Girl Scout Leader Focused on Building Courage, Confidence and Character
Amy Smith believes that her group of girls will make the world a better place.
Amy Smith is a Girl Scout leader who believes in instilling important values that help build character and confidence. She leads her group of 12 girls, ages 7 to 8 with this goal in mind. Smith and her co-leader, Gen Cropp, have been leading the girls for two years and just started their third year together.
The Girl Scouts of the USA strives to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.
“We are all about sharing fun, friendship and girl power,” Smith said. “Any girl in kindergarten through 12th grade can join. This is a big year for Girl Scouts because we are celebrating our 100th anniversary.”
The role of Girl Scouts leader is always filled with fun engaging activities for the girls. Last year the girls got to do some really amazing things, all funded through Girl Scout cookie sales.
“One thing we did was the Wonders of Water Journey where the girls learned about the importance of water and how to protect and preserve it,” Smith shared. “During this journey we visited the Gwinnett Heritage Center, did service announcements on the morning announcements at Puckett’s Mill Elementary School to teach others how to save water, collected money for the earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan, and celebrated the completion of our journey by spending the night at the Georgia Aquarium. “
According to Smith, one of the most challenging parts of being a Girl Scout leader is trying to fit in all of the topics they want to cover, and all of the fun activities they want the girls to experience.
This year, Smith is focused on teaching the girls the importance of safety, responsibility and leadership skills.
“We plan to help the girls earn their safety award by learning about home safety, online safety, stranger safety, animal safety, sports safety, and bullying,” Smith said. “We also want to work on the Uniquely Me program which is a product of the Girl Scouts collaborating with the Dove Self Esteem Initiative. In addition, we plan to help the girls have more responsibilities during our meetings in order to foster their leadership skills.”
Smith says that the main goal of a Girl Scout leader is to make sure the girls are having fun! One of the most exciting parts of the year is the camping trip where the girls celebrate all of the many of the skills they have learned.
Smith and her girl scouts have a large impact on our Dacula community. They try to focus a lot on helping others by participating in multiple community service activities.
“Every year before Thanksgiving, we have held a Turkey Trot for Hunger in Windridge (in Hamilton Mill) where we have collected canned foods to be donated to local food co-ops and pantries,” Smith said. “We have made Valentines for Veterans, donated cookies to the troops, sent letters to the troops, supplied gifts to families for Christmas, and collected books for local charities.”
Smith has been a Girl Scout leader for three years now. She accepted the role because she wanted to spend more time with her daughter once she started elementary school. So far, it has been a very rewarding position.
“The best part is the relationships formed with the girls and the knowledge that we are having a positive impact on their lives,” Smith said.
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