RALEIGH — Today, girls have high aspirations and think differently about who they are and what they are capable of than those of past generations. With an emphasis on self-empowerment, adventure, leadership, Girl Scouts are going beyond their comfort zone, exploring new interests, and pursuing their passions – even if it means breaking the mold – in safe and supportive all-girl environment. Girl Scouts is proud to offer every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, and Leader) the opportunity to accomplish big things and turns dreams into realities. One such area where Girl Scouts is empowering girls to take the lead is in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. Traditionally dominated by men, girls are taking a more assertive role by learning to code, building robots, and exploring the natural world.
This month, Girl Scouts across the North Carolina Coastal Pines’ council will explore the world of science as they discover the different characteristics of amphibians and reptiles as part of a council patch-earning curriculum. Girls will learn about the two habitats, read about the differences between amphibians and reptiles, venture out into nature to watch the wildlife in their natural environment, and show case what they’ve learned by presenting to their troop, family, or at a local event. Girls that complete all of the steps will earn their Amphibian and Reptiles patch.
The Council Patch Program is designed for Girl Scouts to earn patches by exploring a wide variety of topics. Each patch requires Girl Scouts to complete an age appropriate number of activities in the categories of Discover, Connect, and Take Action, which are the three keys to leadership central to all Girl Scout experiences. The requirements for earning the Amphibian and Reptile patch include: Act out the life cycle of a frog, learn about the anatomy of a specific amphibian or reptile species, draw a picture of a Carolinian native amphibian or reptile, explore a wooded area, body of water, or swamp to see a reptile in nature, participate in a clean-up in your area, and present their findings about the importance of water quality and its impacts on these animals.
“Our Patch Program allows us to build upon girls’ interest and passions, like science, and provide them unique leadership experiences that will help prepare them for future STEM careers and interests,” said Meridith Orr, program executive for Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines.
Through these types of programs, girls are given the opportunity to combine STEM learning with leadership development, growth mindset development, and other socially desirable skills in a flexible, informal environment that supports girl-driven exploration and experimentation.
Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines offers girls once-in-a-lifetime experiences all while having fun in a safe, girl-only, and girl-led environment. Girl Scouts is open to all girls in K-12. To learn more or join a local troop, visit www.nccoastalpines.org or call 800-284-4475.