Everyone, meet Diane Deitering. Diane is a longtime Troop Leader…
In times of uncertainty and plenty of change, volunteers continue to be the backbone of this organization. They wear many hats at GSSEM, and we’re so grateful for their endless dedication and efforts. It’s troop leaders like Brook Drake who’ve made us who we are today.
Brook began her time as a leader for Troop 75890 about five years ago, when her daughter was in kindergarten as a Daisy. The current leader had her hands full, so Brook jumped on as an assistant and eventually began running the meetings on her own. Although Brook was a Girl Scout for only a short time as a child, being a troop leader felt natural and she’s since proven to be an amazing leader and mentor for all of the girls in her troop.
Brook considers watching her troop grow and learning new things the best part of the experience. From learning how to sew, to going horseback riding, to learning archery, and so much more… she says it’s been incredible. Her current goal is to make sure her girls still get the most out of Girl Scouts with all that’s going on in this world—and also to make sure they stay comfortable while doing it.
For any new leaders, this is her advice:
HAVE FUN! If you aren’t enjoying it, the girls aren’t enjoying it. You also have to communicate with your parents/guardians. This is key to helping your troop run smoothly and successfully. This is one of the best experiences I’ve had with my daughter and all my girls. I hope they all enjoy it as much as I enjoying being here for them, and we’ll continue as a troop for as long as they want.
Thank you, Brook!