Sampson County Girl Scouts earn prestigious Silver Award

October 22, 2013

RALEIGH — Kimberly Baxter of Clinton and Jenna Mitchell of Roseboro have been awarded the Girl Scout Silver Award by Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines, which is the second highest achievement in Girl Scouting. The award symbolizes Girl Scout Cadettes’ accomplishments in Girl Scouting and their community as they discover their strengths and take action to make the world a better place.

For their Girl Scout Silver Award project, Baxter and Mitchell donated 40 durable canvas bags to the Backpack Buddies program. They painted and labeled the bags and then organized a food drive to collect food. Both are members of Girl Scout Troop 1550 led by Susan Baxter and Kim Sutton.

Baxter has been a Girl Scout since 2004 and is the daughter of John and Susan Baxter. She is currently in the ninth grade, and in addition to Girl Scouting, Baxter participates in dance, and plays volleyball and piano.

Mitchell has been a Girl Scout since 2005 and is the daughter of Scott and Sharon Mitchell. She is currently in the ninth grade and also enjoys playing soccer, volleyball, softball, and she participates in the Dance Shoppe.

The Silver Award is the highest honor a Girl Scout in the sixth through eighth grades can earn. The Silver Award recognizes the work of Girl Scout Cadettes who demonstrate leadership skills culminating in 50 hours or more dedicated toward a service project that makes a difference in their community. It can be done as an individual or with a group. If done with a group, a girl must be responsible for a specific part of the project and evaluate her contribution to the project and the group.

Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls with 3.2 million girl and adult members worldwide. Girl Scouting is the leading authority on girls’ healthy development, and builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

In partnership with 10,000 adult volunteers, Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines serves more than 35,000 girl members in 41 central and eastern North Carolina counties. (Counties are: Beaufort, Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Chatham, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Durham, Edgecombe, Franklin, Granville, Greene, Halifax, Harnett, Hoke, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Martin, Moore, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Orange, Pamlico, Pender, Person, Pitt, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Vance, Wake, Warren, Wayne, and Wilson.) The council’s administrative headquarters is located in Raleigh, with additional program and service centers located in Fayetteville and Goldsboro. For more information on membership or volunteer opportunities, call 800-284-4475 or visit