Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines designated Girl Scout Daisy Troop #1304, 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.
Embracing the Girl Scout Promise and Girl Scout Law is an essential quality of an elite troop. “We embrace the Girl Scout Promise and Law into our everyday activities as we do good turns daily, we try our best, we leave a place cleaner than we found it, we are prepared, and always we help others out,” states Erica Braman Cutchins, leader of Troop #1304.
In addition to actualizing the Girl Scout Promise and Law, Troop #1304 was also recognized for their service in planting and maintaining a butterfly garden at a local community park, for hosting a stuffed animal drive for a local church shelter, and for their participation in local World Thinking Day activities, an annual Girl Scout day for global awareness (February 22).
Girl Scout Daisy Troop #1304 has twelve girl members (grades K-1). 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.
Congratulations, Girl Scouts!