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Girl Scouts Soar as Leaders

June 4, 2013

By Lisa Jones, Chief Executive Officer

Supporting girls’ health, wellness and leadership development is not only important to us at Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines; it is an essential part of our mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.

Over the last few weeks, I have had several opportunities to witness girls’ developing into our leaders of tomorrow.  I recently met with our IT2 Girl Advisory team ­­who shared with me their impressions about our Council’s strengths and opportunities from an older girl perspective.  Girls’ voices are important part of our mission.  The advisory team also provided feedback about creating an online forum where all girls and volunteers could share suggestions for consideration during our strategic planning process.

IMG_3286A very visible way to see our mission in action is through our Girl Scout Cookie Sale. Everyone knows about Girl Scout Cookies, but do they know what girls are really learning through the program? Not only are our Girl Scouts having fun selling cookies, they are learning how to set and achieve goals, manage money, work as a team, make sound decisions and provide great customer service.

Girl Scout Troops experienced of the rewards of philanthropy and community service, as they helped to deliver this year’s donation of 95,952 boxes to our Operation Cookie Drop sites. Those who attended the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base drop not only met female pilots, but also experienced the pilot’s seat first hand.

Three Girl Scouts in particular soared to new heights during the 2013 Cookie Sale.  Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines is pleased to announce Hailey of Albertson as the Overall Top Seller, with 3,100 boxes of Girl Scout cookies sold. Xena of Cary placed second with 3,041 boxes sold, and Taylor of Knightdale placed third with 2,800 boxes sold.

OverallTopSellers_Taylor_Hailey_XenaThis past Saturday, I had the pleasure of joining these top sellers and their families for a celebratory luncheon on the Bicentennial Terrace of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh.  I enjoyed the conversations I had with these growing leaders, and was impressed to hear what each girl valued most about the experience and how their accomplishments made them most proud.  I can easily envision each one with a future in sales, business management, or even CEO of Girl Scouts!

I am proud of all the Girl Scouts who helped make this year’s Cookie sale such a success.  It is truly an honor to witness girls developing the courage, confidence, and character to be both leaders today and in the future.

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What’s really in a box of Girl Scout cookies anyway?

January 30, 2013

By: Leslie Flood, Chief Business Officer

We all know that each box of Girl Scout cookies is filled with yummy goodness, but have you ever considered what goes hand-in-hand with those delicious treats? The Girl Scout Cookie Program is filled with activities that can help girls build skills for a lifetime. Goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics are all necessary skills for successful leadership – and they are all skills learned while selling Girl Scout cookies.

While participating in the Cookie Sale Program, girls can strengthen their skills by earning special badges that enhance their knowledge of business and teamwork. The Cookie Activity Pin is a great recognition for girls who focus on the activities involved in building the 5 Skills identified as part of the Cookie Sale Program. Girls can also choose from a number of badges from their Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting.

Girl Scout Daisies can learn how to make decisions with the Making Choices badge and how to decide what they will do with their cookie proceeds with the Talk it Up badge. The Girl Scout Brownie Meet My Customers badge and the Junior Cookie CEO badge are great in helping girls strengthen their customer and cookie business skills. Girl Scout Cadettes can learn about business and marketing with the Business Plan and Marketing badges. Girl Scout Seniors can learn about keeping and increasing customers with the Customer Loyalty badge, while Girl Scout Ambassadors can learn about credit with the Good Credit badge and even explore how new products are developed with the R&D badge.

Which badges are your girls working on? Have they identified the skills they will focus on in COCO?

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