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Meet Our Daisy’s Dozen!

December 2, 2014

By: Jenny Taylor, Communications and PR Intern

Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines congratulates the 12 outstanding troops designated as a Daisy’s Dozen Elite Troop for the 2013-2014 membership year. Throughout the year, these 12 troops completed a dozen steps in multiple categories (such as Girl Scout Traditions, troop banking, family involvement, and Girl Scout Journeys) and 6 bonus steps (such as local and council event participation) required to receive this honor.

These awesome troops accomplished many things this year that embody the spirit of being a Girl Scout. In fact, they accomplished so much it would be impossible to share everything about their phenomenal year! So let’s take a brief look at some of their highlights.

Troop #115 – Youngsville

Troop 115

Troop #115 helped improve the outdoor area of their meeting place by decorating a bird bath and painting two picnic tables. The girls tried archery and canoeing for the first time and took a fun-filled overnight trip to Marbles Children’s Museum. For one service project, the troop volunteered at the United Way food bank.

Troop #124 – Hoke County

Troop 124

Troop #124 had several service projects this year. Some girls earned their Bronze Award by making quilts to donate to military children in need through Project Linus. The troop also donated to The Haven, a local animal shelter. Troop outings included attending a quilt show in Raleigh, a dolphin boat adventure, and running a Color Run 5k.

Troop #372 – Henderson

Troop 372

Troop #372 donated items and time to their local animal shelter and served at a local soup kitchen. This year, the girls were deeply inspired by one of their leaders battling cancer. They participated in Relay for Life by helping put out luminaries and made bags to help support cancer patients at Maria Parham Hospital in Henderson, N.C.

Troop #554 – Hampstead

Troop 554

Troop #554 learned about conservation and pollution this year and participated in a NC beach clean-up. The girls also held a canned food drive and promoted a summer learning program at their host church. Their fun and educational troop activities included trips to the Surf City police department, Fort Fisher, and a sea turtle hospital.

Troop #1010 – Orange County

Troop 1010

Troop #1010’s year included planting flowers as a thank you to their host church, exploring North Carolina’s bodies of water, helping with a waterway clean-up, and sponsoring two sea turtles. Some of the girls attended the International Festival in Raleigh, held a Spring Bling, and collected food and toy donations for their local dog rescue, Paws4Ever.

Troop #1022 – Fayetteville

Troop 1022

Girl Scout Troop #1022’s community service this year included helping a church mission to make mats for the homeless. The girls collected hundreds of bags and cut them into strips to later be woven together for mats. The troop held a clothing drive for a local charity and some members of the troop participated in the MLK Day of Service.

Troop #1202 – Garner

Troop 1202

Girl Scout Daisy Troop #1202 took a field trip to the local SPCA and voted to donate a portion of their cookie funds to that organization. They also collected can tabs and cleaning supplies for the Ronald McDonald House. As a thank you to the church that provides their meeting space, they hosted a cupcake reception after a Sunday service.

Troop #1436 – Fayetteville

Troop 1436

The troop’s local community work this year included collecting food and clothing to donate to Urban Faith Ministries. Their service went beyond their own community when they donated mosquito nets to children overseas and helped fund the building of a well in Malawi. The girls enjoyed family and troop time by organizing an annual family Kickball Day.

Troop #1477 – Morrisville

Troop 1477

The troop’s major service project this year was helping with the Jared Box Project, which provides a small storage box filled with age appropriate games, toys, and activities for hospitalized children. The girls also provided much needed items to the local women’s shelter. They enjoyed expanding their knowledge of other cultures by researching Indonesia and learning about the lives of Indonesian girls their age.

Troop #1536 – Havelock

Troop 1536

Troop #1536’s community service projects included making Christmas cards and cookies for residents of a local nursing home and painting birdhouses for veterans. Troop members attended the fall camporee and participated in the Veteran’s Day and Christmas Day parades. The girls enjoyed family time by planning a father/daughter dance and organizing a fun family picnic day.

Troop #1555 – Raleigh

Troop 1555

For their service projects, Girl Scout Troop #1555 collected donations for and prepared 16 Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes and made Veteran’s Day cards for soldiers. They also decorated a display case at their host church which emphasized the power of positive friendships and offered tips for dealing with bullies. The girls enjoyed attending Teen Camporee and the Girl’s World Expo.

Troop #3274 – Fuquay Varina

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In an effort to instill young girls with confidence and hope, Troop #3274 wrote, illustrated, and published their own book about the many opportunities that exist for girls as they grow into adults. The highlight of their year was their weekend adventure to Beaufort, N.C., where they hiked, collected shells, had a treasure hunt, and experienced the beauty of the wild ponies.

Congratulations to all the Girl Scouts, leaders, and adult volunteers who made the Daisy’s Dozen Elite Troop’s accomplishments possible. Way to go!

If you are as inspired by these troops as we are and want more information on how your troop can become a Daisy’s Dozen Elite Troop, check out the Daisy’s Dozen Troop Program assessment tool.

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Girl Scouts Now and Then: Commemorating the Centennial of WWI

August 24, 2014

By Krista Park, Communications & Marketing Director

WWI Troop 734 Plus One with ReenactorGirl Scouts of today took a moment to stop and remember the past and live the Girl Scout Promise as they helped kickoff our state’s four year Centennial Commemoration of World War I on Saturday.

Girl Scouts from Troops #1790, #1773, #734, #864 and #221 lived joined World War I re-enactors in a procession at the state capitol at the event where they had the opportunity to meet NC State Governor Pat McCrory. Music by the NC National Guard Band serenaded the procession which ended with the laying of a memorial wreath at the base of the NC Veteran’s Monument. There, excerpts from President Woodrow Wilson’s War Message to Congress on April 2, 1917, were shared with the crowd.

When the war began in 1914, Girl Scouts was just two years old with just more than 1,000 members. All the same was the Girl Scout Promise – girls and volunteers proudly pledged to serve their country and to help people at all times. As a matter of fact, the first Girl Scout Handbook was titled How Girls Can Help Their Country, and by 1915 total membership had grown to approximately 5,000.

During this time, Girl Scouts everywhere were taking action and volunteered their services: working in hospitals, staffing railroad station canteens for trains transporting servicemen, growing and canning vegetables, selling bonds, and collecting peach pits for use in gas mask filters. Their public service helped to establish Girl Scouts on the national scene and resulted in a sudden expansion in membership during 1917-1918.

Girl Scouts - NC Coastal PinesThe Rally, an early magazine for Girl Scouts and leaders, reported that girls used part of the proceeds from one of the earliest Girl Scout cookie sales to buy ingredients to make candy to send soldiers.  Sounds a lot like our Operation Cookie Drop program today!

Girl Scouts also did their part in selling Liberty Bonds to support the allied cause with sales totaling $9,174,550! Now that’s pretty impressive. And a result, the US Treasury Department produced a Girl Scout War Service medal which was presented to girls who sold a large number of war bonds.  These Girl Scouts were our first Top Sellers – no surprise there.

Additionally, a Girl Scout War Service Pin was created to recognize girls for their service to the war effort. Girls could earn points by performing tasks such as knitting wool for the American Red Cross, selling Liberty bonds, and canning jams and jellies. The pin encouraged girls to contribute in ways that would provide value to those engaged in the war. As girls continued their efforts each year, they received additional ribbons to mark their participation.

And to top that off, Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low was presented with a diamond Thanks Badge bought with pennies donated by Girl Scouts from all over the country at a Victory Rally celebrating the end of World War I on May 19, 1919. This badge recognizes individual whose ongoing commitment, leadership, and service have had an exceptional, measurable impact on meeting the goals and priorities of the entire Girl Scout Movement.  And I think we can all agree this particular badge was very well deserved!

Honoring the sacrifices made by so many one hundred years ago, Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines troops continue to serve their county by organizing and performing flag retirement ceremonies, writing thank you letters to deployed military personnel, and participating in countless community service projects.

How has your troop lived the Girl Scout Promise by serving their country? What are you planning for your troop that will help them learn about important history this year? Ready to get in on the Girl Scout fun? When you join by 9/30/14 as a girl or volunteer you’ll be entered to win an iPad!* Use event code 367F22 to enter to win. 

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*First time, new members are eligible to win. Must be registered as a girl or volunteer by 9/30/14 to qualify.
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