy the outdoor experiences they have in Girl Scouts and that those experiences are extremely beneficial for girls. Now there is a new and exciting way for girls to explore the outdoors, take action, and learn the history of our national parks! Girl Scouts of the USA has partnered with the National Park Service for the Girl Scout Ranger Program to help celebrate the centennial celebration of our national parks.

So, what does this partnership mean for the girls of Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines? It means new adventures and opportunities await you at one of North Carolina’s 10 national parks. From the Great Smoky Mountains to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and points in between, girls will be able to experience the beauty of our glorious state while also doing what Girl Scouts do best – taking action to make their world a better place.

The National Park Service has many fantastic organized programs such as the junior rangers, web rangers, and environmental education. Girls can also choose to take part in ongoing service projects at the park which help preserve the natural resources of the park. Girls have the opportunity to earn a certificate and a patch.

But, even better, Girl Scouts can get creative and design a custom program for themselves or their troop that serves to complete a journey, a badge program (hint, hint – Outdoor Explorers badges, anyone?), or a highest award take action project. Imagine the possibilities!

So, where to start? Take a look at the national park sites in NC and think about where you would most enjoy exploring and making a difference. Click on the link for the website to each individual park to learn more. From there, girls can get busy coming up with brilliant ideas!

Armed with a few good ideas, a parent or troop leader should contact the park directly to discuss how the Girl Scouts can participate in an organized event or put their ideas into action. For complete information on the Girl Scout Ranger Program, visit the National Park Service’s youth program website.

Are you ready? We can’t wait for Girl Scouts to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of our National Park Service. Let us know how you and your girls plan to rock out the great outdoors this year!


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