Troop Leader: Amy Morhet
Neighborhood Service Unit: Hayden’s Ferry
Girl Scout History: Seventeen years with Girl Scouts, 10 as a Troop Leader
Tell us why you invest the time and effort in being a Troop Leader? I want every girl to know that she has a voice, that she matters, and with a little help and direction, her possibilities are endless.
Do you have a camp name? What is it? Chile Pepper
Favorite Girl Scout program and why? My favorite Girl Scout program is the outdoor program. I had the best Girl Scout leader, Mrs. Irish. So many of my favorite memories as a child are of hiking, camping, and canoeing with my Girl Scout troop. We would brag about how many mosquito bites we got at camporee. They were like badges of honor.
Sharing these experiences with my daughter is a big part of why I became a leader. There are so many benefits to outdoor programming - developing courage, teamwork, and leadership, problem-solving, and skill-building. Having an understanding and appreciation of the outdoors is important.
We’ve had lot of fun adventures these last nine years, but with more bug repellent. Last year the girls explored backpacking, and last month we went small boat sailing and kayaking at Lake Pleasant. Currently we are registered for a canoe camp class through REI.
If you were a Girl Scout Cookie what would it be? I’m a simple gal and a bit of a traditionalist. I would be a Trefoil.
What was the most inspiring moment you’ve experienced? Most recently it would be watching my daughter and her fellow Service Squad members in action at our neighborhood leader recognition dinner. The girls planned and executed the entire event. There were last minute technical difficulties and these young ladies handled it with grace and ease. They just kept saying “we got it” and they did. I was very proud and impressed watching them in action like this is something they do every day.
What has been your proudest moment? My daughter joined our service team last year and witnessing her development is just more than I can put into words.
How do you balance the demands of being a Troop Leader? “Just keep swimming” comes to mind. Work-life balance is important and it can be challenging at times. You’ve got to be organized, have a good support team, and a passion for what you do. Take care of yourself (easier said than done). Set realistic goals and trust that it’s okay to say ‘no’ sometimes.
What goals and projects are you currently working on? Our troop is finishing up the Sow What? Journey. The girls are really enjoying this journey and are looking forward to touring a farm this fall and working on a project at a community garden. Their Silver Award project was a monarch butterfly garden, so they have really connected with this Journey. We plan to focus more on career exploration and life skills this year as well. All have expressed an interest in completing a Gold Award project and most have completed training. A few have started to kick around ideas. It’s going to be a great year.
What advice would you give other Troop Leaders? Be flexible with your meeting times and availability as the girls get older. There is a tremendous demand of their time with school work, extra-curricular activities, and family obligations starting in middle school. The demands become even greater with high school. Let the girls take the reins and listen to them. Have a planning meeting at the beginning of the year and have them bring their calendars. Discuss activities, field trips, and volunteer opportunities that they are interested in and work out a plan that fits their busy schedule. Find the best way to communicate. Re-evaluate as necessary. Help them find something they are passionate about and encourage them to earn their Gold Award.
What do you wish someone had told you as a new leader? Relax, have fun, and remember it’s about the girls. Make a schedule that works for you and your family. Build a good team and delegate. Attend your neighborhood leader meetings to stay connected, get ideas, and meet other leaders. Ask for help when needed. Girl Scouting isn’t meant to be stressful. Enjoy the adventure. If the girls are having fun, then you are on the right track.
If you want to be the role model she’ll always remember, volunteer now!