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Troop Leader Spotlight: Jamie Summers


Desert Valley Service Unit

Troop 750, Multi-level grades K-9

Years with GS: 6
Years as a Leader: 6

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

I love seeing the girls grow and learn about themselves. Seeing a quiet girl turn into an outgoing young woman, is amazing. Watching them try something for the first time and realize that they CAN do it is priceless!

Thinking about your outdoor adventures in Girl Scouts, what is your favorite outdoor experience as a Troop Leader and why?

I love going to the Outdoor Leader Trainings. I learn more about myself and what I can do. This allows me to take my experience back to my troop to show them that everyone can grow and learn.

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

Watching my oldest daughter who is a Senior passing on the Girl Scout legacy to the younger girls – she even talks about becoming a Troop Leader!

What has been your proudest moment as a Troop Leader?

Seeing girls from different age groups in our troop come together to help each other. The older girls work with the younger girls and make sure they feel just as much a part of the troop as everyone else. They are always willing to add more girls to the troop!

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

I go by what needs to be done. I write everything down in my planner. My co-leaders are also very helpful and are there to remind me when things may slip through the cracks.

What goals and projects are you currently working on?

We are currently working on the Wal-Mart angel tree. We have participated in this for the last five years. We use some of our Fall Product Program proceeds to buy gifts for children in need in our area.

What advice would you give other Troop Leaders?

Don’t add too much to your plate! When you feel like everything is spinning, take a step back and just focus on one thing. Most importantly, ASK FOR HELP– help can only be given when people know you need it!

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

How hard it is to see the girls in your troop grow up and become independent women!

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

Samoa! All the sweet layers always have a strong foundation to fall on!