Can you tell us about your experience with Girl Scouts of Central & Southern NJ?
I joined GSCSNJ as a parent volunteer when my daughter joined as a Girl Scout Daisy. When the girls aged out to Brownies, the troop leader stepped down to stay at the Daisy level. That’s when another mom and I became certified to lead the troop ourselves. Those little girls are now third-year Cadettes this month! Since then, I have started another troop with an awesome co-leader for her daughter to get started in Girl Scouts, and I have also served on the Service Team as the Fall Product Sale Manager for the past five years.
Why do you choose to invest your time in Girl Scouts?
I was a Girl Scout growing up, back when this council was called Delaware Raritan. Some of my best memories were of Girl Scouting, and I am still connected with my old troop leader and some of my sister Girl Scouts through Facebook. I want my daughter to have those same great memories and experiences to look back on when she is all grown up. I figured the one way to guarantee that was to be a part of it.
What impact does volunteering with Girl Scouts have on your life?
The negative impact is definitely the time consumption. There is a lot of planning and legwork to do what we do, and people who try to hook you by saying "it’s just one hour a week!" are not being very honest and fair.
But the negative is outweighed by the positives. The broad experiences, trips, and behind the scenes activities that Girl Scouts are open to is mind-blowing sometimes. So many people are willing to donate their time or business to help grow our girls, and it is as gratifying as it is humbling. I think the best part, though, is that I get to have as much fun as they do. From arts and crafts to zip-lining, I always have an excuse to have fun like a kid again with our girls!
Can you share your most memorable
Girl Scout story with us?
Camping trips definitely create the most inside jokes and memorable experiences, but you really had to have been there to get the jokes! I have to say one of the funniest non-camping experiences is when our girls were Juniors, and we went to the local Police Station to work on the Detective Badge. The officers set up a fake crime scene in their break room kitchen so the girls could learn how to dust for prints and make scene observations, and we ended the night by locking all the girls in a holding cell! We got a lot of fun pictures that night!