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Mercedes Telly

Can you tell us about your experience with Girl Scouts of Central & Southern NJ?

I started my Girl Scout troop at KIPP Whittier Middle school in December 2018. This is my first year and experience with Girl Scouts of Central and Southern NJ. However, I was a Girl Scout as a Brownie and Junior in Chester County, PA. I currently have a mixed level troop of 21 Juniors and Cadettes.


Why do you choose to invest your time in Girl Scouts?

I chose to invest my time in Girl Scouts for many reasons. The first being that I enjoyed my time as a Girl Scout and really wished that I had continued through high school in order to work on college scholarships. This is something that I expressed with my girls because I want them to stay consistent and be a Girl Scout until they graduate high school so that I can help them with the beginning of their adult journey. Another reason I chose to invest myself in Girl Scouts is because I believe in the values of the organization. I have always wanted to lead a group of girls in finding out who they are and building leadership skills outside of the classroom and I think that Girl Scouts provides an amazing foundation for that.


What impact does volunteering with Girl Scouts have on your life?

Volunteering with Girl Scouts impacts my life in a very positive way. I enjoy spending my spare time teaching children how they can give back to their community. I find myself working on planning activities and communicating with parents when I am supposed to be doing other things, but I sometimes just cannot help myself.


Can you share your most memorable Girl Scout story with us?

My most memorable story with my Girl Scout troop has to be our first food drive back in March. The girls worked so hard to collect food items around the school each week during Women’s History Month. This was all their idea to help support their community in celebration of World Thinking Day. When it came time to take the goods to the Camden Women’s Shelter the girls got their parents involved and worked together to gather all the materials and bring them to the women’s shelter. They worked so hard and made me very proud of them.


Anything else you would like to share?

I love Girl Scouts and want to thank every troop leader, parent and volunteer out there who puts in their time and effort to make the world a better place.