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On Daisy’s Birthday, Five Girl Scout Accomplishments to Make Her Proud

October 26, 2015

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By Meridith Orr, Program Executive

“There was nobody like her.”  – Rudyard Kipling, author of The Jungle Book

On the last day of October, 155 years ago, a girl was born who would change the world.  Juliette Magill Kinzie Gordon came into the world amid the turmoil and strife of the Civil War.   And little was expected of her beyond the typical notions of becoming a lady of her time.

However, due to her own determination and to circumstances beyond her control, she reinvented herself in mid-life and became the Daisy Gordon Low that we know and love.  She founded a movement that “supplied the education and understanding necessary to provide useful information and more opportunities for young women with an emphasis on fun and room for civic duty,” according to biographer Stacey Cordery.

There’s no doubt that if Daisy were here today, she would be pleased and proud to see the many accomplishments of the organization she built out of her carriage house in Savannah, Georgia 103 years ago.  Here are our top five favorites:

Daisy Girl Scouts

The youngest Girl Scout grade level that bears her nickname was introduced in the 1980s. We think she’d love to see these little ones learning and living the parts of the Girl Scout Law, taking field trips, learning to sell cookies, and even making up their own cookie sale jingles!

Girl Scouts Outdoors

An avid outdoorswoman, Daisy would no doubt marvel at the traditions of outdoor experience and education we continue to uphold in Girl Scouting. She always valued what girls wanted, and would have wholeheartedly endorsed the Girls’ Choice campaign that resulted in these five new badges!

Travel

In Daisy’s day, world travel was long, difficult and expensive, yet she traveled extensively to visit relatives, oversee her interests, and further the expansion of the Girl Scout Movement. Today, Girl Scout Destinations makes world travel accessible for our girls, and troops make pilgrimages to our Girl Scout World Centers in England, Switzerland, Mexico and India!  Our troops also travel locally for all sorts of amazing adventures, from exploring cultural events in major cities to camping and whitewater rafting, just to name a few!

National Young Women of Distinction

When the Golden Eaglet was introduced in Daisy’s day, the award was emblematic of a girl’s hard work to master many different skills as well as provide service in her community. Today, the award has evolved into the Girl Scout Gold Award, which not only represents local impact, but also projects that have the potential to reach around the world.  The National Young Women of Distinction represent an elite group of Gold Award recipients recognized each year.  Their projects have made an exceptional difference in the lives of others, well beyond the original vision of our Founder!

Last, but not least…59 million alumnae!

Our amazing alumnae include Supreme Court justices, astronauts, CEOs, artists and more.  All our alumnae, regardless of fame or fortune, are remarkable women who inspire others to try new things, master new skills and look for ways to make the world a better place.  Does it get any better than that?

As we mark our Founder’s Birthday, consider how her life has inspired yours. What’s your favorite fact about our Daisy?  Share your thoughts in the comments!

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Summer Leadership Camp: Why Being a Mentor Matters

October 12, 2015

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By Sarah Williams, Community Engagement Fellow, United Way of the Greater Triangle

Mentor is defined as:

  1. a wise and trusted counselor or teacher;
  2. an influential senior sponsor or supporter.

At this year’s “Discover the Leader in You” camp at Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines, I had the chance to mentor and be mentored and it was a wonderful, powerful experience.

Now in my mid-twenties, post high school, college and grad school where I had countless influential teachers and mentors, I am grateful for the women in my life who have provided me so much guidance and support. As a result, I have been eager to find opportunities to pay it forward and by mentoring to help other young girls grow into their best selves.

I don’t know that I have the necessary wisdom or extensive experience to be the best mentor yet in life, but through my Community Engagement Fellowship at United Way of the Greater Triangle I had the opportunity to volunteer with this camp. As soon as I read about it, I knew I wanted to be a part, to try to pay it forward to these young girls, and support their empowerment to make a difference in their own communities.

At camp, I expected to have the chance to mentor. What I didn’t expect was how much I would be mentored through the process.

First, I had the privilege to meet two young girls with big hearts and dreams to impact their community. One wanted to help save animals from the streets and bring publicity to local animal shelters. Another wanted to help people in poverty find clothes. I learned that she loved fashion and put on fashion shows for her family so we tried to blend her talents and her desire to give back. She created a social action plan to host a clothing drive and organized fashion shows at local shelters, so those who received their new clothes could feel beautiful and special.

While I walked in to the experience hoping to give back, I walked away having received so much. First, I learned so much from the girls. I wish I was that others-focused at their age and that eager to make an impact in my community. I was so impressed with all of the girls at camp, their ideas, and their social action plans. It is clear that these girls are on a great path with Girl Scouts to become leaders in their communities.

Secondly, I had the chance to attend the Town Hall on the final day of camp with a number of women far wiser, more influential and experienced than myself.  These local professionals were there to share some of their advice to the girls at camp. The girls asked these women leaders a number of great questions including their biggest struggles and successes, lessons learned, who their own mentors were, etc. It is a beautiful and powerful thing when women come together to grow and support one another.

It caused us all to reflect and grow and learn through the experiences, ideas and sisterhood of the powerful women – both young and old – that was shared in that room.  I am grateful to have been able to be a part of Girl Scouts Leadership Camp – to grow as a mentor and mentee with all of those wonderful campers and women leaders. I think we all discovered more about leadership and ourselves through this camp.

Summer Leadership Camp was made possible in part by grants from AAUW, Eddie and Jo Allison Smith Family Foundation, Greenville Noon Rotary Club, Harold H. Bate Foundation, M&F Bank, North Carolina Community Foundation and its affiliates, NC EMC, RA Bryan Foundation, Rockingham Rotary Club, Sonitrol, United Way of the Greater Triangle Women’s Leadership Council, and many others. Nearly 100 middle school girls were able to attend Summer Leadership Camp at no cost to them because of the generosity of these donors and other friends of Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines. We are so grateful to them and to all the mentors and facilitators who participated in this year’s camp. To find out about how you can participate with Summer Leadership Camp next year, please email Emily Hill or call 919-600-6347.

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