Leader: Amy Satterfield
Troop 2373, Juniors and Cadettes
Years with GS: 8
Years as a leader: 4
Tell us why you invest the time and effort in being a Troop Leader?
I think the Girl Scouts offer wonderful opportunities, events, and life learning skills! I truly enjoy being around and supporting my group of creative, funny, and inspiring young ladies.
Do you have a camp name? What is it and the story behind it?
Bean. For some reason, my husband calls me 'Bean'. My husband is a co-Leader and his camp name is now ‘Cornbread’ as 'Cornbread goes with Beans'. One of our active troop parent volunteers (Bridget Bruch) is 'Coffee, 'which also happens to go well with ‘Beans!’
What’s your favorite Girl Scout program and why?
I am a fan of all GS programs. I want to give a special shout out to Justina ‘Ooops’ Burks and her Songfest and Rock the Boat (paddle boarding, canoeing, and kayaking) events! Songfest is super energizing and great fun, and Rock the Boat is all about girl power!
If you were a Girl Scout Cookie, what would it be and why?
I would be a Savannah Smile. I tend to smile a lot – it is not something I think about. However, I do like this quote: “Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.” - Frances Reigler. Plus, my youngest daughter’s middle name is Savannah and of course Savannah is the birth place of the Girl Scouts.
What was the most inspiring moment you’ve experienced?
My TCC2 weekend training was life altering and I am forever grateful. At night, with candles and many other Troop Leaders, we walked a labyrinth in silence, reached the middle, chose a stone and made a silent wish; then sang a song and silently walked the labyrinth to exit. My wish was to spend more time with my family. Since that weekend, I have significantly cut down working at home during family time – work will never be done but I only have one chance to be with my daughters while they are growing up.
What has been your proudest moment?
In general, watching the girls try new things and overcome obstacles and fears. Last summer at Surf Camp, I was with several girls who tried the rock climbing wall and they persevered, by taking breaks and resting their fingers, they made it to the top. Then proceeded to make it to the top over and over. I was very excited for them!
How do you balance the demands of being a Troop Leader?
I ask for and accept help from my co-leader, husband, and parent volunteers!
What goals and projects are you currently working on?
Our girls worked hard selling cookies and manning cookie booths so that they can cover most of the cost for Surf Camp this June. Our troop goal is to turn over the planning and execution of our future meetings to our girls.
What advice would you give other Troop Leaders?
Attend the leader meetings in your neighborhood. Talk to other leaders about concerns and issues you may be having. Rose Knapp has been my neighborhood leader Junior mentor. If it wasn’t for her, my troop would not have completed our Bronze Award. She helped me to see the sustainability of our girl’s project. Thank you, Rose, for your support!