Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines delegates, volunteers, girls and staff joined together with more than 6,500 members at this year’s National Council Session and Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah (Oct 16-19). As a part of the session, delegates discussed the importance of the outdoors in Girl Scouts. It was clear that outdoor experiences have served girls well for more than a hundred years and that Girl Scouts can offer an unmatched outdoor experience for all girls. As convention came to a close, Girl Scouts of the USA made an exciting announcement about new outdoor badges alongside their commitment to the outdoors.
Four outdoor badges will be introduced this coming March and will be available for girls to earn in Fall 2015—one badge for each of the following levels - Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, and Seniors. Girls will lead with their voices and be a part of the badge development process from the outset, deciding on the badges they can earn through a “Girls’ Choice” national vote. Voting for the outdoor badges is open October 31 through December 31. Click here to learn more and cast your vote.
We know spending time outdoors is a great way for girls to explore leadership, build skills, and develop a deep appreciation for nature all while building friendships and having fun. With those priorities in mind, we are so excited to announce the completion of our new tree house unit at Camp Graham in Vance County! The tree house project is part of the council’s strategic objective to make improvements to our camp properties. Other phase one improvements to camps include the addition of electricity and fans to cabins, renovation of bath houses, and winterization of some unit facilities as well as the addition of exciting new program elements including paddleboards, gaga courts and more.
The new tree house cabins and the unit program shelter at Camp Graham will be available to reserve beginning November 21. Reservations can be made through the Double Knot system beginning this Friday, November 7. Click here for more information.
In addition, we are pleased to announce an enhancement to our organizational structure to reflect our commitment to the outdoors. Coming this December, we will have a new department focused on our camp program and outdoor initiatives including resident and day camp program, environmental and outdoor events and initiatives, outdoor education and training, troop camping and more.
Be sure to check our online calendar for upcoming outdoor, environmental and healthy living events. And it’s never too early to start planning! Our 2015 Summer Fun Guide will be ready in early January and our camp open houses are scheduled in March. Whether it’s a weekend camping trip or a walk around the block during a troop meeting, we can’t wait for you and your Girl Scouts to enjoy your next outdoor adventure!