Pender County Girl Scout Troop earns 2012-2013 Daisy’s Dozen Elite Status Award

Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines designated Girl Scout Troop #220 of Rocky Point, N.C., as one of twelve inaugural Daisy’s Dozen Elite Troops for 2012-2013.  Troop members were presented with award medals at an evening ceremony this past Tuesday, October 2, 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.

“By earning this elite recognition, the girls and their leaders have demonstrated their investment in the Girl Scout leadership experience,” said Lisa Jones, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines. “Their exemplary commitment to service and passion for excellence has provided them with opportunities to develop skills for becoming our future leaders.”

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.

A project that helped focus the spotlight on Troop #220 was their year-long partnership with the Ashe Gardens Memory Care Center in Burgaw, N.C.  The girls worked on projects with the residents, sang them traditional Christmas Carols during the holiday season, made and delivered special Valentines, and ended their year at the center with a cupcake party.

“As a troop, we pushed above and beyond this past year and it is a big honor to be selected,” said Dorothy Bryant, leader of Troop #220.  When asked what she felt the girls were most proud of, Bryant added, “They really loved working with the memory care patients at Ashe Gardens and showing them what we do in Girl Scouts.”

In addition to their work at Ashe Gardens, the troop attended the Pender County Girl Scout Camporee, had a float in the Burgaw Christmas parade, participated in the annual Girl Scout Cookie Sale program, spent a weekend camping and exploring the outdoors, donned their Girl Scout gear showing their spirit during Girl Scout Week (March 10-16, 2013), and many attended week-long sessions at Camp Hardee and Camp Mary Atkinson, two of the council’s residential camp properties.

The troop, which is led by Bryant, has 14 girl members and is a mixed-level troop of Girl Scout Juniors (grades 4-5) and Girl Scout Cadettes (grades 6-8).  Chief Business Officer Leslie Flood at Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines presented the members with individual medals on Tuesday. 2012-2013 was was the first year for this annual assessment program.

Daisy’s Dozen – Fun Facts 

On March 12, 1912, Juliette Gordon Low officially signed up 18 girls, who formed two small patrols.  These girls became the first “American Girl Guides.” Her niece and namesake, Daisy “Doots” Gordon was the first registered member. The girls, all 12 or older, gathered in Juliette Low’s carriage house for meetings, wore blue uniforms, and focused on careers, nature, first aid, and team sports. In 1913, the name was officially changed to Girl Scouts.

In 1953, Girl Scouts across America collected and contributed to “Dimes for Daisy” in order to purchase Juliette Gordon Low’s childhood home in Savannah, Georgia. After three years of restoring the home to its appearance in 1886 – the year of Juliette Gordon Low’s wedding – the “Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace” was dedicated on October 19, 1956.

The Farm Aid Project called for Girl Scouts to get dirt under their nails and dig in for the good of America. Through this program, Senior Girl Scouts, ages 15 – 18, pitched in on farms across the country to provide farmers help and save valuable crops. In 1942 alone, more than 2,300 Girl Scouts invested more than 48,000 hours serving farms. In 1943, more than twice the number of girls participated and logged in a total of nearly 470,000 hours. Today, Girl Scout Seniors can learn about their role in the food chain through the Leadership Journey, Sow What?