Johnston County Girl Scout Troop Earns Elite Status Award

The North Carolina Coastal Pines has designated Girl Scout Troop #1859 of Johnston County, as one of twelve Daisy’s Dozen Elite Troops for its 2016-2017 membership year. The Daisy Dozen Elite Troop is awarded to troops that go above and beyond in their outstanding leadership experiences.

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, only 12 out of the council’s approximately 1,500 troops were selected from across the council’s 41-county region. Girls must work together as a troop to succeed in all of the leadership activities throughout the course of the year.

“By earning this elite recognition, the girls and their leaders have demonstrated their investment in the Girl Scout leadership experience,” said Shawna Peaks, membership executive of Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines. “Their exemplary commitment to service in their communities and their dedication to the growth of Girl Scouts makes them standouts among an impressive group of girls across the state.”

The Daisy Dozen Elite Troop includes an assessment tool that outlines a dozen steps each troop must complete throughout the year in different categories including: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), financial literacy, camp and the outdoors, and entrepreneurship. Troops can strive for “elite” status by successfully completing six bonus steps like participating in local and council-sponsored events.

Girl Scout Troop #1859 was awarded The Daisy Dozen Elite Troop title in 2017 by building new business skills during their fifth area Cookie Rally where they learned about the safety of selling Girl Scout Cookies. Girls also made a difference in their community by taking action and completing their Girl Scout Bronze Award, which involved setting up a friendship bench at Archer Lodge Park.

“Because of Girl Scouts we have been able to expose the girls to new experiences and adventures they otherwise would not have been given,” said Lisa Link, Girl Scout troop leader.In addition to their other activities, Girl Scout Troop #1859 participated in local parades and the annual Powderpuff Derby, built their confidence and skill-set by attending outdoor programming, and enjoyed discovering the history behind Girl Scouts at council-sponsored events.

Johnston County Girl Scout Troop #1859 is a multi-level troop with girls in grades 2-5. The troop has 12 members and is led by Lisa Link, Jennifer Spencer, and Leila Lisk.

This was the fourth year for Daisy’s Dozen Troop assessment program. The annual Girl Scout membership runs October 1 through September 30.

Troop members will be honored at an upcoming special event that commends their commitment to girl leadership development and taking the lead the Girl Scout way.