My Journey

Posted July 19, 2016 from United States

I am a working mother of a beautiful girl. When she was little my job required me to commute to work so we would leave early enough in the morning for me to drop her at daycare in the morning and then I would make the 30-45 minute drive to my office. As my daughter got older it became apparent that she would not be able to participate in any extracurricular activities as we left early and got home late and the activities geared toward her age group usually took place in the afternoons.

The summer my daughter turned 5 I was still struggling with trying to find some sort of activity she could participate in as an only child I really wanted to be able to provide her an avenue for making friends and doing something other than just going to daycare and coming home. I thought about Girl Scouts, I knew there were Girl Scouts in my community since I always made a habit of buying cookies from them when they had their stands set up. However, I did not know where to find them.

I started doing some online research and found the Girl Scouts of Utah website and learned that girls could register as Juliettes meaning they did not have to be part of a troop. I thought this might work I could help her earn badges and at that point that would be better than nothing. I also found a Mom & Me camp and immediately registered to attend with my daughter, I thought it would be a good way to learn a little more about Girl Scouting (I was never a Girl Scout myself). I also learned there was a parent meeting taking place in a town approximately 2 hours (one way) from my home and made plans to attend.

Little did I know that these small decisions to find an activity for my daughter would lead me on a new adventure of my own. At the parent meeting I learned that there was a meeting taking place in my hometown later that fall to form a new Daisy Troop and the Girl Scout rep encouraged me to attend. Prior to the meeting Emily & I attended the Mom & Me camp at beautiful camp Cloud Rim nestled in the Wasatch Mountains. Emily thrived in the environment and I thought this is for us. Since I had agreed to attend the local Girl Scout meeting I showed up at the appointed date and time fully expecting that whatever was decided the time would never work with my schedule regardless.

I found myself sitting in a room full of women looking at a list of approximately 15 girls that desperately wanted to be Girl Scouts and not one single person at the table would step up to the be the troop leader. I was absolutely appalled most of these women were stay at home moms and from my perspective as a full time working mother probably had nothing better to do and were too lazy to help these girls. Can I just say I have no background in working with children, I have no great knack for working with children to say that my friends were completely and utterly shocked when I told them I was pregnant would be an understatement. And here I sat staring at a list of girls and not one woman in the room would stand up and lead them. That is until I found myself uttering the words “I’ll do it but it has to be on Saturdays because I work during the week”.

My daughter is now going into her 5th year as Girl Scout, she will be Junior this year. That night my troop was formed, and while I have gained and lost girls, and lost and gained co-leaders we have been steady. I have learned and grown and failed sometimes simultaneously. But, what remains the same is my commitment to do this for my daughter knowing that other girls benefit from my time and efforts as well. I am still a work in progress in learning how to lead them and manage my co-leaders so that all of our strengths shine through and help the girls grow into beautiful young women. It’s a challenge I accept and I hope that one day they will all look back and say she wasn’t perfect but she was always there for us.

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  • Stelz
    Jul 20, 2016
    Jul 20, 2016

    Dear AngeIam28,

    Thank you for sharing your journey with us. Awww how nice it takes me right back some 30 something years ago when i was a girls guide. You know these are some of things that we take for granted not knowing how much efforts adults put into running these children association.

    Well done for taking such an initiative devoting your time. But most importantly is the self satisfaction especially seeing your daughter going into her 5th year as a girl scout. and hopefully the lessons you have learnt along the way resonates


  • Mary Morgan
    Jul 23, 2016
    Jul 23, 2016

    Sometimes when I think back on all the time and energy my mom spent driving me around making sure I could attend things, I almost get sick with guilt! But I do appreciate what my parents had to do in order to give me good experiences. You have not only done this for your own daughter, but facilitated the opportunity for a community of her peers to share the same!

    The Wasatch are beautiful! It is so important for young people to have a safe and positive person to look up to, and you are brave for stepping up to that plate!

  • Emily Miki
    Jul 25, 2016
    Jul 25, 2016

    Hi Angelam28,

    It's great to know your baby girl's named Emily. Am so much her fan already. Here it's amazing how we have to make our schedules and programs fit for our little dolls and sweethearts and also the joy we get from those tiring and fun-filled moment. I struggle with making out time for my 2years old daughter Success and as a sister from another end of the earth, I will love to say a big "KUDOS" on the time and love you are showering on Emily.

    Keep loving her sis for that is the foundation of the life she will get tomorrow; all the sacrifices for her will pay-off well when she grows up into a friend and sister whom you can count on, share your joyful and challenging moments with, your best friend forever and much more.

    Kisses to lil Emily for me.

  • PilarAlbisu
    Jul 25, 2016
    Jul 25, 2016

    Hi Angela,

    What a great story! Thank you for sharing this with us and for the leadership and guidance you offer the Girl Scouts of your community. I don't doubt that their lives are better for your participation. It's not always easy to take on a leadership role, but clearly there is something in you that makes you a perfect guide for those young girls. Leaders come in all shapes and size. What unites them is a genuine desire to help those around them and to empower others into becoming leaders themselves. Keep up the great work! You are making more of a difference than you realize. Wishing you and your daughter all the best!


  • Ritkatmwa Gwan Gwan
    Jul 27, 2016
    Jul 27, 2016

    Hello Angelam28,

    Thank you for sharing your story, I was intrigued at how you rose to take up the challenge of leading the girls despite you schedule, it shows your love for developing others (not just your daugther). I am sure your effort and sacrifice has taught your daughter a life lesson. I too was a girls guide (like we call it in Nigeria) and some values i learned over 30 years ago are still a part of me. were you able to get other mothers to pitch in after a while? if yes how did you achieve that? what  has been the experience of the girls in your troop? I look forward to connecting more with you.

  • Aramide Oikelome
    Jul 27, 2016
    Jul 27, 2016

    Hello Angelam28!

    You are a great mum, motivator and mentor! Your story speaks of selfless love and committment.

    Keep soaring high as you impact your world!


    Aramide Oikelome,

    Lagos, Nigeria

  • Keturah Shammah
    Aug 03, 2016
    Aug 03, 2016

    Dear Angelam28, I am more than happy to hear your journey through this platform. Your story is inspiring! I hope to get to know you more on this this platform. You Rock!

    Keturah Shammah

    Executive Director at Girls Education Mission International Nigeria