Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines designated Girl Scout Troop #731 of Carteret County as one of twelve inaugural Daisy’s Dozen Elite Troops for 2012-2013. Troop members were presented with award medals at an evening ceremony in Morehead City on Monday, December 9, 2013.
In honor of the vision that Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low, affectionately known as “Daisy,” had for girls, the Daisy’s Dozen Troop assessment program was created by Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines to help ensure girls are receiving an enriching Girl Scout experience. After reviewing hundreds of assessments, twelve troops out of 1,500 were selected from across the council’s 41-county region.
The Daisy’s Dozen program includes an assessment tool that outlines a “dozen” steps each troop must complete throughout the year in different categories including: adult leadership, Girl Scout traditions, entrepreneurship, Girl Scout Journey programs, troop banking, and family involvement. Troops can strive for “elite” status by successfully completing six bonus steps like participating in local and council-sponsored events or supporting the organization’s annual Family Partnership campaign.
Embracing the Girl Scout Promise and Girl Scout Law is an essential quality of an elite troop. These Girl Scouts were recognized for not only reciting these values at every meeting but incorporating them into all of their activities and service in the community.
“Our troop has worked hard to serve our community and those around us and demonstrate the positive impact being Girl Scouts has on all of us,” said Laura LaMonica, leader of Girl Scout Troop #731.
In addition to actualizing the Girl Scout Promise and Law, Troop #731 was also applauded their efforts with a book drive to support the local women’s shelter in their county. The troop learned that often times women and children who utilize the shelter often arrive there suddenly and without bringing any of their belongings with them. The book drive was a way for the troop to help children and families who have lost their homes and routines due to violence.
“Donating books allowed us to help by replacing items the families may have left behind. Our hope is that through our donation, a mother in the shelter was able to read a bedtime story to her child and help ease the trauma of fleeing a dangerous home situation,” shared LaMonica.
Other highlights from the troop’s year included six council-sponsored events, a service unit field day, marching in local Veteran’s Day and Christmas parades, and several girls attended resident and day camp sessions this past summer. The troop also visited the Nueseway Nature Park in Kinston. There, the Girl Scouts learned observed the stars in a planetarium in addition through fun science and nature exhibits.
Congratualtions to Troop #731 on this amazing honor!