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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 to make your gift today. Thank you.


Why A Girl Scout Goes for Gold

February 22, 2016


Girl Scout Gold Award

By Eileen Miller, Program Director

There are countless reasons why Girl Scouts across the nation decide to #GoGold and earn the Girl Scout Gold Award. Perhaps a Girl Scout is inspired by a family member fighting an illness, or she learns members of her community are in need of clothing or academic support.  She may discover she has a passion for the environment and works to develop a program at a local park so that families can enjoy the outdoors together.

Whatever the reason, a Girl Scout makes a difference in her own life and the lives of others when she earns this prestigious award.  And it is truly a privilege to bestow this honor on each Girl Scout Gold Award recipient at Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines.

Here are some other really awesome things a Girl Scout gains when she Goes for Gold:

A Sense of Accomplishment

When a girl implements her Girl Scout Gold Award project, she makes an impact on her community that is measurable and sustainable. This means her efforts will have lasting change. It is an accomplishment that she can take pride in during the process, following completion, and for years to come.

Respect and Appreciation

A Girl Scout Gold Award recipient is recognized through ceremonies held regionally throughout the Council each spring. As an awardee, she wears a pin and displays her certificate proudly inspiring peers, community members, and fellow Girl Scouts. As a leader, she is recognized by Girl Scouts of the USA along with numerous national organizations and government entities. And it does not stop there! Locally, Girl Scout Gold Award recipients are recognized by media outlets who share each girl’s achievements and extraordinary accomplishments broadly.

A Competitive Edge

Many colleges and universities recognize the difference a Girl Scout Gold Award recipients has made in her community and the leadership it takes to complete a project. Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award can be the tipping point that provides a Girl Scout entrance to her choice school.

Scholarship Opportunities

In addition, there are numerous scholarships available to recipients. Within our own council these include the Jane S. Barringer Award, and the Misty Crabtree Eastham and the Alcoa Chuck McLane Scholarships. And many of the scholarships are not just for current awardees! If you are a Girl Scout Award recipient, don’t delay. Visit the Council’s website today, as scholarship deadlines are quickly approaching.

Ready to start? Learn more about the Girl Scout Gold Award by visiting the Council website or emailing  Upcoming award workshop are listed on our events page.


2016 is the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scout Gold Award. It’s a great year to “Go for Gold”!

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