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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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Young Engineers of Today program available to middle school girls

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Girls Go Robotic- Join a Team Now!

Are you ready for an opportunity of a lifetime? Daisies and Brownies: There’s always something new to learn! Your very own Jr. FLL team will allow you to take a closer look at where and how learning happens every day. Get ready to dive into the Jr. FLL Think Tank!

Juniors and Cadettes: Do you know what the future of learning is? FIRST LEGO League teams will find the answers! Redesign how we gather knowledge and skills in the 21st century. Teams will teach adults about the ways that kids need and want to learn.  Get ready for a whole new class – FLL World Class!

If you are interested in being involved, please e-mail our STEM Program Manager Valerie Wooten

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New Gold and Silver Chat Session Videos

Can’t make it to a live chat session? Now girls have another way to meet the requirement for attending a Gold or Silver chat session- videos on our YouTube channel!

Click here to see the videos and for additional information on how you can use these videos follow the instructions on this PDF

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