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The Most Adventurous Girl Scout of All

October 27, 2014

By Krista Park, Communications & PR Director

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Today, Girl Scouts is 3.2 million strong – 3.2 million girls and adults who believe girls can change the world.  It began over 100 years ago with one woman, Juliette Gordon Low, who believed in the power of every girl.  She believed girls could do anything – and in the early 1900’s that was rather avant-garde.

Juliette Gordon Low, affectionately known as “Daisy,” was born on October 31, 1860, in Savannah, Georgia. Every year on October 31, Girl Scouts recognize Daisy’s birthday as Founder’s Day and celebrate with parties and special projects to help others. Daisy was known to have said that she was glad she was born on Halloween, when everybody has fun.

Daisy was the second of six children and was known for her great since of humor. She loved pets and was especially fond of exotic birds. Daisy loved the arts; she was a poet, painter and sculptor. She even forged a metal gate that remains at her birthplace to this day!

By age 26, she had lost all hearing in one ear and most in the other. But that didn’t stop, Daisy! Being from a family of pioneers, she too sought out adventure and excitement in her life.

She travelled extensively in the United States, rode elephants in India, visited the Great Pyramid in Egypt, and spent time in Europe where she discovered the work of the Girl Guides. The more Daisy learned about Scouting, she grew more and more excited. She wanted girls in the United States to have the opportunity to better themselves and their communities through Scouting.

On March 12, 1912, Daisy started the adventure of Girl Scouting here in our country. That night, she gathered with eighteen girls and shared with them all the adventures they would have. These girls were divided into two groups which became the first two Girl Scout troops.

 

Daisy selflessly sold her own pearls to fund the first headquarters for Girl Scouts which was located in her carriage house in Savannah. Daisy traveled all over giving speeches and raising money, and she even used her hearing loss to her advantage. She simply refused to ever hear the word “no” when she asked people to volunteer or to mentor girls.

 

She inspired many with whom she spoke to start their own troops. Soon, Girl Scouts was growing! By 1920, there were nearly 70,000 Girl Scouts across the county. And in just another 10 years, there were nearly 200,000 Girl Scouts!

 

Juliette Gordon Low was a forward thinker. She was a true Girl Scout – a woman with courage, confidence, and character who made the world a better place. In 1979, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, NY. And in 2012, she was posthumously awarded with the Presidential Medal of Honor by President Obama.

 

Here at Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines, we continue her vision of building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place by helping them discover their inner strengths, passions, and talents. Over a hundred years later, Girl Scouts continue to change the world.

 

This Founder’s Day, join us as we remember the leader of leaders – the most adventurous Girl Scout – Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low.   Happy Birthday, Daisy!

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We Pass the Parent Test

October 14, 2014

By Krista Park, Communications & PR Director

15 Gives You a Great Year in Girl Scouts

What parent isn’t looking for the best for their child these days? When it comes to extracurricular activities in today’s competitive world, families are looking for programs that are not only fun but also help further their child’s overall development.

One of the things that is so exciting for us here at Girl Scout – NC Coastal Pines is that we offer the chance for every girl to do something amazing. Not only is Girl Scouts FUN – it’s where a girl discovers what she cares about; it’s where a girl is surrounded by a supportive group of friends; it’s where a girl learns she can make a difference in the world. And does.

And what’s also exciting is that new research now shows that the majority of our parents are seeing great benefits for their daughters participating in Girl Scouts. Results of a summer 2014 pulse poll conducted with over 3,500 volunteers and parents of Girl Scouts in grades K-5 show just how awesome it is to be a Girl Scout.

Here’s what the parents all agreed on:

  • 97% agree that Girl Scouts has been a positive activity for their daughter;
  • 95% agree that their daughter has had fun and exciting new experiences; and
  • 96% agree that their daughter has learned or tried something new.

In addition, as a result of being involved in Girl Scouts:

  • 94% say that their daughter feels special;
  • 95% say their daughter has more friends; and
  • 89% say that their daughter is happier.

Wow – that’s a lot of awesome right there! And if that wasn’t enough, the data shows that it is not just girls who benefit, but our Volunteers as well:

  • 94% of volunteers reported they have made new friends;
  • 88% believe their life is better because they volunteer with Girl Scouts;
  • Two-thirds believe their volunteer experience has helped them professionally; and
  • 95% of Girl Scout volunteers are happy knowing they are making girls’ lives better.

The study also revealed the variety of experiences and the value for the money the Girl Scout program provides are also popular selling points for parents. Eighty-nine percent of parents say their daughter gets a greater variety of experiences from Girl Scouts than she does from other extracurricular activities.

Overall, parents consider Girl Scouts one of the most beneficial extracurricular activities for their daughter. For just $15, a girl can follow the fun, do what she loves, make new friends, and discover a world of possibilities exists for her.

Wondering just what Girl Scouts is like today? Learn more about the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. And don’t forget about all those great benefits of volunteering. The more adults who step forward to volunteer, the more girls will get the chance to be a Girl Scout.

Join Girl Scouts today!

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