In the Know with the CEO News July 2012

Rusine Mitchell Sinclair
CEO, Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines council

Save the Date! The 2012 Administrative Team Conference takes place Saturday, August 4, at Campbell University (Harnett County). Registration opens soon in C.O.R.E. Being part of the 2012 ATC is a great way to kick off your new program year and learn about program updates!

Girl Scout resident camp is off and running, but a few spaces are left ... so if you haven't yet registered, you still can register for some of the later sessions. New this year: an additional session of the always-popular Surf Camp. Click here for more information. Don't forget that all three resident camps have their own Facebook page, so be sure to "like" each page to see the pictures and read all about the summer fun!

The average week at camp costs $240 - a real bargain for our Girl Scout families and yet barely a third of what it costs us to run the program. Even so, the cost for a week of camp is often out of reach for many families. You can help ensure every girl in our 41-county area has the opportunity to go to camp. If you can make a donation to help send a girl to camp, please send a check marked "camp appeal" to us at GS-NCCP, 6901 Pinecrest Road, Raleigh NC 27613. Or you can donate online.

This fall, keep your eyes open for NEW Journey Customization booklets, made possible by a generous grant from the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation. These "healthy habits" booklets work with the Journey adult guides for three Journeys in the It’s Your Planet - Love It! Journey series: Girl Scout Daisy Between Earth and Sky, Girl Scout Brownie WOW! Wonders of Water, and Girl Scout Junior GET MOVING! These new additions to the Journey series allow volunteers and families to guide girls in fun, easy ways to achieve "energy balance” - the balance of Energy In (the calories you get from eating and drinking) and Energy Out (the calories you burn from physical activities). Be sure to download a free pdf of each booklet.

Another date for your calendar: October 12 marks the beginning of the Fall Product Sale. This year's theme, What Can A Girl Do?, teaches girls how to go from being a dreamer to a doer so that they can become girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Girls and troops earn troop start-up money from selling magazine subscriptions (new and renewals) and very popular nuts and candy.

On a personal note, I have announced to the board and staff my plans to retire as chief executive officer of Girl Scouts - North Carolina Coastal Pines at the end of January 2013. As you may remember, I retired from IBM to come over to help with the councils' merger and promised to stay three years ... and I've already been here five! Five fun, exciting, challenging, interesting, creative, educational - and just plain wonderful years - and for that I thank every single one of you. I have loved it, but now it's time to move over and move on. I plan to spend more time with my family and work on some volunteer commitments of my own. The search for your new CEO has already begun, and whoever that new person is, she or he will be lucky to work with such a fabulous group of girls and volunteers!

Have a great summer as we continue to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting. See you at the ATC August 4!