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2015 Walkabout Week winners announced

Our Walkabout Week for 2015 showcased and highlighted great participation from troops across Peaks to Piedmont! Four ice cream parties will be awarded to the following troops. (Please note: There was a tie on two of the photos that were selected but they represent the same troop.)

Troop02460_01Troop 02460, Boone

Troop02579Troop 02579, Mocksville

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Troop 02744, Mt. Airy

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 Troop 02681, Murphy

Troop02460Troop 02460, Boone

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Reminder: GSCP2P becomes tobacco-free March 12, 2015

On January 27, 2014, the Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont Board of Directors approved a tobacco-free property policy.

Effective March 12, 2015, GSCP2P will be a tobacco-free organization and will prohibit all tobacco use on all GSCP2P property. This means that smoking and tobacco products, including but not limited to smoking devices (i.e., cigarettes, cigars and pipes), chewing tobacco, snuff and electronic/vapor cigarettes, will not be allowed to be used on any of the owned or rented council properties, including camp properties, service centers or vehicles, or any place while Girl Scout program is taking place. Events that are sponsored by GSCP2P where girls are present will also be required to be tobacco-free.

The Board of Directors believes this policy is important to 1) to promote a healthy lifestyle and model that to our Girl Scouts and 2) to provide a safe and healthy work environment. As Girl Scouts, it is our responsibility to model behavior that discourages tobacco usage.

This policy is being announced a year in advance in order to facilitate a smooth transition, with understanding that there will be challenges for employees, volunteers and visitors. GSCP2P will support employees, volunteers and visitors in the transition to a tobacco-free worksite through educational materials and tobacco cessation resources. Appropriate signage will be placed and our membership will be educated on the policy. It is expected that all employees, girls, volunteers and visitors will be aware of the policy and will help educate others when necessary.

This policy is not intended to be a punishment to tobacco users and should not be viewed in this way. Instead, it should be seen as a benefit to all employees in a safe, clean, healthful environment, and to our membership as we can begin to lead the way in healthy role modeling.

For those of you who want to quit using tobacco, QuitlineNC provides free cessation services to any North Carolina resident who needs help quitting tobacco use. Quit Coaching is available in different forms, which can be used separately or together, to help any tobacco user give up tobacco. You can visit www.quitlinenc.com or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW to enroll or learn more.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation, understanding and support as we transition to a tobacco-free environment.

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Local Girl Scouts invited to Cookies ‘n’ Milk Legislative Reception

Girl Scouts across the state are invited to attend the North Carolina Cookies ‘n’ Milk Legislative Reception. It is scheduled for Wednesday, March 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the General Assembly Building, 16 West Jones Street, Raleigh, N.C.

 

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Local Girl Scouts receive Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Madison Howell, Megan Maness and Lauren Matlosz have been named three of the top runners¬ up in the 2015 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards in North Carolina. As a result, each Girl Scout will receive an engraved bronze Distinguished Finalist medallion to commemorate this prestigious award.

Madison Howell, 17, of Kernersville and a senior at East Forsyth High School, created and presented healthy nutrition and cooking classes for kids in grades K-12 enrolled in the “Kids ‘ Cafe” food assistance programs at the Second Harvest Food Bank, and also wrote and printed a cookbook in both English and Spanish that 250 participants took home to share with their families. Madison also partnered with the Bunker Hill United Methodist Church to raise $1,000 to expand the weekend food assistance program at Piney Grove Elementary School.

Megan Maness, 17, of Summerfield and a senior at Northern Guilford High, organized and implemented a health and nutrition workshop for children at a local preschool to encourage healthy eating habits. Megan is currently researching healthy lunch recipes for a cookbook she is preparing to help parents learn how to make healthy lunch and snack choices for their children.

Lauren Matlosz, 16, of High Point and a junior at High Point Fine Arts Academy, wrote and produced “Umbrella Upcycle,” a website intended to educate people about the dangers of throwing away broken umbrellas, which take 1,000 years to biodegrade, and the benefit to finding creative ways to recycle and upcycle them. Lauren also attended a local Earth Day event and used donated fabric to make 30 wheelchair bags for the local VA Hospital.

In addition, based on the number of volunteer hours, Madison Howell also qualified for the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Yasmin Gibson from High Point and a sister Girl Scout has also received this recognition. This award recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country.

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Partnership for Girls kicks off this coming May

Partnership for Girls – Part II – will begin on May 1. Please e-mail Karen Bell Chandler or call 336-369-7451 for more information. Honor Troops will be recognized at an upcoming service unit meeting.

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Local Girl Scouts will be featured on QSP Fall 2015 Be A Reader Activity Poster

Two girls from Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont have been selected to be featured on the QSP Fall 2015 Be A Reader Activity Poster! Each girl’s photo, along with her Girl Scout testimonial will appear on the poster. Congratulations girls!

  • Eden Johns, age 10, Troop 02270 from Gastonia
  • Brooke Joyce, age 10, Troop 02343 from Sandy Ridge

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Girl Scouts of the USA partners on new products

Bigelow’s Thin Mints Herbal Tea and Caramel and Coconut Black Tea

Girl Scouts of the USA has signed a new national licensing agreement with R.C. Bigelow, Inc., for Girl Scout cookie-flavored herbal and black teas. Bigelow’s Thin Mints Herbal Tea and Caramel and Coconut Black Tea, featuring an “I can’t wait to” message on the packaging, will be in stores from early March through April, with Amazon to carry the teas year-round.


Wicked Cool Toys Girl Scouts Cookie Oven, Girl Scouts On-the-Go Wagon and Girl Scouts Cookie Stand

Wicked Cool Toys just debuted its new line of Girl Scout-licensed toys to national media and retail buyers at the Toy Industry Association’s North American International Toy Fair, February 14–17 in New York City. Included in the line are the Girl Scouts Cookie Oven, Girl Scouts On-the-Go Wagon and Girl Scouts Cookie Stand, all of which are expected to reach retail shelves in fall 2015, at which time Wicked Cool will advertise the cookie oven on national television and with social media marketing and PR campaigns.

 

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Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program accepting nominations

Kohl’s Cares is accepting nominations for its scholarship program through March 13, 2015. Local winners will each receive a $50 Kohl’s gift card. Regional winners will each receive a $1,000 scholarship for higher education. National winners will receive a $10,000 scholarship, plus Kohl’s will donate $1,000 to a nonprofit of the student’s choice.

  • Students must be between the ages of 6 and 18 as of March 13, 2015 and not yet a high school graduate.
  • The student’s volunteer actions should be described in detail on the nomination.
  • Volunteer efforts must have occurred in the last year and must have benefited people not related to the student.
  • Winners will be chosen based on the benefits and outcomes of their volunteer service.
  • Nominators must be 21 or older.

Learn more.

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Blowing Rock Girl Scout Travels to Costa Rica

Girl Scout Cadette Breanna of Blowing Rock and a member of
Troop 10807, traveled to CostaCosta Rica with new friends Rica over winter break as part of a Girl Scout destinations experience.

During her nine-day adventure, Breanna had the unique opportunity to work in the community of Soki, replacing the local school house floor and communicating daily with the locals, despite the language barriers. Her trip also included many exciting adventures including white water rafting, zip lining and shopping with her fellow Girl Scouts.

“I never thought I would help a community in the ways that I did,” Breanna said. “I know that I can reach out to other girls and people, in general, and be a more helpful person.”

A highlight of her trip was her activities on New Year’s Eve.
She suddenly realized the date and journal 3could not believe time had flown by! Continuing the work on the school house floor was the main project that day, removing the old floor and mixing sand from a nearby river to make concrete. In addition, Breanna gave away a pair of shoes and a couple of shirts to a local girl and later learned a traditional Costa Rican dance.

Breanna chose to do a Girl Scout destinations trip because she wanted to give back by working and experiencing a new culture.

“I had a wonderful time and it changed my perspective on how easy it can be to make the world a better place when we work together,” she said.

An honor roll student, Breanna is involved with her school’s chorus and track and field, as well as, involved with her church in the handbell choir, piano, and Rumple Youth Group. She was also awarded Student of the Month by Blowing Rock Rotary Club in September 2014.

Girl Scout destinations are trips designed for Girl Scouts in grades six and above, and range from a two-day to three-week travel experience. Girls can pick from a variety of travel locations and have the opportunity to develop leadership skills, gain confidence and take action outside their normal communities.

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Girl Scouts invited to participate in Taken Charge program

Part of the Virtual Pathway is an exciting new program called Taken Charge™.

Taken Charge™ is a browser based video game that teaches the National Education Technology Standards. Taken Charge™ teaches students the fundamentals that span all technology topics by equipping students, increasing confidence and preparing students for advanced topics such as coding and robotics. Taken Charge™ provides the building blocks of a quality technology education to students of any age but is ideal for grades fifth to twelfth.

During 14-18 Hours of learning; 49 Unique levels, and earning 36 digital badges, our girls will be able to learn about: PC Parts, Operating System and File Skills, Internet Skills, Networking Skills, Social Network Safety, Cyberbullying and Problem Solving.

Please fill out this Taken Charge Interest form for account information.

This will be on a first come first serve basis for serving 2,000 girls with at least a 4th grade reading level. Questions? Contact Valerie Wooten.

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