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2015 destinations application available!

Hot off the press! The 2015 destinations trips and application are now available!

Destinations are adventures designed just for Girl Scouts ages 11-17 and are as diverse as outdoor experiences in the Costa Rican jungle or learning about the aquatic biology of the Great Lakes – there is truly something for everyone! Read more about a sister Girl Scouts’ experience this past summer.

Girl Scouts in grades 7-12 may apply for Girl Scout destinations. Learn more about the program and to access the application.

Deadline to apply is November 16, 2014.

Girl Scouts invited to enjoy “The Nutcracker”

Are you looking for a fun and easy holiday outing with your troop? Come earn a participation patch and enjoy the timeless holiday classic of “The Nutcracker” either Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 2 p.m.  or 7 p.m., or Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. The event will be at Halton Theater-CPCC Main Campus, Charlotte. Tickets are $11 per Girl Scout and can be ordered through the Halton Box Office at 704.330.6534.

Don’t miss the special “Before the Curtain” presentation prior to the matinee performances! E-mail Cindy Gruber or call 704.845.0752 to reserve your seats.

Plus, it’s not too early to plan ahead for the spring production of “Cinderella” on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. or Sunday, March 29, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. Learn more.

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.

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.

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.

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