Troop leaders put countless hours and a great deal of energy into supporting girls through the Girl Scout leadership experience. This is just one of the many reasons they are very special people, worth getting to know! We caught up with Danielle Buck to get a glimpse into her life as a seasoned troop leader in the La Promesa neighborhood. Here's what she had to say:
What was the most inspiring moment you’ve experienced?
Seeing my daughter, Katrina, become a leader as a Cadette. Just in the last year or so, my fellow scout parents and I have noticed a drastic change in her level of maturity. She takes Daisies and Brownies under her wing, gives them direction, models the ‘Girl Scout way,’ and makes them feel important. Our troop’s young Girl Scouts just admire her and get so excited to see her. She tells everyone that being a Girl Scout will help her become a Veterinarian someday. That's plenty of inspiration for me to be the best leader I can be.
What has been your proudest moment?
The moment Katrina asked to join our neighborhood’s service team. She's always willing to help me recruit new Girl Scouts in our neighborhood and loves being a leader.
How do you balance the demands of being a troop leader?
I'm technically a single mom, so I'm always crunched for time. Tuesdays are my designated ‘Scout days,’ whether I have a troop meeting that night or not. I take time to make updates, communicate with parents/volunteers and work with my co-leaders to ensure we have what we need for upcoming meetings.
What goals or projects are you currently working on?
Right now, my troop is getting ready for our parent meeting and bridging ceremony. With a multi-level troop, we will have our Cadettes plan meetings for younger levels and find time to start working on their Bronze award.
What advice would you give other troop leaders?
Do not let anything discourage you or stress you out. To have a successful troop, you must delegate, delegate, delegate! I have the largest troop in the La Promesa Neighborhood with more than 30 girls. It works well because nearly every parent is a registered volunteer, and a large amount of them are considered leaders. I've created a mini service team with these leaders to ensure our troop flows seamlessly and gets more productive and organized every year.
What do you wish someone had told you as a new leader?
Jessica Serkland was the facilitator of my new troop leader training when I first started out. She told me, "Girl Scouts changed my life." I've told her I thought she was insane when she said that. But here I am, three years later saying the same to others. It wasn't until recently that I understood what she meant. Had she told me I was going to make lifelong friendships alongside my daughters, I wouldn't have thought she was that crazy.