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Donor Spotlight: United Way of Wayne County

November 3, 2017

For girls in Wayne County, the Community Troop experience is vital, providing supportive opportunities, positive adult role models and enrichment experiences that girls may not have access to at home, in their normal classroom environment or in their community. United Way of Wayne County has been providing critical support to these Community Troops for the past two years providing them with experiences they could not get anywhere else.

Through the Community Troop model, girls follow the Girl Scout Leadership Experience – a collection of activities and experiences where girls are able to earn badges, sell cookies, go on exciting trips, explore the outdoors, create “Take Action” projects that make a difference, and more.  The Community Troops are hosted at housing authority sites in Wayne County, allowing girls with limited access to youth development programming as a result of financial hardship or other barriers to participate at no cost.

Terrica Hay, Girl Scout Membership Director in Wayne County, describes the program as a way to provide girls with experiences where they can freely be themselves while learning the importance of respect, responsibility, healthy living, and fun. She has witnessed many girls grow throughout the program, especially one Girl Scout from a large family who didn’t feel like she had a chance to shine. By participating in a Community Troop, she feels like she has been given a voice and a chance to be herself.

Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines appreciates the support of the United Way of Wayne County and all the donors who make these Community Troops possible! Research has proven that participation in Girl Scouting improves life outcomes both in the short and long-term. By participating in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, girls will become more resilient and more likely to make positive choices in today’s complex world.

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There’s always room for more! Girl Scout Troops looking to expand

November 1, 2017

Did you know the average Girl Scout troop only has eight girls? Yet our research shows that the most successful and durable troops have 12 girls on average. Just imagine what could happen if troop – especially those with less than 12 girls – added at least one new girl to their troops! That’s one more girl who gets to experience leadership development, one more girl who will discover her passion for STEM, one more girl who will sleep under the stars while camping with friends. One more girl is all it takes to change a girl’s life and guide her on her path to leadership.

It’s this “one more girl” mentality that has guided longtime volunteer and lifetime member, Cindy Sortisio throughout her Girl Scout experience.

 When I was starting fifth grade, my new best friend, Kelly, told me about her Junior Girl Scout troop. Naturally, since we were inseparable as girls that age tend to be, I wanted to be a Girl Scout too. I remember nervous days while we waited to find out if Mrs. Simone would make room for me in the troop. Thank goodness Mrs. Simone’s motto was “Always room for one more” because I was number 40 in the troop! 

I’ve been an active Girl Scout ever since, through my Gold Award, leadership of several troops, international travel, and now mentoring my own Ambassadors through their own Gold Awards. I adopted many of Mrs. Simone’s best troop leadership practices, including “always room for one more.” Mrs. Simone used to tell us that the horseshoe is open-ended, so there is always room for one more person. 

 I am proud that my troop has added new members every year since Daisies. Troops that do not add girls are much more likely to wither away from attrition over the years. New members are absolutely essential for the health of a troop. New girls add excitement, challenge, ideas, and enthusiasm. They shake things up. They keep us from falling into ruts and cliques. If and when other troop members drop out over the years, they add the necessary numbers to allow us to keep doing big things. Girls are more likely to stay in Girl Scouts with friends, so invite your girls to invite their friends.  We have so much fun and excitement to offer girls. I cannot imagine not keeping the door open to girls who want to join us!

Are you ready to adopt the “always room for one more” mentality? This November, Girl Scouts across the nation will be opening their arms, hearts, and troops to one more girl. From November 1 – 15, troop leaders and encourages to take the “one more girl” pledge on the Girl Scouts of the USA website where, alongside their girls, they establish their commitment to our Movement’s values of diversity, inclusivity, and leadership. Once the pledge closes, 600 prize winners will be randomly selected to receive a FREE limited-edition G.I.R.L. agenda patch for the troop. In addition, four grand prize winners will be randomly selected to have GSUSA share their story on Facebook, as well as receive the patch for their troop.

To learn more about this campaign, visit www.nccoastalpines.org.

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