The Human Race is a 5K walk/run in Greensboro that raises awareness and support for 100 non-profits in the area, including Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont.
We are looking for runners and walkers to join us for this great event! Girls can also earn the Thin Mint Sprint Marathon Patch by running and walking before the event.
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.)
Troop 02460, Boone
Troop 02579, Mocksville
Troop 02744, Mt. Airy
Troop 02681, Murphy
Troop 02460, Boone
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.
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.
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.
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.