Girl Scout troop earns elite status

From News ReleaseFebruary 7, 2014 

Members of Troop 614 are, from left: front row – Elizabeth Applebaum, Valerie Smith, Juana Garcia, Madeline Smith and Hannah Honeycutt; and back row – leader Julie Smith, MacKenzie Swartz, Mataya Grimes, Katlin VanRoekel and assistant leader Jen Swartz. Not pictured are Brianna Faircloth and Katie McNoldy.

N.C. COASTAL PINES GIRL SCOUTS

Johnston County Girl Scout Troop 614 has been named a Daisy Dozen Elite Troop by the N.C. Coastal Pines Girl Scouts.

The Coastal Pines council created the Daisy’s Dozen troop assessment to help ensure that girls are receiving an enriching Girl Scout experience. In the inaugural assessment of 1,500 troops in 41 counties, 12 earned elite status.

“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 the Coastal Pines council. “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 assessment evaluates adult leadership, Girl Scout traditions, entrepreneurship, Girl Scout Journey programs, troop banking and family involvement. Troops can strive for elite status by completing six bonus steps such as taking part in local and council-sponsored events or supporting Girl Scouting’s annual Family Partnership campaign.

“Receiving this award is recognition that our strategy for developing leaders and providing new opportunities for young women to challenge themselves is in alignment with the Girl Scout mission of developing girls with courage, confidence and character,” said Julie Smith, leader of Girl Scout Troop 614.

Troop 614 earned applause for raising money for Operation Cookie Drop, a council-sponsored program that sends cookies to military personnel serving abroad. The troop also donated cookies to local organizations, including Harbor House, Hour of Hope and an assisted-living center in Four Oaks.

“Sending comfort food to soldiers stationed abroad is one way we thank military personnel for their service to our country,” Smith said. “Girl Scout cookies always make us smile, and we hope these donations bring smiles to others also.”

In addition, the troop donated some of its cookie sales to the Wake County SPCA to help animals in need. Other highlights from the troop’s year included an inventor workshop at Jamboree 2012; a gift basket for the first baby girl born at Johnston Medical Center on Oct. 31, the birthday of Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low; and meeting Girl Scouts from Israel who were visiting Raleigh in a cultural exchange program.

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