Archive for the ‘Awards’ Category

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Once a “Ms. B’s” girl always a “Ms. B’s” girl

September 11, 2017

I joined Jane Barringer’s Girl Scout troop in Sanford, NC when I was in the 8th grade and stayed until I graduated high school. My troop leader, “Ms. B” as she is affectionately called, encouraged me to seize every opportunity and even travel the world! Ms. B has given over 50 years of service to the council, as a troop leader, volunteer, and Gold Award advisor.

Emily and Ms. B

I was part of the group that began the Jane S. Barringer Award for Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines. It was originally an idea hatched by a few of “Ms. B’s girls” because we wanted to honor “the best Girl Scout leader ever!” (in our opinion). We began our fundraising by sending letters to all the parents of girls who had been in Ms. B’s troop and others in our community who knew of her influence. That campaign raised the funds so more than 20 girls could receive between $750 and $1,000 to pursue future leadership and educational endeavors since the award was established in 1996.

Now, with the council’s help, we’re embarking on the next step: to make the Jane S. Barringer Award a permanent opportunity for girls in our council by opening an endowment fund for the Award. Endowing the Jane S. Barringer Award restricts and invests the funds, meaning that we can support Girl Scout Gold Award recipients in their future endeavors for years and years and years…

When we started the Award in 1996, we hoped that it would encourage and reward girls who exhibit the characteristics Ms. B had hoped to instill in every Girl Scout she works with. I’m reminded of a quote by Lord Robert Baden-Powell, founder of Boy Scouts, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts worldwide:

“But when you look – look WIDE; and even when you think you are looking wide – LOOK WIDER STILL.”

This is what Ms. B encouraged her girls to do. She was always pushing and encouraging us to go further and do more!

Her influence has stayed with me throughout my life. I have been a Daisy, Brownie, Junior, and Cadette leader. I continue to volunteer as a member of the Gold Award Committee for the council. My daughter was a Girl Scout and just this year, earned her Gold Award! I’ve been a Girl Scout for over 40 years!

Emily, her daughter, and Ms. B

I support the Jane S. Barringer Award to honor Ms. B, but moreover, to support all the girls who have succeeded in earning their Gold Award. The Jane S. Barringer Award Endowment Fund will continue to help girls who are the epitome of Girl Scouting continue to broaden their own horizons.

A gift made toward the Jane S. Barringer Award Endowment fund will ensure that the positive benefits of receiving the award continue long into the future and help many more girls in our council follow – and reach – their dreams. Visit www.investingirlsNC.org to make your gift today. Thank you.

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Girl Perspectives: Making the World a Better Place (Zara)

August 21, 2017

Girl Scout Zara shares with us her “Going Go” story.

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Did you know that forty percent of food produced in America is wasted? When I first discovered this statistic, I was appalled, but then I became inspired to pursue a solution to reduce food waste in my community. With mass amounts of food wasted in elementary schools, I decided to complete my Girl Scout Gold Award project on food waste and finding a sustainable solution to this prevalent issue.

My first step was to conduct research and gather statistics on food waste. I also talked to experts in the field to gain additional insight on the subject. With this information, I developed a detailed plan and timeline for my project.

The basis of my project was to design a color booklet with worksheets, crosswords, and hands-on activities to educate 3rd and 4th graders about food waste. By using the resources I created, and the knowledge I gained through my exploration of the topic, I spent 6 days teaching children at a local elementary school about the impact food waste has on the world and what they can do to help. In an effort to ensure that my program had a measurable impact on children, I developed lesson plans and studied the amount of food that students wasted over the course of a couple of weeks. I collected pictures and portion data on the food wasted per child before and during the implementation of the program which helped me to statistically prove that the program had a significant impact on the children.

Throughout the six days, we saw a large decrease in the amount of food children wasted at lunch. Following the completion of the program, I presented these findings to local teachers, principals and the Child Nutrition Team for Pitt County. With their support, as well as help from the Health Science Academy, the project will be conducted at South Greenville Elementary School for summers to come. Due to my project’s impact, I hope to be able to expand the project to other local elementary schools in my county as well.

Through the completion of my Girl Scout Gold Award, I discovered that I can effectively lead groups of people, even those who are very young, into recognizing a global issue such as food waste and taking action to combat it. I realize that the time I spent on the completion of my project cannot come close to solving food waste in the world. However, I hope that my work has helped spark a conversation and to make a difference in the community where I live. My hope is that these conversations will continue to create awareness and accountability along with transforming actions into real-world impact. My passion to reduce food waste is stronger than ever, and I invite you all to join this conversation so that we can turn the vision of a waste-less world into a reality.

How awesome! Thanks for sharing, Zara! To join in sharing your Girl Scout story, visit our story submissions page!

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