LUMBERTON – Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines has named Lumberton Girl Scout Troop No. 699 as one of Daisy’s Dozen Elite for their 2020-2021 membership year.
The Daisy’s Dozen Elite Status Award is given to troops who go above and beyond their participation in the Girl Scout leadership experience. 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 receive a fulfilling Girl Scout Experience.
After reviewing hundreds of assessments, only 12 of the approximately 1,500 council soldiers were selected from the 41 counties area of the council. Girls must work together as a troop to be successful in all leadership activities throughout the year.
“We’ve done Daisy Dozen every year, but the elite, you’re chosen for it,” said Troupe Leader Pam Cummings.
Robeson County Girl Scout Troop No. 699 is a multi-level troop with girls in grades four and five. The troupe has eight members and is co-led by Sheena McMillan. Scouts include Olivia McMillan, Chelsea Bullard, Myah and Nyah Watson, April Cummings, Jahari Roberson, Addison Rooks and Alannah Simmons.
The troop received elite troop status from Daisy’s Dozen in 2021 by making positive changes in their community.
The Daisy’s Dozen Elite Status Award includes an assessment tool that outlines steps troops can take to explore Girl Scout pillars of entrepreneurship, STEM, the outdoors, and lifelong life skills. the year. Troops can strive for “elite” status by showing that they have involved girls in planning a Girl Scout leadership experience that is balanced, multifaceted, and grade-appropriate. The 2020-2021 membership year has been especially significant due to the changes in COVID-19, and every elite troop at Daisy’s Dozen has remained committed to Girl Scouts despite the hardships.
“With the pandemic, it was difficult, I have to admit. My daughters don’t like virtual, they like to meet in person, but for security reasons we need to meet virtually, ”Cummings said.
Despite the setback, the troop has always found ways to give back to the community, such as crafting Cupid Care cards to give to residents of the Wesley Pines Assistant Living Center in Lumberton.
“We meet at Wesley Pines so we do a lot with them throughout the year,” Cummings said. “We love Wesley Pines.”
The Boy Scouts also broadened their experiences by visiting the New Life Ranch, where they discovered different animals and rode horses.
“The girls loved horseback riding,” Cummings said.
The girls are committed to what it means to be a Girl Scout, and during this year’s cookie season, they were able to donate cookies to a local soldier stationed in Korea.
“By earning this elite recognition, the girls and their leaders have demonstrated their investment in the Girl Scout leadership experience,” said Jennifer Carter, Girl Scouts Program Manager – North Carolina Coastal Pines. “Their exemplary commitment to serving their communities and their dedication to the growth of Girl Scouts sets them apart from an impressive group of girls across the state. “
Since the formation of the little troop, Cummings has noticed a maturity in the girls.
“Their confidence has definitely increased,” Cummings said. “Our shy little girls who we started with are now expressing themselves more and want to share their life stories. “
This was the seventh year of the Daisy’s Dozen Troop Assessment Program. The annual Girl Scout membership year runs from October 1 to September 30.
Troop members will be honored locally to recognize their commitment to female leadership development and Girl Scout-style leadership. They will also come together virtually to celebrate their accomplishments with Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines CEO Lisa Jones.