Barbara Smith of Arden, NC was awarded the GSCP2P Juliette Gordon Low Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her decades of service to the Girl Scout movement. Her embodiment of living the Girl Scout Promise and Law are a truly remarkable testament of who she is.
Barbara became a Girl Scout Brownie in 1938, making this her 84th year as a Girl Scout! Highlights of Barbara’s Girl Scout journey include:
• As a Senior Service Scout during World War II, Barbara and her troop rolled bandages for the local hospital in Asheville.
• She became a Mariner Girl Scout and earned the First Class Rank, equal to today’s Girl Scout Gold Award.
• Barbara worked as a Girl Scout camp counselor both in North Carolina and Arkansas.
• As a young adult, Barbara served on the committee to locate property for the Pisgah Council’s first camp, which is now Camp Pisgah. Later, she would serve as the Camp Business Manager and then the Camp Director for three years.
• Barbara served as a troop leader to her two daughters, leading the troop through to graduation and the First Class Award.
• Barbara served as secretary of the Board of Directors and then president for six years as part of the Pisgah Council.
• In 1977, the Pisgah Council recruited its first class of volunteer trainers, and Barbara was in that group of women. She has been involved in training ever since.
• Barbara planned and directed the Pisgah Council’s national “wider opportunities” in 1998 and 2001.
• She was an invaluable member of the Pisgah Heritage Committee and a founding member of the Trefoil Guild based in western North Carolina. For her years of work at the council level, she has been awarded both the Thanks Badge and Thanks Badge II.
• As an adult, Barbara has traveled to Our Chalet in Switzerland and Our Cabana in Mexico- both Girl Scout World Centers.
The GSCP2P Juliette Gordon Low Lifetime Achievement Award honors individuals with 25 or more years of service to our council whose continuous and outstanding dedication goes beyond expectations of the position(s) held. These individuals exemplify the Girl Scout Promise and Law in his/her daily life, demonstrate respect for the spirit of the movement, share the love of Girl Scouting through interaction with girls, adults, the council and community and are dedicated to the principles of Juliette Gordon Low’s Girl Scout movement.