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Every Girl Scout Has a Story to Share (Part 3)

January 24, 2016

Tell Us Your Story - Girl Scouts

To celebrate the end of another successful year for Girl Scouts and the end of our Share Your Story campaign, we wanted to take the time to express our thanks to all of the wonderful donors who make a difference in the lives of girls, the community, and our world!  What better way for us to do this than to share the stories we hear every day about the impact Girl Scouting has? This blog is the final post from our three part series. We would like to thank those who shared with us their Girl Scout experience by submitting their story and to those who made a donation. With your help, we were able to meet our fundraising goals and help more girls shine through Girl Scouts!

In parts one and two, we recognized a few members of our Girl Scout family who, through their investment in girls, are changing our world. Because we realize that our words don’t always express all of our gratitude, we wanted to share more stories from staff members, volunteers, and parents who have benefited from the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

“When my daughter, Cris, was in second grade, she came home from Girl Scouts and proudly told me that they were going to have a picnic and there wouldn’t have been any buns for the hot dogs if she hadn’t thought of them. And that’s true. Girl Scout leaders teach the girls responsibility by trusting what they do and plan.   The leader will not fill in the gaps except with issues of safety.  There isn’t anywhere else that girls assume responsibility so young.”

-Anne Parks, parent and donor

“Girl Scouts has been one of the happiest, most fulfilling experiences of my life. The work I do here is what I am most proud of, and is the most important work I’ll ever do. “

-Meridith Orr, staff member

“My story begins with four weeks as a Brownie, two Junior badges and a bus ride to a camp where all I remember is a campfire. My mom was a Girl Scout in the mid-1920’s and even earned her First Class. She was a big proponent of my sisters and me belonging to Girl Scouts. As an adult, I literally was roped into leadership by my daughter’s best friend’s mom. But as I watched my daughters and those original Daisies and Brownies, I saw what Girl Scouts could do. My older daughter uses her event directing skills to organize charity runs and International Ultimate Frisbee tournaments, as well as her current job as a middle school drama teacher in Johannesburg, South Africa. My younger daughter was one of those shy kids; three years ago, she instituted Different Shoe Day in a secondary school in a small town in Malaysia. My story is all of their stories. Girl Scouts gave me confidence. In return, I’ve helped, in some small way, for these girls to find their voice, their footing in life. Those experiences and exposures to Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from all over the world opened my eyes to the possibilities that exist and how needed it is that we all “tell our story” and share the opportunities so that all girls have a chance to spread their wings.”

-Debi Willis, volunteer


“My favorite memories as a Girl Scout always revolve around one common theme-camp. Going camping with my troop and spending parts of my summer at camp Amahaali helped me to fall in love with the outdoors, a love that I am proud to share with girls today at Camp Hardee.”

-Kristi Doebler, staff member

“With three daughters and a husband who was an Eagle Scout, it was a natural step to become a Girl Scout volunteer. In 20 years I learned many ways to enjoy scouting, from leading girls to learning many skills to working with many adults as well. It was a wonderful way to give and receive.”   

  -Barbara Volk, volunteer

“As a new mom and wanting everything for my bundle of joy, I was introduced to other moms in my community, there came those famous words- Girl Scout Cookies. The girls were selling them at the local store and I asked how can my daughter and I get involved at one of the cookie booths. Then the rest was history.I soon became the troop leader and as my daughter grew with the program, so did the troop. Then after my daughter grew out of Girl Scouts, I continued with the troop until one day it became obvious to me I could help in other areas. I became an active Girl Scout in many areas, National Council Delegate, Outdoor Facilitating, Treasurer of the local service unit and still a Girl Scout willing to help the new comers.As I heard a serviceman say, ‘he bleeds red, white, and blue.’ I would say, ‘I bleed green.’

 -Lisa Strickland, volunteer

My gift is made in honor of Helene Mochrie, my Girl Scout leader from 1966-1972. She is an outstanding person and helped prepare a lively group of teenage girls for the world beyond their hometown. She baked my wedding cake in 1983!”

-Nancy Jirtle, donor

While all our stories may be unique, there is a common thread that unites us: our belief that when you invest in a girl, she can change her world. When you invest in many girls, they will change ours. These stories tell just a few of the many ways that Girl Scouting has made a difference in the lives of girls.

Thanks for all you do – all year long – for our girls. With your investment, you’re telling the story of how important Girl Scouting is to our world. Because of individuals like you, we continue to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.


Happy Birthday to the Girl Scout Gold Award!

January 11, 2016


Girl Scout Gold Award

By Eileen Miller, Program Director

This year marks the 100th anniverary of the Girl Scout Gold Award which is the highest achievement a Girl Scout can earn.  While it has gone through numerous changes over the years (Golden Eaglet of Merit, Golden Eaglet, First Class, Curved Bar, Gold Bar and Gold Award), the meaning of this national award has always remained consistent. A young woman who has earned her Girl Scout Gold Award has demonstrated leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart. A recipient has used her creativity and ingenuity, donating 80 hours or more, to make her community a better place.

To celebrate this momentous occasion, Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines award recipients have shared some personal reflections about the meaning the award has brought to their lives.

SadhanaA“In the lives of busy high school students, there are few activities that can inspirit outreach as Girl Scouts can. Through my Girl Scout Gold Award I merged my passion for innovative science with a purpose to excite kids, especially girls, towards the unimaginable possibilities in STEM. My Girl Scout Gold Award allowed me to learn from, teach, and most importantly, inspire youth through my maturation. The sense of fulfillment I received from being able to design and perform my project was a feeling that I wanted to have life-long which led me to choose a career path towards social impact with science.” – Sadhana

AddyP“Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award has been an incredible achievement! I met a lot of interesting people and I hope I inspired younger girls to “Go for the Gold”! Girl Scouts has set the bar high for the award requirements. It was hard work! But I am so glad that I did it, even though it was challenging to balance school work while researching my project.  Over all it was an amazing experience! Congratulations Girl Scout Gold Award on your 100th anniversary.”– Addy

RachelH“As a Girl Scout for the past twelve years, I wanted to complete my Girl Scout Gold Award because I feel that it is my duty to give back to the community. It was an opportunity to turn my passion into action, new connections, and to experience the joy of being an educator. To me, the Gold Award is especially significant because it epitomizes the skills of leadership, diplomacy, and commitment to doing the right thing that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.” – Rachel

BrittnayB“Earning my Girl Scout Gold Award was meaningful because music has always been my passion along with helping people. My project allowed me to put these two things together and the outcome I created was a great accomplishment.”– Brittnay

Interested in making a difference in your local community? To learn more, register to attend a Girl Scout Gold Award workshop. Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines looks forward to celebrating and recognizing your future achievements.

Happy Birthday Girl Scout Gold Award!


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