Thursday, November 17, 2016

Connections: Man Enough to be a Girl Scout

Every few months, the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council gets to thank those who support us by keeping them in touch with the latest edition of Connections, a quarterly newsletter for GSSJC supporters. Our last edition featured a lot of great articles about family, community and the special bond a Girl Scout father gets to share with his daughters and Girl Scouts--Read the full story below!

Girl Scouts are no stranger to tide-changers, groundbreakers and all over risk-takers. Since 1922 we’ve worked to show the world what a girl can do, and now we’re showing them what their fathers are capable of as well. 

More than 100 years after the first troop leaders gathered with the goal of helping girls out of isolated homes and into their communities, the mostly female leadership of the world’s largest girl-ran organization has been joined by larger numbers of male leaders.

Greg Marshall, the father of two Girl Scouts and troop leader for Troop #62002, is one such leader. For the past six years, Greg challenged his troop to go where no woman has gone before by assuming the role many men have never taken before: the Girl Scout troop leader. 

Greg was a Boy Scout in south Texas, where he said he thoroughly enjoyed his days camping and doing various Boy Scout activities. So when Greg read a Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council rally flier at his oldest daughter’s daycare, he and his wife, who had been a Girl Scout herself, made plans to sign up. 

Soon after enrolling his first daughter with a troop, Greg was surprised by how different his personal experience was from the GSSJC experience. Camping with his small-town Boy Scout troop was a rugged experience. “If you asked where the restroom was, they handed you a shovel,” he said. 

When he first agreed to be a leader, he accepted the role stating he was willing to do whatever the troop needed even though he believed it was important for girls to see women in leadership positions. The “cluster”, a nickname Greg’s given his mixed-level troop of Daisies, Brownies, Juniors and Cadettes, now has nine troop leaders - two of whom are also fathers. While he says there is a definite advantage to having a mixed-level troop where girls go from students to role models with younger girls looking up to them, for Greg the greatest advantage is watching his daughters grow up. 

For many Girl Scout mothers and fathers, Girl Scouts gives families the opportunities to grow, discover and connect with their daughters in a safe, positive environment. The memories built and shared in Girl Scouts are generational, and for most carry beyond memories into happy, successful futures. 

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