Durham Girl Scout Troop earns ‘Daisy’s Dozen’ elite status

Nov. 09, 2013 @ 07:48 AM

Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines designated Girl Scout Troop #49 as one of 12  inaugural Daisy’s Dozen Elite Troops for 2012-2013. 

Troop members were presented with award medals at an evening ceremony in Durham Nov. 3.

Troop #49, which is a multi-level troop of Girl Scout Cadettes (grades 6-8) and Seniors (grades 9-10), has 17 registered members and is led by Cindy Sortisio and Zhonghui Yang.  Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines’ Chief Financial Officer Cathy Stipe presented the members with individual medals at a special ceremony held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Durham. 

In honor of the vision that Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low, affectionately known as “Daisy,” had for girls, the Daisy’s Dozen Troop assessment program was created by Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines to help ensure girls are receiving an enriching Girl Scout experience.  After reviewing hundreds of assessments, 12 troops out of 1,500 were selected from across the council’s 41-county region.

“By earning this elite recognition, the girls and their leaders have demonstrated their investment in the Girl Scout leadership experience,” said Lisa Jones, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines. “Their exemplary commitment to service and passion for excellence has provided them with opportunities to develop skills for becoming our future leaders.”

The Daisy’s Dozen program includes an assessment tool that outlines a “dozen” steps each troop must complete throughout the year in different categories including: adult leadership, Girl Scout traditions, entrepreneurship, Girl Scout Journey programs, troop banking, and family involvement.  Troops can strive for “elite” status by successfully completing six bonus steps like participating in local and council-sponsored events or supporting the organization’s annual Family Partnership campaign.

Embracing the Girl Scout Promise and Girl Scout Law is an essential quality of an elite troop.  These Girl Scouts were recognized for not only reciting these values at every meeting but incorporating them into all of their activities and service in the community.

In addition to actualizing the Girl Scout Promise and program, Troop #49 participated in a number of community service projects throughout the year.  They cooked and then served a meal at Urban Ministries Community Kitchen.  In addition, they shopped for holiday gifts for families in the Durham Early Head Start project.

“I think of the Girl Scout program as the scaffolding,” said troop leader Sortisio.  “It has provided a framework for the girls to explore and grow, from little Daisies who used colorful stickers and stamps to make Halloween-themed placemats for Meals on Wheels, to Brownies who planted flower bulbs at their meeting place, to Juniors who earned their Bronze Awards by partnering with a variety of community organizations.  Now they are capable young leaders.”

Other highlights from the 2012-2013 Girl Scout year included organizing the Me & My Guy dance event for all Durham-based Girl Scouts, attending a Triangle Rock Club Lock-in, participating in the International Festival in Raleigh, and backpacking in the North Carolina mountains.