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Lead, Empower, and Develop!

2013 • 2014 ISSUE

Here at Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines, we are committed to providing our volunteers an ongoing adult education 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. Lead On is full of great information for you to use while planning your year and understanding what is expected of our volunteers. It also provides insight and a better understanding of the organization and our mission. Please take time to read this great resource and contact us if you have any questions. Happy Learning! The Volunteer Services Team

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Girl Scout Leadership Experience Girl Scout Leadership Experience................................. 5

Adult Learning Welcome to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience for Adults! .................................................. 27

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

The Ins and Outs of Adult Learning Opportunities ....................................... 27

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

A Guide to Girl Scout Forms ......................................... 28

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

Requirements for Trips/Camping ................................ 30

6 Pathways: Flexible Ways to Participate.................. 10

Enrichment Trainings..................................................... 30

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

Moving To GS-NCCP from Another Council .............. 30

Award Guidelines At-a-Glance.................................... 11

Waterfront Trainings...................................................... 30

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

Nuts ‘n Bolts.................................................................... 32

Special Opportunities for Teens .................................. 13

Awards............................................................................. 33

Journeys ............................................................................ 6

Got Questions? Get Answers ....................................... 34

Troop Pathway

Leaderee.......................................................................... 34

Getting Started ............................................................... 15 Early Bird Membership Re-registration 2014 ............ 15


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

Fall Product and Cookie Sale Programs .................... 35

Troop Quick Start Guide ................................................ 16

Summer Camping Opportunities ................................. 36

Planning Meetings ......................................................... 17

Trips and Travel .............................................................. 37

1st Parent Meeting ........................................................ 18

Girl Scout Basic Accident Insurance ......................... 37 Renting a Vehicle ........................................................... 38

Money & Safety

International Travel........................................................ 38

Girl Scout Safety Guidelines ........................................ 21

Horseback Riding Helmets ........................................... 38

Money Facts ................................................................... 21

Visit Your Council Shop ................................................. 38

Financial Assistance ..................................................... 22

Forms ............................................................................... 39

Wider Opportunity Funding .......................................... 22

Additional Ways to Stay Connected ........................... 40

Troop Money Earning Guidelines ................................ 23

Girl Scout Voices Survey .............................................. 40

Family Partnership Campaign ...................................... 25


Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines Facilities

Corporate Office & Raleigh Service Center

Goldsboro Service Center

6901 Pinecrest Road, Raleigh, NC 27613

108 E. Lockhaven Drive, Goldsboro, NC 27534

919.782.3021 or 800.284.4475; Fax 919.782.2083

919.734.6231 or 800.284.4475; Fax 919.734.9038

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.

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 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 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 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 910-778-9063 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 Fort Bragg Boulevard. In approximately 2.5 miles, 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 Fort 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 Fort 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 Fort 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. 2

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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.

Counties/Membership Director Telephone Numbers New Hanover County .........................910.231.0750 Northampton County ..........................252.883.5632 Onslow County.....................................910.385.8309 Orange County .....................................919.600.6484 Pamlico County....................................252.342.0868 Pender County .....................................910.231.2142 Person County .....................................919.600.6484 Pitt County ............................................252.717.6527 Richmond County ................................910.997.4040 Robeson County ..................................910.739.0744 Sampson County .................................910.874.3686 Scotland County ..................................910.384.6641 Vance County .......................................252.438.8103 Wake 13 ................................................919.600.6304 Wake 14 ................................................919.600.6304 Wake 15 ................................................919.600.6331 Wake 16 ................................................919.600.6331 Wake 18 ................................................919.600.6303 Wake 19 ................................................919.600.6308 Wake 20 ................................................919.600.6303 Wake 22 ................................................919.600.6331 Wake 23 ................................................919.600.6308 Warren County ....................................252.438.8103 Wayne County .....................................919.432.6121 Wilson County......................................252.560.5860

Beaufort County ..................................252.717.6527 Bladen County .....................................910.874.3686 Brunswick County ..............................910.231.2142 Carteret County ...................................252.342.0868 Chatham County ..................................919.545.6204 Columbus County ................................910.739.0744 Craven County .....................................252.342.0868 Cumberland 33 ....................................910.778.9090 Cumberland 35 .....................................910.778.9090 Cumberland 36 .....................................910.778.9090 Duplin County.......................................910.385.8309 Durham County ....................................919.600.6483 Edgecombe County .............................252.883.5632 Franklin County ....................................919.496.5511 Granville County ..................................919.496.5511 Greene County .....................................252.560.5860 Halifax County......................................252.883.5632 Harnett County.....................................910.897.4263 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 ......................................252.717.6527 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


For shop hours or to shop online any time, please visit our website at

Camps 1. Camp Graham 2. Camp Hardee 3. Camp Mary Atkinson 4. Camp Mu-Sha-Ni

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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.

Girl Scout Leadership Experience Girl Scout Leadership Experience...............5 Journeys ..........................................................6 Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting .........................6 Girl Scout Ladder of Leadership ..................7 Three Great Journeys ...................................8 6 Pathways: Flexible Ways to Participate ......................10 Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards ......................10 Award Guidelines At-a-Glance..................11 Enhancing your Journey! ...........................12 Special Opportunities for Teens ................13


Mission Girl Scouts works to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

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 girls in discovering self, connecting with others, and taking action to make the world a better place. In order to build a nationally consistent Girl Scout program, the National Program Portfolio includes two primary resources that help girls build leadership skills: The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting and the National Leadership Journeys. Earning awards and recognitions complement these program resources and are an integral part of Girl Scouting.

Outcomes of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience You may be wondering: How will I know if girls are having an effective leadership experience and are benefiting from the activities in the Leadership Journey’s and Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting? Each activity is tied to a specific GSLE outcome (listed below). Checking the outcomes is like noting road signs on a trip—the signs that let you know you are getting closer to your destination. Similarly, seeing the age-appropriate signs during Girl Scout activities lets you know that girls are achieving the intended outcomes. Discover Outcomes s Girls develop a strong sense of self

The National Program Portfolio ensures that all Girl Scouts are sharing a powerful, national experience—girls together changing the world.

s Girls develop positive values

So, what do you need to know about the Girl Scout Leadership Experience? The GSLE is…

s Girls seek challenges in the world

where girls are engaged in activities that are essential to leadership development by: s Discovering who they are/their values

s Girls gain practical life skills – girls practice healthy living s Girls develop critical thinking Connect Outcomes s Girls develop healthy relationships

s Connecting with others

s Girls promote cooperation and team building

s Taking action to make the world a better place

s Girls can resolve conflicts s Girls advance diversity in a multicultural world

through 3 girl processes:

s Girls taking an active role in determining what, where, when, why, and how they’ll structure activities s Girls using hands-on learning and reflection to deepen understanding of concepts and mastering skills s Girls sharing what they know and learn with each other in an atmosphere of respect and cooperation by using the 3 Journey series:

s It’s Your World – Change It! s It’s Your Planet – Love It!

s Girls feel connected to their communities, locally and globally Take Action Outcomes s Girls can identify community needs s Girls are resourceful problem solvers s Girls advocate for themselves and others, locally and globally s Girls educate and inspire others to act s Girls feel empowered to make a difference in the world

s It’s Your Story – Tell It!


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. s 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.

s Journeys build on independent topics and can be used in any order. s They provide an exploration of all Three Keys to Leadership: Discover, Connect, and Take Action. s The Journey awards are the only awards that specifically engage girls in these three keys. s 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 journey through a complete topic.

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  š Artist š The Girl Scout Way š Citizen  š Cook š First Aid š Athlete š 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 PLUS My Promise, My Faith Pin Journey Summit Pin For Designate Levels ™ P.A., CIT, VIT ™ Bronze, Silver, Gold Awards


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It’s Your Planet–Love it!

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The Girl Scout Ladder of Leadership As you take National Leadership Journeys and earn their awards, you’re climbing a ladder that lets you be a leader in your 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, raise your voice to advocate for issues you care about.

It’s Your Story— Tell It! Move dreams forward in BLISS!

Use MISSION: SISTERHOOD! to better yourself and the world.

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

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

Use your own, your team’s, and your community’s leadership power to be an Agent of Change.

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

Put the ME in MEdia.

It’s Your Planet— Love It! In Justice, create your 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, try on roles and realize your limitless opportunities.

In GET MOVING!, bring energy solutions to your life and the world.

Explore your 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.


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 themselves and 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.

Agent of Change

Get Moving!


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 have 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!



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.




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 to 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.


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.


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.



6 Pathways: 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, there is a good sense of which options will interest girls, based on their grade levels (see the chart below). *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.


s 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

s 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!

Want to Learn More About the Girl Scout Gold and Silver Awards?

s 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.

If so, council-sponsored award workshops are a great starting point for girls, advisors, 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 for workshop dates and locations found at

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Girls must be in 4th or 5th grade and a registered Girl Scout Junior

Girls must be in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade and a registered Girl Scout Cadette

Girls must be in 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade and a registered Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador

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Complete a Junior Journey Be part of a troop or group where girls take the lead Take action on a community issue the troop or group cares about Help and guidance provided by troop/group volunteer Suggested hours included in the girl, adult, and council material *Council approval needed for any money earning Suggested hours: 20

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Complete a Cadette Journey Work as an individual or in a small group where girls take the lead Take action on a community issue that the girls care about (outside of Girl Scouting) Help and guidance provided by troop/group volunteer Suggested hours included in the girl, adult, and council material *Council approval needed for any money earning Suggested hours: 50









Group Take Action Project focuses on something the girls care about that they would like to improve within their Girl Scout or local community.

Individual or group Take Action Project that makes the local neighborhood or community better. (Cannot be done in Girl Scout Community.)

Puts the Promise and Law into action.

Puts the Promise and Law into action.

Complete two Journeys (Senior or Ambassador) or earn the Silver Award and complete one Senior or Ambassador Journey Individually girl led; girl selects and recruits Project Advisor Take action on a community issue the girl cares about (outside of Girl Scouting) Help and guidance provided by Project Advisor Suggested hours included in the girl, adult, and council material *Councilapproval approvalneeded neededforforany any Council money earning * Suggested hours: 80

Individual Take Action Project that makes a lasting difference in the local community, region, or beyond. (Cannot be done in Girl Scout Community.) Puts the Promise and Law into action.


After the project is complete, girls develop an understanding of sustainability by talking together about how solutions can be lasting.

Girls demonstrate an understanding of sustainability in the project plan and implementation.

Take Action Project includes provisions to ensure sustainability.


After the project is complete, girls develop an understanding of the wider world by talking together about how others may experience the same problem that their project helped resolve.

Girls connect with new friends outside of their immediate community, learn how others have solved similar problems, and determine if the ideas of others can help with their plan.

Girls identify national and/or global links to their selected issue. They learn from others and develop a plan to share the results of their project beyond the local community.

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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 log into the council website,, for this podcast series. Hear from women professionals in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields (STEM)—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 you 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 cities very quickly. If your Girl Scout troop would like to participate as a member of the Girl Scout Honor Corps, please email and request a registration form for the program. Email the completed form to and note Attention: Communications in the subject line. Or mail to: Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines Attention: Communications 6901 Pinecrest Road Raleigh, NC 27613


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Patch Programs Patch programs are a great way to explore a wide variety of topics. For current resources, visit our website, Patches for each program are available in the council shops unless otherwise noted.

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 new national Girl Scout religious recognition. The “My Promise, My Faith” pin 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) on October 11, 2013, at the Raleigh Service Center. See page 15 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,, to see the current options available for each denomination/faith. 3) Contact the program director at 800.284.4475 ext. 3306.

GSLE 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 Find council and community happenings, adult training opportunities, and grade-specific events. We’ll see you soon! 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 during Girl Scout Week, March 10–14, 2014. Applications are available through the council website or your area service center and are due to the program director by December 1, 2013. STEM Stars! Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines is creating a new opportunity just for our Girl Scout Ambassadors called the STEM Stars. Girls who are proud of their geek status and who are looking for new ways to flex their STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) muscles should apply to be a STEM Star! Here are just a few of the things girls might do as a part of this elite team:

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. 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 Training to learn more games, songs, crafts, and science; sharpen their teaching skills; and discover how to adapt learning experiences to varying grade levels. Program Aide Core Training is a prerequisite for Program Aide Specialty Training.

s 6ISIT34%-DEPARTMENTSATVARIOUSCOLLEGESAND universities to learn what majors are available s ,EARNHOWTOBUILD CREATE ANDPROGRAMWITH,%'/® robotics, then share their knowledge with younger girls at a variety of council events s 0ARTICIPATEINEXCLUSIVEBEHIND THE SCENES opportunities at area science museums s #ONNECTWITHMENTORSIN34%-lELDS s ,EARNALONGSIDECOUNSELORS FACULTY ANDSTAFFAS junior staff at our summer science camp for Girl Scout Cadettes at Meredith College Look for the STEM Stars application on the council website (located on the STEM page); application deadline is October 1, 2013. For more information, contact the STEM program director at 800.284.4475 ext. 3306.


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Troop Pathway

As a Girl Scout volunteer in the Troop Pathway, this section houses some tools and resources to help you through your troop year.

Troop Pathway Getting Started .............................................15 Early Bird Membership Re-registration 2014.....................................15 10 Essential Elements ..................................16 Troop Quick Start Guide ..............................16 Planning Meetings .......................................17 1st Parent Meeting ......................................18

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Getting Started As the troop leader, you are responsible for registering Girl Scout members in a troop/group or designating another member of your troop support team to oversee registration. Girl Scout membership entitles members to participate in council events, and be covered by the Girl Scout Activity Accident Insurance. Membership registration may be submitted online through the Council Online Registration System (C.O.R.E.) found on the council website. See Volunteer Essentials (VE) for registering girls. Registration for events, activities, resident and day camp and training for adult volunteers is simple on C.O.R.E. Members and guardians can register online for events and renew their membership or process registrations for Girl Scouts. Below are the steps: 1. Set up a login (current/past members) or set up a profile if you/your child has never been associated with GSUSA 2. Currently each person must have her own login. In the late fall, GSUSA will introduce “Family Login” which will allow one guardian access to all family members Girl Scout C.O.R.E. accounts with just one username and password. For now, though, log in as the person who is registering for the event. 3. Click on the Program Activities & Events, Camp Activities, or Adult Training & Events to find a list of activities in these categories—or simply put the name in the search box and click search. 4. 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 or camp registration.

Early Bird Membership Re-registration 2014–15 Take advantage of our online membership renewals and registration system and receive special incentives! For the 2014–15 year, girls and leaders will receive a special Early Bird patch for each member who renews. Other incentives will be announced in late March 2014. Renewals should be processed by the parent/guardian/adult member, but can also be completed by the troop leader. Check out our Family Login! Remember, all returning members must be registered by September 30, the end of the membership year. Troop leaders will not be able to access members online who have not processed their renewal by September 29.


Troop Pathway 10 Essential Elements As a Girl Scout volunteer in the Troop Pathway, 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.


Quick Start for Troop Volunteers To support you in the important work you do with girls, Girl Scouts of the USA offers online resources called the Quick Start for Troop Volunteers for each Essential Element for Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie and Junior troops. Go to to discover the resources, tools and tips available. Many of these resources are pulled directly from the adult guides for the National Leadership Journeys and will help guide you through your Girl Scout year.


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Troop Pathway Planning Meetings Planning out your troop meetings is an important part of being a Girl Scout volutneer. The meeting plans below are examples of what you could do, but it is suggested that the ďŹ rst four to six meetings should include the following: s registering girls and adults s getting to know the girls and letting them get to know you s learning about the Girl Scout mission, Promise and Law, and Quiet Sign

s reviewing the Journey series choices to see what the girls want to do s planning a simple investiture or rededication ceremony s assembling the troop ďŹ rst aid kit s having a variety of fun and engaging activities (songs, games, etc.) s making plans for future troop meetings










Name Tags/Introductions

Plan brief activity to engage girls while others arrive – coloring, journal entry, etc.

Plan brief activity to engage girls while others arrive

Plan brief activity to engage girls while others arrive


Recite Girl Scout Promise

Recite Girl Scout Promise and Law

Start with song, game or story –see Journey adult guide for opening ideas

Flag ceremony






s$ISCUSSMAKINGKAPER chart to list girls’ meeting duties

s$ISCUSSANYACTIVITIES outings the girls want to plan

Further discuss what girls want to do – take a trip, visit zoo, go to museum or other activity and let them plan it accordingly

Begin one Journey series using Sessions at a Glance depending on what the girls decide they want to do





s)NTRODUCEGIRLSTOTHE Journeys s$ISCUSSWHATTHEGIRLS want to do (see adult guide)


s ,EAVETIMEFORSNACKIF girls want it (get parents to provide any treats)

Take a “Journey detour� by going outside for an activity related to the Journey


Explain the value of leaving a place better than you found it when cleaning up after a meeting

Make kaper chart and assign girl clean-up chores

Kaper chart

Kaper chart


Have a closing ceremony at the meeting—possibly a friendship circle (see Volunteer Essentials)

Close with a friendship circle or other brief ceremony


Close with song/other ceremony



Troop Pathway Parents are Important: A Guide to the First Parent Meeting

o Purpose and importance of the parent/guardian permission form - make sure they complete and return it

The 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 a powerful impact on their community. Below are some ideas on how to conduct the first parent meeting within your troop.

o How each parent would like for you to contact them – email, text, newsletter, Facebook, etc.

Before the Meeting s Review and practice the discussion of benefits of Girl Scouting; expectations for girls and their parents/caregivers; and ideas of how parents and other caregivers can participate in and enrich their daughters’ Girl Scout experiences. s Determine when the fall product and cookie sales will happen; parents/caregivers will absolutely want to know! s Determine what information parents should bring to the meeting. s Use the Friends and Family pages provided in the adult Journey guides, or create your own one-page information sheet (contact information for you and co-volunteers and helpers, the day and time of each meeting, location of and directions to the meeting place, what to bring with them, and information on how to get a Journey’s resources, and other merchandise like sashes, vests, T-shirts, and so on).

o Brief review of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and what the program does for their daughters o Talk about important dates; fall product sale and cookie sale o Explain registration and membership process – cost of dues and other foreseen costs; note that financial aid is available o Explain that families can also make donations to the council—and why they might want to do that! s Set up a computer station for the parents to register their girl online through C.O.R.E. via your troop management link (see registration information on page 15). s Remind the group of the next meeting (if you’ll have one) and thank everyone for attending. Hold the next meeting when it makes sense for you and your co-volunteers—that may be in two months if face-to-face meetings are best, or not at all if you’re diligent about keeping in touch with parents/caregivers via e-mail, phone calls, or some other form of communication. After the meeting, follow up with any parents/caregivers who did not attend, to connect them with the group, inform them of decisions, and discuss how they can best help the girls.

s Log onto to discover sample welcome letters for your parents. s Gather sign-in sheet, information sheet, parent permission forms, and health history forms.

Parent Support

s Prepare yourself to ask parents and caregivers for help, being as specific as you can about the kind of help you will need.

Parent support will help enrich the experience that girls have in the troop. Below are some ideas on how to keep parents informed, engaged and involved in Girl Scouting.

At the Meeting Open the meeting by welcoming the girls and adults – make sure they have signed in. Introduce yourself and other co-volunteers and have guests introduce themselves. Welcome everyone and let them know they will be learning about Girl Scouts today. Discuss the information you prepared for the meeting, for example: o All the fun girls are going to have! Go over the Girl Scout Mission, Promise, and Law o When and where the group will meet and some examples of activities the girls may choose to do


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s Plan something special for parents and girls in the beginning of the troop year such as an investiture ceremony or “get-acquainted potluck” to discuss the troop program plans for the year. s Call the parents of new girls in your troop to introduce yourself and let them know you are glad to have their daughter in Girl Scouts. s Publish troop newsletters or an event calendar to help keep parents informed of what is going on. Have the girls write a newsletter for the parents, troop, and sponsor. It can include future plans, ongoing works, successful meetings/events, and news of important upcoming activities. Parents should have a basic understanding of Girl Scouting and the exciting things you are doing!

Troop Pathway s Conduct periodic parent meetings to review troop activities and discuss upcoming activities, such as upcoming troop trip, product sales, etc. Three parent meetings per year can work well. A fall meeting could cover plans through winter, a winter 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/resident camp. s Invite parents to special ceremonies or other troop activities that would be appropriate, such as performances or skill demonstrations. Help parents anticipate the next grade level with their daughters by informing them of what is next and involving them in the bridging steps. s Give parents sufďŹ cient 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. s Encourage parents to reach out to other adults who could share their particular skills and knowledge to promote the leadership experience for girls. s Give a pat on the back and a thank you note from the girls to parents who contribute a great deal of time and energy into troop activities.



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Money & Safety

Money & Safety Girl Scout Safety Guidelines ................. 21 Money Facts ............................................ 21 Financial Assistance .............................. 22 Wider Opportunity Funding ................... 22 Troop Money Earning Guidelines ......... 23 Family Partnership Campaign ............... 25

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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. s Role-model the right behavior - Never use illegal drugs. Do not consume alcohol, smoke, or use foul language in the presence of girls. Do not carry ammunition or firearms.

Girl Scout Safety Guidelines You, the parents/caregivers of the girls in your troop/group and the girls themselves share the responsibility for staying safe, both physically and emotionally. All Girl Scout volunteers must demonstrate that by agreeing to follow these guidelines at all times: s 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 get-involved/volunteers/safety-activity-checkpoints s 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/ability of the group. One lead volunteer in every group must be female. s Get parent/caregiver permission - When an activity takes place that is outside the normal time and place. s 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. s Be prepared for emergencies - Work with girls and adults to establish and practice procedures for emergencies related to weather, fire, lost girls/adults, and site security. Always keep handy a first-aid kit, girl health histories, and contact information for girls’ families. s Travel safely - When transporting girls to activities that are outside the normal time and place, every driver must be an approved adult volunteer and have a good driving record, a valid license, and a registered/insured vehicle. Insist that everyone is in a legal seat and wears her seat belt at all times. s 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

s 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 feelings and opinions; resolving conflicts constructively; and avoiding physical and verbal bullying, clique behavior, and discrimination. s Ensure that no girl is treated differently - Girl Scouts welcomes all members, regardless of race, ethnicity, background, disability, family structure, religious beliefs, and 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. s 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. s 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.

Money Facts Helping girls decide what they want to do, and coaching them as they earn and manage money to pursue their goals, is an integral part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE). Your troop/group plans and finances its own activities, with your guidance. At the same time, the girls learn many valuable skills that serve them throughout their lives. The ins and outs of the financial side of being a Girl Scout volunteer are outlined in the next 3 pages. MONEY & SAFETY 21

Money & Safety Financial Assistance Troop Finances: Girl Scout troops are funded by a share of money earned through council-sponsored product sale activities (such as Girl Scout cookie activities), troop money-earning activities (council-approved, of course), and any dues your troop may charge. (This is in addition to the $15 annual membership dues that go to the national organization.) If your group is earning and spending money, the troop needs to set up a bank account. If you’re taking over an existing troop, you may inherit a checking account, but with a new troop, you’ll want to open a new account. This usually happens when there is money to deposit, such as troop dues or money from product sales or troop money-earning activities. Consider these tips when working with a group account: s Keep troop funds in the bank before an activity or trip, paying for as many items as possible in advance of your departure.

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: s Follow the registration process found on page 15.

s Use debit cards during the activity or trip.

s Complete the online financial assistance form found on the Program Activities and Events page of C.O.R.E.

s Make one person responsible for troop funds and for keeping a daily account of expenditures.

s Registration fees must be paid in full at the time of registration.

s Have one or more back-up volunteers who also has a debit card, in case the main card is lost.

s If assistance has been awarded, a credit will be applied back to the credit card used to place the order.

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. s Fall Product Sale: The Fall Product Sale allows troops to sell candy and nuts to family and friends as a troop fundraiser. s Cookie Sale Program: Girl Scout cookies are sold annually, beginning with initial orders being taken in January and final delivery of cookies in 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 handout, page 59, for more information on the Cookie Sale Program.) Money Earning: When a troop has a need for additional funds and has participated in both the fall product and cookie sales, an additional fundraiser may be held. These additional fundraisers must be approved by the service unit manager and membership director and/or designated council staff member (see page 23 for money-earning guidelines.) Financial Reporting: Year-end financial reporting is required for troops/groups. For more information on the forms and information that is needed, you may consult your membership director.


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 aid, contact the council help desk at 800.284.4475 or

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If registering by mail, please mail the following items to the Raleigh Service Center: s Individual financial assistance request form (PG310). s Event registration and roster form (TP710 or TP711). s Event deposit ($5 per person per event or one-third of the event fee, whichever is greater). s 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 participants. Only registered girls and adults may 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: s Council, statewide, national, international, or Girl Scouts of the USA destinations s Troop/group trips s Area/service unit events (must attach flier to request) s Council-sponsored events

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Troop/group trips and area/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/Group 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/ 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. 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 forms-resources.

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 mail 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. The committee meeting dates will be posted on our website at program/forms-resources

Troop Money-Earning Guidelines “Money-earning activities” refer primarily to services or events carried out by girls and adults to provide additional funding for specific Girl Scout activities. Troops/groups wishing to conduct money-earning projects in addition to the council-sponsored product sale(s) must: s incorporate the Girl Scout Leadership Experience into the activity s have participated in the most recent product sale if eligible at the time s be approved using the council permission form by the designated council representative s not hold it during another council fundraising campaign (including United Way, if applicable), or during a council Fall Product or Cookie Sale

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: s Copy of approved Permission Application for – Camping – Swimming/Boating Program – Trips – Overnight Activities (TP103) signed by the service unit manager and/or membership director s List of participants—girls and adults—with grade level s Detailed itinerary of the trip, including how it connects to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience


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Money-Earning Do’s and Dont’s: Do s Make sure activities are grade-appropriate and that they follow the goals and principles of Girl Scout program. s Decide as a group how to use money earned by the group—individuals cannot earn money for individual use. s Make sure an adult is present at all times during money-earning activities. s 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. s Instruct girls in the appropriate use of the Internet to market products, following GSUSA and national safety guidelines.

Examples of appropriate fund-raising activities: s Collections/Drives: Cell phones or ink cartridges for refurbishment s 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) s Service(s): Bake sale, service-a-thon (people sponsor a girl doing service, funds go to support trip), babysitting for council events, raking leaves, weeding, shoveling snow, walking pets

Don’t s Conduct any money-earning project without council approval. s Participate in games of chance, direct solicitation for cash, or product endorsement. s Raise money for other organizations or causes. Girls can decide to donate as a group from their earnings or give service to that organization. s Transact sales via the Internet, with the exception of magazine sales. s 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: s Partnering with restaurants sales generating profits for specific business/ company other than Girl Scouts s Selling gift cards for other organizations or establishments s Product demonstration parties: Pampered Chef, Mary Kay, etc. s Raffles, drawings, games of chance s Direct solicitation of cash s Sales or endorsement of commercial products s Door-to-door sales other than council-sponsored products

Approval Process: s 4+ weeks in advance - Troops/groups must submit application to the service unit manager or membership director. s Troop/group money-earning projects expected to net more than $250 require approval from the membership director. s Approval must be received, in writing, prior to conducting any money-earning projects.


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s 1-4 weeks after project - Troops/groups must complete a Money Earning Project After Action Report and turn it into service unit manager or membership director. For more information on money-earning activities, guidelines, and to locate the appropriate forms, log onto

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Contribute to the Family Partnership Campaign

C A M PA I G N Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines

Family Partnership Campaign 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. Why is the Family Partnership Campaign important? s Funds raised through the Family Partnership Campaign help provide program services to more than 46,000 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. s 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. s As funding from other sources such as United Ways, corporations, and foundations becomes less secure, the Family Partnership Campaign becomes even more critical. s 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. s 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.

You can contribute to the Family Partnership Campaign in a number of ways: 1. While completing your online registration through C.O.R.E. (Council Online Registration Entry) or through our council website at 2. At one of our three area retail shops—Raleigh, Goldsboro, 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. 4. By mail to: Family Partnership Campaign Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines 6901 Pinecrest Road, Raleigh, NC 27613 Matching Gifts Please ask your employer or human resources department if they have a matching gifts program. Family Partnership Patches All troops that raise a minimum of $200 will receive Family Partnership patches. All pledges must be paid to qualify. Leave a Legacy 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. 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. Financial information about our organization and a copy of our 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.

Your support is deeply appreciated.


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Adult Learning

Adult Learning

Adult Learning The Ins and Outs of Adult Learning Opportunities 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. The council provides multiple learning opportunities 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. Why do I need training? By participating in required trainings, you will have the necessary tools to help girls discover, connect and take action to become tomorrow’s leaders. These concepts are the Three Keys to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Training will strengthen your understanding of the Girl Scout Movement and your commitment as a volunteer. It will enable you to feel more comfortable in your position, ensuring that both you and the girls you mentor will have a rewarding and purposeful experience. Must I register for Girl Scout training events? Girl Scouting 101 is a required online training that does not require registration and can be done at a time convenient for you. Be sure to complete the record information so we receive notice of your course completion. The required Volunteer Essentials training will be offered and scheduled through area service units and/or membership director. Pre-registration is required for all other Girl Scout training. Early registration is encouraged.

How do I register? Click on C.O.R.E. on our homepage at Once you have an online account, you may register for any scheduled learning opportunity. If a fee is required, you may pay at that time with a credit/debit card. Course confirmation and course details will be sent to registrants via email. For anyone without Internet access, contact the helpdesk at 800.284.4475. Who do I contact with questions? Please contact Volunteer Services staff at 800.284.4475 ext. 2223 or by email: Can I take training in any of the regions? Yes. Information provided through each training session is consistent throughout our council. You may attend any session that fits with your schedule. Can I pay at the door when I attend training? No. First Aid/CPR and outdoor skills training course fees cover the cost of supplies and/or food. You are not considered registered for a course until your fee is paid. Supplies are purchased for those registered for the class. Is financial assistance available? Limited financial assistance may be available from the council. Training fees may also be taken out of a troop treasury. Log onto the council website at to locate the financial assistance application. What should I bring? Check the description of the course materials needed and bring all required materials to the course with pen and paper. You may also want to bring snacks, food and a drink for sessions lasting more than a few hours unless a meal(s) is provided. What should I do if my plans change and I cannot attend once I am registered? If you must cancel your registration, please notify the helpdesk immediately. Some classes have waiting lists and, with notice, we may be able to fill your place in the class. How will I be notified if a course is changed or canceled? Only those registered for a course will be notified of a change in time, location or in the event of cancellation either by email or phone. May I bring child to the training event? We cannot accommodate children at training events. Please do not bring children to training sessions unless childcare arrangements are offered specifically for that course.


Adult Learning

Adult Learning Details — Who Needs What


Course Title

What is Covered

Who Needs It

Girl Scouting 101 This 45-minute GSUSA course is offered online. Call Volunteer Services staff if you do not have Internet access.

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 required for all Before beginning the volunteers with the exception volunteer assignment. of the one-time volunteer.

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

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 volunteers with the exception of one-time and short-term volunteers or those volunteers only serving in the role of first aider or outdoor skills trained to meet Safety Activity Check Points.

Volunteering for Girl Scout Series and Events This 30-minute GSUSA course is offered online. Call Volunteer Services staff if you do not have Internet access.

Important Girl Scout information for volunteers who work with girls in a short-term capacity. Position orientation by your volunteer supervisor will be set up as needed and will complete your training.

Strongly recommended for Before beginning the Girl Scout volunteers who volunteer assignment. work in a short-term capacity.

Grade Level 1.5 hours

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.

Strongly recommended for at least one adult volunteer in each troop/group.

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Before meeting or working with girls.

This course is suggested before or within 12 weeks of the first meeting.

Adult Learning

Adult Learning Details — Who Needs What

Course Title

What is Covered

Who Needs It


Leadership Essentials 2-3 hours

3 Keys to Leadership, 3 Girl Scout Processes, Outcomes and traditional Girl Scout ceremonies.

Recommended for at least This course is suggested one adult volunteer in each before or within 12 weeks of troop/group. the first meeting.

Adult/Child CPR, AED and First Aid (Level 1) 6 hours

This course provides the knowledge and skills necessary to act in an emergency until medical services personnel arrives. 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 2-part training that includes an overnight session

Includes a planning and an overnight session 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 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.

** 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


Adult Learning Water Safety Training Required For Trips and Camping Each troop/group is required to have a certiďŹ ed adult who can render First Aid/CPR when camping and/or on overnight trips as well as one Outdoor Skills trained adult. s !MERICAN2ED#ROSS&IRST!IDCERTIlCATIONISVALIDFOR 3 years, providing CPR is renewed annually. s !MERICAN(EART!SSOCIATION&IRST!IDAND#02 certiďŹ cations are valid for 2 years. s .ATIONAL3AFETY#OUNCIL &IRST!IDAND#02CERTIlCATIONS 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.

Canoeing, kayaking, rafting, row boating, sailing, tubing, and other water activities require supervision by a minimum of two qualiďŹ ed adults. At least one adult must be certiďŹ ed speciďŹ c 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 certiďŹ ed American Red Cross lifeguards. Lifeguard and C-PRO certiďŹ cations 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. Waterfront Training The purpose of the Waterfront Training is to teach lifeguards the skills and knowledge needed to prevent and respond to emergencies in nonsurf, 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.

Requirements for Adult Volunteers Moving To Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines from Another Council When an adult volunteer moves her/his membership from another council to Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines and has successfully completed learning opportunities in another council, it is required that the person receive information about our council procedures, council forms, and troop materials from the service unit manager. The new volunteers learning record should be sent to the Volunteer Services Department at the Raleigh Service Center to be included into our volunteer database. The decision will be made at that time if further learning sessions are needed to develop skills, fulďŹ ll responsibilities, and familiarize themselves with Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines. If a person moving from another council has completed Outdoor Training in the former council, she/he must contact one of the council’s experienced Outdoor Trainer to determine further training needs and/or contact the Volunteer Services department at volunteerservices@


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3) Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds. s 3TARTINGINTHEWATER SWIMYARDS4HEFACEMAY be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed. s 3URFACEDIVE FEET lRSTORHEAD lRST TOADEPTHOF to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object. s 2ETURNTOTHESURFACEANDSWIMYARDSTORETURNTO the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface so they are able to get a breath. Candidates should not swim the distance under water. s %XITTHEWATERWITHOUTUSINGALADDERORSTEPS 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.

Adult Learning Advanced Courses 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. 1. SCS–Canoeing – canoe-handling skills required. 2. SCS–Kayaking – kayak-handling skills required. 3. SCS–Kayaking Bridge – previous certification in SCS– Canoeing required, must not be more than four months past expiration, will teach the necessary kayaking skills to experienced canoeists. 4. SCS–Sailing – sail boat-handling skills required; basic sailing recommended. Combo Courses These classes are an express route to Small Craft Safety certification, allowing participants who have previous boating experience and good boat-handling skills to certify in more than one craft in a single weekend of training. All are American Red Cross courses. You must choose ONE of the following courses and specify it on your registration: 1. Canoeing Combo – This class combines Fundamentals of Canoeing and Small Craft Safety–Canoeing. There are no boating prerequisites. 2. Kayaking Combo – This class combines Fundamentals of Kayaking and Small Craft Safety–Kayaking. There are no boating prerequisites. 3. Basic Sailing – This class teaches fundamental sailing skills, boat handling, maneuvering, and understanding the concepts of the sport. It is a building block to more advanced training and confers only Basic Sailing certification; participants will NOT be authorized to take girls sailing upon completion of this course. There are no boating prerequisites.

Canoeing, Kayaking, and Sailing Instructor Courses – ALL PARTICIPANTS IN THESE CLASSES MUST PASS A PRE-COURSE SKILLS TEST AND MUST ATTEND A PRE-COURSE SESSION. These classes focus on the technical and teaching skills necessary to certify girls and adults in canoeing, kayaking, or sailing. Instructor certification is necessary to teach official courses and certify people in the respective craft. Prerequisite is passing a basic swimming test. Some classes have additional boating prerequisites. Small Craft Safety Recertification, Cross-over, Instructor Recertification for Small Craft Safety in a challenge/review format, and SCS Instructor training for CURRENT canoeing, kayaking, and sailing. Options and prerequisites: 1. SCS Recertification – Renew your current certification; previous certification must not be more than one year past expiration. 2. SCS Cross-over – Earn SCS certification in a different craft; previous certification in SCS must not be more than one year past expiration. You must pass the pre-course skills test in both old and new craft. 3. SCS Instructor – Current canoeing, kayaking, and sailing instructors can expand their instructor certification to include Small Craft Safety Instructor. Prerequisite: CURRENT certification as an Instructor in Fundamentals of Canoeing, Fundamentals of Kayaking, or Basic Sailing. American Red Cross 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

American Red Cross First Aid/CPR Instructor This course will include FIT and has a Babysitter’s Training Instructor option. Prerequisites are minimum age 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 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 aged 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. High Adventure Training Wanted: Adventurous Adults! Are you the adventurous type interested in sharing your love of the outdoors with older Girl Scouts? Get trained to plan and implement camping trips like caving, biking, rock climbing, backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, and more for Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors. Prerequisite: Outdoor Skills certification.

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? s Registering is easy! Just click on C.O.R.E. on our home page at and activate an account (if you haven’t already done so). s Once you have access to your online account, you may then register for a scheduled learning opportunity. If a fee is required, you may pay at that time with a credit/ debit card. For anyone without Internet access, please contact the helpdesk at 800.284.4475.


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s 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 any required items or necessary materials for the course. Changes or Cancellations s If you must cancel your registration, please email the council helpdesk at immediately. Some classes have waiting lists, and with notice, we may be able to fill your place in the workshop. s Classes that do not meet the minimum registration number on the deadline date (deadline is two weeks prior to the class date) will be canceled. 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-size Volunteer Learning Record card is available for each volunteer and is distributed at your Volunteer Essentials session. Each time you complete a workshop, your facilitator will sign the card. These cards are useful for your own personal record and 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 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

Adult Learning 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 county/area, there are many ways to volunteer. For a listing of volunteer positions, please visit the Volunteer section on the council website at ways-volunteer

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 dedication and service is appreciated. The council’s 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 stay up to date on information regarding local awards or for a listing of local awards that are available please reach out to your area’s recognitions coordinator or contact a member of the Volunteer Services Department at volunteer Council Awards The awards presented to volunteers at the Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines Annual Meeting each spring are: 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 or staff member for distinguished service to the area. GSUSA Appreciation Pin: recognizes a registered adult volunteer or staff member who has delivered outstanding service to at least one area or program delivery audience. GSUSA Honor Pin: recognizes a registered adult volunteer or staff member who has delivered outstanding service to two or more areas or program delivery audiences. GSUSA Thanks Badge: recognizes a registered adult volunteer or staff member whose performance is truly outstanding and benefits the entire council or the Girl Scout Movement. 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 of the leadership development program. It is awarded only once to an individual who must be 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/his daily life, and has demonstrated a spirit of loyalty and dedication to the Girl Scout Movement and to the council.

While the above 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!


Adult Learning

Got Questions? Get Answers


Do you have a question about the Girl Scout program but just don’t know whom to ask?

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 experieince. Network with other volunteers while also learning valuable skills and participating in activities that will assist you in planning and implementing your troops acitvities!

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/suggestions to:

Topics vary from year to year, but have included yoga, tatting, 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 We hope you can join us!

Save the Date! Fall Leaderee October 4-6, 2013 YMCA’s Camp Kirkwood, Pender County Spring Leaderee April 4-6, 2014 Camp Mary Atkinson, Johnston County For updated information on Leaderee, please visit the council website at


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Extras Fall Product and Cookie Sale Programs ................................35 Summer Camping Opportunities ..............36 Trips and Travel ...........................................37 Girl Scout Basic Accident Insurance ......37 Renting a Vehicle ........................................38 International Travel.....................................38 Horseback Riding Helmets ........................38 Visit Your Council Shop ..............................38 Forms.............................................................39 Additional Ways to Stay Connected ........40 Girl Scout Voices Survey ...........................40


Extras Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines’ Product Sales In 2013–2014, girls and troops will have the opportunity to participate in two council-sponsored, money-earning activities.

Fall Product Sale

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.

Be Your Best You! Grow your skills through product sales to Be Your Best You! The Fall Product Sale provides an important ingredient for leadership by helping girls develop five skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. Through Girl Scouting, girls become leaders in their daily lives and prepare for their bright futures too!

Important Dates - 2013 October 4 October 30 November 21-23

Troops are encouraged to share the Fall Product Sale program materials with their girls even if they do not participate in the Fall Product Sale. 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.

Change the World! The 2014 Cookie Sale Program theme is Change the World! 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

The Fall Product Sale gives girls and troops the opportunity to sell magazine subscriptions (new and renewals) and very popular nuts and candy in order to earn quick and easy start-up money for their troop when many troops are in need of funds. This friends and family sale is conducted both face-to-face and via the Internet through a secure program.

Fall Product Sale begins Orders due from troops Nut and candy orders arrive

Cookie Sale Program

~ Decision Making ~ Money Management ~ People Skills ~ Business Ethics

Returning this Year: Treats for Troops! Similar to our Operation Cookie Drop program within our Cookie Sale Program, Treats for Troops gives our Girl Scout troops the opportunity to support our military troops with special treats. Girl Scout troops collect donations during the Fall Product Sale, and at the end of the sale, the council will place a special Treats for Troops order that will be delivered to military organizations and USOs in our council area. The treats will then be distributed to deployed and returning personnel by the military branches. Girl Scout troops can earn proceeds, girls can earn a special patch, and our military troops receive yummy treats from home! New this Year: Sweet Success 100th Club – a special club for our Girl Scouts who sell 100 items (magazines and/or nuts) or more in the Fall Product Sale. Girls earn a special patch and awesome recognitions as part of this exclusive club!



All Girl Scout troops earn proceeds for participating in the Cookie Sale Program, which can be used to carry out the troop plans. Troops that sell an average of 170 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 2013, the average troop earned more than $1,200 in proceeds. Participating girls are also eligible to earn Superstar Destinations. This awesome program continues to be wildly popular. In 2013, more than 1,200 girls qualified for Superstar Destinations and Cookie Dough. 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, and 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. 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. Now entering its tenth year, donations from customers have made it possible to send more than 600,000 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, the 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. All girls are invited to participate in the Cookie Sale Program. We are continuing to have dedicated cookie managers specifically for individually registered 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, etc. Girls who participate outside of the troop pathway can sell cookies and hold cookie booths as well, and earn funds to support their Girl Scout activities.


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Important Dates January 3 Cookie Sale Program starts January 13-18

Initial orders are delivered

February TBD

National Girl Scout Cookie Day

March 5

Cookie Sale Program ends

March 15

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 2014 Summer Fun Guide, with information on summer resident camp programs, will be sent to all registered Girl Scouts in early February 2014. The guide will also be available on our website,, in 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 2014 Summer season, please log onto our website,, to find a day camp near you. Group/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 Group and Troop Camp, girls attend with their troop/group 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, sports, crafts, and all-camp sessions led by the camp staff. Meals are prepared in the dining hall. A troop/group must have at least 4 girl participants to be eligible to register for group/troop camp. An outdoor trained adult chaperone is required for weeklong sessions; the training is only 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: s #AMP'RAHAMis located on Kerr Lake in Vance County and offers swimming, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, sports, archery, offsite horseback riding, and crafts for organized groups/troops and individual campers. Group camp for troops/groups is designed for girls and adults to attend camp as a unit, while resident camp offers a more independent camping atmosphere for individual girls. s #AMP(ARDEE 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. s #AMP-ARY!TKINSON 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-ofthe-art technology lab.

Trips and Travel 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. Activities lasting more than two nights require additional insurance, and payment is required for each night for each participant.

You may choose from four plans: MINIMUM PREMIUM PAYMENT IS $5 Plan 2: Accident-Only Coverage s 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 is not needed. s Cost is $0.11 per person per calendar (full or partial) day. s Pays first $130 of eligible medical expenses, then becomes excess to other insurance. Plan 3E: Accident and Sickness Coverage (excess) s Recommended for members and non-members participating in any Girl Scout-sponsored event lasting more than two consecutive nights. s Cost is $0.29 per person per calendar (full or partial) day. s Pays first $130 of eligible medical expenses, then becomes excess to other insurance. Plan 3P: Accident and Sickness Coverage (primary) s For members and non-members participating in any Girl Scout-sponsored event lasting more than two consecutive nights. s Cost is $0.70 per person per calendar (full or partial) day. s Pays from first dollar of any eligible medical expenses, regardless of availability of other insurance. Plan 3PI: Accident and Sickness Coverage (primary international) s Recommended for members and non-members participating in any Girl Scout-sponsored international trip lasting more than two consecutive nights. s Includes Travel Assistance Services. s 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. s 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: s Submit the Permission Application for Camping – Swimming/Boating Program – Trips – Overnight Activities to the service unit manager for approval. (Permission form is not required for day trips, unless they fall into one of the above categories.) s Obtain an insurance enrollment form from the Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines website. Please write your name and troop number on the form. s Submit completed form and payments to Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines, Attn: Mutual of Omaha Insurance Form. Renting A Vehicle These are the steps to take when renting, leasing, or borrowing a vehicle: s Request form for a Certificate of Insurance for Leasing/ Borrowing a Vehicle for Troop/Event/Trips from your service unit manager or at s Complete the form and fax to: 919.782.2083 or mail to: Program Department, 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. There is a $250 deductible, and this is a secondary policy. The driver’s policy is the primary coverage. 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 Program Department 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


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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 on 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. Horseback Riding Helmets s Read and follow Safety Activity Checkpoints. s Horseback riding helmets are available for troops to check out on a first-reserved, first-served basis. To reserve the helmets, call the Raleigh Service Center at 800.284.4475. s Helmets are available year-round for check out, but are available on a limited basis from June 1–August 15. s For any activity requiring helmets, the helmet specifically designed for that activity must be used. For example, a helmet designed for bicycle riding cannot be substituted for horseback-riding activities.

Visit your Council Shop for all your Girl Scout needs! Stop by the Fayetteville, Goldsboro, or Raleigh 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 the council shops. You can even make a donation for 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 46,000 members in our council.

Adult Learning Details — A Guide to Forms Form Name

Used For

Submitted By

Submitted To


Girl/Adult Membership Registration (if online registration is not possible)

Registering a girl or adult in Girl Scouts, completed every year

Parents, troop leaders, SUMs

Council stores or membership staff

Throughout the year

Volunteer Application (if online submission is not possible) (SU705)

Adults interested in volunteering for a position (not for parent volunteers), completed once

Potential volunteers

Volunteer Services Department

Completed once, at time of registration unless time has lapsed between volunteer positions

GSUSA Dues Summary (SU753)

Summary of registration information and dues

Troop leaders, Service Unit Managers(SUM)

Council stores or membership staff

Every time a batch of paper registrations are completed

Troop Annual Report (SU711)

End of year financial reporting for troops

Troop leaders, troop treasurers

SUMs, membership staff

Due by May 31st

Parent Permission for Troop Outing/Girl Health History (TP105)

Permission for activities away from meeting location/girl’s health history, completed every year


Troop leader

No later than the second troop meeting

Permission for Camping/Overnight/ Water Activities (TP103)

Permission to take girls on any outdoor, overnight, water activity or any activity that requires a special certification (i.e. archery, shooting, etc.)

Troop leader

SUM and Membership Director

4 weeks prior to trip/event

Daisy’s Dozen Troop Assessment (TP501)

Evaluates the quality of the troop and their participation in certain activities

Troop leader

SUM or Membership Director

Due May 31st

Accident/Incident Report (CP115)

Used to report an accident/incident that occurred during a Girl Scout activity

Troop Leader, Event Director or volunteer/staff on duty

Membership Director

Within 24 hours of incident

Individual Financial Assistance (PG310)

Girls, 01s & 02s that would like to have their membership dues waived due to financial hardship. Also used to apply for individual need based financial assistance for girls and adults who need additional funding on trips that are approved as Wider Opportunity Trips.

Troop leader, SUM, or the individual

Membership Director, or Wider Opportunity Fund if applicable

Same time registration form is turned in

Wider Ops Financial Assistance (PG320)

Complete this form if the troop is applying for Wider Opportunity Trip Status, planning a trip or participating in a council/area/county event for which the troop needs financial assistance.

Troop Leader

Wider Opportunity Committee Girl Scouts – NCCP 6901 Pinecrest Road Raleigh, NC 27613

Applications are due on the first of every month. Committee meeting dates are published on the council website

Photo Release – Girls (PI400)

Gives council permission to photograph a child and use for educational, advertising, non-commercial or commercial purposes


Troop leader who then submits to Marketing and Communication Director

Throughout the year

Photo Release – Adults (PI401)

Gives council permission to photograph the adult and use for educational, advertising, non-commercial or commercial purposes


Troop leader who then submits to Marketing and Communication Director

Throughout the year

Troop Money Earning Project Request (SU1040

Permission form for troop money-earning activities outside of council product sales

Troop leader

Membership director

Ongoing throughout the membership year

Service Unit Financial Report (SU411)

End of year financial report for area/service unit accounts

Area/SU treasurer or membership director

Membership director

Due by May 31



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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 to become part of the evaluation panel. Once you are registered in the panel, the council can send surveys to you 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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Special thanks to our major donors who have helped fund many program opportunities for the girls we serve.

American Chemical Society Bank of America BB&T Capital Quilters Guild Carolina Turkey Cisco Systems, Inc. Community Health Charities of North Carolina Concrete Countertop Council Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc. Duke Energy Foundation Eutaw Shopping Center Fairway Outdoor GE Aviation Girl Scouts of the USA GlaxoSmithKline Golden Corral Corporation Great Outdoor Provision Co. HH Architecture Hospira Foundation IBM IBM Employee Service Center Independent Order of the Odd Fellow Lenovo Employees Care Campaign Micro Epsilon America, LP

United Ways: Beaufort County United Way Granville County United Way Hoke County United Fund Lenoir-Greene County United Way Martin County United Way Person County United Way Roanoke Valley United Way United Way of Bladen County United Way of the Cape Fear Area

Microsoft Motorola Foundation Mt. Olive Pickle Company, Inc. Network for Good Newport Pig Cookin’ Contest, Inc. North Carolina Community Foundation QSP R. C. Sadler Foundation Rotary Club of Raleigh Roxboro Rotary Club Saint-Gobain Containers Schneider Electric/Square D Foundation Sunrise Kiwanis Club of Goldsboro Foundation SunTrust United Way Campaign Techbridge Teradata Cares The Happy Tooth Time Warner Cable United Techologies ValleyCrest Landscape Maintenance Wells Fargo Wells Fargo Insurance Services Women’s Leadership Council, United Way of the Greater Triangle

United Way of Chatham County United Way of Coastal Carolina United Way of Cumberland County United Way of the Greater Triangle United Way of Harnett County United Way of Lee County United Way of Moore County United Way of Onslow County United Way of Pitt County

United Way of Richmond County United Way of Robeson County United Way of Sampson County United Way of Scotland County United Way of the Tar River Region United Way of Vance County United Way of Wayne County United Way of Wilson County

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