Real G.I.R.L. Stories

August 28, 2017

By Ashley Winton, Communications Intern

One of the best parts of being a Girl Scout is that it provides girls with so many opportunities to unleash their inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)! These traits define a girl of courage, confidence, and character—a G.I.R.L. can achieve anything that she sets her mind to! Every girl is a G.I.R.L., and through awesome opportunities like the Girl Scout Cookie Program, service projects, excursions, and more, girls can develop the skills they need to shine as leaders in their community and even the world.

Need some inspiration to help your troop unleash their inner G.I.R.L.? Look no further! Every day, the troops of Girl Scouts—North Carolina Coastal Pines do BIG things that allow them to challenge themselves and grow, building the leaders of tomorrow and creating true girl-bosses.


A Go-getter is bold and does not take no for an answer. She knows what she wants and sets goals to accomplish anything that she sets her mind to! Being a go-getter means going after the things she is passionate about and never giving up even if she fails the first time.

A great example of a Go-getter is Cassie from Troop #172! Cassie has been a dedicated Girl Scout for eleven years, and could not wait to visit Our Chalet, a Girl Scout World Centre during her visit to Switzerland! In spite of many obstacles concerning transportation, Cassie did not take no for an answer and made her dream of visiting Our Chalet a reality!

Cassie Foltz1



An Innovator is a girl that thinks outside the box, constantly coming up with new ideas to make a difference in her community. She has the ability to be creative and let her imagination run wild. Our Girl Scouts are innovators when they think up new service projects, learn new things about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), and so much more!

The Girl Scout Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes from Troop #829 were Innovators when they constructed cat-scratch pads out of leftover cookie box cases from the 2017 Girl Scout Cookie Program! The girls wanted to help the environment by finding a use for their cookie cases instead of throwing them away, and help a local animal shelter. They completed the pads during a camping adventure at Camp Mu-Sha-Ni and they were excited to deliver them to the cats when they returned!

Troop 829



A Risk-taker is not afraid of the unexpected—she embraces it! As Girl Scouts, girls have endless opportunities to step outside their comfort zone and accomplish the things that they never thought possible.

One example of a Risk-taker is Cara from Brownie Troop #611! This year, Cara set a goal to gather a high amount of donations for Operation Cookie Drop. To reach her goal, she visited Coopers Fire and Rescue and gave a speech about Operation Cookie Drop to a full crowd. Even though it made her nervous to speak in front of so many people, it was so worth it after they made a $200 donation!

Cara Cotugno



A Leader is confident and responsible enough to take charge and to rally others to join her in changing the world. All of our Girl Scouts get the opportunity to be a leader—whether it’s within her troop or the community!

The Girl Scout Seniors from Troop #326 have proved themselves to be excellent leaders after hosting the International Festival for Area Wake 18 for three years! The event has been a great success due to their extensive planning that involves patch design, scheduling, and implementing safety rules of course! This opportunity has allowed them to grow as leaders and role models for younger Girl Scouts!

Troop 326

How do you unleash your inner G.I.R.L? Share your story here!


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

August 21, 2017

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


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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