Girl Scout Cadette Breanna of Blowing Rock and a member of
Troop 10807, traveled to Costa 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 could 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.
Elementary, middle and high school teachers and their students are encouraged to participate in the annual Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest, an integral part of the 10th annual national Endangered Species Day, celebrated on and around May 15, 2015.
- Entries to the Saving Endangered Species contest must be postmarked by March 1, 2015.
- Winners will be chosen in four categories: K-Grade 2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12, and will receive plaques and art supply gift packs.
- In addition, one grand prize winner will be honored at a reception in Washington, D.C. in May and also receive a special art lesson from a professional artist.
For more information, including judging criteria and an entry form, visit www.endangeredspeciesday.org. An endangered species art lesson plan is also available.
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.
The Brown-headed Nuthatch is a tiny songbird found in the southeastern states and is facing decline due to the loss of their habitats from deforestation and urbanization. A local Eagle Scout from Asheville is working with the Audubon North Carolina Society to raise awareness about this issue and provide new homes for the birds to live in.
He is asking the Scouting community for help with building 10,000 new Brown-headed Nuthatch homes that will be placed across North Carolina by the end of 2015.
Bennett has already built 22 houses with the help of his Boy Scout troop. His website, nuthatch.info has information on contacting him about helping with this project, as well instructions on building the nest boxes. Troops who participate will be featured on his website.
To learn more about Nuthatches and how your nest box will help them survive and thrive in your state, please watch this video.
Our Girl Scout shops will offer extended hours when the council cookie cupboards are open during the 2015 cookie season. Weekly promotions, as well as Friday deals will be featured and posted weekly.
ASHEVILLE, GASTONIA, HICKORY, TRIAD COOKIE CUPBOARDS
- Tuesdays through Fridays – 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Triad cookie cupboard open until 6 p.m.)
- Saturdays – 9 a.m. to noon
In case of inclement weather, all delays and cupboard closures will be noted on GSCP2P’s voicemail system, as well as the website, Facebook and Twitter. Please call, in advance of travel, to verify cupboard hours when travel might be hazardous.
ASHEVILLE, HICKORY, TRIAD COUNCIL SHOPS
- Mondays through Fridays – 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Triad Council Shop open until 6 p.m. on Fridays only)
- Saturdays – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Please note that only during the cookie cupboard dates (January 23 to February 28) the Girl Scout shops are open on Fridays and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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.
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 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.
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.