North Carolina Coastal Pines designated Girl Scout Daisy Troop #159 in Cumberland 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 on Sunday, October 13, 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. Girl Scout Troop #159 was recognized for incorporating the promise within every meeting and within their decision to choose community service activities for the year.
“These projects help to reminds the girls about the Girl Scout law and what scouting is about for the organization,” said Teresa Morales, leader of Troop #159. Filling shoe boxes with toiletries for the local women’s shelter, sending holiday cards to soldiers overseas, and thank you cards and banners for first responders at a local fire department were some the the activities the troop participated in through the year.
In addition to actualizing the Girl Scout Promise and Law, Troop #159 was also applauded for their year-long project collecting aluminum cans to raise money to purchase for the food bank and their trips to explore the community. Troop members visited a local farm to learn more about animals and their care, and also participated explore general medical topics at a local health fair. They also created “wish boxes” for the local humane society and participated in the Fayetteville Christmas Parade.
“With fifteen plus years with the organization I have come to learn that if you create and exciting environment for the girls and provide hands-on adventures they will love Girl Scouting,” said Morales, when asked about what makes her proud to be an elite troop. She also asked the girls this same question. They say it “makes them feel special they did something unique.”
Girl Scout Daisy Troop #159 has fifteen girl members (grades K-1) and is lead by Teresa Morales and Sheila Sabater. Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines ‘ Chief Financial Officer Cathy Stipe presented the members with individual medals. 2012-2013 was the first year for this annual assessment program.