RALEIGH – North Carolina Coastal Pines designated Girl Scout Troop #530 of Red Oak as one of 12 inaugural Daisy’s Dozen Elite Troops for 2012-13. Troop members were presented with award medals at an evening ceremony October 10.
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.
“This award is a great honor, and the girls are proud that their hard work and dedication has come full circle. This will make the girls work harder and strive for new goals in the future,” said Samantha Zipko, leader of Girl Scout Troop #530. A project that helped focus the spotlight on Troop #530 was their participation in the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program in Nash County. In addition to collecting donations, the troop also helped to build a Toys for Tots float for the Rocky Mount Holiday parade. The troop noted in their program assessment that they hoped the efforts would help provide children with “a toy that they might not otherwise get.”
Some of their favorite activities included attending the She & Me weekend event at Girl Scout’s Camp Graham in Vance County where they canoed, kayaked, hiked, tye-dyed shirts, and practiced their outdoor cooking skills.
The troop also participated in the annual Girl Scout Cookie Sale program where they earned funds to spend a day at the zoo, a weekend camping in Virginia, and a trip to the beach. The girls all participated in the planning and budgeting for all three excursions.
The troop, which is led by Zipko, has 11 girl members and is a multi-level troop of Girl Scout Daisies (grades K-1), Brownies (grades 2-3), and Juniors (grades 4-5).
Chief Development Officer Tracy Sternberg at Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines presented the members with individual medals on Thursday. 2012-13 was the first year for this annual program.