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Community Partners and Member Programming

At Girl Scouts–North Carolina Coastal Pines our community partners are businesses, organizations, and content experts who provide unique opportunities, activities, and events for our members that align with the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Whether your organization excels at STEM, the Outdoors, Life Skills, Entrepreneurship, the Arts, Community Service, or Athletics, we know we can count on you to bring the Girl Scout program to life for our troops and girls.

Centennial of Suffrage

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the nineteenth Amendment which gave women the right to vote in the United States. Community opportunities that promote civic engagement, honor the legacy and spirit of the women’s suffrage movement, and help girls of all ages develop a voice in their communities.

Click here to learn more.

Approved Community Partners

Co-leaders, area volunteers, and member families, we invite you to explore the many opportunities offered to our members by approved Community Partners from across our 41-counties. Whether it’s a badge earning workshop, exploring the outdoors, or discount admission to an upcoming show or sporting event, you’re sure to find your next adventure in the list below!

The following list of Girl Scout-friendly organizations is intended to offer support to members interested in earning patches, badges, and Journeys, or just to have fun. The programs offered by the organizations may satisfy some of the requirements in connection to Girl Scout curriculum - helping girls to discover, connect and take action. 

Entrepreneurship

Coming soon!

Financial Literacy

Home of Your Own

Kurt Arehart is a retired finance and insurance expert. Drawing on his career experience, he has created a workshop entitled Home of Your Own. This workshop aims to help participants navigate the road to home ownership by building wealth and establishing good credit. When Senior and/or Ambassador Girl Scouts participate in this workshop they complete several of the following badge requirements: Buying Power (Senior), On My Own (Ambassador), and Good Credit (Ambassador). Contact Kurt to set up a date and time for your troop to learn about good credit, building wealth, and home ownership. Kurt is based out of Wake County, but willing to travel 60 minutes to your troop meeting location. A minimum of 10 girls is suggested (maximum of 20).

Contact: Kurt Arehart at klarehart@gmail.com or 919-624-4054


Raleigh Coin Club

2011 Ridge Road                                                                                                                    Raleigh, NC 27607

Our Young Numismatists (YN) program, Raleigh Coin Hawks, is designed specifically for young collectors (parents are welcome to attend).  YNs meet monthly providing young collectors a chance to ask questions about coin or paper money collecting, pass around and talk about pieces from their own collection, and learn about coin collecting in a non-threatening forum.  We’re also looking to partner with Girl Scout troops interested in learning more about any topic related to numismatics which includes: how to collect coins, the history of our money, coin designs, mottos, and phrases plus changes in our coins and currency over time.  We will design a specific program to meet your needs and come to your location. Programs are free and usually there are free coins distributed depending on the topic.

Info: Raleigh Coin Club Meetings

Contact:  youthprograms@raleighcoinclub.org or Jeff at jeff.mccauslin@gmail.com

Life Skills

Advantage College Planning

8321 Bandford Way Suite 001
Raleigh, NC 27615

Advantage College Planning helps high school students prepare for college from initial planning through the application process itself. Girl Scouts looking to earn their Ambassador College Knowledge badge are encouraged to participate in our workshop where we’ll complete requirements 1-3 of the badge. There is a minimum of 4 girls per workshop, maximum of 12. For more information, click here.

Older girls, parents/caregivers, and volunteers can subscribe to the Advantage College Planning blog https://www.advcp.com/blog for notifications about webinars, workshops, and timely articles.

Fee: No Fee to Participate

Contact: To register your troop/group for a workshop contact Jamie at jamie@advcp.com or (919) 890-3737.


Agather College Consulting

811909 Shavenrock Place,
Raleigh, NC 27613

Agather College Consulting helps reduce the stress of the college admissions process by educating students and families. Our goal is to find options that meet the student’s financial and academic needs in environment where students can grow and thrive. Owner Liz Agather is happy to provide Girl Scouts looking to earn their Ambassador College Knowledge badge through interactive education and training where we’ll complete requirements 1-3 of the badge. There is a minimum of 4 Girl Scouts per session, maximum of 12. 

Fee: No Fee to Participate

Contact:  To register your troop/group for a workshop contact Liz Agather at Path4U2College@gmail.com


Essential Oils with Lisa

Youngsville, North Carolina

Join doTERRA Wellness Advocate Lisa Faraone for an opportunity to make your own bottle of 100% natural bug repellant, with no toxins, chemicals or additives. Learn about essential oils made purely from plants!  All materials supplied.  On average the workshop is 1 to 1.5 hours.

Fee: $5 per participant

Contact: Lisa Faraone at essentialplantnature@gmail.com or (412) 552-9745


Growga

Chatham, Durham, Johnston, Orange, and Wake Counties

Growga offers yoga classes and events for all ages. Our mission is to make yoga accessible by working directly with businesses, schools, and organizations to bring our program directly to the communities that we serve. Contact us directly to schedule a private event for your Girl Scout troop today. Minimum of 8 required to host the event..

Info: Minimum 8/Maximum 25, $15 per girl

Contact: Emily Behr at emily@mygrowga.com or (919) 780-3516


Panera Bread

Looking for a new activity that is a fun and a creative learning experience? The Panera Bread® Bakers-in-Training program is the perfect outing for Girl Scout groups ages 5–12, and a great way to interest kids in kitchen essentials and the fundamentals of baking. Classes must be scheduled at least three weeks in advance. Our program aligns with several earned badges (not provided) for Girl Scout troops. A Panera Bread fun patch is available to all Girl Scouts. The program is designed for groups of 10-15 girls. Visit site for additional information and booking.

Fee: $20 per girl

Contact: Learn More


Poe Center for Health Education

 

Girl Talk for 4th-7th graders is going virtual! Girl Talk addresses the timely topic of adolescent growth and development and the physical, social, and emotional changes that girls experience during puberty. Poe educators show off some of our 3-D exhibits, lead online activities, and hold candid discussions to help parents and daughters explore a range of topics from the workings of the reproductive system to the menstrual cycle to feminine hygiene protection and more.

Dates: October 17 or November 14

Girl Talk 2 for 6th- 8th graders- is a  unique workshop designed for middle school-aged girls and their parents. This interactive, two-hour workshop discusses the growth and development girls experience during puberty, the structure and function of the male and female reproductive systems, the menstrual cycle, fertilization, and conception. Internet safety, peer pressure, abstinence, and sexually transmitted diseases are also introduced. The program has been designed with activities that facilitate and encourage open parent-child communication.

Date: November 7

This program is for girls AND their caregivers. Girls should not register individually. 

View their on-going programs and register here. This program is currently being offered via Zoom. Participants will need to have Zoom capability.

Fee: $12.50 Per Person

Contact:  Lauren McCallum at l.mccallum@poehealth.org or (919) 819-6295


Raleigh Dance Theatre

3921 Beryl Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607/ Virtual

Dance Around the World Virtual Event
Sunday, November 8, 2020, 2-4pm
Via Zoom
Maximum 75/minimum 20

Explore the World of Dance! Join Raleigh Dance Theatre via Zoom for an exciting afternoon of dancing as you learn about dance styles from around the world. As a special bonus, you will see a sneak preview of costumed dancers in a scene from Raleigh Dance Theatre’s upcoming Storybook Tales performance. Dance with master teachers with a wealth of knowledge in folk and cultural dances and instruments. This year's workshop includes Scottish dance, African dance and classical ballet. Pre-professional dancers will dance alongside teachers via zoom to inspire and lead you! All participants receive a Make Every Dance Step Count Patch in the mail.

Fee: $15 per Girl Scout Register here

Make Every Dance Step Count
Sunday, March 21, 2021 2-4pm
Attend virtually or on location at The Raleigh School of Ballet studios.
Maximum 85 (25 in-studio, 60 virtual) / 30 minimum

Explore the World of Dance! Join Raleigh Dance Theatre for an exciting afternoon of dancing as you learn about the history of classical ballet, basic technique and what goes into putting on a dance performance. Join us virtually via zoom or in person (based on the latest guidance from the state and local health agencies). As a special bonus, you will see a sneak preview of costumed dancers in a scene from Raleigh Dance Theatre’s upcoming Storybook Tales performance. Dance with pre-professional dancers, learning ballet steps, stretches, and exercises they do every day. Create your own dance moving in your favorite ways! All participants receive a Make Every Dance Step Count Patch in the mail.

Fee: $15 per Girl Scout Register here

Questions: raleighdance@att.net


Vine Images

Vine Images is excited to provide online courses for Girl Scouts that are self-paced and mobile-friendly. Photography can be very technical, confusing and it takes a lot of snap shots to learn a new skill. With our online format, girls learn a new skill in just a few minutes through video instruction, review examples of work, see real life demonstrations and then complete a photo challenge geared to perfecting the skill. Each photo challenge builds upon the previous skill and before they know it, they have the skills to locate the best light in their situation and can compose the image to tell a story. Girls work at their own pace which allows them to spend the time needed to become comfortable in the new skill set before moving on.


Fee: $15/girl for the Junior Digital Photographer badge program; badge is not included.

Fee: $25/Kidz Photography Patch program; fun patch included. Ages 5-14.

Ambassador Photography badge program coming soon!

Info: Minimum 8/Maximum 25, $15 per girl

Contact: Emily Behr at emily@mygrowga.com or (919) 780-3516


Outdoors

Eno River Association

4404 Guess Rd.
Durham, NC 27712

The Eno River Association provides Girl Scouts opportunities to learn about and practice environmental stewardship and natural resource conservation through education programs and service opportunities. The Association offers dozens of customized education programs for various age levels in the areas of Wildlife Biology, Geology & Soils, Water Quality, Chemistry & Resources, Local History, Botany, & other topics. In addition, the Association's 7,400+ acres of natural areas and parklands provide opportunities for community service projects, and Girl Scouts can choose to adopt a trail, organize a private service day, or engage in DIY service projects.

Fee: The cost for each program is $30 per hour (for a group of up to 10, adults & youth), prorated by the half hour and invoiced prior to the program. Eno River Association Members receive a reduced hourly rate. If the fee is a barrier to your participation, please let us know and we will work with you.

Contact: Email education@enoriver.org to learn more and arrange a customized program.


Shepard Nature Trail at Duke Forest

Durham, North Carolina 27708

The Shepherd Nature Trail, located along Hwy 751 in the Duke Forest’s Durham Division, offers a short, self-guided hike and provides a wonderful introduction to the Duke Forest and Piedmont forest ecosystems. The trail is a 0.8-mile loop. This is a self-guided tour. Please review the website ahead of time for directions and read the interpretive signs ahead of time to develop your activity plan. There are no restroom facilities. Please read all posted signs and follow Duke Forest Rules and regulations. Enter the forest at your own risk.

Fee: No Fee to Participate

Contact: https://dukeforest.duke.edu/recreation/snt/    

STEM

Bald Head Island Conservancy

700 Federal Road
Bald Head Island, North Carolina 28461

The Bald Head Island Conservancy offers many programs that can support earning parts of various Girl Scout badges and patches, including the Sea Turtle council patch. Visit their webpage to learn more about their current programs.

Contact: Marissa@bhic.org


Piedmont Wildlife Center

364 Leigh Farm Road
Durham, North Carolina 27707 

Our programs are up-close experiences with our wildlife ambassadors. We have animal ambassadors including box turtles, snakes, opossum, rabbit, dove, diamondback terrapin and raptor ambassadors like owls and hawks. We can help your troop get started on the Amphibians and Reptiles Council Patch Program. 

Girl Fee: $10/1 hour; $15/1.5 hours
1-15 participants: $150/hour; $225/1.5 hours

Adult Fee: $10/1 hour; $15/1.5 hours
4 chaperones are free up to 30 girls. After 30 girls, 1 chaperone is free per 8 girls. All additional chaperones will be considered participants and will be asked to pay the participant price.

Contact: Learn More


The Forge Initiative

3300 Green Level West
Cary, NC 27519

The Forge Initiative's non-profit mission is to engage families and individuals of all ages, genders, backgrounds, and experience levels in exploring, learning and leading in science, technology, engineering, art, and math. The Forge Initiative is empowering people through creating a community of makers, doers and creators who want to make a difference. In partnership with Girl Scouts we offer several workshops for girls throughout the year. Visit the Upcoming Events page of our website for more details.

Fee: Varies Based on Workshop/Camp

Contact:  connections@theforgeinitiative.org


NC Division of Air Quality

217 W Jones Street
Raleigh, NC

We provide fun activities that will help your troop to understand the properties of air, air quality, and the sources of air pollution in North Carolina, while also satisfying journey and badge requirements. After completing these activities we will provide you with the "Think.Act.Breathe." patch!  These activities can be self-led for individual troops, or we can send DAQ staff to larger events to go through activities with you!

Fee: Activity guide and patch provided free of charge.

Contact: Melissa Kennedy at melissa.kennedy@ncdenr.gov


Girl Scouts Citrus Council and SpaceKids Global

Virtual

Time to rev up your imaginations, Girl Scouts! The Making Space for Girls Challenge Program is all about you, your ideas, and your space dreams. This exciting space exploration STEAM opportunity is brought to us by our friends at SpaceKids Global and ProxOps, in cooperation with NASA. They know that YOU are the engineers, designers, scientists, mathematicians, technicians, and astronauts that will be leading future space exploration and want to get you started today!

SpaceKids Global is offering 3 program challenge areas. You may choose one or more of the challenge areas, however, each of your submissions must be individually received in the email inbox by 11:59 p.m. on October 22, 2020. You will find registration and submission details under the Registration section. The link with information regarding program and registration follows: www.gsinspace.allthingsgirlscouts.com

Fee: No fee to participate. Fees apply to join Girl Scouts.
Dates: Submission must be individually received in the email inbox by 11:59 p.m. on October 22, 2020.
More Info & Register: www.gsinspace.allthingsgirlscouts.com


Techsplorers

4460 Falls of Neuse Rd. Suite 149-141
Raleigh, North Carolina 27614
919-901-1197

Techsplorers is a proud partner in helping Girl Scouts earn various STEM badges- Girl Scout Brownie Inventor Badge, Girl Scout Junior Detective Badge, and Girl Scout Cadette and Ambassador Robotics 1 and 2 Badges.
Visit their website to learn more about the Girl Scout badges and other programs offered. Currently, troops can reach out to Techsplorers to set up a custom time and date for their troop (individual Girl Scouts may be able to link up with a troop).

Techsplorers is also offering NEW! project kits to help Girl Scouts earn parts of badges. Techsplorers Project Kits contain all of the fun, excitement, and knowledge of their amazing STEM summer camps in a convenient kit that can be completed in the comfort of your own home at your own pace! Just like their camps and workshops, each kit is packed full of advanced college-level material made accessible for learners as young as age 10 through Techsplorers' proven learning techniques. Kits were designed by real engineers to teach the engineers of tomorrow the foundational knowledge needed to get started building and designing their own circuits through practical hands-on activities and step-by-step guided learning.

Currently, the Arduino Robot builds kit (and two additional at home robotics kits soon to come) meet the requirements for Cadettes and Ambassadors to earn their Robotics 1 and Robotics 2 badges.

Questions? Reach out to Bianca McGhee at bmcghee@techsplorers.com

Community Service

Diaper Bank of NC

1311 E. Club Blvd.
Durham, NC 27704

  

Diaper Bank of NC offers drop-in diaper wrapping hours for groups of five or less volunteers every Monday through Thursday between 10am and 2pm and on Saturdays for groups by appointment from 10am to noon. Please note that Saturday sessions fill up several months in advance, so email info@ncdiaperbank.org for more information and availability.

Important: We are located at the corner of Kiss Dr. and Club Boulevard, you'll make a left and we are inside the green fence on the right. The temperature inside the warehouse is the same as the outside, so it is important to dress appropriately and wear closed-toe shoes. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Contact: Jannice Verne jannice@ncdiaperbank.org or (919) 886-8085

Temple Theatre

120 Carthage Street
Sanford, NC 273308

We have volunteer opportunities to usher or help out around Temple Theatre while working with our Director of Education, Marketing Director, Box Office Manager and Stage Management Team.

Contact: To discuss current opportunities, contact:Jacob Toth at dncrtoth@gmail.com

Community Discounts
These opportunities and activities are not sponsored by Girl Scouts North Carolina Coastal Pines.

 

Animal Park at the Conservator Center

676 E. Hughes Mill Road
Burlington, NC 27217

The Animal Park at the Conservators Center offers groups the opportunity to earn the special Animal Park at the Conservators Center patch while learning about the animals with whom we share our planet! For more information, visit the Animal Park at the Conservator Center.

Contact: Diana at diana.saluga@animalparknc.org


Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More of Raleigh-North

6675 Falls of Neuse Road Suite 107
Raleigh, NC 27615

Custom shirts for your Girl Scout troop! Big Frog offers a unique experience for groups to create shirts in small quantities or up to 1000 shirts. Big Frog hosts workshops for Girl Scouts where they can create their own design, and have it printed on a shirt using the Direct-to-Garment printing process.  A fun outing for troops to create a unique troop shirt!

Info: Prices vary, discounted prices are $12 - $20 per shirt.

Contact: (919) 793-2500 | raleigh-north@bigfrog.com


Carolina Ice Zone

104 Red Banks Rd.
Greenville, NC 27858

Get your troop together for some ice skating fun and exercise!  Sessions include skate lesson, 1.5 hours of ice skating, a fun patch for Girl Scouts and a cup of hot chocolate!  

Contact Stephanie Bardykin, Programs Director at (252) 353-8888 or skatepairs@aol.com to schedule your troop’s session.


Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC)

123 Vivian Street
Durham, North Carolina 27701

Group Services at DPAC is your connection to savings of 10% to 15% for most Broadway performances. Groups of 12 or more can save on select performances, take advantage of reduced ticket fees and payment plans, plus receive personalized service from someone who knows the shows and knows the theater. This offer is only available for participants ages 6 and older.

Info: Varies depending on show and seating. Learn More

Contact: For more information on available shows, pricing and seating options, email us at: Groups@DPACnc.com


North Carolina Symphony

The North Carolina Symphony is currently offering a Music Education: Anywhere, Anytime program that we’d love to invite Girl Scouts to check out.

Music Education: Anywhere, Anytime

During this unprecedented time, students need access to the arts more than ever—and at the Symphony, our music education mission remains constant. To that end, we have released a digital broadcast of a North Carolina Symphony Education Concert and its companion materials, to support teachers who are engaging their students virtually and parents/guardians who are continuing their children’s education at home. This educational content is available free of charge for students, teachers, parents, and audiences of all ages to access and enjoy across North Carolina and worldwide.

https://www.ncsymphony.org/virtual/
Password: 1932

Contact: Ashley Blankenship at ablankenship@ncsymphony.org or (919) 789-5505    


REI – Recreational Equipment, Inc.  

4291 The Circle at North Hills
Raleigh, North Carolina 27609

At Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI) we believe a life outdoors is a life well-lived. REI is excited to assist Girl Scout troops on earning parts of the Cadette and Senior First Aid badge, Daisy Buddy Camper Badge, Brownie Cabin Camper Badge, Junior Eco Camper, Cadette Primitive Camper Badge, Senior Adventure Camper Badge, and Ambassador Survival Camper Badge. Learning can also include topics about knot tying, navigating and compasses, and more.

Info: Call to set up a meeting based on troop interests.

Contact: Allie Roland at aroland@rei.com or (919) 571-5031    


The Tumble Gym at Falls River

10501 Shadowlawn Dr
Raleigh, NC 27614

Girl Scout Fun Night held on Friday and Saturday nights from 6pm to 9pm. Kickoff with some fun games to get to know each other and introduce the theme for the night followed by yummy pizza! Then it's time for a craft that reflects our theme.  Up next, free play and team building activities. There something for every budding gymnast!

Info: $15 per girl

Contact: Coach Ayesha at (919) 758-8998    


Wake Escapes

10501 Ligon Mill Road, Suite 102
Wake Forest, NC 27587

An escape room is a physical adventure game in which players solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints and strategy to complete the objectives leading to "escape." Players receive 1 hour to complete their adventure. This is a team building event in which players must work together and communicate at all times to achieve their goal. There is minimum booking of 8 tickets (one room at $176), max is 26 plus 3 chaperones. You must book your group as a Girl Scout group to receive the discounted price. Escape room fun patch included.

Info: We are offering a discounted price for Girl Scout groups:

  • Mystery of the Pharaoh Full Room (10 tickets) $220
  • Tornado Alley Full Room (8 tickets) $176
  • Exit Protocol Full Room (8 tickets) $176

Contact: Call (919) 324-3550 to make your troop reservation!


Whole Brain Escape

410 Upchurch Street
Apex, NC 27502

Whole Brain Escape features several Escape Room experiences to choose from, all of which are suitable for ages 11 and up. For all Girl Scouts, we have a special program where the troops get 10% off their booking, fun patch included. Some rooms hold a maximum of 8 people, whereas some hold a maximum of 10. Whole Brain Escape requires at least one adult to be in the room with the girls if any of them are under the age of 15.

Info: $29 per girl/adult + 10% discount

Contact:  havefun@wholebrainescape.com | (919) 355-2714 to make your troop reservation!

Community Opportunities

Community Opportunities are events and activities that are open to the public. Girl Scouts North Carolina Coastal Pines evaluates each opportunity for alignment to our Mission and values. Although girls are not completing badge or patch requirements nor receiving a special Girl Scout discount, we’re happy to share these opportunities for the value-added experience offered.  We share the invite on behalf of the provider, but these events and activities are not sponsored by Girl Scouts North Carolina Coastal Pines.

                                                  

Safety and Activity Checkpoints

When contacting a Community Partner, please be familiar with the guidelines provided in Safety Activity Checkpoints and Volunteer Essentials, as these apply. These include, but are not limited to, adult ratios, background checks, incident reports, insurance and more. Remember that Girl Scouts attending programs independently of a troop must be accompanied by an adult. 

Accident/Incident Report

If an incident occurs during a program, a troop leader or parent should follow incident report guidelines. This is not the responsibility of the Community Partner.   

Background Check

Any adult needed to cover the girl-to-adult ratio who transports girls; or who serves as a chaperone for day or overnight trips must register as a member of GSUSA and successfully complete the online background check process. 

Health History

A copy of each girl’s and adult’s health history form should be with the leader attending the event and a troop first aider should be present. 

Insurance

Every registered Girl Scout and registered adult member is automatically covered under the basic plan. Remember that nonregistered individuals to include relatives are not covered. Additional activity insurance can be purchased through the council for a supervised Girl Scout activity. The insurance forms are available in the FORMS section of the council website. 

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