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Troop Leader Spotlight: Valerie Contreras

Troop Leader Spotlight

Service Unit: Desert Sunset

Troop 6223 (Multilevel Brownies and Juniors)

Years as a troop leader: 7

What kind of activities do you do with your troop? What is their favorite thing to do?

Troop 6223 loves participating in neighborhood and council activities and programs because it gives us an opportunity to connect with other troops and leaders. Our troop also loves creating SWAPS and participating in hands-on activities at the Arizona Science Center and other sites to earn our badges. 

What kind of service projects have you done with your troop?

Our troop has served the community through various service projects – we hosted a free community dinner with Streets of Destiny Global Outreach Center, a local nonprofit that provides weekly meals to the local community. We handed out toiletry bags made by the girls and served a spaghetti dinner. We’ve also participated in the annual Goodwill shoe drive, and recently, our Juniors completed their Bronze Award by providing a new library and craft station to a DeeCilla Comfort Center, a faith-based non-profit organization serving families and individuals that are transitioning from crisis situations.

What advice would you give other troop leaders?

I would advise other troop leaders to enjoy every moment, even when they’re exhausted from keeping an eye out for sleepwalkers during overnight programs and helping the troop when no one can roll their sleeping bag before breakfast. As a troop leader, you’ll realize that the growth the girls experience over time is all worth it!

What are your troop's cookie selling tips and tricks?

Throughout Girl Scout Cookie Season, parents/guardians and troop leaders must keep their girls knowledgeable so that they can set realistic goals. Our troop believes that a cookie business is only as good as the time you commit. We understand that not all families can attend certain boothing dates and times, but communicating with parents/guardians about cookie season updates and boothing information can help the troop meet its goals for the season.