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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

Troop 3274

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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3 Ways You Can Make A Difference On #GivingTuesday

November 20, 2014

By Emily Hill, Director of Individual Giving

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Did you know that Tuesday, December 2, 2014, is #GivingTuesday – a global initiative dedicated to giving back? It’s true! Each year, on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give back.

We are thrilled to announce that this is the first year that Girl Scouts—North Carolina Coastal Pines is participating in this cool event! We think it’s an exciting opportunity to showcase that here at Girl Scouts, every day is #GivingTuesday.

As a Girl Scout —or loved one of a Girl Scout—you know that everyday our girls are building courage, confidence and character so they can give back and make the world a better place. The principals of #GivingTuesday are found right in our Girl Scout Promise and Law! So when we heard about #GivingTuesday, we jumped at the chance to be a part of this global celebration of a new tradition of generosity! Won’t you join us?

There are so many ways you – and your troop – can get involved:

  • Share the giving spirit! Plan a Girl Scout service project for your school or community – and share with others the great way it feels to give back! And when you’re done, upload your #unselfie to Facebook or Twitter and share what you did on #GivingTuesday. Or share how you gave back this year, and we’ll retweet it on December 2nd.
  • Follow! Tweet! Post! We’ll be all over our social platforms that day, sharing the giving spirit of our girls. Join in the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, and get your family, friends, and fellow Girl Scouts in on the action! You can even help Girl Scouts win $10,000 in funding through the #GSKImpact Award! The more retweets we get that day, the more likely we are to win the award, which will support our new program vehicle.
  • Invest in girls! Nonprofit organizations like Girl Scouts rely on the generous investment of our community members. Join the individuals, local business, and foundations that believe in our mission of building our girls into strong leaders and citizens by making your tax-deductible donation on December 2. Your gift to Girl Scouts—North Carolina Coastal Pines on #GivingTuesday means our girls can keep giving back all year long. Make your gift by clicking here.

No matter what way you participate on #GivingTuesday, be sure to speak up about it! Tell everyone why you support our #GivingTuesday campaign. Ask your friends to join you in this day of giving. With hundreds of service projects across 41 counties in central and eastern North Carolina, Girl Scouts are making a difference every day in our community. On December 2, help us spread this message.

#GivingTuesday? Not even close! #GirlScoutsGiveEveryday!!!

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