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Troop Leader Spotlight: Marion Ritchotte


Service Unit: Haydens Ferry

Troop 841


Years with GS: 19

Years as a leader: 17


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

I hope to inspire the girls to do their best in life.

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

Goldie Lost. I always seem to get turned around on our trips, even with gps!!

Favorite GS program and why? 

Journey in a day events – it’s easy to do, especially with multi-level girls.

If you were a GS cookie, what would it be and why? 

Trefoil. Hopefully I embody what GS leaders should be about.

What was the most inspiring moment you’ve experienced? 

Camping with two special needs girls in my troop in the Bluebonnet Texas Council. They were awesome.

What has been your proudest moment? 

When my granddaughter asked me to start a new troop for her and her sister because she heard the stories from her aunt.

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

I don't!! My husband knows not to schedule anything during cookie season!

What goals and projects are you currently working on? 

We are planning a trip to Hawaii. I have a Cadette working on her silver award, trying to motivate two ambassadors to go for Gold, and looking to do the robot badge.

What advice would you give other Troop Leaders?

Try new things! I have failed at more projects than I have succeeded at, but the girls just laugh and then we try something else. And, be inclusive.

What do you wish someone had told you as a new leader?

That we could travel the world, go lots of places, and have so many wonderful experiences across our land– from the Atlantic Ocean, to the Gulf of Mexico, white river rafting, and the Pacific Ocean.


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