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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.

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 Martin, 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 Ms. Martin.

Ms. Martin 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.

Ms. Martin 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, Ms. Martin 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 Ms. Martin’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 Ms. Martin 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.”

Ms. Martin 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. Martin 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

August 31, 2015 – Local Girl Scouts leading the way; join now!

Troop02146_GSNCAs summer comes to an end, a new school year begins, including opportunities for local girls and adults to become a Girl Scout.

Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont has opportunities for volunteers who are committed to helping girls develop courage, confidence and character. The two go hand in hand; in other words, without the adult leaders, there is no Girl Scouting.

Volunteers are the heart and soul of Girl Scouting – and Kimberly Wells of Mocksville is one volunteer who has served as a troop leader for Troop 02146 for three years.

“Girl Scouting teaches girls life skills and builds confidence to one day be leaders,” Wells said. “I love seeing the girls work as a team to accomplish what they need and want to do.”

The first year her daughter became a Girl Scout Brownie in second grade, Wells observed two older Girl Scouts in the role of leading meetings. The second year, she decided to become the leader, and last year she worked in partnership with Kirsten Link and Jennifer Simmons, both of Mocksville, to lead the multi-level Girl Scout troop representing girls in grades kindergarten to fourth grade.

Making a choice to volunteer was a simple one for these three women.

“Growing up in Missouri, I was in Camp Fire Girls and my mom was the leader,” Wells said. “I remember all the fun we had, and I wanted to share that experience with my daughter.”

Link agrees with Wells. “There was a need in our area and specifically in our troop and also seeing the difference that Girl Scouting has made in my two daughters. I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of,” she stated.

Simmons, who has served as the Girl Scout Daisy leader for a year, said the experience has been rewarding. “I wanted to participate in the Girl Scout program with my daughter and when I noticed the troop needed somebody to work with the younger girls, I volunteered!”

Each volunteer agrees that although they commit various hours throughout the month to lead troop meetings, manage paperwork and coordinate troop efforts with the girls guiding many of the decisions, Girl Scouting is relevant to shaping both the girls and the adults themselves in their daily lives.

This summer, the troop ventured to Washington D.C. The girls worked collectively for more than a year to raise funds for the trip.

But, travel is only a small focus of the girls’ year-round troop experience. In the past three years, the girls have donated hours of service in their communities to help others. They collected food and toiletries for A Storehouse for Jesus, made Christmas decorations and sang songs for the residents of Autumn Care, collected candy around Halloween time and sent it to the military, assisted Davie Domestic Violence Services & Rape Crisis Center in helping at First Presbyterian Church with breakfast and cheering runners during the Color Downtown Fun Run.

Link said spending time with her daughters and investing in teaching them positive skills and traits is part of making lasting memories in all the girls’ lives.

Troop 02146 is open to new girls in grades kindergarten to sixth. Or, contact local recruitment manager Anita Harrison to learn more about starting a troop at 336-328-0404.

August 11, 2015 – Local Girl Scout visits the Carribean

Tess_PGirl Scout Ambassador Tess P. of Asheboro and a member of Troop 40680, traveled to the Caribbean this summer as part of a Girl Scout destinations experience.

During her week-long adventure, Tess stayed in cabanas at a private Girl Scout camp on the edge of the rainforest and had the unique opportunity to kayak at night through a bio-luminescent lagoon.

“It was incredible! When I put my hand in the water and moved it around a little, the water would glow around me,” she said. “Not many people can say that their first time kayaking was through a bio-luminescent bay by the light of the full moon, but I can!”

This environmentally conscious program allowed Tess to explore many of the adventures and historical treasures to be found in the Caribbean. She stayed with 18 other Girl Scouts on the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory.

Her trip also included many exciting adventures including snorkeling in the ocean, exploring one of the largest cave systems in the world by walkway, hiking through an endangered rainforest, seeing the world heritage sites of Old San Juan and learning about the universe at the largest radio telescope on the planet, as well as relaxing at the Caribbean beach.

“My favorite experience during my trip was visiting the Camuy Caverns,” Tess said. “They were so impossibly massive and, since I’m a writer, my inspiration was off the charts! It was an amazing experience!”

Tess said she would recommend other Girl Scouts consider a destinations opportunity. “I was able to meet amazing girls and become friends with them. In addition, I learned about a different culture and tried things that may be once-in-a-lifetime opportunities,” she stated.

Tess, daughter of Bill P. and Rhonda D., is a junior at Uwharrie Charter Academy. An honor roll student, Tess serves as vice president of the Sustainable Business Forum and project vice president of the Venture Crew. She is also involved in orchestra, the Tri-M Music Honors Society, clogging and student government, as well as plays golf and tennis and volunteers at her local Hospice.

Girl Scout destinations are trips designed for Girl Scouts in grades sixth and above, and range from a two-day to three-week travel experience. Girls can pick from a variety of travel locations and have the opportunity to develop leadership skills, gain confidence and take action outside their normal communities.

May 20, 2015 – Longtime Girl Scout volunteer receives service award

Joan Mabry of Shelby and longtime Girl Scout volunteer was recently honored with the Cross and Flame Award by her church, Central United Methodist in Shelby.

The Cross and Flame Award is given to individuals in the Methodist church who go above and beyond in service. With more than 15 years experience in Girl Scouting, Mabry (and her husband, who also received the award for his work with Boy Scouts) definitely qualify for giving of their time.

Mabry became involved with the organization when her oldest daughter was a Girl Scout Brownie. When her youngest daughter also joined in, she took on the role as leader, which led to her guiding the troop for 12 years until they finished as Girl Scout Ambassadors. On top of that, both of her girls earned their Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.

“I started off in Girl Scouting as a way to connect to my daughter and other girls, but it has given me such a sense of community and wanting to help others,” said Mabry. “Plus, it’s really neat to see what the girls can do.”

As a troop leader, she took her girls on lots of trips from local museums and attractions to Disney and Savannah, the birthplace of Girl Scouting. With support from a generous donor in her church who believed in the Girl Scout mission, she was able to give her girls experiences they might have never had.

Mabry also says she learned things as a Girl Scout leader that she wouldn’t have otherwise known, including the joys of camping and cooking over an open fire.

“One of my best memories of Girl Scouts was when I attended an older girl weekend at camp with my daughter. It was unstructured, but one thing that was required of us was that we cook everything outdoors,” said Mabry. “I am still amazed at what we cooked over the campfire that weekend.”

With so many options for youth today, Mabry continues to be an advocate for what the program offers.

“There is nothing that should make them prouder than being involved in Girl Scouting. Making a commitment for that long is a great accomplishment,” she said. “And as a leader, I don’t think you can get any more satisfaction than seeing the girls stick with something and complete what they started.”

May 11, 2015 – Family Fun Days provide popular camp activities and support camp scholarship fund

Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont (GSCP2P) is hosting Camp Family Fun Days at its three resident camps. The Girl Scout camps are open to the public. Families are encouraged to attend and discover the exciting summer resident and day camp programs designed for all girls entering grades 1-12.

Camp Family Fun Day allows families to tour the facilities, meet with the camp directors and staff members and learn about camp life. Touring camp is free. Popular activities and food are available for a small cost to support the camp scholarship fund to help send girls to camp.

Girls and their parents can attend on any of the following dates at these locations from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • June 7, 2015 – Camp Pisgah, 570 Girl Scout Camp Road, Brevard
  • June 13, 2015 – Ginger Cascades Adventure Base Camp, 2090 Scout Road, Lenoir
  • June 14, 2015 – Keyauwee Program Center, 2574 Sweetbriar Road, Sophia

GSCP2P resident camps are American Camp Association (ACA) accredited and comply with more than 300 standards.

In addition to traditional activities like swimming, arts and crafts, hiking, games, canoeing, team-challenges and learning about nature, P2P camps also offer exciting adventures that include opportunities such as horseback riding, climbing, archery, backpacking, rafting, llama trekking and more! Each of the sleeping areas have access to electricity, plumbing and hot showers.

During the summer, day camps will also be offered at each resident camp with convenient drop-off and pick-up locations available to transport girls to and from day camp. Stops include: Asheville and Mills River (Camp Pisgah); Hickory, Lincolnton and Statesville (Ginger Cascades Adventure Base Camp); and Colfax, High Point and Winston-Salem (Keyauwee Program Center).

Ginger Cascades Adventure Base Camp is located on 226 acres just outside of Lenoir in Caldwell County. This camp has a pool, cascades to slide down, rock climbing wall, archery range and a lake for canoeing, fishing and rowboating. Units at camp consist of cabins, log cabins, tree houses and a lodge with bunks.

Camp Pisgah is located on 162 acres in the mountains of Brevard in Transylvania County. This property has many activity areas including a lake, pool, riding stables, climbing wall, petting farm and archery range. Camp Pisgah has six unique living areas that include yurts, cabins, tree houses and a small loft.

Keyauwee Program Center is located on 350 acres just south of Greensboro in Randolph County. This site offers lakes, a pool and diving well, riding stable with a covered arena, 50 foot Alpine Tower, archery range, climbing tower and an air-conditioned dining facility. Sleeping quarters include air-conditioned bunkhouses, four-person cabins and platform tents with interior screening.

To learn more about specific camp sessions, visit Camp Like a Girl, where online registration is accepted or call 800-672-2148.

May 5, 2015 – Girl Scout cookies available to military personnel

OSTLogoGirl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont collected enough funds through their annual service project, Operation Sweet Treat, to donate 26,815 packages of Girl Scout cookies to active and former military personnel.

The Girl Scout cookies are being distributed to military personnel at Ft. Bragg, N.C., are being inserted into care packages that will be shipped to military personnel serving in the United States and abroad, are being distributed to some military guard units stationed in western North Carolina and were already distributed to homeless veterans through the Greensboro Veterans Center.

In appreciation for service to our country, Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont invites current and former U.S. military personnel to stop by one of their service centers between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday, May 18 through Thursday, May 21, 2015 to pick up a free package of Girl Scout cookies. The service centers are located at:

  • 31 College Place, Building C, Asheville
  • 8818 W. Market St., Colfax
  • 156 S. South St., Suite 201, Gastonia
  • 530 4th St. SW, Hickory

Cookies will be distributed while supplies last. For questions, call 800-672-2148.

April 20, 2015 – Girl Scout camp available for all girls; register now!

With 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 Adventure Base Camp (Lenoir, NC), Camp Pisgah (Brevard, NC) and Keyauwee Program Center (Sophia, NC).

All three camps have activities that match any girl’s interests and sessions 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 Chattanooga Aquarium, the Virginia Creeper or the Wilmington beach and much more. Family programs are also available.

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, a cook, a health supervisor and specialty staff selected for their leadership skills and experience in working with children.

GSCP2P Girl Scout 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 await them!”

To learn more, visit Camp Like a Girl, where online registration is accepted or call 800-672-2148. Girls and their parents are also invited to learn more at the upcoming family fun days, where girls and their families, have an opportunity to tour the facilities and participate in some of the most popular activities. Touring camp is free but to help raise money for the camp scholarship fund, the activities and food are available for a small cost. All profits help send girls to camp.

  • June 7, 2015 – Camp Pisgah, 570 Girl Scout Camp Road, Brevard
  • June 13, 2015 – Camp Ginger Cascades Adventure Base Camp, 2090 Scout Road, Lenoir
  • June 14, 2014 – Keyauwee Program Center, 2574 Sweetbriar Road, Sophia

April 1, 2015 – Girl Scout visits Raleigh during Girl Scout Week

2015_GovPage_DianeMcCleary_AlexandraSGirl Scout Ambassador Alexandra S., Jamestown, headed to Raleigh during National Girl Scout Week from March 9-13. She served with Girl Scouts from across the state of North Carolina to learn about the complex inner workings of the state government. She is a member of Girl Scout Troop 41441 of Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont.

During her week as a governor’s page, Alexandra was assigned to work in the governor’s administrative office in a position similar to an intern and managed a variety of clerical tasks.

Throughout the week, Alexandra toured the State Capitol, Court of Appeals, House of Representatives, Legislative Building, Governor’s Mansion, North Carolina Museum of History and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and various other locations.

“The highlight of my experience was meeting Gov. Pat McCrory and making new friends,” she said.

As a result of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, the organization advocates that girls become involved in local, regional and national key issues. The Girl Scout approach to leadership is based on three principles – discover, connect and take action. An opportunity, such as the governor’s page program, allows the girls to explore the world around them, connect with government leaders and take action in the community.

“This experience will help me in the future because it gave me a better understanding of how government works and will help me be a better citizen,” Alexandra said.

Alexandra, who has earned both the Girl Scout Bronze Award and Silver Award, is currently working on her Girl Scout Gold Award, an achievement earned by committing more than 80 hours to address a community need.

“Girl Scouts has helped me develop leadership skills by being put in situations that require it. It has afforded me opportunities to practice and develop my leadership skills,” Alexandra stated.

A junior at Ragsdale High School, Alexandra serves as president of Karma Club, a peer tutor and treasurer of the eleventh grade Student Council. She is a member of Key Club, Beta Club and Inter-club Council. She is also a youth representative for Jamestown United Methodist Church Council and a volunteer at The Outreach Center for Jamestown United Methodist Church, as well as a concessions worker for Jamestown Youth League and a Cotillion Assistant for Piedmont Cotillions. 

March 31, 2015 – Local Girl Scouts Visited NC General Assembly

2015_NC_General_AssemblyGirls Scouts from across the state traveled to Raleigh to meet their legislators and watch the General Assembly in session on Girl Scout Advocacy Day, Wednesday, March 11, 2015. Prior to the legislative sessions, Girl Scouts hosted a Girl Scouts Cookies ‘N’ Milk Reception at the General Assembly.

Local Girl Scouts from Cleveland County had the opportunity to meet with Rep. Tim Moore of District 111. These girls include: Ashley P., Cherryville; Ila W. and Sabra W., both of Clover; Anna Grace J. and Emily J., both of Lawndale; and Brooklin H., Julia H., Bailey S., Emily W. and Erin W., all of Shelby.

Girl Scout Advocacy Day occurs every two years as part of Girl Scout Week. North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory proclaimed March 9-13, 2015 as Girl Scout Week in North Carolina, March 9-13, 2015. During the Girl Scout Cookies and Milk Reception, local Girl Scouts had the opportunity to meet with their legislators, shadow members and staff, tour the legislative building and observe the N.C. House and Senate N.C. legislative sessions.

“Our Girl Scout visit to the Capitol illustrates the need and importance of the voice of girls,” Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont Chief Executive Officer Lane Cook said. “Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont is an advocate for all girls, as we listen to what our girls say and learn about the issues that are critical to them. By empowering them with the opportunities to speak with their legislators and helping them learn more about the power of civic engagement, we are building a generation of confident young women who will truly make a difference in the world.”

As a result of the visit, Senate Bill 400 has been proposed by Sen. Tamara Barringer of District 17 to encourage access to Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts for public school systems. Barringer, a Girl Scout alumna, has proposed the bill with Sen. Warren Daniel of District 46 and Sen. E.S. (Buck) Newton of District 11.

When Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low first assembled 18 girls from Savannah, Ga., for that first meeting on March 12, 1912, she believed all girls should be given the opportunity to develop physically, mentally and spiritually. Today, Girl Scouts is for all girls from kindergarten through high school. Wherever girls live, whatever their circumstances, Girl Scouts helps girls develop their leadership potential, connect with others, and take action to make a difference in the world.

March 16, 2015 – Warmer weather is coming; day camp available for girls

Warmer weather is coming, and girls should be excited for their best summer ever! Parents can make plans now for their daughter to have fun at a local day camp! And, the best part – Girl Scout membership is not required for participation.

This summer, Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont is offering day camps at three resident camp locations, including Ginger Cascades Adventure Base Camp in Lenoir, Camp Pisgah in Brevard and Keyauwee Program Center in Sophia.

The program, open to all rising first through sixth grade girls whether they are a Girl Scout or not, includes daily swimming, arts and crafts, sports, boating and an optional Thursday night sleepover at camp. With the daily schedule, it is a great opportunity for girls who are new to camp to experience the adventures and activities without being away from home for too long.

Day camps are available on the following locations/dates:

  • Ginger Cascades Adventure Base Camp – June 22-26, June 29-July 3 and July 6-10
  • Camp Pisgah – June 22-26, June 29-July 3, July 6-10, July 13-17 and July 20-24
  • Keyauwee Program Center – June 22-26, June 29-July 3, July 6-10, July 13-17, July 20-24 and July 27-31

The cost for a day camp program is $135/week; with an additional $35 for an optional Thursday overnight.

Convenient drop-off and pick-up locations will also be available to transport girls to and from day camp. Stops include: Asheville and Mills River (Camp Pisgah); Hickory, Lincolnton and Statesville (Ginger Cascades Adventure Base Camp); and Colfax, High Point and Winston-Salem (Keyauwee Program Center). There is an additional $50 fee to add round trip transportation for the week.

To register for day camp, please visit Camp Like a Girl

January 26, 2015 – Summer camp not just for Girl Scouts; register now!

Girl Scout camp is not just for registered Girl Scouts! Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont (GSCP2P) invites all girls entering grades 1 – 12 to have fun at camp this summer and is now accepting camp registrations for all girls, both member and non-member! Resident camps are offered throughout June and July at three of the council’s camp properties – there’s something for every girl! Register online at www.camplikeagirl.org by March 19 and save up to $50 per camp session!

GSCP2P resident camp properties include Ginger Cascades Adventure Base Camp (Lenoir, NC), Camp Pisgah (Brevard, NC) and Keyauwee Program Center (Sophia, NC).

Day camps will also be offered at each resident camp with convenient drop-off and pick-up locations available to transport girls to and from day camp. Stops include: Asheville and Mills River (Camp Pisgah); Hickory, Lincolnton and Statesville (Ginger Cascades Adventure Base Camp); and Colfax, High Point and Winston-Salem (Keyauwee Program Center).

These three Girl Scout camps offer traditional camp activities that include swimming, boating, nature exploration, low challenge course, hiking and campfire gatherings within its specialty sessions that target the arts, dance, horseback riding, water activities, adventure sports, science and more. Each of the sleeping areas have access to electricity, plumbing and hot showers.

“Girl Scout summer camp programs encourage girls to discover new ideas and skills,” said Lane Cook, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont. “Camp is a place where girls also connect to people and ideas by learning the value of cooperation and team building. They develop friendships and memories that can last a lifetime.”

Why should parents consider Girl Scout resident camp above the rest? Girl Scout outcomes speak to the organization’s three keys to leadership – discover, connect and take action – and are integral components of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and the 15 outcomes set forth by Girl Scouts of the USA. In addition, our resident camps are American Camp Association (ACA) accredited and comply with more than 300 standards.

To learn more about specific camp sessions, visit Camp Like a Girl, where online registration is accepted or call 800-672-2148. 

January 26, 2015 – Local Girl Scout visits Costa Rica

175Girl Scout Cadette Breanna M. of Blowing Rock and a member of Troop 10807, traveled to Costa Rica over winter break as part of a Girl Scout destinations experience.

During her nine-day adventure, Breanna had the unique opportunity to work in the community of Soki, replacing the local school house floor and communicating daily with the locals, despite the language barriers. Her trip also included many exciting adventures including white water rafting, zip lining and shopping with her fellow Girl Scouts.

“I never thought I would help a community in the ways that I did,” Breanna said. “I know that I can reach out to other girls and people, in general, and be a more helpful person.”

A highlight of Breanna’s trip was her activities on New Year’s Eve. She suddenly realized the date and could not believe time had flown by! Continuing the work on the school house floor was the main project that day, removing the old floor and mixing sand from a nearby river to make concrete. In addition, Breanna gave away a pair of shoes and a couple of shirts to a local girl and later learned a traditional Costa Rican dance.

Breanna chose to do a Girl Scout destinations trip because she wanted to give back by working and experiencing a new culture.

“I had a wonderful time and it changed my perspective on how easy it can be to make the world a better place when we work together,” Breanna said.

Breanna, daughter of David and Vivian M., is an eighth grader at Blowing Rock Middle School. An honor roll student, she is involved with her school’s chorus and track and field, as well as, involved with her church in the handbell choir, piano, and Rumple Youth Group. She was also awarded Student of the Month by Blowing Rock Rotary Club in September 2014.

Girl Scout destinations are trips designed for Girl Scouts in grades six and above, and range from a two-day to three-week travel experience. Girls can pick from a variety of travel locations and have the opportunity to develop leadership skills, gain confidence and take action outside their normal communities.

January 1, 2015 – Annual Girl Scout Cookie Program goes digital

CookieSlide2015It’s almost time to stock up on Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Patties and all your favorites! Girl Scout cookies arrive by January 17 and are available through March 1. This year includes a new twist – girls can sell cookies online!

Local Girl Scouts of Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont (GSCP2P) will for the first time offer an online purchasing option for their customers. Through a program called COCOdirect, girls can send friends and family an invitation to purchase cookies online. Customers can place their orders and have their cookies shipped directly to them (shipping charges will apply). For those who don’t have a Girl Scout connection, consumers can e-mail their name, phone number and address to cookies@girlscoutsp2p.org. Consumers can also visit www.girlscoutcookies.org to find local cookies or download the cookie mobile app.

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.

“Everything we do is online these days and giving girls real-world experience in using online applications and conducting e-commerce is a valuable skill that they will use in the future,” said Lane Cook, chief executive officer for GSCP2P. “By combining the values and lessons of door-to-door and booth sales with modern business and entrepreneurial skills, the cookie program is going to the next level.”

In addition to the new online sales, GSCP2P will also have a gluten-free cookie option, Trios, along with the regular lineup of Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Patties, Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Thanks-A-Lots, Lemonades, Cranberry Citrus Crisps and Shortbreads.

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 Cook.

Except for the gluten-free chocolate chip, which will retail for $5 per package, all other cookies will be $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.

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.

December 8, 2014 – 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.

Nearly 300 troops consisting of 2,608 Girl Scouts from central and western North Carolina donated 6,863 bags of goods to Goodwill, which was a 4% 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.

“Donated goods are the lifeblood of our organization,” said Jaymie Eichorn, Goodwill VP of Marketing and Communications. “Our partnership with the Girl Scouts provides much needed support for our employment and training programs and educates thousands of girls and young women on our mission.”

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 5, 2014 – Girl Scout horse honored

Horse_CoryCircle C Equestrian Center, operated by Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont, recently had one if its horses selected by the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) as a finalist for School Horse of the Year.

Cory, a horse that has been a member of the “staff” at Circle C for six years, was one of four horses nominated for the prestigious award given out every year by CHA. Horses are chosen based on letters of recommendations and photos from students, instructors and parents.

“Out of all the Certified Horsemanship Association programs in the United States and Canda, the nominating committee recognized what we have known all along- that we are so lucky to have Cory teaching our girls,” said Cathy Thacker, Equine Program Specialist at Circle C.

As a school horse, Cory helps with private lessons and troop programs, teaching riders from beginners to advanced. His versatility as a horse makes him the go-to for anything from mounted archery to making public appearances on the news.

To learn more about the programs Cory and his friends offer throughout the year, including weekend events, troop sessions and private lessons, please visit Camp Like a Girl.