Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines will recognize and celebrate Hispanic and Latino American culture during National Hispanic Heritage Month recognized annually beginning September 15 to October 15.
“Diversity is a core value in Girl Scouts and has been since the organization's beginning over 100 years ago," said Lisa Jones, chief executive officer at Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines. “Participating in National Hispanic Heritage Month provides opportunities for girls to begin to understand the meaning of diversity and to strengthen their appreciation of differences in others.”
To help girls and troops learn more, the Girl Scouts Council is sponsoring two events during National Hispanic Heritage Month for its members. On Sunday, September 28, girls and adults can experience the history, culture and contributions of Hispanic Americans at an Exploring Hispanic Culture event. Guests from countries such as Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Colombia will share their culture through stories and artifacts. In addition, The Ballet Folklorico Guadalupano will host two performances, and attendees will be able to attend Zumba sessions. This event is open to all Girl Scouts and their families and will be held from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Girl Scouts’ Camp Mary Atkinson in Johnston County.
Girl Scouts will also have the opportunity to learn about Dia De los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a Mexican holiday celebrated around the world annually on November 1. In partnership with Centro Hispano, Girl Scouts will participate in crafts, fun activities, face painting, and cooking as they learn about this holiday. The Dia De Los Muertos event will be held from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 1, at Centro Hispano in Wake County.
The Girl Scout Council will also host informational booths at UNIVISION’s UniRumba! Festival on Sunday, Sept 14; La Fiesta del Pueblo on Saturday, September 21; and the Durham Latino Festival on Saturday, September 27. To help kick off the UniRumba! event, a local Girl Scout troop will lead the flag ceremony for the Mexican Consulad. Attending any of the community or council sponsored events during National Hispanic Heritage Month can help Girl Scouts earn a new Discover Hispanic Heritage patch.
Available year-round, Girl Scouts of all ages and cultures can earn this new patch by participating in activities such as touring the Latin American Embassy or becoming pen pals with Girl Scouts or Girl Guides living in a Latino country. The Discovering Hispanic Heritage Patch is part of the council’s Patch of the Month program which is designed to help Girl Scouts explore a wide variety of topics including culture, arts, science, history and health.
More than 59 million American women enjoyed Girl Scouting during their childhood – and that number is growing as Girl Scouts continues to inspire, challenge, and empower girls everywhere. Currently, more than 270,000 Hispanic girls – nearly six percent of the national total – are members of Girl Scouts.
“At Girl Scouts, we know that girls advance diversity in a multicultural world," added Jones. "Girl Scouts is committed to ensuring our membership reflects the world we live in, and is dedicated to reaching out to all girls and volunteers."
Girl Scouts is open to all girls from kindergarten through grade 12. Adults over age 18 may become volunteers; both girls and adults volunteers can join at any time of the year. Annual membership fee is $15.00 for one year. New members who register for Girl Scouts before September 30, 2014, will be entered to win an iPad. To join or volunteer, please visit: www.nccoastalpines.org.
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