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Teens Take Action in Girl Leadership Programming

December 28, 2015

Teen Girl Scouts
By Eileen Miller, Program Director

Who helps teen girls develop important skills such as resourceful problem solving?
What helps teen girls recognize what they can do well and become better team members?
Where can teenagers find opportunities to make a lasting impact in their communities?
How can girls engage in activities all year round to help build their leadership skills?

That’s right – Girl Scouts!

Teen girls, ages 13-18, can Discover, Connect, and Take Action through a variety of opportunities across Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines 41-county footprint. Through discovery, girls find out who they are, what they care about, and what their talents are. Girls make connections as they collaborate with others locally and globally making a difference in the world. By taking action, Girl Scouts MAKE the world a better place.

How, you may ask? Through their participation in fun and innovating programming such as…

Legacy Quest: Girls learn leadership strategies that can be used in everyday life and guidance on proper responses when interacting with others.

Program Aide Core and Specialty trainings: Girls learn how to collaborate with younger girls, an important skill that is part of everyday life.

Volunteer in Training: Helps teens gain confidence, knowledge and expertise to hold leadership positions now and into the future.

MarineQuest: Provides girls with the opportunity to learn about a variety of skills in marine science. It is hands-on experiential learning!

American Red Cross Babysitting, First Aid and CPR workshop: Teens learn about accident prevention, emergency response, general child and infant care. Girls learn how to help each other and others.

And we can’t forget Girl Scouting’s Highest Awards!

The Girl Scout Silver and Gold Awards represent the highest achievements in Girl Scouting. Teens have the opportunity to “Take Action” in their community making a sustainable difference with local and global links. And maybe someday being recognized as a National Young Woman of Distinction. It takes initiative, commitment and drive, but Girl Scouts are up to the challenge, and the trainings and programs they’ve engaged in along their journey will help them obtain these goals.

And Much, Much, More!
Visit our online Events Calendar to check out all the great programming available for teens and register for an opportunity today!

Not yet a Girl Scout. Don’t delay, start your leadership journey and join today!

Think girls may be too busy? Teenage girls will want to make time to connect with peers making friends and experiencing new things. Girl Scouts is the preeminent organization for teenage girls developing their leadership and problem solving skills preparing them to be the leaders of tomorrow. Tell a friend!

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On Daisy’s Birthday, Five Girl Scout Accomplishments to Make Her Proud

October 26, 2015

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By Meridith Orr, Program Executive

“There was nobody like her.”  – Rudyard Kipling, author of The Jungle Book

On the last day of October, 155 years ago, a girl was born who would change the world.  Juliette Magill Kinzie Gordon came into the world amid the turmoil and strife of the Civil War.   And little was expected of her beyond the typical notions of becoming a lady of her time.

However, due to her own determination and to circumstances beyond her control, she reinvented herself in mid-life and became the Daisy Gordon Low that we know and love.  She founded a movement that “supplied the education and understanding necessary to provide useful information and more opportunities for young women with an emphasis on fun and room for civic duty,” according to biographer Stacey Cordery.

There’s no doubt that if Daisy were here today, she would be pleased and proud to see the many accomplishments of the organization she built out of her carriage house in Savannah, Georgia 103 years ago.  Here are our top five favorites:

Daisy Girl Scouts

The youngest Girl Scout grade level that bears her nickname was introduced in the 1980s. We think she’d love to see these little ones learning and living the parts of the Girl Scout Law, taking field trips, learning to sell cookies, and even making up their own cookie sale jingles!

Girl Scouts Outdoors

An avid outdoorswoman, Daisy would no doubt marvel at the traditions of outdoor experience and education we continue to uphold in Girl Scouting. She always valued what girls wanted, and would have wholeheartedly endorsed the Girls’ Choice campaign that resulted in these five new badges!

Travel

In Daisy’s day, world travel was long, difficult and expensive, yet she traveled extensively to visit relatives, oversee her interests, and further the expansion of the Girl Scout Movement. Today, Girl Scout Destinations makes world travel accessible for our girls, and troops make pilgrimages to our Girl Scout World Centers in England, Switzerland, Mexico and India!  Our troops also travel locally for all sorts of amazing adventures, from exploring cultural events in major cities to camping and whitewater rafting, just to name a few!

National Young Women of Distinction

When the Golden Eaglet was introduced in Daisy’s day, the award was emblematic of a girl’s hard work to master many different skills as well as provide service in her community. Today, the award has evolved into the Girl Scout Gold Award, which not only represents local impact, but also projects that have the potential to reach around the world.  The National Young Women of Distinction represent an elite group of Gold Award recipients recognized each year.  Their projects have made an exceptional difference in the lives of others, well beyond the original vision of our Founder!

Last, but not least…59 million alumnae!

Our amazing alumnae include Supreme Court justices, astronauts, CEOs, artists and more.  All our alumnae, regardless of fame or fortune, are remarkable women who inspire others to try new things, master new skills and look for ways to make the world a better place.  Does it get any better than that?

As we mark our Founder’s Birthday, consider how her life has inspired yours. What’s your favorite fact about our Daisy?  Share your thoughts in the comments!

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