Archive for the ‘Girl Scouts’ Category


The Older Girl’s Guide to the Girl Scout Cookie Sale

February 8, 2016

Girl Scout Cookies

By Zara M., Girl Scout Girl Board Director, Girl Scout Ambassador

It’s that time of the year again when winter gear comes out of hiding, the first snow flurries fall, and most of all, the Girl Scout Cookie Sale begins. Every year, girls set off on the quest to sell and deliver as many of these sweet treats to family, friends and customers alike. Along with satisfying people with these once-a-year snacks, the program helps girls learn five important life skills: goal-setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.

Since my first year in Girl Scouts, selling cookies in the New Year has become a tradition for me. My first year selling cookies was a team effort. My parents helped me find customers and learn the skills necessary to be a successful young businesswoman. As I progressed through Girl Scouts, I became more and more independent in my cookie sales. I initiated and coordinated sale trips around the neighborhood with my parents, solicited friends and teachers at school, and became more accountable for money earned during the sale.

While I may no longer be as quite as cute as my younger Girl Scout sisters (who can say no to a Girl Scout Daisy or Brownie selling cookies? Not me!), there are many benefits to being an older girl during the Cookie Sale! We have a wealth of experience under our belt (or our sash!), developed and polished sales tactics and skills, and can tap into a large customer base that has been continually growing for the past 10+ years. Younger Girl Scouts look up to us and we are a role models for them as they become leaders in their communities. So, to all my teen Girl Scouts – wear your sashes proudly, showcase you fantastic business skills, help your fellow Girl Scouts, and ROCK this year’s sale! Let’s continue to be role models and help every Girl Scout succeed!


Tips for Going Gold: Working with the Girl Scout Gold Award Committee

February 1, 2016


By Eileen Miller, Program Director

When a girl decides to #GoGold and earn her Girl Scout Gold Award, you can see the spark of change ignite within her. She’s ready to make an impact, big and small, and is dedicated to creating a sustainable project within her community. Since council unification in 2007, Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines has presented this prestigious award to nearly 500 girls who have pursued their passions for community service and a commitment to making the world a better place. These Girl Scouts are beyond impressive and we are so proud of all they have accomplished.

If your girl is considering earning her Girl Scout Gold Award, we know the process can seem overwhelming and a little scary. But here’s the good news! With a team of caring and supportive adults cheering her on, the award process doesn’t have to be daunting. In addition to a girl’s family and troop support, our council has a volunteer-driven Girl Scout Gold Award Committee which serves as a resource for girls.

The committee plays an integral role in reviewing, corresponding and supporting girls throughout the proposal and final report process. It is comprised of 12 dedicated volunteers who give their time willingly to help girls be successful, accomplish their goals, and carry out the mission of Girl Scouting.

Listen to what two committee members have to say about their experience:

“I enjoy serving on the Gold Award Committee because it gives me the opportunity to see all the wonderful things our young ladies are doing to serve their fellow man. We hear so many negative things about teenagers and the committee gives me the opportunity to see the positive ways these young ladies are impacting their community. Because of their perseverance they are able to accomplish their goals and bring about positive change.” – Emily Hayne

“As a member of our Council’s Gold Award Committee, I have been very privileged to see how the Girl Scout Gold Award has made a positive impact on the lives of many of our Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors. Just as our mission statement says the Gold Award process builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place on a daily and ongoing basis.” – Lori Winkelstein

So, how does the committee support a #GoGold Girl?

  • Each girl is assigned a committee member as her liaison to help guide her through the process and to be a resource as questions arise.
  • Requested edits and changes throughout the development of a proposal and a final report are normal and serve to strengthen a submission.
  • A proposal and final report are reviewed to provide constructive input and allow for the greatest success.
  • Feedback by a committee liaison is provided to propel a girl toward success.

Interested in learning more? Visit the Council’s website for upcoming award workshops. For questions or more information visit the Girl Scout Gold Award page or send an email to

Did you know 2016 is the 100th birthday of the Girl Scout Gold Award? We’ll be celebrating all year.



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