Hammock Coast Edition March/April 2022

www. Char l es tonWomenPodcas t . com | www. ReadCW. com | www. I ns tagram. com /Char l es tonWomen to work on, what’s interesting to them and what they want to learn that year. The leader’s job is to be the caring adult that facilitates the girl-led programs.” Helping the environment, combating bullying and modeling healthy relationships are just a few of the causes important to these budding leaders. Every year, the troop donates some of the money they earn from cookie sales to different causes important to them. This year, for example, one Mount Pleasant troop is donating $1,000 to the homeless shelter and $1,000 to the aquarium. “We all voted,” said Mount Pleasant Girl Scout Brooklyn Stafford, age 10. “We all said what we wanted to do, and then we all voted. Whoever got the most votes, that’s how we decided.” “When the girls make those decisions they’re learning to lead, sometimes for the first time in their lives,” noted Flanagan. “They are making decisions for their troop and for themselves.” In addition to selling cookies, enjoying campouts and crafting, the girls learn about civics and government, all the way from the local level to the statehouse. “We recently toured Mount Pleasant Town Hall and had 100 Girl Scouts take part in different activities there,” said Mount Pleasant Troop Leader Tanya Staubb, a former Girl Scout who now co-leads a troop that includes her daughter. “They all got to go into the mayor’s office. They were very impressed by that,” she said. “And we do lots of community service in the Mount Pleasant area.” Older girls can participate in a program that allows them to be a page for the House of Representatives and Senate at the State House in Columbia, said Flanagan. A partnership with the Citadel introduces girls to engineering through a STEM program, and even those cookie sales have a dual purpose. “The girls are learning to run a business for the first time,” remarked Flanagan. “They are managing inventory and they have to figure out the mix. There’s eight different varieties of cookies, and they know what sells better than the other.” For their efforts, the girls can earn big prizes. Last year, Scouts who sold 3,000 boxes of cookies got to go on a fully-paid trip to the Bahamas. Brooklyn was one of those girls. This year, she is aiming to double her sales and earn a cruise to Cozumel and a week in New York City. In between, she and her mom Elizabeth Di ane Fl anagan feature Come and grow with us! Veris CPA voted BEST Place to Work! ® Our firm is growing and we are looking to add more exceptional teammembers! Small firm environment with large firm benefits. Join our family-like environment! Mount Pleasant Summerville West Ashley • Competitive salary • Telework available • Unlimited PTO • Fortune 500 benefits POSITIONS AVAILABLE Bookkeeper Controller Receptionist Tax Manager Apply now! VerisCPA.com/career ACCOUNTING | TAX | AUDIT OUTSOURCED CFO | BUSINESS ADVISOR • Career/life balance • Celebrations/volunteering • CPA Exam Benefits • Cross-training in all areas