Young Engineers Of Today with the support of the Society of Information Managers (SIM) is offering a special spring program to encourage young women in middle school to explore the worlds of programming and engineering. These young women will use everything from 3D Printers to Raspberry Pi computers, to program games, build their very own UV manicure lamps, create beautiful electronic trees, and make wearable computers.
The cost of this program is normally $492. SIM support means you can enroll your daughter for $50 ($442 savings). This includes all the materials needed for class. Scholarships are available for families who cannot afford the $50. Learn more.
The GSCP2P service centers and shops will be closed from Wednesday, December 24 to Sunday, January 4 in observance of the winter holidays. We will resume regular business hours on Monday, January 5 at 8:30 a.m.
Although the council offices and shop will be closed, essential staff will continue to check their emails and respond if necessary.
On behalf of all our staff and board of directors, thank you for guiding Girl Scouts to discover their passions, follow their dreams and make great things happen.
Have a healthy and happy holiday season!
Early Bird Drawing
The following troops re-registered 100% of the girl and adult membership for 2015 during the Early Bird period (between April 1 and June 15) and are the winners of these prizes:
- Troop 40024- GRAND PRIZE- $250 VISA Gift Card
- Troop 41439- 1st Runner up- $100 VISA Gift Card
- Troop 41648- 2nd Runner up- $50 Girl Scout Shop Gift Certificate
On Time Drawing
The winner of a $100 Visa Gift Card for re-registering 100% of their troop membership for 2015 by September 30:
- Troop 10743
The Asheville Service Center Shop is still under construction and is taking longer than expected to complete. Some major deliveries (such as carpeting) have been delayed, and this has prevented staff from restocking the shop.
Initial plans were to re-open the shop December 1, but this deadline is unfortunately impossible to meet. We will continue to offer free shipping to all mountain area customers on phone orders. Please call our Hickory Office at 800-828-8388 or 828-328-2444 to place your order (we are not able to extend this offer to online shipping). We will keep you posted on the new opening date.
Thank you, in advance, for your patience!
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.
Exciting News! Girl Scouts is going to offer NEW OUTDOOR BADGES starting in Fall 2015 and girls decide what those badges will be! VOTE NOW!
Girls will choose between the categories Outdoor Adventure, Outdoor Environment and Outdoor Recreation until November 30 in a phase one voting. From December 1-31, girls will vote on specific topics in a phase two vote.
There is no limit to how many times a girl can vote. For girls without internet access, a troop leader or other adult can collect her vote and enter it into the online survey for her.
Th Asheville, Gastonia, Hickory and Triad Service Centers and Shops will be closed for the upcoming events:
- Thursday, November 6 – Staff Development Meeting
- Wednesday, November 26 through Friday, November 28 – Thanksgiving Holiday
- Wednesday, December 3 – Staff Development Meeting
- Wednesday, December 24 through Friday, January 2 – Winter Holiday
Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont (GSCP2P) has named Lane D. Cook as its new Chief Executive Officer of the council following a thorough national search. Cook is a senior executive with more than two decades of non-profit experience.
Cook will replace Marcia Cole, who announced her retirement to the council’s Board of Directors in January 2014. Cole will work with Cook for a brief period of time to transition the operations to Cook’s new leadership.
Cook, who will assume her new position on November 10, was most recently Vice President of Advancement at Alexander Youth Network in Charlotte, N.C., where she was responsible for the development of fundraising and volunteer services, as well as strengthening staff structure. Under her leadership, the organization exceeded its annual fundraising goal each of the last two fiscal years.
Although she spent much of her career focused on non-profit work, Cook said, the draw was compelling for her to work in a non-profit organization that has a focus on girls.
“I am excited to lead GSCP2P and to bring the Girl Scout leadership experience to more girls, engaging more adult volunteers to serve as role models and creating innovative and effective programming that will keep Girl Scouting relevant and exciting for the next generation,” Cook said. “I look forward to working with the council’s dedicated staff, volunteers and board members to ensure the council can maximize revenue streams and develop new ventures that provide financial sustainability.”
April Broadway, board member who led the CEO search committee, said “In Lane we have found a strategic leader who understands that Girl Scouting is more than camps, crafts and cookies. Her strengths are the qualities GSCP2P needs right now: commitment to exemplary customer service, strong financial management, expertise in multi-site operations, team-building and staff development, and an authentic commitment to our mission. A difficult decision with several exceptional candidates, I am confident in the board’s choice to appoint Lane as the next Chief Executive Officer.”
Previously, Cook was Vice President, Legacy Giving and Advisor Relations from 2010 to 2011 and Vice President, Development from 2007 to 2010 at Foundation for the Carolinas, where she supervised and supported the Foundation’s development efforts across a 12-county region and raised more than $7.5 million in new gifts, resulting from more than 400 face-to-face visits and group presentations.
Prior to her career at the Foundation, Cook served as Deputy Director for Institutional Advancement Culture & Heritage Museums in Rock Hill, S.C. She executed daily operations of a $60.4 million capital campaign and served as primary liaison to campaign volunteer steering committees and teams. She has additional experience in non-profit fundraising as the Vice President for Resource Development from 1998 to 2003 for Alexander Children’s Center, now Alexander Youth Network. From 1996 to 1998, she served as Development Director for Presbyterian Hospital Foundation, and from 1994 to 1996 as Senior Staff Associate at United Way of Central Carolinas.
Cook’s volunteer experience includes serving as a board member for the York County Community Foundation, a tutor and lunch buddy for several children at Alexander Youth Network, and past Vice Chair of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Charlotte Chapter. She also has served as a troop leader for Girl Scouts, Hornets’ Nest Council since 2009.
Cook holds a master’s degree in business administration from Wake Forest University and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of South Carolina. She also earned a Financial Planner Program Certificate from Queens University.
A native of South Carolina, Cook currently resides in Fort Mill, South Carolina, with her husband, Michael. They have two daughters – Cate and Caroline.
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.
Girl Scout Ambassador Andrea Kolarova of Hendersonville traveled to Costa Rica this summer as part of a Girl Scout 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.
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.