Archive for the ‘Leadership’ Category


Proud Leader and Mom

August 2, 2013

By Cindy Tatem, Troop #3247

Hi!  I am a leader of Girl Scout Troop #3274 in Fuquay Varina  and I just had to share this wonderful story with our Girl Scout community!

UnknownDuring the second week of school, which started in July, my daughter Charlotte came running home to tell me about an exciting award she received. She quickly reached into her bookbag and pulled out  a “Soar Award,” This particular award, which is presented to students for going above and beyond, was for “Welcoming and Including Others.”  Charlotte told me that a new student was introduced to class that day. She immediately went to introduce herself, and asked the new girl to join her at lunch and recess.

Not only did Charlotte earn a Soar Award, but so did three other girls from our troop! Micquaa, Reagan, and Madison, who all happen to be in the same class as Charlotte, each received an award! I asked if one of the girls prompted the others to follow, and she said, “No, we all just asked the new girl to join us in whatever we were doing or wherever we were going.  We all took turns and now she has four friends by the end of her first day.  She is super nice.”  Their teacher noticed the girls demonstrating what they have been learning through the Girl Scouts by their kindness and hospitality towards the new student.

Coincidence? I think not. Our troop has been teaching the messages behind the Girl Scout Law for over the last three years, and when this happened it was very rewarding to see our hard work pay off. To have something so wonderful happen, so effortlessly, brought tears to all our eyes. We are very proud of our Girl Scouts for showing what being a sister to every Girl Scout really means

Thanks to Cindy and Troop #3247 for sharing this AMAZING story! We love hearing how the Girl Scout Experience impacts girls and helps them grow into kind and caring leaders! Share your story with us and be featured on our blog or social media profiles! 


Going Gold – Making a Difference in the World

July 31, 2013

By Krista Park, Communications & Marketing Director

Each year, girls who Go Gold demonstrate extraordinary leadership through individual Take Action projects that provide a sustainable, lasting benefit to their larger community. Since 1916, girls have successfully answered the call to Go Gold, an act that forever marks them as accomplished members of their communities and the world.  During 2012, Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines was proud to bestow the Girl Scout Gold Award on 43 girls.

The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting.  This past July, Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines honored the 2012 Gold Award recipients at three Gold Award receptions across our council region. These receptions, sponsored by Wells Fargo Insurance Services, celebrated these accomplished Girl Scouts who achieved their goals and this distinguished honor all while serving their communities. Each Awardee also received a special Girl Scout Gold Award bracelet with a commemorative 100th anniversary charm.













The Gold Award project fulfills a need within a girl’s community (whether local or global), creates change, and is sustainable.  The project is more than a good service project— it encompasses organizational, leadership, and networking skills.  Media literacy, exercise and healthy living, nutrition and childhood obesity, immigration and access to education, economic development, childhood depression, and public safety were among the community issues addressed by the 2012 awardees.  To read more about each Girl Scout Gold Awardee and her project, view our interactive 2012 Girl Scout Gold Awards booklet.

Here are 10 impressive facts about the Girl Scout Gold Award:

  1. Approximately one million Girl Scouts have earned the Gold Award or its equivalent since 1916.
  2. Awarded to fewer than six percent of Girl Scouts annually, each Gold Awardee spends one to two years on her project.
  3. In 2010, the average age of recipients was 17 years old.
  4. Gold Award projects involve eight steps: identifying an issue; investigating it thoroughly; inviting others to participate and building a team; creating a plan; presenting your plan; gathering feedback; taking action; and educating and inspiring others.
  5. 80 hours is the suggested minimum hours of service for Gold Award projects.
  6. A number of college scholarship opportunities await girls who have earned their Girl Scout Gold Award.
  7. In recognition of their achievements, Gold Awardees who join the armed services enter at one rank higher than other recruits.
  8. Gold Award alumnae are more successful in school, develop a stronger sense of self, and report greater satisfaction with life than their peers.
  9. Gold Award recipients have a built-in sisterhood. They join networks of Gold Award recipients and become role models to other girls.
  10. Girl Scout Gold Award projects create lasting change.

Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines takes great pride in recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of the 43 young women who achieved their goals to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award during the 2012 Girl Scout award year.   Congratulations to all of our 2012 Girl Scout Gold Awardees!


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