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If you represent a media outlet, ask us about Girl Scouting — our projects, our direction and our history. We are delighted to assist you with a story about Girl Scouting and the impact our program has on the local community. Whether an interview with a Girl Scout, a volunteer or one of our expert staff, we are ready to assist you. To schedule, e-mail Lisa Crawford, Vice President of Marketing & Communications, or call 828-328-2444.

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Read the latest news releases from Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont.

September 6, 2016 – Local Girl Scout receives Champion status with Equus Foundation

molly_fGirl Scout Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont is pleased to announce that Molly F. of Lexington was one of five persons to achieve Champion status with the Equus Foundation, an organization that supports horse charities across the United States.

Molly is a member of Troop 2436 and has been an official Riding Instructor in Training (RIIT) for the past two years at the Circle C Equestrian Center located at the Keyauwee Program Center. As an RIIT, Molly volunteers year-round with special events, barn chores and horse lessons. Molly also helps with horse care such as grooming, tacking, untacking and sponging.

The Champions program, sponsored by Ariat International, was established in 2012 to reward those who volunteer 24 or more hours on the Foundation’s Equine Welfare Network. Ariat International donates five gift certificates each quarter to individuals who achieve Champion status. Each quarter, a drawing is held where five Champions each receive a $250 gift certificate for Ariat boots.

Molly’s volunteer time at Circle C Equestrian Center varies depending upon the particular time of year. During the school year, Molly will typically volunteer on the weekends twice a month from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Molly’s busiest time was during the months of February to June, putting in 30 volunteer hours. During the summer, Molly worked two summer camps as a RIIT, totaling 115 hours of volunteer service for 2016.

“I learned about the Equestrian Center as a Girl Scout during the summer after sixth grade when I went to ‘Horse Power’ summer camp at Keyauwee Program Center,” said Molly. “I thoroughly enjoyed everything about the horses while there.”

Molly has been a Girl Scout for nine years. She was interested in making new friends and trying new things, which is why she decided to join the organization. Her favorite part about being a Girl Scout are the travel and event experiences.

“One of the biggest things Girl Scouts has taught me, that has helped with my volunteering at the Equestrian Center, is that it’s very important to give back to the community,” said Molly.

Molly is a sophomore at North Davidson High School and is a member of the marching band, Future Farmers of America and Earth Club.

August 22, 2016 – Local girl visits England, Ireland and Wales as part of Girl Scout travel opportunity

brianna_r_phoneboothGirl Scout Brianna R. of Hayesville and a member of Troop 30201, traveled to England, Ireland and Wales over summer break as part of a Girl Scout destinations experience.

Along with 15 other Girls Scouts, Brianna spent a total of 12 days away, including a brief trip to Boston, prior to their international experience. Brianna decided to apply for this opportunity because she always enjoyed traveling and thought this was the perfect opportunity to travel somewhere new, with girls her age.

“Getting to spend time touring small towns was fun and interesting,” said Brianna. “It’s something I really never thought about doing, because I only typically thought about visiting bigger cities, such as London.”

A highlight of Brianna’s trip was getting to see the play, Wicked, in England. Brianna had always wanted to see that play, so when she found out it was part of their itinerary, she was thrilled.

Brianna said their days spent traveling were never “typical.” They would always start the day off eating breakfast as a group, but would then later divide in to smaller groups to explore and sightsee. They would enjoy dinner later in the evening and then either split up again or participate in that night’s optional activity.

“This was an amazing opportunity and I would highly recommend it to other Girl Scouts,” said Brianna. “It’s a great way to step out of your comfort zone and meet other Girl Scouts from around the country and other countries.”

Brianna is a homeschooled 11th grader and honor roll student. She was a delegate to the National Convention in 2015 and awarded for her volunteer services. Brianna is a member of her church youth group, takes dance classes and has a leadership role teaching younger dance classes. She also serves on the Girl Advisory Board for Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont. Brianna has earned her Girl Scout Silver and Bronze Award and is currently working on earning her Gold Award.

August 22, 2016 – Local girl visits Wyoming as part of Girl Scout travel opportunity

isabellarGirl Scout Isabella R. from Greensboro and a member of Troop 40902, traveled to Wyoming over summer break as part of the Wyoming Wildlife Wonders Girl Scout destinations trip.

Isabella had participated in regional and local Girl Scout camps for six years, which included hiking and caving in Tennessee, white water rafting in West Virginia and various other trips with Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont. She wanted to do a destinations trip so she could experience a different part of the country.

Along with seven other Girls Scouts, Isabella spent seven days hiking, canoeing and exploring the west side of the country. They visited landmarks and got to see a part of the country they have never experienced before.

“On the first day, we climbed to the top of a hill and could see landscape for miles; including the three biggest Teton mountains” said Isabella.

Isabella said that on the second day in Yellowstone, they drove past thousands and thousands of Buffalo.

“I was able to see the buffalo in all stages of life, including lots of yearling calves,” said Isabella

The destinations trip opened doors for Isabella for which she wasn’t previously familiar. She was able to learn about potential career opportunities that involved working in the outdoors.

“I am more motivated to work outdoors and protect our world,” said Isabella. “I would recommend going on a destinations trip with the Girl Scouts to expand your horizons, while meeting interesting people along the way.”

Isabella is an eighth grade honor roll student at Aycock Middle School. A member of the National Junior Honor Society, Isabella is also involved with her school band, soccer and water polo. She also participates in her local church youth group. Isabella has earned her Girl Scout Bronze Award and is currently working on earning her Girl Scout Silver Award.

August 22, 2016 – Local girl visits Iceland as part of Girl Scout travel opportunity

deeanna_rGirl Scout Deeanna R. of Asheboro and a member of Troop 40680, traveled to Iceland over summer break as part of a Girl Scout destinations experience.

Along with 18 other Girls Scouts, Deeanna spent eight days hiking, camping and learning about the geological features of Iceland. Each day was different, but all days were filled with adventurous activities from sun up to sun down.

Deeanna said she decided to go on a destinations trip because she may never have an opportunity like that again.

“I wanted to meet new people from all over the country, while seeing a beautiful place and experiencing a new culture,” said Deeanna.

Deeanna particularly enjoyed hiking the golden circle, a popular tourist route in southern Iceland, covering about 300 kilometers looping from Reykajavik into the southern uplands of the country.

“I liked hiking the golden circle because you were so high up and it was so beautiful,” said Deeanna.

Deeanna said other highlights of the trip included going into a volcano and holding a baby artic fox. Deeanna said the trip as a whole helped her become more self-reliant and put all expectations aside.

She recommends taking a destinations trip to other Girl Scouts because of all the different people you get to meet and all the new places you get to visit.

“This trip helped me to learn to take a journey as it comes,” said Deeanna. “I might think I won’t like something that ends up being my favorite thing to do.”

Deeanna is a junior at Southeast Guilford High School. Along with Girl Scouts, Deeanna is a student ambassador and a member of the marching band, diversity club and Beta Cub.

August 22, 2016 – Local girl visits Oregon as part of Girl Scout travel opportunity

kate_mGirl Scout Kate M. of Lewisville and a member of Troop 40232, traveled to Ashland, Oregon over summer break as part of the Girl Scout destinations trip.

Along with 13 other Girls Scouts, Kate spent one week traveling to Oregon to visit one of the largest and oldest Shakespeare festivals in the world. They stayed at the Ashland Hotel, which consists of a house in the center of the town.

“Ashland was a strikingly beautiful place to visit,” said Kate. “There were lots of interesting shops, street performers, galleries and restaurants.”

Kate said that she chose to do this destination because she loved theatre and thought it was the perfect opportunity learn more about it. She was able to see six plays during her stay, which included The Wiz, Great Expectations and The Yeomen of the Guard.

The week included theatre-related workshops and classes that focused on subjects such as Elizabethan dance, masked performance and improvisational theatre. Kate said they were allowed free time to explore the town in the afternoon, before heading out to see performances.

This was the first time Kate flew across the country by herself, which made the trip that much more exciting for her. Her favorite experience overall was seeing her favorite Shakespearean play, Twelfth Night.

“I was overjoyed and awed by the set, actors and overall feel of the 1930s Hollywood spin,” said Kate.

Kate said the experience helped her grow as a Girl Scout by meeting other Girl Scouts from around the country who share common interests. She said that there is a destinations trip for everyone and almost everywhere in the world.

Kate is a ninth grader at Atkins Academic and Technology High School. While attending middle school, Kate was an honor roll student, a member of the National Junior Honor Society, band and Battle of the Books team. As a member of the Technology Student Association, she and her partner placed second in the state for STEM animation.

Kate has served in several leadership roles in her Girl Scout troop, where she is currently a patrol leader. Kate has earned her Girl Scout Bronze Award and is currently working on her Girl Scout Silver Award.

August 22, 2016 – Local girl visits Minnesota and Canada as part of Girl Scout travel opportunity

willamina-iGirl Scout Willamina I. of Weaversville and a member of Troop 02509, traveled to Minnesota and Canada over summer break as part of the North Country Rock-N-Wilderness Girl Scout destinations trip.

Along with 21 other Girls Scouts, Willamina spent 12 days on what she referred to this trip as, “amazing.” The girls started their mornings helping the guides prepare breakfast over a fire and then shared responsibilities with washing dishes. Their day would then include paddling and portaging up to 12 miles a day.

“It was hard work at some points, but still super fun,” said Willamina.

Willamina decided to do a destinations trip when her mom, who was also her troop leader, shared information about the trips and it seemed like an opportunity she couldn’t pass up.

Willamina said that they always had good meals in front of the campfire. She was impressed that all the food they packed for a week lasted without refrigeration.

When it would get dark, Willamina said that they would keep their eyes open for an open campsite, drag their canoes in, set up tents and change in to dry clothes.

“Dinner was always something warm, good and filling,” said Willamina. “Dinner was normally cooked over a fire, but a couple times we had a to use a camp stove because the fire was being difficult.”

A highlight of Willamina’s trip was being able to carry a canoe on her shoulders, something she never thought she would be able to do. Willamina said that experience alone, made her feel strong and powerful. Willamina also said that her favorite experience was the moment she realized and understood the beauty of where she was.

“I got to do multiple things on this trip that I never thought I would do, especially at my age,” said Willamina. “I even traveled in to another country and I’m only 12!”

Willamina said that her experience on the destinations trip actually helped her grow as a Girl Scout, especially since she was able to meet other Girl Scouts from all over the country.

“This really helped me realize the absolute greatness of the Girl Scouts and how it empowers girls all over the country,” said Willamina.

Willamina is a seventh grade honor roll student at North Buncombe Middle School. Along with Girl Scouts, Willamina is also involved in cross country, swimming, band and battle of the books. She is also a member of the National Junior Honors Society and volunteers with Girls on the Run.

August 10, 2016 – Girl Scouts announces addition of S’mores cookie to 2017 cookie lineup

smoresToday, National S’mores Day, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) announced, in celebration of 100 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies, that the organization will introduce two commemorative Girl Scout S’mores™ cookies. Girl Scours Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont (GSCP2P) will add one of the newly introduced cookies to its 2017 lineup, where it will join classics like Thin Mints®, Caramel deLites, and Shortbread.

GSCP2P will offer a s’mores-inspired crispy graham cookie double-dipped in a crème icing and enrobed in a chocolatey coating. This clever take on the time-honored campfire treat was developed in response to popular consumer trends. It is vegan, and free of artificial colors, preservatives, and partially hydrogenated oils. The last new Girl Scout Cookies, including the gluten-free Trios, were introduced in 2015.

“We are excited to introduce our hungry cookie customers to this new Girl Scout S’mores™ cookie,” said Lane Cook, CEO of Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont. “The new cookie will be available to purchase from local Girl Scouts in early January 2017 for $4 a box.”

To celebrate the new Girl Scout S’mores™ cookies, the organization will be prompting consumers to share how they “s’more” on social media, using #NationalSmoresDay and tagging @GirlScouts.

Girl Scout S’mores gives consumers another delicious way to support all the positive ways girls impact their community with cookie money, like donating food to local kitchen pantries or care packages for children with cancer at a local hospital.

June 7, 2016 – Girl Scout hero awarded National Medal of Honor

marina_pRecently, Marina P. of High Point received the Medal of Honor from Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont (GSCP2P) for her heroic deeds last July 2015. The Medal of Honor is a national award that recognizes Girl Scouts who have saved or attempted to save a life under circumstances that indicate heroism.

Marina, who was 13 at the time of the incident, saved the life of her younger brother – Christian, 9, who was under water.

According to Crystal P., Marina’s stepmother, the family was on their annual camping vacation. That day started off like any other day. Breakfast, clean up and then off to the pool while Crystal did a few things around the campsite and would eventually join them for waterslide activities.

When Crystal made it to the pool, Christian jumped out of the shallow end and ran to his mother to ask if it was time to slide. When he heard yes, he ran to the deep end to get Marina. He didn’t have his life vest on and he can’t swim. When he leaned over to ask Marina to go to the waterslide, he fell into the water. Although Christian’s father, William, tried to run through the shallow end to get to him quickly, it was Marina who responded.

Marina, who has learned about safety at Girl Scout troop meetings and knew that her brother could not swim, quickly responded.

“She didn’t even hesitate and immediately swam the short distance to him and pulled him from up from under the water,” Crystal said. “Marina is a good swimmer, and she loves the water.”

After Marina pulled Christian up, she swam with him to the side and helped get him out of the pool before getting herself out. The whole time she was the one who remained calm and took control of the situation.

Crystal said the incident was scary but was grateful that Marina responded so quickly.

“I later pulled Marina to the side, gave her a hug and told her we could never explain to her how proud of her we are and all the things she has learned in her Girl Scout troop,” Crystal said. “She said she had to do it – if she didn’t save him she wouldn’t have anyone to torture!”

Later that night, Marina recognized the outcome could’ve been entirely different.

“She came to me with tears in her eyes once the reality of everything hit her. Her words were ‘I almost lost my baby brother,’” Crystal said. “There were many tears and hugs that day. Now when we talk about it, we laugh, but she always gives me that look that says she understands the importance of her actions that summer day.”

Marina, a Girl Scout Senior in Troop 40278, is one of five Girl Scout members from GSCP2P to receive the award since the council was incorporated in October of 2009.

“Marina is an extraordinary young lady who exemplifies the Girl Scout mission of courage, confidence and character,” said Lane Cook, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont. “Her ability to keep levelheaded under pressure combined with the knowledge she gained in Girl Scouting illustrates her strong leadership skills. We are all very proud of Marina and thankful that the skills she learned helped to save a life.”

May 17, 2016 – Summer is around the corner; Girl Scout camp not just for Girl Scouts – register now!

2016_Campbook_coverWith summer quickly approaching, there’s still time to register for summer camp! Whether it’s horseback riding or canoeing or dance or drama, there’s something for every girl, ages six to 17, at one of three Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont (GSCP2P) resident camps this summer – Camp Ginger Cascades (Lenoir, NC), Camp Pisgah (Brevard, NC) and Keyauwee Program Center (Sophia, NC).

All three camps have activities that match any girl’s interests and programs to pique her curiosity. These three Girl Scout resident camps have swimming, boating, arts and crafts, sports and games, songs, nature, hiking trails, low challenge course and cookouts. In addition, girls can participate in adventure trips at each camp, including visits to Lost Sea Caves, Wrightsville Beach or even Disney World.

Each camp has unique amenities that include platform tents with interior screens, bunkhouses, tree houses, yurts or cabins with access to electricity, plumbing and hot showers; and all are staffed with activity specialists, cooks, a health supervisor and specialty staff selected for their leadership skills and experience in working with children.

GSCP2P resident camp programs are accredited by the American Camp Association, which means they undergo a thorough review process by outside camping professionals every three years, achieving the highest standard in the areas of personnel, program, site administration and health care.

Girl Scout camp builds upon the core values of courage and confidence by providing girls with an experience that develops self-reliance and self-esteem.

“Our camping program provides girls with the opportunity to keep their bodies healthy, their minds engaged and their spirits alive,” said Lane Cook, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont. “It’s an affordable way for girls to learn new skills, make new friends, unlock their potential and discover the world and the great outdoors that awaits them!”

To learn more about specific camp sessions, visit www.camplikeagirl.org, where online registration is accepted or call 800-672-2148.  

February 16, 2016 – Local Girl Scout aids in sea turtle conservation in Costa Rica

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Girl Scout Laura E., a 17–year-old from Asheville and a member of the Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont, recently completed Outward Bound Costa Rica’s Sea Turtle Retreat Destination. On this 10-day course, she volunteered in Costa Rica in conservation efforts to protect endangered sea turtles and pushed her limits with unique adventure activities in the outdoors.

“I loved seeing the turtles and learning about them and feeling like I could help them,” said Laura. “After this course I am definitely more open-minded and ready to try new things.”

On the shores of Playa Ostional, a beach on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast in the Guanacaste Region, Laura and her fellow Girl Scouts participated in a multi-day service project focused on protecting the sea turtle population.

Ostional is one of the world’s most important nesting sites for Olive Ridley Sea Turtles. During their time in the area the group got the rare opportunity to witness an arribada, the mass nesting of hundreds of sea turtles as they lay their eggs.

Laura and her group also gave back to the local community by painting a community center. The group learned about Costa Rican culture first hand while practicing their Spanish and playing soccer with children and families in the region.

After returning to Outward Bound’s rainforest base in Costa Rica, the group stepped out of their comfort zone on a rainforest hike and toured nearby volcano Irazu and historic sites in Cartago. To finish up their adventure, the group ziplined through jungle canopies and visited the vibrant artisan market of San Jose.

“Outward Bound Costa Rica’s programs, like the one Laura participated in, create environments that allow for personal and leadership development through challenges, group effort and cross-cultural understanding,” said Jim Rowe, Executive Director of Outward Bound Costa Rica.

Since 2006, Outward Bound Costa Rica has been partnered with Girl Scouts of the USA to offer unique and exciting Girl Scouts Destinations trips in Costa Rica and Panama. These trips provide young girls the opportunity to see the world, meet fellow Girl Scouts from across the nation and challenge themselves through adventure in unfamiliar settings. 

January 18, 2016 – Girl Scout cookies have arrived; prices remain the same

CookieSlide2015Girl Scout cookies arrived by the truckloads this past weekend with thousands of girls from Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont (GSCP2P) gearing up for cookie booths this coming weekend. Customers can visit www.girlscoutcookies.org to find booth sale locations near them.

Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Patties, Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Thanks-A-Lots, Lemonades, Cranberry Citrus Crisps and Shortbreads return for the 2016 season.

Girl Scouts will again offer a gluten free cookie, Trios, along with the regular lineup. Trios are chocolate chip cookies made with real chocolate chips, real peanut butter, real butter and certified gluten free, whole grain oats with no artificial colors or flavors, no palm or hydrogenated oil and no high fructose corn syrup.

“For our customers who have a special diet concern, the gluten free cookie is a great way to make sure everyone can enjoy the cookie season,” said Lane Cook, chief executive officer for GSCP2P.

Except for the gluten free chocolate chip, which will retail for $5 per package, all other cookies will remain $4 per box. All the money generated from the Girl Scout Cookie Program stays in the local area to help fund various program and troop activities.

For the second year, GSCP2P is participating in COCOdirect, a web platform that lets girls sell cookies online. This means consumers who know Girl Scouts participating in COCOdirect will receive e-marketing materials from them this season with invitations to request cookies. Cookies ordered through COCOdirect are shipped from the baker directly to the customer. Shipping charges will apply.

“Local girls are excited to participate in COCOdirect, which provides a more robust hands-on and entertaining learning experience,” Cook said.

In today’s fast-paced world, online cookie sales represents the next evolution of the iconic Girl Scout Cookie Program, adding a digital layer that broadens and strengthens the five skills girls learn – goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.

Further questions can be directed to a local GSCP2P location including Asheville Service Center, 828-252-4442; Gastonia Service Center, 704-864-3245; Hickory Service Center, 828-328-2444; and Triad Service Center, 336-274-8491.

November 24, 2015 – Girl Scouts and Goodwill partnership wraps up positive results

Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont, in partnership with Goodwill Industries of Central North Carolina, Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina and Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont have just wrapped up the annual partnership Good Turn for Goodwill community service project. This event took place throughout the month of October at local Goodwill retail stores and all Goodwill donation centers.

This year, there were 2,707 Girl Scouts from central and western North Carolina who donated 7,471 bags of goods to Goodwill, which was an 8% increase over last year’s partnership.

Local Girl Scouts collected gently used clothing, toys, books and household goods to benefit Goodwill. The goal was to help those who are unemployed and underemployed find jobs and get back on their feet. The service project taught Girl Scouts life lessons and addressed the needs in their community.

Lane Cook, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont, said the collaboration allows girls to gain valuable leadership experience while helping address our community’s needs and make it a better place.

“This is a great service project for our Girl Scouts to support,” Cook said. “The collaboration benefits all of our organizations, and our Girl Scouts have the opportunity to explore a new field of knowledge and become better prepared to play an active role in our community.”

November 2, 2015 – Local reception honors Elizabeth Martin for national award

ElizabethMartin_GSUSA01Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont (GSCP2P) is pleased to host a reception in honor of Elizabeth M., Clyde resident and a member of Girl Scout Troop 30250, on Thursday, Nov. 12 from 6-8 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church, 34 Church St., Canton. The event is free, accessible, and open to all local residents.

Lane Cook, chief executive officer for GSCP2P, will be in attendance to welcome guests and honor Elizabeth.

Elizabeth was selected by Girl Scouts of the USA as one of the ten 2015 National Young Women of Distinction, the highest honor in Girl Scouting, for her Gold Award project, Shine Your Own Way. She was chosen from 137 applications with a rigorous selection process that included each finalist application being reviewed more than five times.

Elizabeth was honored at a national recognition ceremony hosted by Girl Scouts of the USA on Oct. 7 in New York. In addition to the honor, Elizabeth will receive a $5,000 college scholarship from both Girl Scouts of the USA and the Kappa Delta Foundation.

This special honor and designation by Girl Scouts of the USA showcases Elizabeth’s extraordinary leadership over a project that had measureable and sustainable impact and addressed a growing concern – bullying – by teaching pre-schoolers and their parents to talk about their feelings in a safe way.

“At such a young age Elizabeth  has accomplished so much! Through her Gold Award project, she has discovered a passion for addressing bullying in her community,” Cook said. “She is truly taking action to lead the positive change she wants to see in the world. I cannot wait to see what she will achieve as an adult.”

Elizabeth focused her Gold Award project on helping pre-school children develop a strong sense of self-worth and positive relationships with others as well as developing resources for teachers and parents. She created a “Shine Your Own Way” box that included a brochure with positive parenting tips, a series of childhood books featuring various bullying scenarios, an activity booklet for children to learn better ways to express their feelings, costumes for children to role play the activities and concepts from the books and a video for new teachers informing them how to use the program. The role-playing scenarios help children understand how it feels to be a bully, what it’s like to be the bullied victim and how to stop a bullying situation. Elizabeth has distributed her boxes throughout her community and has positively impacted hundreds of students. 

October 26, 2015 – Girl Scouts host local donor dinner

Chief Judge Linda McGeeGirl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont recently hosted a local donor dinner at 74 South at Moretz Mills, Hickory, to celebrate outstanding service and leadership of Girl Scouting. Food and beverages were provided by Youseff 242, soon to be Café Rule & Wine Bar, with donations exceeding $30,000 from local guests.

During the event, keynote speaker Chief Judge Linda McGee of the North Carolina Court of Appeals attributed her Girl Scout experiences to her success today. As a young girl, Mrs. McGee said she earned every badge available at the time. Her speech included additional comments on how Girl Scouts influenced her career and civic involvement, as well as deepened her understanding of the role citizens play in their communities.

Lane Cook, chief executive officer for Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont, shared a speech prepared by Hanna Prince of Sophia, N.C., as a 2013 National Certificate of Merit lifesaving award recipient from the American Red Cross. Ms. Prince, a former camp counselor for Keyauwee Program Center,  used skills learned in Girl Scouting to assist a camper in life-threatening situation.

In addition, Marcia Tate, leader of Girl Scout Troop 30250 and Canton resident, showed a slideshow of Elizabeth Martin, Clyde resident who was selected by Girl Scouts of the USA as one of the ten 2015 National Young Women of Distinction for her Gold Award project, Shine Your Own Way. Ms. Tate highlighted Ms. Martin’s experience as a shy Girl Scout  in kindergarten to a confident high school senior ready to embrace college next fall.

Neal Orgain, Hickory resident, served as the 2015 Honorary Chair of the event’s planning committee, which is comprised of Girl Scout champions:

  • Donna Adams, Hickory
  • Kitty Barnes, Hickor
  • Nancy Bledsoe, Hickory
  • Nillah Cody, Hickory
  • Dottie Darsie, Lenoir
  • Glenn Deal, Taylorsville

October 19, 2015 – Girl Scouts receive grant from Community Foundation for $4,500

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Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont is pleased to announce it has received a $4,500 grant from the Community Foundation of Gaston County.

These funds will support 100 girls that participate in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience through local community centers and Boys & Girls clubs. The objective of this partnership is twofold:

  • Through outreach programs, girls will have an opportunity to make positive changes in their lives, build life skills and achieve academic success.
  • Girls will have the opportunity to experience a weekend camping trip during the spring. Camp helps girls learn independence, decision-making, social and emotional skills, character building and values – all in an atmosphere of creativity and enrichment under the supervision of positive adult role models.

“Reaching girls in underserved areas continues to be a council priority,” said Lane Cook, chief executive officer for Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont. “This generous award from the Community Foundation of Gaston County will allow the council to move the Mission further into communities to connect girls with activities that are both fun and enriching to help them grow and navigate the twists and turns of life.”

The Community Foundation awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process.  Ernest Sumner, CFGC executive director said, “The Girl Scouts of Gaston County have been instrumental in empowering young girls in the areas of character development and leadership. The Foundation is privileged to make these programs available to families who otherwise could not afford them.”

September 8, 2015 – Celebrate new Gastonia Service Center at open house; learn about local opportunities

Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont (GSCP2P) has announced an open house of its new Gastonia Service Center at 156 S. South St. Suite 201 for Thursday, Sept. 17 from 5-7 p.m.

The new service center will house offices for regional staff and a retail shop.

“We are so excited to celebrate our new location in Gastonia as we kick off the new program year at Girl Scouts,” said Lane Cook, chief executive officer at GSCP2P. “This new space provides many opportunities to increase our support for membership as well as increase the visibility of the Girl Scout program.”

Current Girl Scouts, interested girls and families, and the local community are invited to visit the new location for the community grand opening event, which includes an opportunity to purchase Girl Scout merchandise in the shop.

Girl Scout staff will be on hand to answer questions about the upcoming year and to help register new girls and volunteers. Troop placement is based on availability. This event is free and open to the public.

“It’s an exciting time to be a Girl Scout. Our program is a great way to spend quality time with girls, support girls on their path to success, and most importantly have fun,” Cook said.

Regular service center and shop hours are: Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and select Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In addition to the Gastonia location, the Girl Scout council also operates service centers in Asheville, Hickory and Colfax. It serves more than 14,000 girl members and more than 6,000 adult members in 40 central and western North Carolina counties.

September 8, 2015 – Elizabeth M. receives Girl Scouts’ highest honor for developing local bully program

Elizabeth_MGirl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont proudly announces that Elizabeth M., a member of Girl Scout Troop 30250 of Clyde, was selected by Girl Scouts of the USA as one of the ten 2015 National Young Women of Distinction, the highest honor in Girl Scouting, for her Gold Award project, Shine Your Own Way.

This special honor and designation by Girl Scouts of the USA showcases Elizabeth’s extraordinary leadership over a project that had measureable and sustainable impact and addressed a local concern to address bullying among pre-schoolers.

Elizabeth addressed bullying by focusing her Gold Award project on helping pre-school children develop a strong sense of self-worth and positive relationships with others as well as developing resources for teachers and parents. She created a “Shine Your Own Way” box that included a brochure with positive parenting tips, a series of childhood books featuring various bullying scenarios, an activity booklet for children to learn better ways to express their feelings, costumes for children to role play the activities and concepts from the books and a video for new teachers informing them how to use the program. The role-playing scenarios help children understand how it feels to be a bully, what it’s like to be the bullied victim and how to stop a bullying situation. Elizabeth has distributed her boxes throughout her community and has positively impacted hundreds of students.

“We are proud to honor Elizabeth as our first council recipient of the National Young Women of Distinction award,” said Lane Cook, CEO of Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont. “She embodies the values we strive to instill in our Girl Scouts, and North Carolina girls need only look to her accomplishments as dedication, talent, spirit and vision that opens doors and creates leaders. We applaud her efforts and are excited for her!”

Both the Kappa Delta Foundation and Girl Scouts of the USA each generously provided a $5,000 college scholarship to all of the ten National Young Women of Distinction, including Elizabeth.

Elizabeth will be honored at a national recognition ceremony hosted by Girl Scouts of the USA. She will also be featured in a livestreaming TED talk–style event with her fellow National Young Women of Distinction. Both the recognition ceremony and livestream will be held on October 7, 2015, in New York. She will be recognized at a local event and serve as an ambassador for the Gold Award program in honor of its centennial celebration in 2016.

Earning the Gold Award is just one of the fun and amazing things girls can do as part of Girl Scouts. To join Girl Scouts or learn more about volunteering, please visit: www.girlscouts.org/join