Service Unit: Desert Valley
Troop 579, Brownies-Cadettes
- Years as a GS: 3
- Years as Troop Leader: 6
What inspired you to become a Troop Leader?
When my second oldest granddaughter, Savette, wanted to be a Daisy like her older sister, Sophia, the Daisy troop was full. That’s when I decided I can create a new troop, and I did as a co-leader. I also experienced an unfortunate event where my co-leader became ill and I was the leader until she could come back.
What kind of activities do you do with your troop? What is their favorite thing to do?
WI think their favorite activities are encampment and family camping. However, we do many other activities directed by the badge requirements. Some of our favorites are the badges centered around art.
What kind of service projects have you done with your troop?
We donated cookies to the food banks in Paulden and the Chino Valley Community Church. At Christmastime, we’ve also contributed gifts to the Elder Tree in Paulden. However, our biggest effort was at the Empty Bowls event last September where people purchase a hand-made bowl for $20 and receive a meal of soup, bread and water. Troop 579 washed the bowls before and after they were used for soup and packed them for the people to take them home. The event generated over $19,000 on one day alone and all the proceeds of the sale went to the food banks.
Tell us about a volunteer moment that stands out for you.
Being able to volunteer with my troop at other events where we serve others together, like the Empty Bowls event
What advice would you give other Troop Leaders?
Find the time to use the resources provided by Council - from your service units’ MSE (Member Services Executive), and the website. Getting ideas and help from other Troop Leaders is also a huge help! Lastly, the monthly leader meetings also provide a wealth of ideas and information from your fellow leaders that all leaders should attend.