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My Return on Investment When It Comes to Girl Scouts

June 29, 2015

Girl Scout Troop

By Kenna C., Girl Scout Volunteer Troop Leader

When my friend, Rachel, wanted to start her own troop she asked me if I would be her co-leader. My split decision answer was, “Heck no!” I remembered when my mom lead our troop, how busy she was, how she always thought about the troop. I didn’t have time for that!

Then I thought about it, researched it, meditated on it, and said YES. I am a feminist, a mother of one son, a bringer of joy, and a human looking for a way to make a difference in the world. I was actually looking for volunteer opportunities at the time and Girl Scouts seemed like a great place to pour my energy. Rachel and I went through the calls, emails, and planning to get to that first parent meeting. We started our first meeting with seven girls and sat in a circle with our palms down. I introduced the game: say your name and age and turn one palm over, and then tell us something special about you and turn the other palm over. My name is Kenna and I’m 38 and I like to take care of my chickens. The first girl to my right said in the sweetest voice: My name is Juliana and I’m five-years-old and there isn’t anything special about me.

Be still, my little heart.

We found out that Juliana really enjoys sports. Around the table we went and met everyone and learned about them. Fast forward a few months and when we play this game, everyone knows that there is something special about them. Perhaps it’s that they are simply growing, developing, and becoming more aware of themselves as people, or that they feel safe and surrounded by their Girl Scout sisters and can share what is in them. Whatever the reason, I am a part of that growth and drink in every moment I have with them. The love I feel when parents tell me that their daughter had a choice between the first night of swim club and their Girl Scout meeting and they picked our meeting overwhelms me. It makes me feel like I am bringing joy to their lives, which is one of the most important and rewarding things any of us can ever do.

This year my Girl Scouts braved the rain to participate in part of the NC Science festival at Blue Jay Point Park on a bird hike and were able to see baby bluebirds in a nest. They bundled against the cold wind in front of Sam’s Club and sold cookies to people on Superbowl weekend. They won the council sponsored scavenger hunt at the Museum of Natural Science. They got to name a puppy at the SPCA and called her Scout; her forever family named her Daisy. I am so proud of these ladies. They bring me joy and make me want to be a better leader for them. They are sponges for learning and are just starting to tap into what makes them amazing. Their parents trust my co-leader and I to be part of that; to be an outside adult they trust to help their daughters find their place in the world is a great honor.

Volunteering as a Girl Scout leader has given me one of the largest Return On Investments of my life. There is no metric for the love I share with these girls – and it’s all because I get to listen to them, think with them, and cheer them on. My Girl Scout troop cheers me on too.  This year I raised funds for St. Baldricks, a group that raises money for childhood cancer research.  My troop families donated, my co-leader and her daughter, Olivia, who is in our troop, came out and cheered me on. My bald head was a great opener for a lot of their questions at the next meeting. We talked about cancer, how researchers and scientists help doctors and nurses help people, and ways we can help others.  I am always floored by their questions and responses and how they can share their own stories with ease. They love me completely and I am ready to keep that circle of friendship going as long as we all walk the planet.

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How Many Tie Dye T-Shirts Does a Girl Scout Volunteer Need?

February 9, 2015

By Peggy Anglin, Leader of Troop #1034

Camp Graham - Girl Scouts NC Coastal Pines

The perfect NC summer get away for some would certainly be the beach- but not me. My favorite summer retreat (since my first experience in 1997) is Camp Graham surrounded by giggling girls, enthusiastic camp staff and other Girl Scout leaders and moms who volunteer to trade their usual routines for 6 days of Troop/Group Camp.

I never went to summer camp as a child – wanted to – but I wasn’t a Girl Scout back then. Maybe it was that unfulfilled longing that inspired me to get involved with my two daughters’ Girl Scout troops and recruit them and their fellow troop members for group camp every summer. What I discovered is that I had as much (or more) fun as the girls! It was and is rewarding to watch the bonds of Girl Scouting strengthen among the troop members that share the group camp experience.

Camp Graham becomes our temporary home away from home where we can sing silly songs at the top of our lungs, take part in all the waterfront has to offer with swimming, boating, and in recent years enjoying the thrill of going down inflatable slides out in the deeper part of the lake. The girls especially enjoy time spent with the counselors as they instruct us in archery and field games — and one of my most favorite activities – tie dye!

It’s like making a present for yourself! So many choices of colors – of designs – the anticipation that this year might be the year you make your most beautiful tie dye ever – or conquer that more challenging design that will be greatly admired by all who see it.

It’s the chance for the girls who aren’t into “arts and crafts” as much as others to create a thing of beauty and make a personal statement all their own. Unless they happen to mix up all the colors into a muddy combination – and the group leaders are there to see that they don’t – all tie dye T-shirts are beautiful and become a remembrance of the special, perhaps extraordinary, week spent at camp.

Extend your troop’s Girl Scout year by signing up for a week-long or mini-session (3 days) of Troop Camp at Camp Graham. Girl Scouts can never have too many Tie Dye T-shirts, right?!

A troop/group must have at least 6 girls and 2 adult participates to register for troop camp. All registered adults pay a reduced session fee of 50% per session. Meals are prepared in the dining hall. Groups will spend time exploring Camp Graham while enjoying all the waterfront of Kerr Lake has to offer, archery, arts & crafts, and much much more!

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