1. Can you tell us about your
experience with Girl Scouts of Central & Southern NJ?
Eleven years ago, I first became involved as an adult Girl Scout when my oldest daughter joined as a kindergarten Daisy. Now I have two daughters involved, and I help lead both of their troops while serving as a Service Unit Manager. I enjoy being involved at different levels as it gives me the opportunity to interact with both adults and girls as well as the ability to take advantage of many learning/training activities.
2. Why do you choose to invest
your time in Girl Scouts?
I love to see the ripple effects of positive Girl Scout experiences first hand, not only with my own daughters but within my community. It’s so rewarding to see girls challenging themselves with new skills at community camp, embracing public speaking, and working on Take Action and Girl Award projects that benefit and improves our town. There is something special about a girl becoming empowered without them even realizing it, all because they simply see it as having fun and a way of following in the footsteps of the older girls and their adult volunteers.
3. What impact does volunteering with Girl Scouts have on your life?
Volunteering with Girl Scouts has been extremely rewarding for me. In my town, I am part of a circle of fantastic adult volunteers who respect each other and share great ideas that reflect Girl Scout values. They are not just peers but friends as well. I have embraced countless experiences that I probably wouldn’t have sought otherwise. I have learned that I love camping and outdoor cooking, plus, STEM activities aren’t nearly as complicated as I thought they were! :) Also I’d like to think that seeing me involved and taking on new challenges helps my daughters realize that the sky is the limit for them and that they do have the ability to make a difference, as all Girl Scouts do!
4. Can you share your most memorable Girl Scout story with us?
There are so many memorable moments. The best ones involve Girl Scouts that start out in an experience feeling intimidated and saying “I can’t” only to find out that they can, and they love it! Some other highlights include Little Library Girl Scout Bronze Award, horseback riding, Wicked, camping, Patriotic dance, outdoor caroling at a retirement village, vagabond stove cooking and flag placing at a Veterans cemetery.