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Troop Leader Spotlight: Tabitha Staley

Tabitha having fun with her girls

Service Unit: Shadow Mountain
Troop 3285
Years with GS: Nearly five!
Years as a leader: Nearly three!

Tell us why you invest the time and effort in being a Troop Leader?
The smiles on my troop’s faces! They are why I do what I do. I love educating them, and helping them grow as girls and leaders. They are our future!

Do you have a camp name? What is it and the story behind it?
I wish!

Favorite GS program and why?
STEM and Outdoor. I can’t pick one! I love teaching the girls that they can and will do anything they put their mind to. We are not limited to one type of life.

If you were a GS cookie what would it be and why?
Tagalong. I would be the best of both worlds of sweetness!

What was the most inspiring moment you’ve experienced?
When the girls set their own goals and continued to push towards them. When we were getting ready to start Fall sale is when the earthquakes hit Mexico City. My girls wanted to donate ALL of the money earned to help those in need. I cried during that meeting in front of the girls. They are amazing!

What has been your proudest moment?
The look of excitement when my first Daisies were bridging to Brownies. I was so proud of those girls and everything they had done to get there. Close second, hearing one of my girls say, “When I grow up I want to be a Girl Scout Troop Leader like Mrs. Tabitha, she is the best!”

How do you balance the demands of being a Troop Leader?
Scheduling. I have a planner that I write things in, I use Google Calendar, and just about all of the other tools Google has to offer to help balance the work.

What goals and projects are you currently working on?
My girls want to visit Paris when they are in high school. They would also like to do more to help homeless veterans. We are planning out times of the year to help them and planning on ways to make it to Paris! They are only Daisies and Brownies! #dreambig

What advice would you give other Troop Leaders?
Just Breathe. The first year is the hardest. Once you get past that there’ll still be bumps in the road, but remember the girls need you. At the end of every meeting, every season, you made the difference in someone's life. No matter how small.

What do you wish someone had told you as a new leader?
Buckle up and enjoy the ride!

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