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2014 • 2015 ISSUE

Lead, Empower, and Develop!

2014 • 2015 ISSUE

Here at Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines, we are committed to providing our volunteers an ongoing adult enrichment program. Learning and developing new skills and insights are all part of the Girl Scout program, and not just for girls! Lead On is one of many resources that are available to you—the volunteer.

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Table of Contents Girl Scout Leadership Experience Girl Scout Leadership Experience................................. 5 Outcomes of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience ................................ 5 Journeys............................................................................. 6

Adult Learning

Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting............................................ 6

The Ins and Outs of Adult Learning Opportunities........................................ 25

Girl Scout Ladder of Leadership..................................... 7

Required For Trips and Camping.................................. 27

Three Great Journeys...................................................... 8

Enrichment Trainings..................................................... 27

Flexible Ways to Participate......................................... 10

Waterfront Trainings...................................................... 27

Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards......................................... 10

Advanced Courses......................................................... 27

Enhancing your Journey!.............................................. 12

Nuts ‘n Bolts.................................................................... 28

Registering for Events and Activities.......................... 15

Adult Awards................................................................... 29

10 Essential Elements..................................................... 16

Leaderee.......................................................................... 30

Volunteer Toolkit............................................................. 17

Got Questions? Get Answers........................................ 30

Parents as Partners........................................................ 18

Money & Safety

Extras Product Sales.................................................................. 31

Girl Scout Safety Guidelines......................................... 19

Fall Sale Program: Be Active! Dive In!....................... 31

Money Facts.................................................................... 20 Financial Assistance...................................................... 20

Cookie Sale Program: What Can a Girl Do? Lead the Change!...................... 31

Wider Opportunity Funding........................................... 21

Summer Camping Opportunities.................................. 32

Troop Money-Earning Guidelines................................ 22

Trips and Travel.............................................................. 33

Family Partnership Campaign....................................... 23

Girl Scout Basic Accident Insurance.......................... 33 Renting a Vehicle............................................................ 34 International Travel........................................................ 34 Visit Your Council Shop.................................................. 35 Additional Ways to Stay Connected............................ 35 Girl Scout Voices Survey............................................... 36

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Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines Facilities Corporate Office & Raleigh Service Center 6901 Pinecrest Road, Raleigh, NC 27613 919.782.3021 or 800.284.4475; Fax 919.782.2083 DIRECTIONS From I-40 East – Merge onto I-540 toward RDU Airport. Take the Highway 70 East exit. Follow Highway 70 East, four miles east of I-540. Turn left onto Pinecrest Road, take the second left into the Corporate Office & Raleigh Service Center. From I-40 West – Take I-440 Outer Beltline to Glenwood Avenue, Highway 70 West. Turn right onto Glenwood Avenue/Highway 70 and travel west for four miles. Turn right onto Pinecrest Road; take the second left into the Corporate Office & Raleigh Service Center. From US 64/US 264 East – Take I-540 west toward RDU Airport. Take the Highway 70 East exit. Follow 70 East, four miles east of I-540. Turn left onto Pinecrest Road, take the second left into the Corporate Office & Raleigh Service Center. From I-95 and US 70 East – Take I-40 West and merge onto I-440 Outer Beltline to Glenwood Avenue/Highway 70 West. Turn right onto Glenwood Avenue, Highway 70 and travel west for four miles. Turn right onto Pinecrest Road; take the second left into the Corporate Office & Raleigh Service Center.

Fayetteville Service Center Eutaw Village Plaza, 894 Elm Street, Suites B & C Fayetteville, NC 28303 910.437.9900 or 800.284.4475; Fax 877.699.9389 DIRECTIONS From I-40 East – Merge onto I-95 South. Travel south to exit 52B for NC 24 toward Fayetteville. Merge onto NC-24 West. Continue 4.4 miles and turn right onto Bragg Boulevard. In approximately 2.5miles, turn right onto Elm Street. Turn right into second entrance of Eutaw Village shopping plaza. Service center is first building to the left – Bldg. #894, Suites B and C. From NC-87 – Travel southwest to Spring Lake. At Spring Lake take NC 24/Fort Bragg Blvd. Take Bragg Blvd. to Elm Street. Turn left into Eutaw Village shopping plaza. Turn right into second entrance of Eutaw Village. Service center is first building to the left – Bldg. #894, Suites B and C. From NC 210 – Travel south to Spring Lake. At Spring Lake take NC 24/Fort Bragg Blvd. Take Bragg Blvd. to Elm Street. Turn left into Eutaw Village shopping plaza. Turn right into second entrance of Eutaw Village. Service center is first building to the left – Bldg. #894, Suites B and C. From I-95 South –Take Exit 46 toward Fayetteville and merge onto NC-87 North. Continue onto US-401 Business North. Take the NC 24/ Fort Bragg Blvd. ext. Turn left onto Bragg Blvd. Turn right onto Elm Street. Turn right into second entrance of Eutaw Village shopping plaza. Service center is first building to the left – Bldg. #894, Suites B and C.

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Goldsboro Service Center 108 E. Lockhaven Drive, Goldsboro, NC 27534 919.734.6231 or 800.284.4475; Fax 919.734.9038 DIRECTIONS From Highway 70 East Bypass – Take the Wayne Memorial Hospital exit and go north past Wendy’s to the stoplight. Take a right on Lockhaven Drive (Walgreens is on the corner). The service center is the second building on the right; look for the Girl Scout sign. From I-40 West – Take exit 355 (117 North to Faison); take 117 North to Goldsboro. Follow signs to US 70 East. This will put you on the bypass that goes around Goldsboro. Take the Wayne Memorial Hospital exit and go north past Wendy’s to the stoplight. Take a right on Lockhaven Drive (Walgreens is on the corner). The service center is the second building on the right; look for the Girl Scout sign. From US 70 West – Take the Wayne Memorial Hospital exit. At the light, turn right. Go north past Wendy’s to the stoplight. Take a right on Lockhaven Drive (Walgreens is on the corner). The service center is the second building on the right; look for the Girl Scout sign.

Wilmington Service Center 2250 Shipyard Blvd., Wilmington, NC 28403 910.202.9197 or 800.284.4475; Fax 877.699.9389 DIRECTIONS From Raleigh – Take I-40 East to Wilmington. I-40E becomes US-117 S/NC-132/N College Rd when entering town. In approximately 5 miles turn slight right onto Shipyard Blvd. /US 117. Go about 2 miles; the service center is in a building complex on the left side of the road, but has to be accessed via a U-turn. Just after Independence Blvd. and then Commons Drive, make a U-turn to 2250 Shipyard Blvd. Service Center is first office building to the right- 2250 Shipyard, Suite 3; just to the right of the rotunda shaped part of the building. From Jacksonville – Take US 17 S to Wilmington about 38 miles. Take the I40/Wilmington/Benson exit. Merge onto I-40 E via the ramp on the left toward Wilmington. I-40E becomes US-117 S/NC-132/N College Rd. when entering town. In approximately 5 miles turn slight right onto Shipyard Blvd. /US 117. Go about 2 miles; the service center is in a building complex on the left side of the road, but has to be accessed via a U-turn. Just after Independence Blvd. and then Commons Drive, make a U-turn to 2250 Shipyard Blvd. Service Center is first office building to the right- 2250 Shipyard, Suite 3; just to the right of the rotunda shaped part of the building. From Fayetteville – Take NC HWY 87 E/NC-87 for about 30 miles. Turn left onto Andrew Jackson Hwy E/US 76E/US -74 E/NC 87. Continue to follow US 76 E for about 18 miles. Take US-421 S toward Carolina Beach /Kure Beach. Turn left onto US 117 N/Shipyard Blvd. 2250 Shipyard, Suite 3 is about 1 mile up on the right; just to the right of the rotunda shaped part of the building. From Goldsboro – Take Hwy 117 S (continue to follow 117 Bypass S.) to I-40. Take the ramp to the left to merge onto I-40. After about 65 miles, I-40E becomes US-117 S/NC-132/N College Rd. when entering town. In approximately 5 miles turn slight right onto Shipyard Blvd. / US 117. Go about 2 miles; the service center is in a building complex on the left side of the road, but has to be accessed via a U-turn. Just after Independence Blvd and then Commons Drive, make a U-turn to 2250 Shipyard Blvd. Service Center is first office building to the right- 2250 Shipyard, Suite 3; just to the right of the rotunda shaped part of the building.

Counties/Membership Director Telephone Numbers New Hanover County..........................910.202.9202 Northampton County...........................252.320.2562 Onslow County.....................................910.385.8309 Orange County......................................919.497.6382 Pamlico County....................................252.342.0868 Pender County......................................800.284.4475 Person County......................................919.497.6382 Pitt County.............................................252.717.6527 Richmond County.................................910.997.4040 Robeson County...................................910.739.0744 Sampson County..................................910.778.9091 Scotland County...................................910.997.4040 Vance County.......................................252.428.8103 Wake 13.................................................919.889.9094 Wake 14.................................................919.889.9094 Wake 15.................................................919.889.3946 Wake 16.................................................919.889.3946 Wake 18.................................................919.889.1874 Wake 19.................................................919.889.6951 Wake 20.................................................919.889.1874 Wake 22.................................................919.889.3946 Wake 23.................................................919.889.6951 Warren County.....................................252.438.8103 Wayne County......................................919.252.8892 Wilson County......................................252.560.5860

Beaufort County...................................252.320.2562 Bladen County......................................910.778.9091 Brunswick County . .............................800.284.4475 Carteret County....................................252.342.0868 Chatham County...................................919.545.6204 Columbus County.................................910.739.0744 Craven County......................................252.342.0868 Cumberland 33 . ...................................910.778.9086 Cumberland 35......................................910.778.9086 Cumberland 36......................................910.778.9090 Duplin County.......................................919.252.8892 Durham County.....................................919.599.7007 Edgecombe County..............................252.883.5632 Franklin County.....................................919.496.5511 Granville County...................................919.496.5511 Greene County......................................252.560.5860 Halifax County......................................252.320.2562 Harnett County.....................................910.692.6156 Hoke County..........................................910.778.9090 Johnston County..................................919.989.6030 Jones County........................................910.385.8309 Lee County............................................919.545.6204 Lenoir County........................................252.560.5860 Martin County.......................................252.320.2562 Moore County.......................................910.692.6156 Nash County.........................................252.883.5632

Council Service Centers & Shops A. Raleigh Service Center & Shop B. Fayetteville Service Center & Shop C. Goldsboro Service Center & Shop D. Wilmington Service Center & Shop

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Mission Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

GSLE Girl Scout Leadership Experience Girl Scout Leadership Experience...............5 Outcomes of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience ..............5 Journeys...........................................................6 Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting..........................6 Girl Scout Ladder of Leadership...................7 Three Great Journeys....................................8 Flexible Ways to Participate.......................10 Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards.......................10 Enhancing your Journey!............................12 Registering for Events and Activities....................................15 10 Essential Elements...................................16 Volunteer Toolkit...........................................17 Parents as Partners......................................18

Girl Scout Leadership Experience

Girl Scout Leadership Experience

Girl Scouts has always been a leadership-driven organization for girls and adults alike. That rich history is reflected in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE), which engages Outcomes of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience girls in discovering self, connecting with others, and taking action to make the world a better place. You may be wondering: How will I know if girls are having an effective leadership experience and are benefiting from In order to build a nationally consistent Girl Scout program, the National Program Portfolio includes two primary resources the activities in the Leadership Journeys and Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting? Each activity is tied to a specific GSLE that help girls build leadership skills: The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting and the National Leadership Journeys. Earning outcome (listed below). Checking the outcomes is like noting road signs on a trip—the signs that let you know you are awards and recognitions complement these program getting closer to your destination. Similarly, seeing the resources and are an integral part of Girl Scouting. age-appropriate signs during Girl Scout activities lets you know that girls are achieving the intended outcomes. The National Program Portfolio ensures that all Girl Scouts are sharing a powerful, national experience—girls together Discover Outcomes changing the world. • Girls develop a strong sense of self • Girls develop positive values So, what do you need to know about the Girl Scout • Girls gain practical life skills – girls practice Leadership Experience? The GSLE is… healthy living Girls engaged in activities that promote the Girl Scout • Girls seek challenges in the world identified Keys to Leadership: • Girls develop critical thinking • Discovering who they are and their values, and using their knowledge and skills to explore the world Connect Outcomes • Girls develop healthy relationships • Connecting with others locally and globally • Girls promote cooperation and team building • Taking Action to make the world a better place; • Girls can resolve conflicts Through the three Girl Scout Processes: • Girls advance diversity in a multicultural world • Girls lead in determining what, where, when, why, and • Girls feel connected to their communities, locally how they’ll structure activities and globally • Girls learn by doing and reflect to deepen understanding of concepts and skills Take Action Outcomes • Girls can identify community needs • Through cooperative learning, girls share what they know and learn with each other in an atmosphere of • Girls are resourceful problem solvers respect and cooperation; • Girls advocate for themselves and others, locally and globally Using the three Journey series: • Girls educate and inspire others to act • It’s Your World – Change It! • Girls feel empowered to make a difference in the world • It’s Your Planet – Love it! • It’s Your Story – Tell It!

Mission

Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. The Girl Scout Promise On my honor, I will try: To serve God and my country, To help people at all times, And to live by the Girl Scout Law.

The Girl Scout Law I will do my best to be honest and fair, friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, courageous and strong, and responsible for what I say and do, and to respect myself and others, respect authority, use resources wisely, make the world a better place, and be a sister to every Girl Scout. GSLE 5

GSLE Journeys

Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting

Today’s girls want to do more than follow a set of instructions. They want to reflect, make choices, take action, and determine their own paths. Journeys are the exciting, flexible foundation for yearlong activities that girls help plan in collaboration with adult volunteers. • Journeys are the core of all leadership experiences and program opportunities for girls.

The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting binders are available for each of our six grade levels. They are age-level appropriate for girls and include a girl’s handbook, badge-earning activities, and more—all in one place. The guides are designed to complement the Journeys with activities that build specific skills for which girls earn badges.

• Journeys build on independent topics and can be used in any order. • They provide an exploration of all Three Keys to Leadership: Discover, Connect, and Take Action. • The Journey awards are the only awards that specifically engage girls in these three keys. • They tie directly to the 15 national outcomes and include facilitators’ guides with great suggestions for how adults can inspire girls. The Journey awards are important for girls to earn because they represent much more than the accomplishment of a new skill; they represent a girl’s exploration and discovery of her leadership skills.

How the National Girl Scout Program Portfolio Works The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting Handboook Section My Girl Scouts Section Awards Section Legacy Badge: Topic Areas • Artist • The Girl Scout Way • Citizen • Cook • First Aid • Athlete • Naturalist Financial Literacy Badges Girls can earn a different Financial Literacy Badge each year. (Daisies earn Financial Literacy “leaves.”) Cookie Business Badges Girls can earn a different Cookie Business Badge each year. (Daisies earn Cookie Business “leaves.”) Make Your Own Badge PLUS My Promise, My Faith Pin Journey Summit Pin For Designated Levels • P.A., CIT, VIT • Bronze, Silver, Gold Awards

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National Leadership Journeys

Skill Building Badge Sets

“Leadership Awards” for Girls

Girls choose a set to add into their Girl’s Guide and enjoy along their Journey

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It’s Your World–Change it!

Skill-Building Badge Set: Topic Areas • Performance • Healthy Living • Digital Arts • Storytelling • Science & Technology

It’s Your Planet–Love it!

Skill-Building Badge Set: Topic Areas • Outdoors • Practical Life Skills • Do It Yourself • Craft • Investigation

It’s Your Story– Tell it!

Skill-Building Badge Set: Topic Areas • Animals • Manners • Adventure • Creative Play • Innovation

• Brownies through Seniors will all have their own specific Badge in each of these topic areas. • Initial Badge Sets–More can be added based on major funders or great ideas from girls or the field.

The Girl Scout Ladder of Leadership As girls take National Leadership Journeys and earn their awards, they’re climbing a ladder that lets them be a leader in their own life and in the world! See what you’ve accomplished, and what’s in store.

It’s Your World— Change It! In Your Voice, Your World, girls raise their voice to advocate for issues they care about.

It’s Your Story— Tell It! Move dreams forward in BLISS! Use MISSION: SISTERHOOD! to better yourself and the world.

In GIRLtopia, girls lead the world closer to their vision for it.

In aMAZE!, girls lead themselves and others through the twists and turns of relationships.

Girls use the “power of one” the “power of the team,” and the “power of community” to be Agents of Change.

Girls on a Brownie Quest to find the Three Keys to Leadership!

Put the ME in MEdia.

It’s Your Planet— Love It! In Justice, girls create their own equation for a just world.

Take Action to benefit Earth in Sow What?

Become a leader in clearing the air in Breathe!

In aMUSE, girls try on roles and realize limitless opportunities.

In GET MOVING!, girls bring energy solutions to their lives and the world.

Girls explore their place in the wide world in A World. of Girls

Take the lead in saving Earth’s water in WOW! Wonders of Water.

Care for animals and themselves in 5 Flowers, 4 Stories, 3 Cheers for Animals! Help leadership blossom in Welcome to the Daisy Flower Garden.

Learn to protect Earth’s treasures in Between Earth and Sky.

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Three Great Journeys

Daisies Welcome to the Daisy Flower Garden

Between Earth and Sky

Girl Scout Daisies meet Amazing Daisy and the Flower Friends to explore the fun and curiosity of making things grow. The result is a storybook world of flowers and little girls who, together, do great things. Daisies especially enjoy meeting the colorful, global characters of the Flower Friends, who teach them to live the Girl Scout Law.

Daisies join the Flower Friends for a crosscountry trip in their special flower-powered car. As the Flower Friends travel the country living the values of the Girl Scout Law, Daisies join them in exploring the natural world, learning what’s local, and why that’s important. Along the way, Daisies gain an understanding of what it takes to protect the environment.

5 Flowers, 4 Stories, 3 Cheers for Animals! As Daisies enjoy a fictional story about the Flower Friends, they learn just how much they can care for animals and for themselves—and just how confident that makes them feel.

Brownies Brownie Quest

WOW! Wonders of Water

A World of Girls

What are the most important keys for a Girl Scout to own? This quest answers that question in a very special way. It has Girl Scout Brownies traveling along two colorful trails—one they can enjoy on their own and one they explore with their Girl Scout group. Along the Quest, Brownies meet three new friends and a bright and shining elf in a Brownie story meant to inspire their own take-action projects.

Brownies join the Brownie Friends and Brownie Elf as they enjoy some wonder-filled adventures. As they dive in, the Brownies try out new ways of working as a team, learn about the water cycle, and enjoy making their own rainbows. As Brownies learn how precious water is, they can pledge to protect it and team up to advocate for water conservation.

Brownies have fun learning that stories contain clues and that they can use those clues to better the world. A flip book, A World of Girls devotes one side to fictional stories that take the Brownie girl characters to diverse places in the world. The other side has real-life Brownies exploring their world closer to home. Brownies enjoy a fun and challenging Girl Scout experience that strengthens their confidence and gives them a chance to better the world.

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A fashion-savvy spider named Dez shows Juniors how they can combine their own power into team power and use it to spark community power. When Juniors learn how the “power of one,” “power of team,” and “power of community” work together, they not only make their own communities better but make an impact around the globe.

This Journey invites Juniors to engage their minds and hearts as they explore the many forms, uses, and misuses of energy. GET MOVING! is filled with energizing stuff to make and do. GET MOVING! challenges girls to safeguard Earth’s precious energy resources by using their ability to energize themselves and others, and their ability to investigate and innovate.

In aMUSE, Juniors gain an understanding of just how limitless their potential can be as they fuse storytelling with the many roles—real and creative—that the world offers. They’ll have fun trying on roles and learning about people and the power of real-life action and leadership.

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Three Great Journeys

Cadettes aMAZE!

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Life is a maze of relationships and this Journey has Cadettes maneuvering through all its twists and turns to find true friendships, plenty of confidence, and maybe even peace. Girls can make “peacemaker kits,” learn about bullying behavior, and complete a take-action project that thrives on these relationship skills.

Air is everywhere in BREATHE. As Cadettes explore the air, they’ll learn to assess air quality inside and out as they gain an aerial view of everything from cigarette smoking to noise to deforestation. Along the way, they’ll try scientific experiments and meet professionals who are working for Earth’s air. Above all, BREATHE inspires Cadettes to be leaders.

Cadettes put the “me” in MEdia as this Journey encourages them to explore the great, big multimedia world around them and then remake media to better match the reality they know. Along the way, Cadettes become aware of the value of media, its limitations and effects, and the power they have to lead and inspire others.

GIRLtopia

SOW WHAT?

MISSION: SISTERHOOD

Girl Scout Seniors know the world is not ideal. This Journey is their chance to imagine a perfect world—for girls. Seniors are invited to create their vision in any medium they choose. Then they’ll take action to make their vision a reality. Leaders, after all, are visionaries! As Seniors learn to define the ideal environment, they learn a lot about their own values, attitudes, actions, and leadership.

In Sow What?, Seniors get to ponder land use around the world and get down to the science and roots of complex and global food issues. Girls plan and conduct a local food forage to scope out their “food print” choices. Using what they learn, girls consider their “leader prints” as they decide who and what they can cultivate en route to a take-action project that positively impacts their food network.

In MISSION: SISTERHOOD, Seniors harness the magic of stories. They widen their networks and ignite the energy of sisterhood to create real change in the world. As Seniors expand their friendship borders, they boost their own confidence and make the most of their leadership skills.

JUSTICE

BLISS: Live It! Give It!

Justice—for Earth and all its inhabitants. Ambassadors realize that maybe justice needs a brand-new equation— their equation. By “doing the math,” deciphering how decisions get made, and exploring how to use scientific evidence, Ambassadors create and then present their own unique equation for what justice asks of us. Along the way, Ambassadors network and gather ideas for college and careers.

In BLISS: Live It! Give It!, Ambassadors dream big, now and for the future, and assist others in dreaming big, too. They explore their values, strengths, and passions as a way to open doors to wonderful, new adventures. Designed as a flip book, Bliss: Live It! inspires girls to pursue their dreams while Bliss: Give It! encourages girls to assist others in pursuing theirs.

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Ambassadors Your Voice Your World – The Power of Advocacy How often have you seen something that really needed to be changed and wondered, “Why isn’t someone doing something about that?” This Journey gives Girl Scout Ambassadors a way to be that someone—an advocate with the power to start the first flutter of real and lasting change. While creating their own “butterfly effect,” they’ll learn to network, plan, and speak up for what they believe.

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Flexible Ways to Participate Everyone can participate in Girl Scouting in the ways they want. Girls can choose any one, all, or some of the options—camp, events, series, troop, travel, and virtual*— within a single membership year. And, as a volunteer, you too have the option of partnering with girls throughout a membership year or committing to an opportunity for only a few weeks or months. Based on independent research and extensive surveys with thousands of council staff members from around the country, we have a good sense of which options will interest girls, based on their grade levels. *Note that virtual is still in development.

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Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards The Golden Eagle of Merit, the highest award in Girl Scouting from 1916 to 1919, marked the beginning of a long tradition of using prestigious awards to recognize girls who make a difference in their communities and in their own lives. In 1980 Girl Scouts introduced the Girl Scout Gold Award (for Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors) as its highest honor, along with the Girl Scout Silver Award (for Girl Scout Cadettes). Based on requests from Girl Scout Juniors, the Girl Scout Bronze Award was introduced in 2001. Today these three awards are the highest of the Girl Scout experience. • The Girl Scout Bronze Award is a leadership adventure for more than half a million Girl Scout Juniors across the country and around the world. Imagine what a girl can accomplish when she teams up with others and uses her special skills and interests to take action and make a difference in the world! • The Girl Scout Silver Award—the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn—gives a girl the chance to show that she is a leader who is organized, determined, and dedicated to improving her community. Earning this award puts a Girl Scout Cadette among an exceptional group of girls who have used their knowledge and leadership skills to make a difference in the world. 10

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• The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest and most prestigious award that a Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador can earn. A girl earning the Girl Scout Gold Award will be joining the ranks of generations of young women who have made a difference in their communities both locally and globally. The Girl Scout Gold Award follows the Standards of Excellence and challenges a girl to develop herself as a leader, achieve the Girl Scout Leadership Outcomes, and make a mark on her community that creates a lasting impact on the lives of others. For more information, visit the Council website or email girlawards@nccoastalpines.org.

Want to Learn More About the Girl Scout Gold and Silver Awards? If so, council-sponsored award workshops are a great starting point for girls, leaders, and project advisors. Participants will learn about the process, requirements, timelines, and paperwork involved in striving for these prestigious awards in Girl Scouting. Check out the Council website event calendar or GO! Magazine.

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GSLE Enhancing your Journey! At Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines, we know that girls today want to stay connected, be involved and take side trips on their Girl Scout Journey. We strive to offer council-sponsored events to supplement the pathways, but we don’t stop there. We also offer a wide variety of patch programs, troop resources, and special opportunities that volunteers can take advantage of to supplement the programs they lead with girls. Girl Scout Women of Achievement STEM Podcast Series Girls of all ages can view this podcast series on the council Vimeo channel at: http://bit.ly/STEMPodCast. Hear from women professionals in the science, engineering, technology, and mathematics fields—an emergency room doctor, an executive at IBM, a patent holder from IBM, the founder of an engineering firm, and the founder of a Web production company. The podcast series also includes two new podcasts where we meet two unique women professionals from Cisco Systems. All of these successful women will share with girls what it takes to work in a STEM field and what can be done now to lay the foundation for a successful career. Dedicate a troop meeting to checking out the podcasts and learning from the experts! Girl Scout Honor Corps Does your Girl Scout troop have what it takes to be in the spotlight? Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines needs girls to promote Girl Scouting throughout our 41 counties. We need girls to participate in publicity events, perform in parades, give flag ceremonies, usher for special events, and many other things. We don’t usually have much notice for these events. We often need Girl Scout troops or girls from specific areas very quickly. If your Girl Scout troop would like to participate as a member of the Girl Scout Honor Corps, please email volunteerservices@nccoastalpines.org for more information on how to get involved!

Patch Programs Patch programs are a great way to explore a wide variety of topics—and to earn a patch while doing it! Below is a list of current resources. Find one you are interested in? Great! Visit the council website at www.nccoastalpines.org for a list of the patches below. Simply click on the patch program, and find your guide to completing the program! Patches for each program are available in the council shops unless otherwise noted. For more information please contact the program director at 800.284.4475 ext. 3335. American Patriotism (Brownie – Ambassador) Girls will learn more about our national flag, our country’s freedom, and why we should be proud to be Americans. Amphibian Reptiles (All Girl Scouts) This fun and active patch program will help Girl Scouts learn about amphibians and reptiles including how the environment affects them. Bones Savvy (Brownie – Ambassador) Strong bones are a necessity for a long, healthy lifestyle. This patch program teaches girls how to care for their bones and prevent injuries in the future. Circle of Friends/Focus on Ability (All Girl Scouts) In Girl Scouting, a circle is a meaningful shape. By completing this patch program, girls will not only learn more about disability awareness, but will learn how to build a “circle of friends” around a girl or adult with a disability. Commitment to Caring (Brownie – Ambassador) This program was developed in partnership with the North Carolina Health Care Facilities Association. It provides girls the opportunity to establish positive relationships with residents of nursing homes in their community. Different Shoe Day (All Girl Scouts) Different Shoe Day in February provides many activities that girls of all ages can use to learn about and appreciate cultural diversity, including wearing two different shoes to school or to play. Other activities are: holding a cultural game day, making a cultural collage, holding an international dinner, having a show and tell, or learning different dances from around the world. Troops should receive these program materials in January. Exploring North Carolina/Know Your Coast (Brownie – Ambassador) This patch program is designed to increase girls’ knowledge of our state, its history, and its resources. It offers a variety of fun activities and travel opportunities across the state. Hand-in-Hand Helping Others (All) This patch program is designed to help Girl Scouts become more aware of the United Way and its meaning and importance to our communities.

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Home Grown in North Carolina (All Girl Scouts) Girls will learn about locally grown products in North Carolina by gaining a greater awareness of how the North Carolina Department of Agriculture works, including the county and state fair system. This program is fun and exciting, as girls are encouraged to participate by going to local fairs and eating locally grown fruits and vegetables. Hurricane Preparedness (Daisy – Junior) This patch program teaches girls who live along our coast how to prepare for a hurricane. It includes talking to a meteorologist and tracking a storm. Make Every Dance Step Count (All Girl Scouts) Have fun and get energized as your troop grooves through the world of dance! This patch program kit will introduce your troop to dance from around the world. Learn about moves to help keep your body fit, flexible, and in shape. Contact Council to reserve a kit for use with your group. Make Every Step Count (Junior – Ambassador) Get your troop on track to fight childhood obesity through this fun, easy-to-follow patch program. Each participant will need a pedometer to wear that will count their steps. The program includes 10 weeks of activities to use in your troop meetings and for the girls to take home to complete with their families. Contact Council to reserve a kit for use with your group. North Carolina Renaissance Faire (All Girl Scouts) Through this patch program, girls gain a deeper understanding of the Renaissance period through research, literature, and first-person interpretation. Through these activities, and perhaps even visiting the annual North Carolina Renaissance Faire, Girl Scouts will not only have fun but also experience a taste of the past. North Carolina Zoo (Brownie – Ambassador) After completing specific prerequisites, your troop can make reservations and purchase reduced-rate tickets from the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro, where you can complete the final requirements on site. Patches are available for purchase at the zoo’s gift shop. Sea Turtles (Brownie) This fun, patch program teaches girls about the sea turtles on our coast. Girls will learn about the habitat and homes of the turtles and ways to keep our beaches clean for the turtles. Think Pink: Breast Health Awareness (All Girl Scouts) This program promotes health awareness among girls and young women. Girls will learn about the importance of breast health by participating in activities, completing service projects, and researching topics related to breast health awareness.

Ready to Make Your Own Badge? We’ll help you do it! How to help girls get there: First encourage girls to think about what they want to learn more about. What would be awesome to do? What would your troop love to learn about? Do your girls want to rock climb? Write a jingle? Make a rocket? Next, girls need to write 5 steps that they will need to take in order to learn the skills that will help them become an expert on the topic. Once they’ve done that, they’ll design a badge that’s all their own. There’ll be nothing else like it— and that’s pretty cool. Then, girls will be able to display their badge proudly, on their sash or vest. Don’t forget, girls can share their “Learn and Earn” stories by customizing and printing a certificate. Girls can then share their new knowledge with friends inside and outside of the troop! Do your girls have too many ideas to choose from? Good news! Girls can create a Make Your Own Badge once a year. Religious Recognitions The religious award programs provide opportunities for girls to reinforce the values they have learned in Girl Scouting, fulfill their promise “to serve God,” and explore their own faith. Current programs were developed and are administered by the religious groups themselves. Girls can also earn the national Girl Scout religious recognition, the “My Promise, My Faith” pin, that allows girls the opportunity to explore their own faith within the context of the Girl Scout Law. All of the awards are recognized as official insignia and, as such, may be worn on the Girl Scout uniform. For more information: 1) Come to a religious awards workshop (open to girls, troop leaders, and parents). See C.O.R.E. for registration information. Other opportunities to learn more will be held throughout the year. 2) Go to the P.R.A.Y. organization’s website, www.praypub.org, to see the current options available for each denomination/faith. 3) Contact the program director at 800.284.4475 ext. 3306.

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GSLE The My Promise, My Faith pin invites girls in all grade levels to experience a faith journey through exploration of the Girl Scout Law and teachings from their faith. Girls can earn this national pin each year. Steps to earn the pin: 1. Choose one line from the Girl Scout Law. Find a story, song, or poem from your faith with the same ideas. Talk with your family or friends about what that line of the Law and the story, song, or poem have in common. 2. Find a woman in your own or another faith community. Ask her how she tries to use that line of the Law in her life. 3. Gather three inspirational quotes by women that fit with that line of the Girl Scout Law. Put them where you can see them every day! 4. Make something to remind you of what you’ve learned. It might be a drawing, painting, or poster. You could also make up a story or a skit. 5. Keep the connection strong. Find out if your faith community offers a recognition program for Girl Scouts. Talk with your friends, family, or a group in your faith community about what you’ve learned about your faith and Girl Scouting. Ask them to help you live the Law and your faith. Maybe you can show them what you made or perform your skit! Adult volunteers from faith organizations can partner with girls by: • Linking the national pin into their faith’s religious recognitions • Guiding girls through their personal faith journey • Helping girls strengthen their understanding of their faith

Special Opportunities for Teen Girl Scouts Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors have a plethora of special opportunities for leadership and growth. Here are samplings of unique learning experiences just for teen girls. Additional information on these opportunities can be found in the GO! Magazine for teen Girl Scouts. Check out our interactive events calendar at www.nccoastalpines.org. Find council and community happenings, adult training opportunities, and grade-specific events. We’ll see you soon!

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NC Girl Scout Page Program For girls ages 15–18, this unique and exciting opportunity allows girls to learn about our state’s government while serving as pages in the North Carolina Governor’s Office or the North Carolina General Assembly during Girl Scout Week, March 9-14, 2015. Applications are available through the council website or the Raleigh Service Center and are due to the program director by December 1, 2014. it2 Advisory Team The it2 Girl Advisory Team (Inspire Today. Inspire Tomorrow.) gives girls in our council a voice. Girls attend it2 meetings, give input on Girl Scouting including teen program opportunities and girl issues at large, provide input on council events and publications, represent Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines at meetings, conferences, etc., and have fun while doing it! Please contact the Program Department at 800.284.4475 ext. ext. 3342 for more information or if you are interested in volunteering as an advisor. Leader in Action (LiA) The Leader in Action (LiA) Award allows Girl Scout Cadettes a chance to show off their leadership skills as they assist Girl Scout Brownies along on a special quest! Girl Scout Cadettes can actively assist during meetings, planning, and preparation for activities in which their sister Girl Scouts will participate. By earning the LiA Award, Girl Scout Cadettes will have the tools ready to move through their leadership journey and become a Program Aide! The program department is happy to work with you, providing insight and suggestions on ideas for your LiA award. Contact the program director at 800.284.4475 ext. 3342 for more information and support. Program Aides Program Aides have the opportunity to work directly with younger girls in day camp or in troop, group, or other event settings. An adult volunteer or staff member supervises the girls as they develop leadership skills. In order to serve as Program Aides, Girl Scouts must attend Program Aide Core Training and have completed the sixth grade. (Current sixth graders may participate in Program Aide Core Training beginning in March.) Girls can also take Program Aide Specialty Trainings to learn more games, songs, crafts, and science; sharpen their teaching skills; and discover how to adapt learning experiences to varying grade levels. The Leader in Action (LiA) Award is a prerequisite for Program Aide Core Training, and Program Aide Core Training is a prerequisite for Program Aide Specialty Training.

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Registering for Events and Activities As a troop leader, you can take detours on your journey and supplement your troop programming by attending council-sponsored events and activities. In order to participate in council-sponsored events and activities, ensure that all girls in your troop are registered for the current program year. Registration for council-sponsored events, activities, resident and day camp, and training for adult volunteers is simple on the Council Online Registration System (C.O.R.E). Parents/caregivers have access to register their girls through their own C.O.R.E. account as well!: 1. Click on Activities and use the filter on left to find a list of activities—or simply put the name in the search box and click search. 2. Add the event to your cart and check out. You can save or print the receipt for your records, or you can access a copy through My Orders on the My Account page. You will also receive an automated confirmation of the purchase. Please ensure that the email addresses are up-to-date on your C.O.R.E account so that we can easily contact you for updates or information about your upcoming events.

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GSLE 10 Essential Elements As a troop leader, you can use the 10 Essential Elements to partner with girls and their families, whether your troop meets for a few months or over the course of a year.

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GSLE Volunteer Toolkit—NEW this year! The Volunteer Toolkit is an online resource center that resides on the council website specially designed just for you! You will have access to two years of programming plans that will incorporate the It’s Your Planet – Love it! and It’s Your Story – Tell It! Journeys as well as badge work including many legacy badges. The Volunteer Toolkit will be released in phases. Here is a sneak peak of the Volunteer Toolkit!

Phase One

The Volunteer Toolkit will include full year plans that lay out preconfigured curriculum for the entire troop year for both It’s Your Planet – Love it! and It’s Your Story – Tell It! Journeys. Activities within the plan are customizable so you can adjust the length of time based on your troop needs! Meeting plans, which can be printed or emailed for future reference, also give a list of materials needed for the activities to assist with preparation and helps with easy delegation of shopping lists—what a great way to involve parents in the meetings!

Later phases will allow… Leaders to see their troop member information as well as parent/caregiver contact information, allowing them to send reminders of upcoming meetings as well as send summaries of past meetings!

Leaders to manage their troop, meeting time, get reminders, post photos, and have access to volunteers in their troop easily throughout the year.

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GSLE Parents as Partners Guidance and expertise from parents can make a girl’s experience even more valuable and memorable. Involvement from parents will help ensure that girls have the richest experience possible. In turn, girls will explore their strengths and powers to create an impact on their community. Below are some ideas on how to conduct the first parent meeting for your troop. • Plan something special for parents/caregivers and girls in the beginning of the troop year such as an investiture ceremony (a gathering in which new members, girls or adults, are welcomed into the Girl Scout family) or “get-acquainted potluck” to discuss the troop program plans for the year. • Call the parents/caregivers of new girls in your troop to introduce yourself and let them know you are glad to have their daughter in Girl Scouts.

meeting could cover the second half of the year, and a spring meeting could be an opportunity to encourage parents to take advantage of summer activities like day and resident camp. • Invite parents/caregivers to special ceremonies or other troop activities that would be appropriate—such as performances or skill demonstrations. Help parents/caregivers anticipate the next grade level with their daughters by involving them in the bridging steps.

• Publish troop newsletters or an event calendar to help keep parents/caregivers informed. Have the girls write a newsletter for the parents, troop, and sponsor. It can include future plans, ongoing works, successful meetings or events, and news of important upcoming activities. Parents/caregivers should have a basic understanding of Girl Scouting and the exciting things you are doing!

• Give parents/caregivers sufficient notice when you ask them to do something for the troop. Repeated last-minute requests for drivers, speakers, or materials alienate parents and create a sense of disorganization.

• Conduct periodic parent/caregiver meetings to review troop activities and discuss upcoming activities—such as upcoming troop trips, product sales, or projects. Three parent meetings per year can work well. A fall meeting could cover plans through winter, a winter

• Give a pat on the back and a thank you note from the girls to parents/caregivers who contribute a great deal of time and energy into troop activities.

• Encourage parents/caregivers to reach out to other adults who could share their particular skills and knowledge to promote the leadership experience for girls.

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Money & Safety Girl Scout Safety Guidelines.......................19 Money Facts..................................................20 Financial Assistance....................................20 Wider Opportunity Funding.........................21 Troop Money-Earning Guidelines..............22 Family Partnership Campaign.....................23

Money & Safety Girl Scout Safety Guidelines You, the parents and caregivers of the girls in your troop, and the girls themselves share the responsibility for staying safe, both physically and emotionally. All Girl Scout volunteers must agree to follow these guidelines at all times: • Safety Activity Checkpoints - Follow instructions outlined in Safety Activity Checkpoints for staying safe while participating in activities. These can be found on our website at www.nccoastalpines.org • Proper adult supervision of girls - At least two unrelated, approved adult volunteers must be present at all times, plus additional adult volunteers, depending on the size, age, and ability of the group. One lead volunteer in every troop must be female. • Get parent/caregiver permission - When an activity takes place that is outside the normal time and place. • Report abuse - Physical, verbal, emotional, and sexual abuses, such as sexual advances, improper touching, and sexual activity of any kind with girl members are forbidden. • Be prepared for emergencies - Work with girls and adults to establish and practice procedures for emergencies related to weather, fire, lost girls or adults, and site security. Always keep handy a first-aid kit, girl health histories, and contact information for girls’ families.

feelings and opinions; resolving conflicts constructively; and avoiding physical and verbal bullying, clique behavior, and discrimination. • Ensure that no girl is treated differently - Girl Scouts welcomes all members, regardless of race, ethnicity, background, disability, family structure, religious beliefs, or socioeconomic status. When scheduling, helping plan, and carrying out activities, carefully consider the needs of all girls involved, including school schedules, family needs, financial constraints, religious holidays, and the accessibility of appropriate transportation and meeting places. • Promote online safety - Instruct girls never to put their full names or contact information online, engage in virtual conversation with strangers, or arrange in-person meetings with online contacts. • Keep girls safe during money-earning - During Girl Scout product sales, you are responsible for the safety of girls, money, and products. When representing Girl Scouts, girls cannot participate in money-earning activities that represent partisan politics or that are not Girl Scout–approved product sales and efforts.

• Travel safely - When transporting girls, every driver must be an approved adult volunteer, have a good driving record, a valid license, and a registered and insured vehicle. Insist that everyone is in a legal seat and wears her seat belt at all times. • Ensure safe overnight outings - Prepare girls to be away from home by involving them in planning, so they know what to expect. Avoid having men sleep in the same space as girls and women. During family or parent-daughter overnights, one family unit may sleep in the same sleeping quarters in program areas. When parents are staffing events, daughters should remain in quarters with other girls rather than in staff areas. • Role-model the right behavior - Never use illegal drugs. Don’t consume alcohol, smoke, or use foul language in the presence of girls. Do not carry ammunition or firearms. • Create an emotionally safe space - Adults are responsible for making Girl Scouting a place where girls are as safe emotionally as they are physically. Protect the emotional safety of girls by creating a team agreement and coaching girls to honor it. Agreements typically encourage behaviors like respecting a diversity of

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Money & Safety Money Facts Financing your troop program activities is a very important aspect to running a successful troop as well as a way to teach girls financial literacy. Financial guidelines have been developed to help you carry out your responsibilities in managing the girls’ money while helping them plan and conduct activities that are appropriate for their age, capabilities, and financial resources. Opportunities to fund your troop activities include: girl troop dues, the annual cookie sale program, the fall sale program, and troop initiated money-earning projects. The Girl Scouting experience can help girls learn to manage money wisely, understand its value and develop habits of thrift, honesty, and self-reliance. As you consider troop finances from the standpoint of the girl, remember to: • Help girls realize that some troop activities cost money while others do not; talk with them about costs in relation to plans. • Be aware of the economic situation of the girls’ families in order to set dues and costs at an amount everyone can afford. • Help girls learn how to handle money through banking, shopping, and record keeping. • Work with girls to plan how to earn money to cover the costs of their plans. • If you have questions, please discuss them with your service unit treasurer or membership director. Banking Reminders 1. Read and understand the Troop Finance and Banking Guidelines (available on the council website). 2. Update your bank signature card as authorized signers change. 3. Communicate or provide troop financial reports to girls and their parents or caregivers at least quarterly. 4. Troops must prepare and submit a financial report annually. Financial reports should cover the period from May 1 to April 30, and are due no later than May 31 to the Finance Department at troopbanking@nccoastalpines.org

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Product Sales Programs: All Girl Scout members are encouraged to participate in Council-sponsored product sales programs. These programs are designed to build 5 skills including: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics, as well as provide significant funding for Girl Scout activities. (see page 31 for detailed information) • Fall Product Sale: The Fall Sale Program allows troops to sell magazines, candy and nuts to family and friends as a troop fundraiser. • Cookie Sale Program: Girl Scout cookies are sold annually from January through March. The council has established guidelines and procedures for the program and provides volunteers with learning opportunities about these procedures each year. (See Volunteer Essentials for more information on the Cookie Sale Program.)

Financial Assistance Financial assistance is available for registered Girl Scouts who would otherwise be unable to attend individual program events and camps. Should you have any questions concerning financial assistance, contact the council help desk at 800.284.4475 or helpdesk@nccoastalpines.org Financial Assistance for Council-Sponsored Events: This assistance is for girls and adults requesting financial assistance for council-sponsored events. For this assistance, you must register for the event by mail or through C.O.R.E. (Council Online Registration Entry). Requests are due at the time of registration. You will be notified of the status of your registration and financial assistance request via email. If registering online via C.O.R.E: • Follow the event registration process found on page 15. • Complete the online financial assistance form found on the Program Activities and Events page of C.O.R.E. • Registration fees must be paid in full at the time of registration. • If assistance has been awarded, a credit will be applied back to the credit card used to place the order.

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If registering by mail, please mail the following items to the Raleigh Service Center: • Individual financial assistance request form (PG310). • Event registration and roster form (TP710 or TP711). • Event deposit ($5 per person per event or one-third of the event fee, whichever is greater). • Receipt of registration and financial assistance requests do not guarantee your placement in the event.

Wider Opportunity Funding A Wider Opportunity is an event, trip, or project that goes beyond the ordinary troop or Girl Scout program. It is an educational and growth experience for the girls involved. Only registered girls and adults should participate in a Wider Opportunity, and all safety guidelines must be followed. Financial assistance is available from the Wider Opportunity Fund to all registered girls and adults in Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines. It is available for a range of activities including: • Council, statewide, national, international, or Girl Scouts of the USA destinations • Troop or group trips • Area or service unit events (must attach flier to request) • Council-sponsored events Troop trips, group trips, and area or service unit events must be granted Wider Opportunity Status by the Wider Opportunity Fund Committee before financial assistance requests will be considered for the event. The committee recognizes the importance of troop family-oriented trips; however, this type of trip is not considered a Wider Opportunity for girls. Troop Wider Opportunity Grants: This assistance supports the given trip rather than any individual’s financial status and need. The trip must receive Wider Opportunity Status before funds can be granted. Applicants must participate in the Cookie Sale Program for that year and demonstrate a need for assistance. The basic guideline for such grants is $5 per participant for Girl Scout Daisies, $10 per participant for Girl Scout Brownies, $15 per participant for Girl Scout Juniors, and $20 per participant for teen Girl Scouts. Assistance will only be given for the number of adult participants needed to ensure required girl/adult ratios. Individual Wider Opportunity Grants: This confidential financial assistance is based on personal information establishing the applicant’s need. The basic guideline is up

to one-third of the cost of the event fee and transportation. Before an individual’s request can be processed, the event or trip must first be granted Wider Opportunity Status. If the entire troop has a need for financial assistance, please use the troop request form and/or consider making adjustments to the trip to make it more affordable for all participants. Applicants must participate in the Cookie Sale Program for that year and demonstrate a need for assistance. For international trips, an Intent to Travel Outside the Continental U.S. form is required. This form outlines the total trip cost per individual, as well as specifies the percentage of financial contribution from both the individual and the troop. Wider Opportunity Grants should never be factored into the financial contributions toward any trip. Applying for Wider Opportunity Status or Financial Assistance 1. Complete the correct form. Use the Wider Opportunity Trip Status and Financial Assistance Application for troop requests and the Individual Financial Assistance Application for individual requests. The forms can be found online at www.nccoastalpines.org. 2. Make sure all information is complete, including appropriate signatures. Incomplete forms will not be reviewed by the committee. 3. Submit all appropriate attachments. For troop requests, the following attachments are required: • Copy of approved Permission Application for – Camping – Swimming/Boating Program – Trips – Overnight Activities (TP103) signed by the service unit manager and/or membership director • List of participants—girls with grade level, and adults • Detailed itinerary of the trip, including how it connects to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience • For an international trip, please include the approved Intent to Travel Outside the Continental U.S. form 4. Mail the completed forms to the Raleigh Service Center by the due date. If an application arrives after the due date, it will be held until the next Wider Opportunity Fund Committee meeting, if applicable. 5. Applicants will receive notice of the committee action by email approximately two weeks after the committee meeting. Wider Opportunity Due Dates Applications for Wider Opportunity status and funding are due on the first of every month. It is recommended to submit an application for Wider Opportunity three to six months in advance of the trip date. MONEY & SAFETY 21

Money & Safety Money-Earning Do’s and Dont’s:

Troop Money-Earning Guidelines “Money-earning activities” refer primarily to service or events carried out by girls and adults to provide additional funding for specific Girl Scout activities. Troops or groups wishing to conduct money-earning projects in addition to council-sponsored product sales must: • Have participated in or commit to participate in the Cookie Sale Program • Be approved using the council permission form by a designated council representative • Not hold the money-earning project during another council fundraising campaign (including United Way, if applicable) or during a council product sale period (dates published annually) • Must be age-appropriate • Must be in keeping with the Girl Scout Mission Neither girl nor adult members may participate in product demonstration parties, raffles, games of chance, or the sale of commercial products. All money-earning projects must also comply with local, state, and federal laws regulating sales by minors, food handling, etc., and may not be conducted on the Internet, with the exception of the Fall Sale and Cookie Sale.

Examples of appropriate fund-raising activities:

• Decide as a group how to use money earned by the group—individuals cannot earn money for individual use. • Make sure an adult is present at all times during money-earning activities. • Follow council guidelines for setting up a group bank account to be overseen by a designated adult volunteer. Involve girls in the oversight, if age appropriate. • Instruct girls in the appropriate use of the Internet to market products, following GSUSA and national safety guidelines. Don’t • Conduct any money-earning project without council approval. • Participate in games of chance, direct solicitation for cash, or product endorsement. • Raise money for other organizations or causes. (Girls can decide to donate as a group from their earnings or give service to that organization.) • Transact sales via the Internet, with the exception of Fall Sale or Cookie Sale. • Raise or solicit money or participate in walk-a-thons, telethons, or similar activities that raise funds for other organizations. However, troops may choose to donate troop funds to an organization of their choice. Please see Volunteer Essentials and Safety Activity Checkpoints for additional details.

Examples of inappropriate fund-raising activities:

• Collections/Drives: Cell phones or ink cartridges for refurbishment

• Selling gift cards for other organizations or establishments

• Food/Meal Events: Lunch box (prepared lunch); themed meals, like high tea, Indian meal, Mexican dinner (if girls are earning money for travel, tie the meal to their destination)

• Product demonstration parties

• Service(s): Bake sale, service-a-thon (people sponsor a girl doing service, funds go to support trip), babysitting, raking leaves, weeding, walking pets, etc.

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• Raffles, drawings, games of chance • Direct solicitation of cash • Sales or endorsement of commercial products • Door-to-door sales other than council-sponsored products

Money & Safety Approval Process: • 4+ weeks in advance - Troops/groups must submit application to the service unit manager or membership director. o Troop money-earning projects expected to net more than $250 require approval from the membership director. • Approval must be received, in writing, prior to conducting any money-earning projects. • 1-4 weeks after project - Troops/groups must complete a Money-Earning Project After Action Report and turn it into the service unit manager or membership director/ specialist. For more information on money-earning activities, guidelines, and to locate the appropriate forms, log onto www.nccoastalpines.org.

• Investing in the Family Partnership Campaign demonstrates to our donors that the Girl Scout family not only believes in the benefits of the Girl Scout program, but also supports it with financial gifts. • Gifts to the Family Partnership Campaign enable our council to provide assistance through Wider Opportunity grants, financial aid, and camperships for all girls in need—and more girls than ever are requesting and receiving financial assistance. Contribute to the Family Partnership Campaign You can contribute to the Family Partnership Campaign in a number of ways: 1. Through our council website at www.nccoastalpines.org. 2. At one of our four area retail shops—Raleigh, Goldsboro, Wilmington, and Fayetteville—when purchasing Girl Scout materials. 3. Directly through your local Family Partnership Coordinator who has the ability to take your gift via credit card.

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4. By mail to: Family Partnership Campaign Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines 6901 Pinecrest Road, Raleigh, NC 27613 Matching Gifts

The Family Partnership Campaign is a way for families of girl and adult Girl Scouts to express their belief in the value of Girl Scouting through their financial support. By making a charitable contribution to our council, you are helping girls in our local communities develop the courage, confidence, and character they need to succeed in life and help make our world a better place.

Please ask your employer or human resources department if they have a matching gifts program.

Why is the Family Partnership Campaign important?

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Family Partnership Patches All troops that raise a minimum of $200 will receive Family Partnership patches. All pledges must be paid to qualify.

• Funds raised through the Family Partnership Campaign help provide program services to more than 38,000 girl and adult members in our 41-county jurisdiction. Regardless of social, economic, or cultural background, girls are given opportunities to develop courage, confidence, and character as a part of the life-changing Girl Scout Movement.

Please consider including Girl Scouts in your will or estate planning. For more information about leaving a legacy, contact the Chief Development Officer at 800.284.4475 ext. 3309.

• It costs more than $150 to provide the Girl Scout program to just one girl in a traditional troop setting each year. The costs are even greater for those girls we serve through our outreach efforts.

Financial information about this organization and a copy of its license to solicit charitable contributions are available from the Department of the Secretary of State, the State Solicitation Licensing Section at 888.830.4989. The license is not an endorsement by the State. All contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

• As funding from other sources such as the United Way, corporations, and foundations becomes less secure, the Family Partnership Campaign becomes even more critical.

For more information, contact your membership director, Area Family Partnership Campaign Coordinator, or the Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines Development Office at 800.284.4475.

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Adult Learning

Adult Learning The Ins and Outs of Adult Learning Opportunities With us, the fun (and learning) never stops! Adult learning opportunities are a very important component of the volunteer development system and support you in becoming knowledgeable and comfortable with the Girl Scout program. Multiple learning opportunities are provided to expand your knowledge base within the organization and to gain new skills and experiences. We want you to feel confident executing the responsibilities of your position and providing a meaningful experience for the girls.

Looking for a volunteer training list? You’ve got it! As your go-to resource for all things Girl Scouts, we’ve outlined the required and recommended trainings to keep the good times rolling.

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Volunteer Essentials

Essential information for volunteers who work with girls including council structure, council and national policies, safety, Girl Scout grade levels, managing troop finances and more!

This course is required for all Before meeting or working volunteers with the exception with girls. of short-term volunteers or those volunteers only serving in the role of first aider, troop chaperone/driver or outdoor skills trained adult to meet Safety Activity Check Points.

Essential information for volunteers who work with girls including council structure, council and national policies, safety, Girl Scout grade levels, managing troop finances and more!

This course is required (as an alternative to face to face training) for all volunteers with the exception of shortterm volunteers or those volunteers only serving in the role of first aider, troop chaperone/driver or outdoor skills trained adult to meet Safety Activity Check Points.

Before meeting or working with girls.

Includes fundamentals of Girl Scouting – the Promise and Law, Girl Scout Mission and history, an introduction to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and an overview of the National Program Portfolio.

This course is recommended for all volunteers and provides enrichment material to supplement Volunteer Essentials.

At any time during your volunteer appointment.

Grade level specific information about the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and utilizing the National Program Portfolio. Choose from Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior or Ambassador courses.

This course is recommended for volunteers who would like tools and resources that specifically pertain to each Girl Scout grade level in a classroom setting.

At any time during your volunteer appointment.

This 60-minute course is offered in person through local service unit and membership areas across the council.

Online Volunteer Essentials Coming this Fall! This online module is offered as an additional option to completing your Volunteer Essentials training.

Girl Scouting 101 This 45-minute GSUSA course is offered online. Call Volunteer Services staff if you do not have internet access at 800.284.4475 ext. 2223 Grade Level 1.5 hours offered through face to face training courses.

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Looking for a volunteer training list? You’ve got it! Course Title

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Adult/Child CPR, AED and First Aid 6 hours

This course provides the knowledge and skills necessary to act in an emergency until medical services personnel arrives. Adult and CPR will be practiced in addition to standard first aid skills.

Required of at least one adult volunteer in attendance for certain activities per Safety Activity Checkpoints, including overnights and camping trips. **

Prior to overnights and camping trips and any other activity as specified in Safety Activity Checkpoints.

Wilderness First Aid 15 hours

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) is the assessment of and treatment given to an ill or injured person in a remote environment where definitive care by a physician and/or rapid transport is not readily available.

Registered adults or troop leaders who are planning a trip that may result in the girls being more than 30 minutes out of range for EMS.

Needed for camping, hiking and outdoor activities where EMS response time is more than 30 minutes.

Outdoor Skills

Includes session(s) where adults have the opportunity to develop and experience the basic camping skills needed to successfully lead groups camping.

Required of at least one adult volunteer in attendance for overnight camping trips.

Prior to camping trips and any other activity as specified in Safety Activity Checkpoints.

Outdoor Skills Recertification

Outdoor Skills refresher course for recertification to meet the Safety Activity Checkpoints requirements for troop activities.

For the Outdoor Skills trained adult who is 5 years out from the original training or previous recertification.

Prior to camping trips and any other activity as specified in Safety Activity Checkpoints.

Classroom and blended learning options available.

** For dates and registration information, please visit our C.O.R.E. (Council Online Registration Entry) site or the events calendar located on our website at www.nccoastalpines.org

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Required For Trips and Camping Each troop is required to have a certified adult who can render First Aid/CPR when on trips. An Outdoor Skills trained adult is also required for camping. American Red Cross First Aid/CPR, American Heart Association First Aid/CPR, and National Safety Council First Aid/CPR certifications are valid for 2 years. ** Note: the following health care providers may also serve as First Aiders for Girl Scout groups: physician, physician’s assistant, nurse practitioner, licensed practical nurse, paramedic, military medic, dentist, or emergency medical tech. Enrichment Trainings Enrichment training is a vital part of the development and learning experience of a leader. Our world is changing; therefore, our council provides opportunities for leaders to participate in enrichment training resulting in personal growth and new experiences in their own lives and in the lives of the girls. Registered parents, troop committees, and Girl Scout administrative volunteers are encouraged to take advantage of enrichment training. Examples: Badges and Signs, Songs, Crafts, Ceremonies, Bridging, Games, etc. These vary from county to county.

Advanced Courses Waterfront Training Canoeing, kayaking, rafting, row boating, sailing, tubing, and other water activities require supervision by a minimum of two qualified adults. At least one adult must be certified specific to the boating activities being conducted. Each year the council offers a variety of waterfront training opportunities. Below are descriptions of courses offered. Lifeguard Training This course trains participants to become certified American Red Cross lifeguards. Lifeguard and C-PRO certifications are valid for two years. Prerequisites are ability to swim 300 yards continuously using freestyle and breaststroke; ability to dive for and retrieve a 10-pound object; ability to tread water for two minutes using only the legs; and ability to exit pool/ lake without using steps or ladder. The purpose of the Waterfront Training is to teach lifeguards the skills and knowledge needed to prevent and respond to emergencies in non-surf, open-water areas found at public parks, resorts, summer camps, and campgrounds. Training involves: 1) Swimming 550 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke, or a combination of

both, but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles are allowed. 2) Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits. 3) Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds. • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. The face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed. • Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object. • Return to the surface and swim 20 yards to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface so they are able to breathe. Candidates should not swim the distance under water. • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps. 4) Swim 5 yards, submerge and retrieve three dive rings placed 5 yards apart in 4 to 7 feet of water, resurface and continue to swim another 5 yards to complete the skill sequence. Small Craft Safety Small Craft Safety (SCS) training provides safety and emergency skills in crafts such as canoes and kayaks. Prerequisites: all participants must pass a pre-course boat handling skills test in each craft in which they wish to certify and a basic swimming test. Contact Volunteer Services at 800.284.4475 or volunteerservices@nccoastalpines.org for detailed information on upcoming Small Craft Safety courses and for a list of course options. Babysitter’s Training Instructors This instructor course will certify you to teach youth to become responsible, competent babysitters for younger children by helping them to develop skills in leadership and professionalism, basic care, safety and safe play, and first aid. American Red Cross Fundamentals of Instructor Training (FIT) This course is a prerequisite to all American Red Cross (ARC) instructor classes. The course includes an overview of the history and organization of the ARC, its standards, models, and policies for training. NOTE: This is a self-paced study option. Your book will be mailed to you. The book must be read and the exercises and self-study test completed. The book and completed test must be brought to the session where it will be assessed by the instructor. ADULT LEARNING 27

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American Red Cross First Aid/CPR Instructor This course will include FIT (see page 27) and has a Babysitter’s Training Instructor option. Prerequisites are a minimum age of 17, CPR certification no more than one year out of date, must pass pre-course skills tests, read basic manual prior to class. If interested in registering for any of the ARC instructor courses, please contact the Volunteer Services Department at volunteerservices@nccoastalpines.org. Climb High by Volunteering at the Alpine Tower The first step to getting involved with the Alpine Tower is to take belay training. Participants will learn how to put on a harness, tie basic belay knots, learn belay techniques, and basic Alpine Tower safety information. Once belay training is completed, you will be invited to belay at various tower events throughout the year. As a thank you to our volunteer belayers, when you belay an event you will be allowed to bring one girl (age 10 and older) to climb; you also will be invited to bring your family to our special “Family Free Climb Days” throughout the year for a chance to challenge the tower. Note to leaders: Girls ages 14–17 who have completed Program Aide Core Training can choose to earn the Program Aide High Ropes Specialty.

Nuts ‘n Bolts Registering for a Face-to-Face Workshop Now that you’ve learned about all the courses and opportunities we have to offer, the next question is— how do I register? • Registering is easy! Just click on C.O.R.E. at www.nccoastalpines.org and log in, or activate an account at New Online Account if you haven’t already done so. • Once you have access to your online account, you may then register for a scheduled learning opportunity. If a fee is required, you must pay at that time with a credit or debit card. (For anyone without Internet access, please contact the Volunteer Services at 800.284.4475 ext. 2223.) • All those who register by the deadline will receive confirmation within one week before the workshop. Read your confirmation carefully. It may contain changes in location and/or time and information about any required items or necessary materials for the course.

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Changes or Cancellations • If you must cancel your registration, please email the council help desk at helpdesk@nccoastalpines.org immediately. Some classes have waiting lists, and with notice, we may be able to fill your place in the workshop. • If a class must be cancelled for reasons beyond our control, you will be notified if you have registered for the class and a full refund will be provided or applied to an upcoming workshop in the same membership year. Volunteer Learning Record A wallet-sized Volunteer Learning Record card is available for each volunteer. Each time you complete a workshop, your facilitator will sign the card. These cards are useful for your own personal record or if you are a “Girl Scout on the move” to another council. Workshop Facilitators In almost all cases, your facilitator is a volunteer just like you. They receive no compensation and give their time to make Girl Scouting an enjoyable and worthwhile experience for you and the girls in your troop. Want to be a facilitator? If you are interested in becoming a facilitator, please contact the Volunteer Services Department at volunteerservices@nccoastalpines.org Requests for Learning Opportunities Service unit managers or other administrative volunteers (including learning facilitators) may determine that there is a need for additional workshops to meet the needs of the volunteers in their service unit. If so, service unit managers may request an adult learning opportunity for their service unit by contacting the Volunteer Services Department at 800.284.4475, ext. 2223, or volunteerservices@nccoastalpines.org.

Area/Service Unit – Administrative Team Volunteers are appointed annually to area/service unit positions, and learning opportunities are offered throughout the year. The staff membership director works with the administrative team to ensure that the council mission is achieved. While positions vary in each area, there are many ways to volunteer. For a listing of volunteer positions, please visit our new opportunity catalog online at www.nccoastalpines.org.

Adult Learning Adult Awards Dedicated volunteers participate in Girl Scouting because they want to make a difference in the lives of girls. It is important for the Council to show volunteers that their dedication and service is appreciated. Our multi-tiered recognition program allows volunteers to be recognized on both the local and Council levels. Local Awards Local service areas are encouraged to find creative ways to recognize their volunteers year round. Local recognition coordinators work with volunteers in their respective areas to nominate volunteers for council level awards as well as local awards. Both sets of awards have their own nomination process. If you would like to nominate someone for one of these awards, be sure to check with your area recognition coordinator. To find out more about local awards, please reach out to your area’s recognitions coordinator or contact a member of the Volunteer Services Department at volunteerservices@nccoastalpines.org. Council Awards (GSUSA) The awards presented to volunteers at the Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines Annual Meeting each spring are:

GSUSA Thanks Badge II: for continuing service, recognizes an adult member who has already received the Thanks Badge and who has continued to contribute in extraordinary ways that benefit the entire Council or the Girl Scout Movement. Leading the Way Award: recognizes an adult member who has provided significant support to the leadership development program. It is awarded only once to an individual who is a registered and active member of the Council, has given continuous and significant service to the Council, exemplifies the Girl Scout Promise and Law in her or his daily life, and has demonstrated a spirit of loyalty and dedication to the Girl Scout Movement and to the Council.

While these awards help us recognize volunteers at formal functions, remember to stop and recognize each other throughout the year! Be creative—each county/area can also create their own local awards to recognize their volunteers in fun ways!

20+ Years Membership Numerals: recognizes 20 years or more as a member of the Girl Scout Movement (both girl and adult years). 20+ Years of Service Pin: recognizes 20 years or more of continuous service as an adult volunteer. Chief Executive Officer’s Award for Service Units: recognizes service units that meet or exceed goals for the year in membership, communication, retention, and diversity. Distinguished Service Award: recognizes a community group or a registered adult volunteer for distinguished service to the area. GSUSA Appreciation Pin: recognizes a registered adult volunteer who has delivered outstanding service to at least one area or program delivery audience. GSUSA Honor Pin: recognizes a registered adult volunteer who has delivered outstanding service to two or more areas or program delivery audiences. GSUSA Thanks Badge: recognizes a registered adult volunteer whose performance is truly outstanding and benefits the entire Council or the Girl Scout Movement.

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Volunteer Training and Adult Events Our volunteer community comes together several times a year to share resources, learnings, and how Girl Scouting is making a difference in the lives of girls. From our Fall and Spring Leaderee events (an overnight training with some pretty amazing volunteers) to our Annual Meeting (where you can learn the latest and greatest from Council) we know that we’re better and brighter when we’re together.

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Save the Date! Annual Meeting March 14, 2015 Wilmington, NC

Leaderee Leaderee is our premiere adult enrichment weekend that provides a variety of workshops and adult learning opportunities. Attend not only the basic, but also the advanced offerings that will enrich your volunteer experience. Network with other volunteers while also learning valuable skills and participating in activities that will assist you in planning and implementing your troops activities! Topics vary from year to year, but have included yoga, self-defense, outdoor cooking techniques, grade level enrichments, knitting, paper-making, cake decorating, geocaching and much more. Interested in serving on a planning committee? Have a suggestion or a question about Leaderee? Contact the Volunteer Services Department at volunteerservices@nccoastalpines.org We hope you can join us!

Save the Date! Fall Leaderee October 18, 2014 Camp Graham

Spring Leaderee April 11, 2015 Camp Mary Atkinson For updated information on Leaderee, please visit the council website at www.nccoastalpines.org.

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Got Questions? Get Answers! Do you have a question about the Girl Scout program but just don’t know whom to ask? Is there a particular learning opportunity you would like to see online? Are you interested in adult learning webinars? Have a good topic or idea for an adult learning podcast? Email questions and suggestions to volunteerservices@nccoastalpines.org

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Extras Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines’ Product Sales In 2014–2015, girls and troops will have the opportunity to participate in two council-sponsored, money-earning activities.

Fall Product Sale Be Active! Dive In! The Fall Sale Program provides an important ingredient for leadership by helping develop the 5 Skills for Girls: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. Through Girl Scouting, girls become leaders in their daily lives and prepare for bright futures too! Troops are encouraged to share the Fall Sale Program materials with their girls even if they do not participate in the Fall Sale Program. The activity poster and other supporting online materials are full of great ideas around which to build troop meetings and activities. Patches can be earned just by participating in the program activities, and all activities can be done in conjunction with the Girl Scout Journeys. The Fall Sale Program gives girls and troops the opportunity to sell magazine subscriptions (new and renewals) and very popular nuts and candy. It’s a quick and easy way for troops to earn start-up money. This friends and family sale is conducted both face-to-face and via the Internet through a secure program. Many people have magazine subscriptions they can renew, and everyone who has tasted the nuts and candies always ends up wanting more! Returning this Year: The Sweet Success Club, a club for Girl Scouts who sell 100 items or more in the Fall Sale Program. In addition, troops can participate in Fall Sale Rallies, Treats for Troops, and our awesome online program!

Cookie Sale Program What Can a Girl Do? Lead the Change! The 2015 Cookie Sale Program theme is What Can a Girl Do? Lead the Change! Girls learn many life skills and earn proceeds for their troop by participating in the cookie sale. Focusing on the 5 Skills for Girls, the cookie sale is designed to help girls grow into leaders of courage, confidence, and character, as well as learn valuable life skills that they can apply to their everyday lives. The five skills are: ~ Goal Setting: Learning how to set a goal individually and as a group and then creating a plan to develop cooperation and team building. ~ Decision Making: Deciding how their troop will spend their cookie money, or choosing the best location to hold a cookie booth. Making these kinds of decisions will help girls develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. ~ Money Management: Taking cookie orders, handling customers’ money, and gaining valuable life skills around financial literacy. ~ People Skills: Learning how to talk with and listen to people, as well as working with different kinds of people while selling cookies, will help girls develop healthy relationships and conflict resolution skills. ~ Business Ethics: Being honest and responsible at every step of the cookie sale. Girls’ business ethics reinforce the positive values they develop as Girl Scouts. All of these skills will serve them for a lifetime, and can be listed on employment and school applications and resumes. Also, many girls improve their self-esteem and confidence by participating in the Cookie Sale Program.

New this Year: Our online store will feature not only magazines, but Ashdon Farm’s full line of nuts and candies. All of these items will be available to order and ship anywhere in the US (shipping and handling may apply for some items). Girl Scout Daisy and Brownie troops will earn 10 percent of all sales, as well as cool patches and cumulative recognitions. Girl Scout Junior, Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador troops can choose the 10-percent proceeds plan with patches and recognitions, or can opt to receive 15 percent in proceeds and patches, in lieu of recognitions. Important Dates - 2014 October 3 October 29 November 20-22

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All Girl Scout troops can earn proceeds by participating in the Cookie Sale Program, which can be used to carry out troop plans. Troops that sell an average of 180 boxes or more per girl are also eligible for a bonus on top of the proceeds they earn, providing they meet all other stated criteria. In 2014, the average troop earned more than $1,300 in proceeds. Participating girls are also eligible to earn SuperStar Destinations. This awesome program continues to be wildly popular. In 2014, more than 1,300 girls qualified for SuperStar Destinations. Girls who qualify can earn free admission tickets to places like Carowinds, Busch Gardens, Great Wolf Lodge, movie theaters, skating centers, and bowling centers. Girls can also earn Cookie Dough—which can be used to pay for Girl Scout camp, purchases in the council shops, council-sponsored events, and national and international GSUSA destinations. Our council boasts a large membership in our High Achievers Club, which rewards Girl Scouts who have sold 5,000+ boxes of cookies within our council during their lifetime. As members of this club, girls (and their families) have shown tremendous dedication to the Cookie Sale Program over many years. High Achievers receive an engraved plaque, special cookie business cards, a personalized letter of recommendation from Council CEO Lisa Jones, and other rewards. Another important part of our Cookie Sale Program is Operation Cookie Drop, our council-wide service project. Now entering its tenth year, donations from customers have made it possible to send nearly 700,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to our troops serving overseas and at local bases. Girl Scout troops collect donations during the cookie sale, and at the end of the sale, Council places a special Operation Cookie Drop order that goes directly to the bakery. The bakery delivers these cookies to several military organizations and USOs in our council area. Cookies are then distributed to deployed and returning personnel by the military branches. Operation Cookie Drop orders count toward troop proceeds and girl recognitions. Girls participating in Girl Scouts through pathways other than the Troop Pathway are also invited to participate in the Cookie Sale Program. We have dedicated cookie managers specifically for these Girl Scouts throughout our council. These cookie managers help with all details related to the Cookie Sale Program as well as conduct training on sale deadlines, software, and general “how to’s.” They ensure all participants are learning and developing while earning proceeds to help with great Girl Scout activities, camps, trips, and projects. Pathways participants can sell cookies and hold cookie booths as well, to earn funds to support their Girl Scout activities. 32

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e-Cookie NEW this year, customers will have the opportunity to purchase cookies online and have them shipped directly to their doorstep. How cool is that? More information and details will be shared at a cookie training near you! Important Dates January 17

Cookie Sale Program starts

January 10-16

Initial orders are delivered

February 28

National Girl Scout Cookie Day

March 1

Cookie Sale Program ends

March 13

Final reports and payments due from troops

Summer Camping Opportunities Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines offers various types of organized camping opportunities: day camp, group camp, summer resident camp, and troop camp. Watch for day camp information in the spring and group camp information in the fall. The 2015 Summer Fun Guide, with information on summer resident camp programs, will be sent to all registered Girl Scouts. The guide will also be available on our website by January. Day Camp Day camp offers all girls an exciting and eventful week full of fun in a structured and supervised setting. Our day camps provide an entertaining and enlightening experience for girls to explore, try new things, and meet new friends in a positive all-girl environment. If you are interested in having your daughter or girls in your troop attend day camp during the 2015 summer season, please log onto our website to find a day camp near you. Troop Camp Spend time exploring one of our lovely resident camps with your friends while participating in swimming, archery, canoeing, and much more! Weeklong and mini sessions are designed for a group of girls and adults to attend resident camp as a unit. Stay for a weeklong session, arriving Sunday afternoon and leaving Friday afternoon. For a mini-session, spend three days at camp having a great time! At Troop Camp, girls attend with their troop leader and other approved adult chaperones. The resident camp provides a “core” staff, including camp director, lifeguards, health supervisor, arts and crafts director, and dining hall staff. Each group has the opportunity to plan some of their own activities and can also participate in the waterfront activities,

Extras Trips and Travel sports, crafts, and all-camp sessions led by the camp staff. Meals are prepared in the dining hall. A troop must have at least 4 girl participants to be eligible to register for troop camp. An outdoor trained adult chaperone is required for weeklong sessions; outdoor training is recommended for 3-day sessions. Summer Resident Camp At resident camp, Girl Scouts have the chance to experience swimming, outdoor cooking, crafts, hiking, campfires, songs, games, and making new friends. Girls may also choose to learn to use a compass, canoe, sleep under the stars, try a new dance, or tie-dye a T-shirt. Depending on the program, girls sleep in cabins or tents. Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines has three beautiful resident camps, which offer a wide variety of programs: • Camp Graham is located on Kerr Lake in Vance County and offers swimming, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, sports, archery, offsite horseback riding, and crafts for organized groups and individual campers. Group camp for troops is designed for girls and adults to attend camp as a unit, while resident camp offers a more independent camping atmosphere for individual girls. • Camp Hardee is just southeast of Washington on the south side of the Pamlico River, and consists of 95 acres with river frontage, woodlands, and open space. Individual campers enjoy archery, crafts, swimming in the pool, canoeing, sailing, and kayaking, among other favorite camp activities. • Camp Mary Atkinson is in the heart of Johnston County and offers outdoor-living skills, the challenge-by-choice Alpine Tower, canoeing, swimming in our zero-entry pool, horseback riding, archery, sports, drama, and crafts for individual girls. Campers also enjoy the 16,000-square-foot Leadership Center with a state-of-the-art technology lab.

Planning your next Girl Scout trip can be fun! In preparation for Girl Scouts trips and travel, take note of the following information on insurance, renting vehicles, and international travel. Girl Scout Basic Accident Insurance Girl Scout Basic Accident Insurance covers all registered members for approved, supervised Girl Scout activities, including events lasting two nights or less. All activities—trips or events—lasting more than two nights are not covered by the basic Girl Scout insurance plan. These require additional insurance, and payment is required for each night per each participant. You may choose from four plans: MINIMUM PREMIUM PAYMENT IS $5 Plan 2: Accident-Only Coverage • For non-members participating in any Girl Scoutsponsored event lasting two consecutive nights or less. Also can be purchased for members or non-members participating in any Girl Scout-sponsored event lasting more than two consecutive nights if Sickness Coverage isn’t needed. • Cost is $0.11 per person per calendar (full or partial) day. • Pays first $130 of eligible medical expenses, then becomes excess to other insurance. Plan 3E: Accident and Sickness Coverage (excess) • Recommended for members and non-members participating in any Girl Scout-sponsored event lasting more than two consecutive nights. • Cost is $0.29 per person per calendar (full or partial) day. • Pays first $130 of eligible medical expenses, then becomes excess to other insurance. Plan 3P: Accident and Sickness Coverage (primary) • For members and non-members participating in any Girl Scout-sponsored event lasting more than two consecutive nights. • Cost is $0.70 per person per calendar (full or partial) day. • Pays from first dollar of any eligible medical expenses, regardless of availability of other insurance.

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Plan 3PI: Accident and Sickness Coverage (primary international) • Recommended for members and non-members participating in any Girl Scout-sponsored international trip lasting more than two consecutive nights. • Includes Travel Assistance Services. • Cost is $1.17 per person per calendar (full or partial) day. Trip roster (to include country[ies] traveling to), dates of trip, names and ages of participants required. • Pays from first dollar of any eligible medical expenses, regardless of availability of other insurance. Each of these additional insurances requires submission of a special enrollment form and payment of an additional premium. Enrollment forms are made available ONLY after a trip has been approved. Please do not obtain insurance directly through Mutual of Omaha’s website or mail insurance forms to Mutual of Omaha. ALL insurance forms MUST be processed through the council. Leaders need to follow these steps to obtain required insurance: • Submit the Permission Application for Camping – Swimming/Boating Program – Trips – Overnight Activities (TP103) to the service unit manager for approval. (Permission form is not required for day trips, unless they fall into one of the above categories.) • Obtain an insurance enrollment form from the Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines website. Please include your name and troop number on the form. • Submit completed form and payments to Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines, Attn: Mutual of Omaha Insurance Form, 6901 Pinecrest Road, Raleigh, NC 27613. • Please note: Coverage does not take effect until payment is received by Mutual of Omaha. Therefore, we require order forms and payment be received at the Raleigh Service Center no later than two weeks prior to the start date of your event or trip.

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Renting A Vehicle These are the steps to take when renting, leasing, or borrowing a vehicle: • Complete a Certificate of Insurance for Leasing/ Borrowing a Vehicle for Troop/Event/Trips online at www.nccoastalpines.org. • Fax to: 919.782.2083 or mail to: Property Executive, Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines, 6901 Pinecrest Road, Raleigh, NC 27613, at least two weeks before your trip. A certificate of insurance will be sent to the company from which you are renting the vehicle. This certificate is a notification of liability insurance. The council provides coverage for collision on the vehicle as a secondary policy. The driver’s policy is the primary coverage. There is a $250 deductible. If you are renting, leasing, or borrowing a vehicle, you can sign the agreement. If you are leasing/renting a bus, send the agreement to the Property Executive at least one month before your trip. If you are using a bus company, the company also needs to send provide a certificate of their liability insurance. International Travel International travel is an option for girls 14 years of age and older who have successfully taken overnight trips. Trips abroad require two to three years of preparation. Once the girls have decided where they want to go and have done some feasibility research (e.g., cost, long-range planning, etc.), contact the Program Department for a copy of Exploration, The Girl Scout Guide to Global Travel. This packet contains planning resources, information about the four World Centers, and the necessary paperwork for your trip. Please note: The Notice of Intent to Travel Outside the USA form is due one to two years before the proposed trip.

Extras Visit your Council Shop for all your Girl Scout needs! Stop by the Fayetteville, Goldsboro, Raleigh, or Wilmington Girl Scout Shop to purchase official uniforms and other Girl Scout clothing, resources,handbooks, patches/badges, gifts and other fun items. The shop has gift cards that can be used for council events, camps, or in council shops. You can even make a donation to honor that special Girl Scout in your life. No time for an in-person visit? Shop online and have items delivered right to your door. You may also place your order by phone at 800.284.4475. Take advantage of the online specials offered throughout the year. Please remember we DO reap the benefits of your order. All proceeds help provide the Girl Scout Program for the nearly 38,000 members in our council. Please visit our website for shop hours.

Looking for additional ways to stay connected? >> Follow us on Twitter – we share fun posts and quick council updates here. www.twitter.com/girlscoutsnccp >> Join Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines’ LinkedIn group and be a part of the conversation. www.linkedin.com/company/girl-scouts---nc-coastal-pines >> Become a FAN of our council Facebook page and our resident camp properties to interact with GS-NCCP and our activities. www.facebook.com/girlscoutsnccoastalpines >> Looking for volunteer opportunities? Post your skills on Juliette’s List. www.julietteslist.org >> Once a Girl Scout, always a Girl Scout! Stay connected through our alumnae website. http://gsnccpalum.org

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Girl Scout Voices Survey The Girl Scout Voices Survey evaluation system is ongoing and open to volunteers and girls of all ages in Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines. The system was created to evaluate how our Girl Scout program benefits girls and measures our 15 national outcomes. All surveys are age-appropriate and interactive, and all feedback is anonymous. The feedback received from completed surveys will help us understand whether girls are enjoying program activities, and determine if girls understand new materials presented to them. Everyone is encouraged to complete the registration survey at www.girlscoutvoices.org to become part of the evaluation panel. Once you are registered in the panel, Council can send you surveys via email to complete throughout the year. Girls under the age of 13 will need their parents to register them and give consent. Prizes will be awarded periodically for registering and completing the surveys.

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Thank You.

Special thanks to our major donors who have helped fund many program opportunities for the girls we serve.

ABC Bakers

Lamar Outdoor Advertising

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

Mt. Olive Pickle Company, Inc.

Boddie-Noell Enterprises, Inc.

National Inclusion Project

Capital RunWalk

Newport Pig Cookin’ Contest, Inc.

Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc.

North Carolina Community Foundation

CenturyLink

QSP

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Pinehurst Community Foundation, Inc.

Coca Cola Bottling Company Consolidated

PPD Development, LP

Duke Energy Foundation

R. C. Sadler Foundation

Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund

Saint-Gobain Containers

FIRST

Sonitrol of the Triangle

Frank K. Webb Charitable Trust

Sunrise Kiwanis Club of Goldsboro Foundation

Girl Scouts of the USA

Techbridge

Golden Corral Corporation

The Oliva Family Charitable Fund

Greenville Noon Rotary Club

Time Warner Cable

HH Architecture

WakeMed

IBM Employee Service Center (Charitable Contribution)

Wilmington Cape Fear Rotary Club

John Luther and Isabelle Gray McLean Trust

Women’s Leadership Council

Jumpstart Solutions

WTVD Television, LLC

United Ways: Beaufort County United Way

United Way of Chatham County

United Way of Pitt County

Granville County United Way

United Way of Coastal Carolina

United Way of Richmond County

Hoke County United Fund

United Way of Cumberland County

United Way of Robeson County

Lenoir-Greene County United Way

United Way of Franklin County

United Way of Sampson County

Martin County United Way

United Way of the Greater Triangle

United Way of Scotland County

Person County United Way

United Way of Harnett County

United Way of the Tar River Region

Roanoke Valley United Way

United Way of Lee County

United Way of Vance County

United Way of Bladen County

United Way of Moore County

United Way of Wayne County

United Way of the Cape Fear Area

United Way of Onslow County

United Way of Wilson County

2014 • 2015 ISSUE Corporate Office & Raleigh Service Center 6901 Pinecrest Road, Raleigh, NC 27613 919.782.3021 or 800.284.4475; Fax 919.782.2083 Fayetteville Service Center Eutaw Village Plaza 894 Elm Street, Suites B & C, Fayetteville, NC 28303 910.437.9900 or 800.284.4475; Fax 877.699.9389 Goldsboro Service Center 108 E. Lockhaven Drive, Goldsboro, NC 27534 919.734.6231 or 800.284.4475; Fax 919.734.9038 Wilmington Service Center 2250 Shipyard Blvd., Wilmington, NC 28403 910.202.9197 or 800.284.4475; Fax 877.699.9389 To learn more about our latest news, council shops and more, please visit us online at www.nccoastalpines.org.

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