Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines designated Girl Scout Brownie Troop #25, of Wake Forest, 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 on Tuesday, October 8, 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.
A garden project at Harris Creek Elementary School also helped focus the spotlight on Troop #25. In addition to this service project, the troop also collected books throughout the year to donate to the school’s media center. Another highlight for the troop was attending local and council-sponsored events like a weekend Camporee at Camp Graham where they experienced outdoor learning opportunities and the chance to meet other girls.
“Our most memorable service project was tending to the garden we sponsor at our school, Harris Creek Elementary,” shard Rachel Koehler, leader of Troop #25. “We also enjoyed making bird houses for the garden so that the birds will have somewhere to nest.”
Girl Scout Brownie Troop #25 has nine members (grades 2-3). Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines ‘ Chief Executive Officer Lisa Jones presented the members with individual medals on Tuesday. 2012-2013 was the first year for this annual assessment program.