Girl Scouts Of Northern California Helps Girls Find Their Wow!


Meet the new Girl Scout. She hasn’t joined yet but she’s ready for WOW! With 3.2 million members across the globe, Girl Scouts believes every experience should be wow-worthy. In everything they do, girls are encouraged to follow the fun, do what they love, and never back down from a big adventure. Because when girls wow themselves, they find the sparkle that makes them special and the confidence to never stop believing in their dreams.

The adventures grow as the girls do. The youngest, the Girl Scout Daisy (grades K-1), can’t wait to start the fun. With the first Daisy troop forming 72 years after the start of Girl Scouting in 1912, the Daisy level is celebrating its 30-year anniversary this month! The name “Daisy” holds a close place in many Girl Scouts’ hearts; it is Founder Juliette Gordon Low’s nickname.

The new Girl Scout can’t wait to start fun activities and make new friends. She looks forward to sleeping under the stars at Waterworks Park, participating in a NASA-sponsored rocket satellite project, walking the runway at a PJ party at Chico Mall’s overnight lock-in, or visiting Turtle Bay Exploration Park to see the ginormous 8-foot Etch-A-Sketch in its Toytopia exhibit.

art-1014-gs2Girl Scouts of Northern California’s two newest teen recipients of the 2014 Gold Award (the highest honor in Girl Scouting) started as Daisies. Shalyn Fullerton’s Gold Award project fed 40 elementary school children who were in need of food on weekends in Redding. With food in their tummies, the kids were ready to start learning on Monday mornings. This project fed kids for the 2013-2014 school year and is continuing. You can learn about the project on the Facebook page “Food for Thought, A Backpack Program.”

Gold Award recipient Kaitlyn McElroy created and built a science center at Vista Children’s Center in Paradise. Kaitlyn hopes her project will encourage local preschoolers to begin scientific thinking and to become enthused as science progresses with them throughout their academic years.

As Daisies, Shalyn and Kaitlyn learned about working in collaboration and developed values. Daisies learn to share their good, to shine brightly, and to take action for themselves, their communities and the world.

Because Girl Scouts have the biggest girl-led business in the world, the cookie and nut program, girls from Gridley to Yreka can earn their way to amazing adventures each year. Girls can go to places such as San Francisco, Seattle or even Europe without spending a dime of their parent’s money!    

Girl Scouts today is amazing for adults too. It’s the coolest girl-only organization where moms can learn and play side-by-side with their daughters.

The girls learn to share their talents and create their own adventures. Wherever they go, Girl Scouts will have a network of friends to support and guide them to grow and shine. The skills and confidence, courage and character they gain help make the world a better place.

For more information about Girl Scouts of Northern California, visit or call your local Girl Scout connection at (800) 447-4475: Butte County:  Liz, ext. 3023; Glenn/Tehama County: Elsa, ext. 3036; Shasta County:  Bridgette, ext. 3009. Siskiyou County: Silvina (530) 925-2661.

Helen Molnar
About Helen Molnar

Helen Molnar is the program director for Girl Scouts of Northern California, where she enjoys delivering fun and innovative programs for girls of all ages.


  1. What a great article

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