What is your background?
I arrived from Western Massachusetts, where I was a Children’s Librarian and Girl Scout volunteer for the past 6 years. Before that, I attended Smith College and received my BA in Studio Art and completed half a Masters in Teaching degree. I am in the process of deciding whether to continue the teaching degree or to pursue a different Masters now that I am in New Hampshire. I am originally from Arkansas.
What is your history with Girl Scouts?
I started as a Brownie when I was 6 years old and continued as an individual scout after my troop disbanded in the 6th grade. In high school, I went on a Destination (at that time, they were called Wider Opportunities) to Seattle and assisted with two troops. My Silver Award project was supposed to establish a soccer league in my area, and my Gold Award project was supposed to develop some marketing materials including a video and website for the camps in my council. Unfortunately, I did not have enough adult support from my Service Unit and council to get through the process and did not end up earning either.
I was a CIT, counselor, unit leader, and Arts & Crafts Director for Camp Cahinnio in Central Arkansas throughout my young adult years. After college, I was no longer able to work for camp, but I led a Daisy/Brownie/Junior troop for 3 years and was the Service Unit Manager and Product Sales Coordinator for my Service Unit for several years. I helped coordinate the Service Unit camporees and other events and worked with the Service Unit registrar to mentor new leaders. I was also a facilitator for the GSCWM equivalent of the BOLS training for 5 years and worked with an amazing team of adult volunteer facilitators.
Wow, that’s a lot of Scouting! What do you like best about your new position with GSGWM?
I started with the council in May and jumped right into camp the minute I arrived, so I’m still exploring everything I can do in my new role. Camp was a little rocky because of my late arrival, but I had a really amazing staff and am excited to already be working on next summer! Aside from being able to work at camp again, I would say my favorite part about working for the Girl Scouts is being able to do Girl Scouts all the time, rather than having to fit it into an already busy life as a volunteer.
Why didn’t you introduce yourself at the beginning of the summer or write any blog posts during camp?
It’s one of the things I am most frustrated that I didn’t have time to do! We had some great times this summer and none of it made it onto the blog for families to see. This year, I will be posting to our blog once a month until May and then weekly starting in June. I am very committed to improving communication with parents and families of our campers.
What would you like people to know about Kettleford?
Camp Kettleford has a special magic to it that you only notice if you get the chance to spend a little time there. During summer days it is constantly abuzz with a fantastic energy borne by all of our campers, and in the evenings the wooded quiet brings out the wild turkeys and other creatures. Kettleford feels cozy, and friendly, and is in my opinion, one of the best places on Earth. I hope that troops take the time to go out and experience it this year.
I am more than happy to answer questions about camp! I would love to have troops talk to me about doing projects out at Kettleford or to use our camp throughout the year for fun activities! I’m more than happy to come out to camp for an evening campfire or archery lesson (see facility rental information on our website). Simply email email@example.com if you need anything from me at all!