Troop Leader Spotlight: Karen Smiley


Meet Karen Smiley!

Navajo Nation Service Unit
Troop 3559 – Juniors and Cadettes

Years with GS: 5
Years as a Leader: 2

Tell us why you invest the time and effort in being a Troop Leader?

I want my daughters to understand that life is a challenging journey but with dedication, discipline and responsibility gained through Girl Scouting they will excel. I want all young girls to experience the same teachings and succeed in life.

What is your favorite outdoor experience as a Troop Leader and why?

Team building - it allows you to learn more about your troop members and their experiences.

What is the most inspiring moment you have experienced as a Troop Leader?

Knowing that my troop members have learned something new and go on to share their knowledge with someone else, whether it's in another troop or outside of Girl Scouts.

What has been your proudest moment as a Troop Leader?

Seeing troop members making other people’s hearts happy, like when we visited a nursing home. Also, watching the girls grow in their leadership – they may join Girl Scouts being shy, but by the end of the year, girls are expressing their skills and knowledge in front of crowds!

How do you balance the demands of being a Troop Leader?

Time management is the key trait that I try to instill in myself and the girls.

What goals and projects are you currently working on?

We're getting prepared for our biggest projects which are the Bronze and Silver Award for each grade level. We are in the beginning stage of working with the local representatives of the National Park Service.

What advice would you give other Troop Leaders?

Share your wealth of knowledge while being true to yourself.

What do you wish someone had told you as a new Troop Leader?

Be strong, be faithful and always be determined.

If you were a Girl Scout Cookie, what would it be and why?

Thin Mints, because they have a hard outer shell with a taste of fresh ideas and sweet taste of knowledge.