Moving at the speed of girls is what Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines is all about. And to ensure we are on the right track with today’s girl, we conducted a strategic learning process to identify key priorities for delivering the best experience possible experience for its Girl Scouts.
Through that process, we heard that our Girl Scouts in rural counties find it challenging to access the same programs and resources as Girl Scouts in urban areas of our 41-county jurisdiction. To lessen those challenges, our program and fund developments teams have been working over the past six months to launch a new Mobile Program Vehicle.
“This project is the direct result of our strategic learning process and what we heard from many of our girls and leaders in rural areas,” said Lisa Jones, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines. “This state of the art vehicle allows us to bring the Girl Scout experience directly to girls and provide innovative programming in STEM, leadership, outdoor and environmental education, and financial literacy, to name a few, to other areas central to the Girl Scouts’ core values.”
Equipped with two front seats for adult program facilitators, the Girl Scout Mobile Program Vehicle is a tailored cargo van with counters, seats, electrical outlets for computers and equipment, and a mounted monitor. When the van is not in motion, approximately ten to 12 Girl Scouts can sit inside the van to conduct experiments, participate in a lesson, watch video presentations, or do other program activities. In addition, the exterior of the vehicle has a fold-out awning which extends from the side of the vehicle allowing for program and badge activities to be conducted outside.
“Growing up as a Girl Scout, I was afforded numerous opportunities to have fun and explore the world around me, learn valuable leadership skills, and make lifelong friends. I am passionate that all girls have the opportunity to experience Girl Scouts and the life changing impact it has to offer,” said Martha Webb, co-trustee of the Frank K. Webb Charitable Trust. “Through the mobile program, this legacy will continue,” she added.
“We are so excited to have business leaders on board, sharing our enthusiasm in providing greater access to life-changing programming for all Girl Scouts,” added Jones. The Mobile Program Vehicle was made possible by funding from the Frank K. Webb Charitable Trust, BB&T, WakeMed Health & Hospitals, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), and Duke Energy.
“We, at BB&T, are proud to partner with Girl Scouts to make innovative financial literacy and other programs available to girls. The new program vehicle provides them with a unique learning environment where they can have fun exploring math and other engaging educational opportunities,” shared Gray Reed, Triangle Regional President at BB&T.
The Mobile Program Vehicle will launch with five educational modules that cover STEM, leadership, outdoor and environmental education, healthy living and financial literacy. Girl Scouts will continue to develop additional modules as programs are running in the field so that troops can have a wide variety of programs to select for their mobile program visit.