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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.

News Releases

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

October 7, 2013 – Girl Scouts Receive Certificate of Merit Award

Hanna_PTwo Girl Scout summer resident camp staff were recently awarded the National Certificate of Merit lifesaving awards from the American Red Cross. The two young women used skills learned in Red Cross to assist a camper in life-threatening situation.

Hanna P. of Sophia, NC, and Kristin G. of Port Elizabeth, East Cape, South Africa, served as camp counselors at Keyauwee Program Center during the summer of 2012, when the incident occurred. (A photo was not available of Kristin.)

During a tubing trip to the Dan River, a camper was pinned underwater, head down and underneath a 60-foot tree that had fallen into the river. The camp counselors quickly responded by removing her from the water and administering CPR so the camper could cough up the water and breathe on her own. The counselors continued to move the injured victim down the river, helping her to remain calm and keeping her conscious from her head injury, while ensuring the safety of eight other girls on the trip.

“We were grateful that our camp staff had the necessary lifesaving skills to respond to this emergency situation,” said Marcia Cole, chief executive officer for Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont. “We are humbled that both have been honored for their heroism and how to be prepared for anything in life, especially when something like this happens.”

In 2013, there were only 70 of these awards presented nationally.

“We’re honored to present this award to Hanna and Kristin as their actions demonstrate why a fundamental mission of the Red Cross is to help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies,” said Suzan Anderson, community chapter executive for the American Red Cross Catawba Valley Chapter. “It’s so important to have as many people as possible trained in lifesaving skills because an emergency can happen at any time any place.”

The Certificate of Merit is the highest award bestowed by the American Red Cross and bears the signature of the President of the United States. It is national-level award recognizing community members who save or sustain a life using skills learned in Red Cross training. Honorees receive a medal of honor that bears the Red Cross logo and the words, “Lifesaving Award of Merit.” 

September 30, 2013 – Girl Scouts Launches Redesigned Website!

website_homepageToday, Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont launched a significant redesign of its website to serve as a comprehensive resource for the council, which serves nearly 16,000 girls and 7,500 adult members in 40 counties across central and western North Carolina. The site was launched to coincide with the kick-off of Girl Scout’s National Recruitment Week (September 30 to October 6).

The website provides improved functionality and intuitive navigation for its members and the community. The new site provides easy-to-find resources for girls, parents, and volunteers, including programs, camps, volunteer opportunities, news, and events calendar.

The homepage features First Lady Michelle Obama, who discusses the important role played by Girl Scout volunteers in a new video released yesterday by Girl Scouts of the USA, for which she serves as Honorary National President. Mrs. Obama’s video coincides with the launch of the organization’s national campaign that captures the fun of Girl Scouting with the theme “I can’t wait to…” and girl-friendly grassroots promotions that will reach every community nationwide.

GSCP2P also launched its online shop that features uniforms and handbooks. Additional merchandise will be added in phased implementation for the last quarter of 2013. Orders placed through the online shop will be processed within two business days and multiple payment methods are accepted including Master Card, VISA, American Express and Discover.

The site also complements the council’s social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube) to keep visitors up-to-date date with the latest happenings for GSCP2P.

“The website is integral for communication with our members who live in central and western North Carolina,” said Marcia Cole, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont. “The site also provides the convenience of online shopping for those who enjoy shopping from their home or are unable to visit our physical locations given the wide geographic distribution of the council.”

Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont’s new site was designed by Big Boom Design, an Asheville-based web design and internet consulting firm that specializes in interactive websites and offers custom solutions to help leverage the power of the Internet. 

September 25, 2013 – Girl Scouts Team Up with Goodwill!

good turn for, goodwill, clothing drive, 2013. clothes hangerGirl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont, in partnership with Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina, announce its annual partnership Good Turn for Goodwill community service project. This event will take place throughout the month of October at local Goodwill retail stores and all Goodwill donation centers.

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

“Our partnership with the Girl Scouts generates support for our services and fosters awareness of our mission,” said Jaymie Eichorn, VP Marketing for Goodwill Industries of Northwest NC. “The economy has taken a toll on our donation levels while at the same time we are seeing more people come to us for help. The donations collected by the Girl Scout troops are instrumental in helping us meet that need.”

As a result of this collaboration, Goodwill uses the proceeds from the sale of donated goods to help people with barriers to employment find jobs and reach financial stability. And, the Girl Scouts will raise their awareness of recycling and give back to the community. After participating, the girls will receive a patch to show their efforts. 

August 26, 2013 – I Can’t Wait To… Join Girl Scouts Today!

ICWT_logo2You know that feeling when you just can’t wait for tomorrow? It’s back-to-school time and with that comes the anticipation for girls to join Girl Scouts!

In Girl Scouting, girls are always counting down to the next adventure! Maybe it’s artistic. Maybe it’s an experiment. Maybe it’s getting outside or helping the community. Either way, girls will make new friends and have many new experiences that show the excitement of each day!

“A recent Girl Scout research study shows that girls can’t wait to experience all that Girl Scouting has to offer,” said Marcia Cole, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont. “And, we know the feeling – we can’t wait for girls to have those experiences!”

Girls can become a member for $15. Girl participation in program events is immediate but placement in a troop is based on availability.

“In order to guarantee girls can be involved with a troop, we need even more volunteers to accommodate the growing list of girls looking to become Girl Scouts,” Cole said.

Girls and parents are invited to attend Express Events near them to learn more.

Research from the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) shows that women who were Girl Scouts have a stronger sense of self, greater civic engagement, and higher educational attainment and income than those who weren’t Girl Scouts. More important to girl members, Girl Scouting is a fun way to try new experiences that make them realize they can be anything they want to be.

E-mail for more information or call 800-672-2148. 

August 14, 2013 – Girl Scout Camp to Celebrate 60 Years of History

Camp_Pisgah_60_year_patchCamp Pisgah, one of Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont’s (GSCP2P) three resident camps, invites you to celebrate 60 years of camping history on Saturday, September 21.

Camp Pisgah, located in Brevard, NC, has hosted girls for summer camp since 1953. In celebration, GSCP2P has planned a day of activities including boating, archery, rock climbing, face painting, crafts and more. There will also be a special tribute to camp ranger, Avery Reese, who devoted 27 years to the camp community.

“We are really hoping to get the community out in celebration of this camp’s rich history. I encountered so many parents and grandparents this summer who reminisced of their stay at camp, all while dropping their little campers off. This is a great opportunity for those folks to come together to bond, share stories, enjoy camp activities and eat great food,” said Jessica Canteen, program manager of Camp Pisgah. “We are also excited to pay tribute to former camp ranger, Avery Reese. He invested so much of his life and energy towards making Camp Pisgah what it is today.”

Admission to the celebration is free and includes dinner and dessert. Activities will be offered for a small fee. The event runs from 2-9 p.m.

For more information or to RSVP by Sunday, September 15, please e-mail Jessica Canteen or call 828-862-4435.

July 24, 2013 – Local Girl Scout Visits China for Leadership

Whitney_RGirl Scout Ambassador Whitney R. of Asheboro traveled to China this summer as part of a Girl Scout destinations experience.

During the 10-day Great Panda Adventure trip, Whitney experienced Ya’an, China, where a panda base is located. She fed the pandas, cleaned their living area and even visited the hospital onsite. She also spent a few days in Chengdu and Beijing sightseeing and taking it all in.

“Being so close to a panda was an experience that is hard to explain, but definitely the highlight of the trip,” Whitney said. “They are such gentle creatures that know you are there to help them. The first day at the panda base we had the opportunity to sit beside a baby panda and take a picture. Once my picture was taken, the baby panda crawled into my lap. That is something not everyone can say happened to them.”

Girl Scout destinations are trips designed for Girl Scout Cadettes (grades 6-8) and older 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 meet remarkable girls, develop leadership skills, gain confidence and enjoy valuable learning opportunities while they learn to take action in the communities around them.

“Another highlight of my trip was seeing the Summer Palace. It took my breath away; it was the most beautiful sight I had ever seen and words cannot even describe it,” she said.

Whitney feels that the Girl Scout destinations opportunity was definitely worth it and would also agree that Girl Scouts prepared her for her travel experience.

“Girl Scouts prepared me to be open to issues and ideas that occurred during the trip. A part of our pledge states, ‘and to be a sister to every Girl Scout’ – this pledge helped me make friends easily with other girls,” she stated.

Whitney is a member of Troop 41175 and is a Girl Scout Bronze and Silver Award recipient and is working towards her Girl Scout Gold Award.


July 15, 2013 – Local Girl Scouts Nominated for National Young Women of Distinction

Three local Girl Scouts have been nominated for the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) National Young Women of Distinction (NYWOD).

Michelle G. of Denver, Katie K. of Summerfield and Jerrilyn S. of Blowing Rock were nominated by Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont for the special distinction. Each of the three young women has earned her Girl Scout Gold Award – the highest award in Girl Scouting – and was nominated for demonstrating extraordinary leadership in the completion of her community action project. The Girl Scout Gold Award is earned by fewer than six percent of all Girl Scouts.

NYWOD is a special honor conferred by GSUSA on ten Girl Scout Gold Award recipients from across the nation whose final projects demonstrated extraordinary leadership, had a measurable and sustainable impact, and addressed a local challenge that related to a national and/or global issue. Any Girl Scout who completed her Girl Scout Gold Award between July 1, 2011 and December 31, 2012 was eligible.

Of the more than hundred eligible local Gold Award recipients, GSCP2P was allowed to select three girls for recommendation to GSUSA. From the council nominations across the nation, GSUSA will select ten. The girls have a chance to receive a $3,000 scholarship made possible by the generosity of the Ford Foundation and Kappa Delta.

July 11, 2013 – Top Cookie Sellers Recognized at Annual Event

Top_10_SellersThe Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led business in the country and has taught Girl Scouts for decades the importance of goal setting, decision-making, money management, people skills and business ethics.

This year, Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont honored 365 girls, who sold 500 or more boxes of cookies during the 2013 program at the GEO (Girls Empowering Opportunity) Cookie Recognition Event at Wet ’n Wild Emerald Pointe in June.

Along with recognizing these girls, $26,000 in scholarships were awarded to 23 girls and the top three cookie sellers council-wide for the year also received scholarships.

“Every year, girls earn immeasurable benefits and life skills by participating in the annual cookie program,” said Marcia Cole, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont. “These scholarships are awarded to deserving girls and we can already see the motivation it gives to these young ladies to work hard and do their best in every situation.”

With a tie for tenth place, the top 11 council-wide cookie sellers for 2013 were: Aariana B. of Greensboro (3,654 boxes); Michaela S. of Greensboro (2,694 boxes); Trishlyn P. of Statesville (2,206 boxes); Tylee P. of Statesville (2,206 boxes); Victoria G. of Iron Station (2,122 boxes); Faith C. of McLeansville (1,680 boxes); Erica Ann J. of Greensboro (1,640 boxes); Skylena I. of Canton (1,600 boxes); Sydney F.of Highlands (1,510 boxes); Jessica B. of Leicester (1,500 boxes) and Starling I. of Canton (1,500 boxes).