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Raleigh Girl Scouts among elite troops

North Carolina Coastal Pines designated Girl Scout Troop 1555 of Raleigh one of 12 Daisy’s Dozen Elite Troops for its 2013-14 membership year.

In honor of the vision that Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low 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 out of the council’s approximately 1,500 troops were selected from across the council’s 41-county region.

Girl Scout Troop 1555 is led by Deda Band and Mary Hunt.

Troop members include Addie Band, Hannah Gingery, Alyssa Giorgino, Elyse Goddard, Samiya Hocutt, Olivia Horne, Reagan Hunt, Katelyn Overcash, Sydney Ross, and Caroline Turner.

“Their exemplary commitment to service in their communities and their dedication to the growth of Girl Scouts makes them standouts among an impressive group of girls across the state,” said Lisa Jones, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines in a press release.

The Daisy’s Dozen program includes an assessment tool that outlines 12 steps each troop must complete throughout the year in different categories that include 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, such as participating in local and council-sponsored events or supporting the organization’s annual Family Partnership campaign.

Girl Scout Troop 1555 participated in numerous educational and service activities this year.

The girls attended Teen Camporee at Camp Mu-Sha-Ni and the Girl’s World Expo. The troop held cooking and art classes and expanded their cultural knowledge by celebrating Cinco de Mayo with traditional Mexican foods they prepared themselves.

The troop collected donations for and prepared 16 Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes, made Veterans Day cards for soldiers and baked 18 cakes for a barbeque at Holland’s United Methodist Church in Raleigh, which is where the troop meets.

They also decorated a display case at the church which emphasized the power of positive friendships and offered tips for dealing with bullies.