• Citizen Science: Sow What? New Girl Series Event

    12 Aug 2014

    This year’s Citizen Science series takes place October 4 through November 15, 2014 and explores the impact of food production on our environment.  Girls will assume the role of scientists who feed the planet and save the world as they explore topics such as soils, water quality, erosion, plant health and growth and more.   They will also investigate different cultures and all sorts of foods.  

    Girls will also learn about agronomy (the science of growing food sustainably) by participating in a real live research trial on a local educational farm! They will be harvesting crops, planting new ones, and participating in hands-on projects.  Attendance at every session is not mandatory, as each week will have a different topic.  Activities can be applied to the Cadette, Senior, or Ambassador Journey awards in the It’s Your Planet, Love It! series.  Applications for this program are due September 22, 2014.   

  • Journey Help is Just an Email Away!

    11 Aug 2014

    “How does our troop choose which Journey to do?”  “Do I have to follow the leader guide word for word?”  “What badges can we earn by doing a Journey?”  The Journey Help Line is a handy resource for parents and volunteers to ask any questions they may have about the Journey series programs that help girls gain those valuable keys to leadership:  Discover, Connect and Take Action. 

    Send your questions to journeyhelp@nccoastalpines.org and a member of our program staff will be happy to assist you with your query for any grade level.  We will help you and your troop find your way to fun and exciting adventures in no time!

  • 5 Ways to Get Your Girl Ready for Kindergarten

    11 Aug 2014

    Repost from Girl Scouts USA blog

    Pencils, backpacks, and school buses. New friends, new teachers and a brand new schedule every morning. Starting school brings a lot of change for both you and your daughter. But there are a few simple things you can do to help her walk through doors on her first day not only ready to learn, but with a big smile and a sense of confidence.

    From Girl Scouts For Adults, here are 5 ways to prepare her for a happy, safe (and fun) start to her first ever school year: 

    1. A little independence goes a long way. This is especially important if your daughter has never been away from home all day. Start small. Work on your child’s ability to do basic physical things for themselves before school starts. Can she put on and take off shoes? Check. Zip up her coat? Check. Does she know how to navigate the bathroom independently at potty time? Check. And remember, tights are tough. So is anything with lots of complicated zips, buttons and snaps. Kindergarten is a place to play, run, climb and learn, so the fancy dress you bought last week might be best saved for your next special occasion rather than her first day of school.

    2. Get to know the sc...

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  • Welcome to the NEW Girl Scouts - NC Coastal Pines: A Message from the CEO

    07 Aug 2014

    Hi Girl Scout friends, families and community partners,

    We can’t wait to kick off the 2014-2015 program year this fall! We have a lot of exciting changes happening around Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines including our new online registration system, a fresh new website, and an online toolkit for our amazing troop leaders.

    Signing up a girl for Girl Scouts will be faster and easier.  Parents and caretakers will be able to sign up girls online.  Automated emails will help parents stay informed of their girl’s status during the registration process as well as during her Girl Scout experience. 

    Our new volunteer toolkit that will provide troop leaders the information and resources they need. Imagine an entire year’s plans available for a first-time troop leader. The tool kit will evolve over the next few years and grow to include resources for all Journeys, badge programs and more!

    And for the 2015 Girl Scout Cookie Sale, girls will be able sell cookies online in addition to neighborhood and booth sales.  “Digital Cookie 1.0” will launch across the country, allowing Girl Scouts to use technology to set and monitor their goals, manage their money, and communicate with customers.

    This is an extremely exciting time across the Council.  I believe in what Girl Scouts is doing and where we are going.  There is excitement in knowing that these changes will have a tremendous impact on volunteers, families and m...

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  • Wilmington Service Center Grand Opening!

    07 Aug 2014

    With the 2014-15 Girl Scout year right around the corner, this is an exciting time for Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines!  Not only are we gearing up for Back to Troop season, but it’s when many girls and adults join the fun in Girl Scouts for the first time!  How exciting is that?! 

    And to top it all off, our new Wilmington Service Center opens August 23 – hooray!  Our new Service Center will house staff offices, a retail shop, and program space for girl events, troop meetings and volunteer trainings.  And the even better news, our Girl Scout Shop is open NOW.  The shop welcomed its first shoppers on Monday, August 4.

    Wilmington Service Center Grand Opening

    Saturday, August 23 | 11am – 2pm

    2250 Shipyard Blvd, Ste 3, Wilmington 28412

    So follow the fun and join us for the exciting grand opening of our Wilmington Service Center! Come jump in our bounce houses and participate in hands-on fun. Check out Girl Scout merchandise at the retail shop.  Staff will be on hand to help answer questions about the upcoming year and share the fun of Girl Scouting.  See you there, Girl Scouts!

    Come Shop with Us!

    Girl Scout Retail Shop

    2250 Shipyard Blvd, Ste 3

    Wilmington 28412

    Shop Hours

    ·       Monday, Wednesday, Friday – 10am-3pm

    ·       Tuesday and Thursd...

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  • Exciting Changes Coming to Girl Scouts!

    30 Jul 2014

    Changes Are Coming!

    Exciting changes lie ahead for the new Girl Scout year; changes that are expanding our capacity to support our girls and families; changes that will help provide volunteers the information and resources they need - when and how they need it; and changes that will help us bring the Girl Scout experience to more girls!

    Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines is one of nine councils across the country that will launch Girl Scout’s new Member Engagement Initiative this year.  This exciting initiative consists of four all-new, online tools—membership registration system, website with Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) shared content, Volunteer Toolkit, and Digital Cookie. 

    Here’s a little more about each new tool:

    Website

    Our new website will launch with a fresh new look, consistent with the Girl Scout brand and align with other councils across the county. The new www.nccoastalpines.org will feature up-to-date information about Girl Scouts provided by GSUSA, in addition to what you need to know about Girl Scouting in central and eastern NC.  Important council resources will still be there, right at your fingertips, whether on your computer, tablet, or smartphone! And we can’t wait for you to explore the new, user-friendly Calendar of Events.

    Volunteer Toolkit

    And for our fabulous volunteer leaders, a new ...

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  • 60 Girl Scouts Go Gold!

    01 Jul 2014

    Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low believed all girls could make a difference. She encouraged and supported their ideas and their experiences, and is remembered having said, “Whatever you do, do it with all your might.” 

    And that’s exactly how 60 girls earned the highest and most prestigious achievement in Girl Scouting – the Girl Scout Gold Award.  For her award project, each Girl Scout identified an issue in her community, courageously committed to take action, and worked to create an impactful and lasting solution.

    When a girl earns her Gold Award, she joins a network of award recipients and becomes a role model to other girls.  Not only does she inspire her peers, but her community and future leaders as well.  Awarded to fewer than six percent of Girl Scouts annually, approximately one million Girl Scouts have earned the Gold Award or its equivalent since its inception in 1916.

    We are so proud of each of our 2013 Girl Scout Gold Award recipients.  Their accomplishments reflect the highest principles and true spirit of Girl Scouting.  Their service embodies the Girl Scout Law and Promise and each awardee is a shining example of our mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.  We are inspired by their achievements and encouraged by their courageous leadership. 

    Congratulations to all of our Gold Award recipients for earning this distinguished honor....

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  • Camp Graham Fire Circle bricks on sale now!

    15 Apr 2014

    Kindle the magic! Purchase your commemorative brick for the Camp Graham Fire Circle today!

    Every year, thousands of girls gain confidence, discover new abilities and strengthen friendships at Girl Scouts—North Carolina Coastal Pines camps. Now you can be a part of a favorite Girl Scout Camp tradition – the camp fire. Camp fires give girls time for fellowship, friendship, and reflection – and are a just plain fun!

    As part of The Treehouses at Camp Graham, the Fire Circle will be a place for fun and friendship for years to come. You can honor a loved one or celebrate a milestone while you show your support for all our incredible Girl Scouts by purchasing a commemorative brick for the Camp Graham Fire Circle!

    You can become a lasting part of Camp Graham history by purchasing a 4”x8” brick for $150, or an 8”x8” brick for $300. Your purchase will directly support The Tree Houses at Camp Graham, and help us build a foundation for our girls’ success for many years to come.

    Click here to purchase your brick today!

    Questions? Contact Addie Moody at 800-284-4475 x3315 or donate@nccoastalpines.org

  • Girl Scout Troops offer a taste of home to military troops through annual Operation Cookie Drop

    01 Apr 2014

    irl Scouts across central and eastern North Carolina collected enough donations to purchase over 82,000 boxes of cookies for our Operation Cookie Drop program.   Girl Scout Taylor W. from Troop #877 in Knightdale sold 733 boxes for Operation Cookie Drop, making her the overall top seller for this donation program.

    These cookies will be delivered to military personnel deployed from U.S. Marine installation Cherry Point in Havelock, U.S. Army base Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro. NCPacks4Patriots and the USO of NC centers in Jacksonville and RDU International Airport will also distribute a portion of the donated Girl Scout cookies to the military personnel that they serve.

    Almost 350 letters to the troops from girl and adult members were collected through “Letters to the Troops,” which was part of the Council’s 2014 National Girl Scout Week activi...

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  • Camp Improvements adding to the fun this summer

    01 Apr 2014

    Our Camp Directors and Rangers are hard at work preparing for this summer's camp season. Grass is being mowed. Pools are being cleaned. Roads are being graded. Canoes and sailboats are being taken out of storage.

    Outside of the exciting Tree Houses going in at Camp Graham, there are other upgrades to facilities being unveiled this year. Cabins at Camp Mary Atkinson and Camp Graham are getting new roofs. Camp Mu-Sha-Ni will soon see a Beaverpond trail, funded in part by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. The boathouse at Camp Mary Atkinson is being remolded for more effective storage of equipment.

    And speaking of equipment...

    New equipment has been purchased to make our Girl Scout Camps even more fun this summer. In addition to new archery equipment at all our camps, we have added paddleboards and a Gaga Ball Pit at both Camp Graham and Camp Mary Atkinson. Camp Graham also has a set of shiny new kayaks for girls to paddle around Kerr Lake, and the water trampoline has been replaced by a waterslide.

    See you at Camp!  

  • 2015 Early Bird Registration is OPEN

    01 Mar 2014

    2015 Early Bird Registration

    April 1 is the start of our Early Bird Registration and Renewal for the 2015 membership year! We have some fantastic incentives to reward our member’s early bird efforts. Parents and Troop Leaders can process registration renewals through CORE, our online registration system. CORE has been updated and it is easier than ever to renew. It’s quick, efficient and environmentally friendly.  We can’t wait to have you join us for the 2015 Girl Scout year!

    Troop and Individual Incentives

    Incentive Criteria
    Patches All girls and Leaders who register by the deadline will receive a specially designed patch!
    $15 Troop When at least 5 girls and 2 unique* adults register online by deadline, the troop will received a $15 Early Bird Gift Card that can be used in the council shop or for council activities.
       
    Weekly Drawings Each week from April through June there will be drawing for cash rewards when 5 girls and 2 unique adults are registered by the end of those weeks. **All troops that meet the qualifications will be included in each drawing going forward, so register early for best odds to win. 
    April Draw...

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    • Camp Graham Tree House Project To Break Ground in March

      28 Feb 2014

      Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines and honored guests officially broke ground on a new tree house project at its resident camp on Kerr Lake in Vance County on Monday, March 24, 2014.

      Camp and outdoor education are core tenets of Girl Scouting and contribute very positively to the overall Girl Scout experience. In September 2012, as part of a multi-year property development plan, Girl Scouts – North Carolina selected a tree house unit concept and site plan developed by Weinstein Friedlein Architects based in Carrboro, N.C.

      The complex consists of six tree house units designed to each sleep twelve, a bath house, a program pavilion and campfire circle.  The units will be connected by an elevated walkway and will also include a lift, meeting accessibility compliance as set by the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

      Located in Vance County, the 155 acre camp sits on picturesque Kerr Lake. The property currently hosts two platform tent units, two cabin units and open fields ideal for tent camping and group activities. In addition, the camp also has an open-air amphitheater and dining hall. Camp Graham is used for resident camp during the summer months and is available for troop camping, area Girl Scout events and community rental during the school year.

      In addition to Camp Graham, the Girl Scout council also owns Camp Mary Atkinson near Selma in Johnston County, Camp Hardee on the Pamlico River in Beaufort County, and Camp Mu-Sha-Ni in...

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    • Send a Girl to Camp - 2014 Campership Fund

      01 Feb 2014

      3…2…1…Blast off!

      Today we launched our 2014 Campership fundraising drive, which collects donations to help Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines provide scholarships for girls across our 41-counties to attend summer camp.

      Our Girl Scout family believes that camp is for every girl, and last year we distributed over $43,000 in scholarships to give more girls the opportunity to receive the great benefits of summer camp.

      By donating today to our 2014 Campership Fund, you are giving more girls the leadership and confidence-building benefits of Girl Scout camp. More girls will develop teamwork skills canoeing on beautiful Kerr Lake. More girls will share a song with their new best friends over a campfire. More girls will challenge themselves to reach the highest peak of the Alpine Tower. Your gift will help her discover that anything is possible.

      Please make your gift today, and make it possible for one more girl to have a life-changing experience that will open her eyes to her potential. You may also give online at www.nccoastalpines.org/champerships or by contacting our Director of Individual Giving, Emily Hill, at 919-600-6347.

    • I can’t wait to…Go to Spring Leaderee!

      01 Feb 2014

      It's that time again! Spring Leaderee is now open for registration. Join your fellow volunteers and staff for an amazing day of activities, learning, and fun!

      What is Leaderee, anyway?

      Leaderee is one of Girl Scouts—North Carolina Coastal Pines large scale training and networking weekends for volunteers.  Leaderee is held twice a year—once in the Fall and once in the Spring.  It is a great opportunity to network with other Girl Scout leaders, learn ways to enhance the programs you are leading with your girls, and take part in fun, outdoor activities that girls can do.  This is your chance to live like a girl—and enjoy being a Girl Scout! Learn how to canoe, be a risk taker and try a challenge course, or learn how to knit…the opportunities are endless! 

      Do I have to be a Troop Leader to come to Leaderee?

      No, all volunteers can attend. Although many of the sessions and workshops hosted at Leaderee are targeted for our Troop volunteers, workshops are open for all volunteers. 

      What types of sessions and workshops will be offered?

      Have you been thinking about becoming First Aid and CPR trained?  Ever wanted to learn how to become an archery instructor?  Or are you interested in fellowship and making swaps with other adults involved in the movement?  Then t...

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