HICKORY, NC (September 2, 2016)…As summer comes to an end, a new school year begins, including opportunities for local girls and adults to become a Girl Scout.

Volunteers are the heart and soul of Girl Scouting – and Cathy McCoy along with her co-leader, Cindi Woods of Lenoir, are two volunteers who have served as troop leaders to four girls in Troop 10193. McCoy decided to volunteer as a troop leader since there was a need for troop leaders in her area and she wanted her daughter to experience Girl Scouts.


“I wanted to be able to spend as much time as possible with my daughter, since the years fly by when they are little,” said McCoy.

McCoy commits approximately four hours a week to Girls Scouting and has been leading the group for eight years now. Although McCoy wasn’t a Girl Scout as a child, she enjoys leading her daughter’s troop and encourages other moms to get involved too, especially if they have a daughter in Girl Scouts.

Although the Girl Scouts enjoy traveling, camping, the cookie program and other fun activities throughout the year, helping out the community is a big part of what the Girl Scouts are all about.

“My older girls have completed service projects and have earned the Girl Scout Silver and Bronze Awards working with Pet Partner Networks, where they held pet adoptions and sold cookies to help build a no-kill shelter,” said McCoy. “They have also worked with Yokefellow and Leos Homeless Shelter to provide food and bedding to people in need.”

McCoy loves the lasting impression Girl Scouts leave on both the girls and the volunteers. “One of my favorite parts about being a troop leader, is when a former Girl Scout who was once in my troop, comes up to me when I’m out somewhere and says, ‘Hey, do you remember me? I was in your troop!’”

These experiences McCoy speaks about, not only create lasting memories, but also life lessons the girls can take with them through each stage of their life.

Additional informational meetings are also scheduled at the following locations. All events are at 6:30 p.m.
• Sept. 19 – Granite Falls Elementary, 60 N. Highland Ave., Granite Falls
• Sept. 20 – Hudson Elementary, 200 Roy E. Coffey Drive, Hudson
• Sept. 22 – Caldwell County Public Library, 120 Hospital Ave. NE, Lenoir

To learn more about starting a Girl Scout troop or joining Girl Scouts, contact local recruitment manager Lydia Doll at 828-328-2444 or e-mail Or, girls and parents can also find informational events near them by searching an online zip code locator at


About Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont
Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont, a United Way agency, is one of 112 councils nationwide chartered by Girl Scouts of the USA to deliver Girl Scout program within specific geographic boundaries. The local council serves nearly 14,500 girls and 6,400 adult volunteers in 40 counties and maintains three camp properties and four service centers offering unique experiences for girls and adults. For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to GSCP2P, call 800-672-2148 or visit

About Girl Scouts of the USA
We’re 2.8 million strong—2 million girls and 800,000 adults who believe girls can change the world. It began over 100 years ago with one woman, Girl Scouts’ founder Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low, who believed in the power of every girl. She organized the first Girl Scout troop on March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia, and every year since, we’ve made her vision a reality, helping girls discover their strengths, passions, and talents. Today we continue the Girl Scout mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. And with programs for girls from coast to coast and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to do something amazing. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit