Posts Tagged ‘Take Action’


Girls Take the Lead at National Convention

February 23, 2015

National Convention 2015 Girl Scouts

By Cindy Sortisio, Service Unit Manager and Troop Leader

Air miles from Raleigh NC to Salt Lake City Utah: 1827

Number of girls from all over the country who participated in the Girl Scout Leadership Institute: 700

Decibel level on streetcar packed with Girl Scouts all singing camp songs at the tops of their lungs: 75

Number of SWAPS traded at the 2014 GSUSA National Convention: 1 bazillion

Connections made, friendships forged, memories cherished: Infinite

What is this all about? The Girl Scout Leadership Institute!

GSLI is part of the GSUSA National Convention. Each council is invited to send a delegation of girls and adults to participate in leadership seminars and activities organized by the host council. This year, girls were challenged to build on their experiences at the GSLI to carry out “take action” projects in their home communities to spread the impact of GSLI across the country. I was honored and thrilled to be asked to accompany staff member Terrica Hay, Program Director, to chaperone the patrol of girls from Coastal Pines, six girls plus two girl national delegates, from across our council. We were treated to inspirational speakers such as Dr. Tererai Trent (president and founder of her own foundation to address poverty in her native Zimbabwe), Debbie Sterling (CEO and founder of GoldieBlox), Elizabeth Smart (founder of her own foundation and brilliant survivor of childhood abduction), marvelous meals, great entertainment such as a night at the planetarium and a closing dance party, and thought-provoking seminars in which we explored topics such as gender inequality, basic needs, teen violence, healthy relationships, education, body image, and inclusion/diversity.

This was my second national convention. The best part is the phenomenal energy of thousands of girls and women, plus a few good men, coming together, who all feel so passionate about the power and value of Girl Scouting. I get goose-bumps just thinking about it! There is really nothing that can prepare our girls for the powerful experience of entering a convention-sized gathering of like-minded people.

The new GSLI format, with its focus on the girls developing a “take action” project to carry out in their home communities, is a challenging one. To pull together a reasonable project plan in three days, and then go back to one’s every day life to implement it, is a tall order. Terrica and I are staying in contact with the girls to support them in putting their ideas into reality. Their projects will support students challenged by mental illness, sea turtle conservation, and friendships between abled and differently-abled students, among other topics. While the girls were at work on their project proposals, Terrica and I spent some time talking with staff members and volunteers from other councils. We both came away with some good ideas, as well as the sense that Coastal Pines is a strong, well-organized, cohesive council that is doing lots of things very, very well.

My daughter, Mikayla, was one of our council’s national delegates, along with Abigail C.R., so they were able to participate in GSLI when they were not in the convention business sessions. It was so special to share the experience with my daughter, not that I saw much of her as we were always on the go! I like to tell new leaders that everything starts at the Daisy or Brownie level: every tiny field trip, to a fire station or a garden, every little step of girl planning, putting ideas in a wish box, voting with a show of hands, sets the stage for what our girls can strive for and accomplish when they are Seniors and Ambassadors. I have to say that it seems like such a short time ago that we were sewing petals on that blue tunic, and now my girl is working toward her Gold Award and exploring amazing opportunities available to her through Girl Scouting. It is a complete blast being a Girl Scout volunteer! If everyone knew how much fun we have with the girls, we would have a waiting list of adults rather than girls. Who wouldn’t want to do this job?!


Going Gold – Making a Difference in the World

July 31, 2013

By Krista Park, Communications & Marketing Director

Each year, girls who Go Gold demonstrate extraordinary leadership through individual Take Action projects that provide a sustainable, lasting benefit to their larger community. Since 1916, girls have successfully answered the call to Go Gold, an act that forever marks them as accomplished members of their communities and the world.  During 2012, Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines was proud to bestow the Girl Scout Gold Award on 43 girls.

The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting.  This past July, Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines honored the 2012 Gold Award recipients at three Gold Award receptions across our council region. These receptions, sponsored by Wells Fargo Insurance Services, celebrated these accomplished Girl Scouts who achieved their goals and this distinguished honor all while serving their communities. Each Awardee also received a special Girl Scout Gold Award bracelet with a commemorative 100th anniversary charm.













The Gold Award project fulfills a need within a girl’s community (whether local or global), creates change, and is sustainable.  The project is more than a good service project— it encompasses organizational, leadership, and networking skills.  Media literacy, exercise and healthy living, nutrition and childhood obesity, immigration and access to education, economic development, childhood depression, and public safety were among the community issues addressed by the 2012 awardees.  To read more about each Girl Scout Gold Awardee and her project, view our interactive 2012 Girl Scout Gold Awards booklet.

Here are 10 impressive facts about the Girl Scout Gold Award:

  1. Approximately one million Girl Scouts have earned the Gold Award or its equivalent since 1916.
  2. Awarded to fewer than six percent of Girl Scouts annually, each Gold Awardee spends one to two years on her project.
  3. In 2010, the average age of recipients was 17 years old.
  4. Gold Award projects involve eight steps: identifying an issue; investigating it thoroughly; inviting others to participate and building a team; creating a plan; presenting your plan; gathering feedback; taking action; and educating and inspiring others.
  5. 80 hours is the suggested minimum hours of service for Gold Award projects.
  6. A number of college scholarship opportunities await girls who have earned their Girl Scout Gold Award.
  7. In recognition of their achievements, Gold Awardees who join the armed services enter at one rank higher than other recruits.
  8. Gold Award alumnae are more successful in school, develop a stronger sense of self, and report greater satisfaction with life than their peers.
  9. Gold Award recipients have a built-in sisterhood. They join networks of Gold Award recipients and become role models to other girls.
  10. Girl Scout Gold Award projects create lasting change.

Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines takes great pride in recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of the 43 young women who achieved their goals to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award during the 2012 Girl Scout award year.   Congratulations to all of our 2012 Girl Scout Gold Awardees!

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