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Girl Scout National Convention registration extended to October 2

Girl Scouts of the USA has great news: to serve you all better, we have extended the advance registration period to October 2.

That’s right—it’s not too late to register for the 2014 Girl Scout Convention—and girls can still register for the Girl Scout Leadership Institute (GSLI)! So please spread the word, there is still time to get in on the fun and invite friends and family members to join in too. And don’t forget the great learning opportunities that begin before the full kick off of convention, including Girl Scout History Conference 2014 and Girl Scout University (GSU).

And just as great: extending registration gives everyone a little more time to add activities to their convention experiences, including the five theme dinners, the Girl Scout History Conference dinner, and the wide array of Girl Scout University learning sessions (we’ll be giving away a limited number of GSU polos starting at the Wednesday sessions—first come, first pick, based on what’s available).

Those who are already registered can add activities before October 2 by going to the registration site, clicking on “modify an existing registration,” and signing in.

Girl Scouts and Inmar partner to form NC FIRST Robotics team

Inmar will sponsor the Triad’s first (and North Carolina’s second) all-female team at the NC FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) in partnership with Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont.

An informational meeting will be held Tuesday, September 23 at 6 p.m. at Inmar, 635 Vine Street, Winston-Salem. N.C.

All girls and parents are invited to join us at this meeting to learn more about this opportunity and to help in the formation of this team. We will have a past robot on hand to display and FRC team members who will share their experience with this program.

The team will meet once week beginning in October at Inmar. The kick-off to build season is on Saturday, January 3 and the team will most likely meet more often for the six-week build season of January 3 to February 17. Competition is March 18, 19 and 20, 2015 in Raleigh at the Dorton Arena.

If you have questions, e-mail Valerie Wooten with GSCP2P, or Marie Hopper with NC FIRST Robotics.

FRC is the premier engineering challenge for high school students. Teams of students, working closely with teachers and volunteer mentors, have six weeks to conceptualize, design, build, program, modify and test a robot to participate in a competition that changes each year.

Learn more about Inmar.

Travel and Tour the Globe to Europe in 2015

Come join the Tarheel Triad Trefoil Guild as they “Travel and Tour the Globe” to Europe in 2015. The trip will depart September 6 and return September 21. The itinerary includes the cities of London, Amsterdam, Heidelberg, Adelboden, Lucerne, Lake Como, Venice and Rome with stops in Cologne and Varona. While in London, adults will visit Pax Lodge and the Girl Guides’ Girl Scout World Center and shop. Our Chalet and a visit to the woodcarver will be part of the trip to Adelboden. The price depends on the number of travelers. Please join us as we explore Europe together.

For more information, contact Barbara Morris.

Hendersonville Girl Scout Travels to Costa Rica with Destinations Program

Girl Scout Ambassador Andrea Kolarova of Hendersonville traveled to Costa Rica this summer as part of a Girl 175Scout destinations experience. Her two-week journey took her from the Costa Rican mountains of San Jose to the coast at Quepos. She traveled with nine other girls and two instructors, experiencing new things every day.

“Each day offered something different: we tried new food, met many people and explored the beautiful country by backpacking, white water rafting, zip lining and swimming,”  said Andrea. “One of my favorite experiences was waterfall rappelling. We walked to a nearby waterfall where we were harnessed in and rappelled down. It was so much fun!”

Along with her different adventures, Andrea also got to experience the culture and family life of Costa Rica firsthand by staying with different host families as she traveled the countryside. “At one home stay, we got to process sugar cane by hand to produce the sugar juice that we used to make candy and brown sugar,” she said.

131 Another experience that stands out to her was the day they arrived at the beach after eight days of  hiking through the mountains. “It was so satisfying to finally reach the end! We were allowed to  spend the day swimming and boogie boarding in the wonderfully warm water. We also got to try  coconut flavored sno-cones with milk- so delicious!”

Andrea chose to do a Girl Scout destinations trip because she wanted the opportunity to practice  speaking Spanish in a new culture, with new adventures.

“These trips are a great way to explore new sights, meet like-minded people and try new activities.  I’ve made lasting friendships, grown mentally and physically and gained a sense of independence  and confidence in myself,” she said. “If you want to open yourself to a new world, as well as  challenge yourself, these trips are for you!”

Andrea, daughter of Roman and Holly Kolarova, is a junior at Hendersonville High School, where  she is an honor student, as well as involved with track, cross country, ski club, orchestra, FRESH  and mock trial.  Having already earned her Girl Scout Bronze and Silver Award, she is currently  working toward her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.

For more photos from Andrea’s trip, please click here.

Girls earn special patch and charms!

We are very excited to share an opportunity with you and your girls! Your girls can participate in an Add-A-Friend Campaign this year to build their own special patch with charms and spread Girl Scouting to others!

Learn more on how to participate in the Add-A-Friend campaign.



Register for Trainfest 2014!

Adult volunteers still have time to register for Trainfest 2014! Learn more. The registration deadline is September 22.

2013 Nut Bucks expire September 15

Don’t forget to use your 2013 nut bucks earned from the fall program prior to September 15.

P2P offers new program – Taken Charge

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.

T-Shirt Tuesday

Each Tuesday in September, the P2P Shops will feature a T-shirt at 25% off regular price. One Day Only! (While supplies last. In-stock merchandise only.)


Girl Scout Troop 2574 creates blog

Girl Scout Troop 2574 has completed a Take Action project for their aMaze Journey. They have created a blog page to provide advice for other girls on handling relationship issues.

Girl Scouts can e-mail their questions to the troop and read the response on the blog.