|Ted Vincent and his troop.|
According to Pew Research Center, fathers who live with their children are taking a more active role in caring for them and helping out around the house. From what the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council has observed, we couldn't agree more. GSSJC volunteer and Tomball resident Ted Vincent is not only an integral part of his daughter’s life, but the lives of girls he serves as a Girl Scout volunteer and troop leader.
Ted, an IT program manager for an oil and gas company by day and super dad by night, started his Girl Scout journey last year when he registered his daughter to be a first-year Girl Scout Daisy.
“Last year when her troop was leaderless, I was the only one who showed up to the emergency parent meeting to determine what we wanted to do with the troop,” said Vincent, who then determined that he was up for the job.
Last August, in addition to leading his daughter's daisy troop, Ted was appointed community leader, a high level volunteer position. He believes that through his participation in GSSJC that Girl Scouts has helped him strengthen the bond he has with his daughter because it’s something that they do together. Not to mention, he said it teaches his daughter important values that she’ll use throughout her life.
“I like that Girl Scouts focuses on putting other people first and helping others, in addition to helping girls learn valuable life skills,” said Ted. “We did more this year with goal setting and money counting and we keep the girls accountable for clean up after troop meetings and being respectful of others.”
As a volunteer, Ted has also learned new skills, including patience and how to keep seven-year-olds focused on a task. Most importantly, he understands that the time he is spending with these girls will positively impact their lives.
“I think it's important to have as many positive role models as possible,” said Ted. “You never truly know what that child goes through on a daily basis, so if you can provide an outlet that is positive even if its just a couple of hours every month, it probably means more to that child than you could ever measure.”
To learn more about Girl Scouts or to volunteer, visit www.gssjc.org.