Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines designated Girl Scout Troop #1796 of Cary, N.C., as one of twelve inaugural Daisy’s Dozen Elite Troops for 2012-2013.
Bernadette Spong, Senior Vice President of Finance at Rex Healthcare and Chair of the Board of Directors at Girl Scout at Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines presented troop members with award medals at an evening ceremony on Thursday, October 10, 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.
An activity that focused the spotlight on Troop #1796 was their Girl Scout Bronze Award community service project partnering with Carolina Kidney Kids. To earn the award, which is the third highest honor in Girl Scouting, the troop created goodies bags filled with coloring pages, crayons, activity books, toys and stuffed animals for children being treated for kidney disease at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, N.C. The troop members also created a list of activities for the children and their families to choose from and have fun together to help ease their stay during treatment.
“One of the best things about our troop is how we have grown into a strong group of friends that can count on each other through all of our adventures,” said Kris Gustafson, co-leader of Troop #1796. “We are very honored to be selected as one of the first Daisy's Dozen Elite Troops.”
In addition to their work at UNC Hospitals, the troop organized a food drive to collect donations for local food banks, and gave back to the church that houses their regular troop meetings by cleaning up its playground. The troop also enjoyed a variety of activities throughout the year including camping, rock climbing, and white water rafting.
Troop #1796 has 12 members (all Girl Scout Juniors, grades 4-5) and is led by Kris G. and Jennifer C. 2012-2013 was was the first year for this annual assessment program.