Troop Leader Spotlight: Felicia Robinson
Service Unit: Yavapai Sky
Troop 2561 (Multilevel)
Years as a troop leader: 8
What inspired you to become a troop leader?
What inspired me to become a troop leader was knowing my daughter was part of a troop that needed adult volunteers. The co-leader was unable to continue, and the troop was going to disband, so I offered to step in as a co-leader. Although that troop eventually disbanded, we started our own troop with other parents that were looking for a place for their girls to feel included.
What kind of service projects have you done with your troop?
Every year, we donate presents to Toys for Tots or Christmas Angel Tree and previously have donated items to the Navajo Nation during COVID-19. We also donated items for local dog rescues and, last year, made “care bags” for our local pediatric hospital ward. We made approximately 120 bags for younger kids and teens, including stress balls, sketchbooks, coloring books, crayons, pencils, and small stuffed animals for comfort. Now, the girls are planning to make care packages for the homeless community in our area.
What advice would you give other troop leaders?
I advise other troop leaders to listen to their girls and try to have a well-rounded program. We were very badge oriented for a couple of years until the girls spoke up about wanting to do more artistic things and have troop meetings outside of our usual spot. To honor their perspective, we’ve met at local parks, done short hikes, and dedicated time to work on badges and art projects.
What is the most inspiring moment you have experienced as a troop leader?
My biggest inspiration is seeing how my daughter and niece have grown out of their insecurities as they take on more leadership roles, especially when they’re showing the younger girls what Girl Scouts is all about. It’s inspiring watching them ensure other girls have the same quality experience they did when they were younger.