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If you asked Jennifer Treadway what she does for Girl Scouts, she’d tell you “not much,” but any Girl Scout alum, girl, parent, staff, or fellow leader will tell you she’s changing girls’ lives.

As a young girl, Jennifer joined Girl Scouts when she was in the fourth grade. Her family moved and her previous activity, Campfire Girls, was not active in her new area. She stayed with Girl Scouts into high school, participating in beloved traditions like camping. Her fondest memories of being a Girl Scout involve camp cooking, a probable contributor to her love of the outdoors.

Since 2014, she’s volunteered as troop co-leader, troop leader, and troop product manager. Jennifer was unsuccessful in finding a troop for her daughter at first, but after being laid off from work, the first thing she did was start a troop. In true Girl Scout fashion, she turned a setback into an opportunity.

Looking back over her seven years as a Girl Scout volunteer, Jennifer says connecting with girls is the most rewarding part. One of her favorite memories is doing cookie booths with the young girls and watching as they come out of their shells while interacting with customers.

According to Jennifer, being a Girl Scout means continually striving to improve yourself and your community. And if you’re interested in joining, she says to do it with your whole heart because the more you put in, the more you get out of it.

Jennifer is always ready and willing to tell everyone about our amazing programs. She is the true embodiment of a leader, facilitating the girl-led program and creating a safe space for girls to lead and make their own decisions. Girls are at the center of Jennifer’s work as a volunteer, further cementing her position as a true ambassador for Girl Scouts

Jennifer is married and has two teenagers – her Girl Scout daughter and a son. Together they love to unplug, spend time outside, and visit National Parks. They recently returned from a multi-day white water rafting trip. It’s no surprise that her dream car is a large Sprinter van tricked out for camping. At home, Jennifer and her family play board games and enjoy movie nights with their two rescue dogs Marshmallow and FroYo. 

Jennifer and her family at Cataract Canyon in Canyonlands National Park.

Jennifer's family at Little Wild Horse Canyon.

Jennifer and her two children at the Grand Canyon. 

Jennifer with her children at Yosemite National Park.

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Past Volunteers of the Month
Edith Gates

When her service unit struggled to fill the manager position and faced dissolution, Edith Gates stepped up three separate times: once in the 1970s, again in the 1990s, and a third time in the 2010s. Edith continues to serve the Mt. Olympus Service Unit, now in her tenth year at the helm. Throughout her 52 years of membership and 47 cumulative years of volunteer service, Edith has sought to be welcoming and collaborative.

Edith became involved in Girl Scouts when the older of her two daughters joined as a Brownie, the earliest level at the time. One of her daughters stayed in Girl Scouts through high school, while the other left in junior high. Before she knew it, Edith joined the Girl Scout Movement as a troop leader and she’s never looked back.

Throughout the years, Edith also served as a day camp helper, troop cookie manager, service unit fund development representative, service unit awards and recognition representative, and member of the GSU Board of Directors. A highlight of her Girl Scout volunteer journey has been seeing numerous troop leaders, moms, and dads step up for their daughters in order to provide an enriching Girl Scout experience. But there’s one project that spans decades and generations, and gives back to those who have given Edith so much joy: Activity Credits.

Many Utah Girl Scouts know and benefit from the Activity Credit program at GSU. For Edith, it’s a highlight of her Girl Scouting experience, a testament to her Girl Scout legacy. In the 1970s, Edith worked with Char Corbit and the council’s camping task group to encourage girls to attend GSU’s resident camps with a new program. Activity Credits earned during the cookie program brought families into Girl Scouts by allowing girls to earn credits so they could go to camp. Edith describes it as a plus-plus for everybody; girls get a valuable leadership experience and go to camp, and the council reaches more girls as they learn valuable life skills as cookie entrepreneurs.

Since the creation of Activity Credits, the program has evolved in a big way. What once was designed to increase attendance at GSU camps now makes it possible for girls to participate in Girl Scouts, regardless of their ability to pay. Activity Credits are still used to help pay for camp, and now can be used to purchase items in the council shops and cover registration fees associated with GSU programs and other activities.

If someone is interested in joining Girl Scouts, Edith won’t work to convince her. Instead, she extends an invitation, offering Girl Scouts as a way to meet her needs, and then, if she’s interested, shares information and materials necessary to make it happen. That’s been Edith’s leadership philosophy: make people feel welcome and part of the group so they want to keep coming back. Edith works in a similar manner to accomplish team tasks within her service unit. She explains her need and asks if the person can help, giving them a choice. Operating in this way has ensured a positive experience, keeping her volunteers involved and willing to step up later when they are able to do so.

Growing up, Edith was a 4-H girl living and helping out on a farm in Wisconsin. She moved to Utah with her college professor husband in 1970 when he accepted a position at Westminster College. In the years before he retired and Edith’s only break in volunteer service, they traveled around the country, landing in South Carolina, Illinois, Iowa, and Idaho. Edith has been an active volunteer in her church, sewing quilts and working with children in Head Start and nursery schools. If there was a need in the community that matched her interests, Edith jumped in. She also taught Home Economics, worked in food service and as a hospital dietician, and led sewing instruction in adult education classes.

With all the many hobbies, jobs, and activities in Edith’s life, Girl Scouts stands out. She remarked at her experience being wonderful and unique. “I have felt the sisterhood of Girl Scouting,” Edith said. “I’ve been feeling really happy that I’ve had the opportunity to work in the Girl Scout Movement.”

Edith (left) at Lynda Larsen's retirement party in 2018.

 

Edith received the Thanks Badge award at Recognition of Excellence 2017.

Betty Rider

In Memory of Betty Rider
We are heartbroken to announce that beloved volunteer and former board president, Betty Rider, passed away on May 15, 2021. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations toward membership in memory of Betty, as it was her wish that every girl experience Girl Scouts.

Betty Rider is a Girl Scout for life, and not just because of her lifetime membership status. Betty first joined as a Brownie in 1942, stayed on through Intermediates (equivalent of today’s Cadettes), and eventually held nearly every volunteer position in the council. Most recently, she was on the Heritage Committee, working to preserve and protect the history of Girl Scouting in Utah by setting up the newly remodeled Heritage Museum back in 2019.

Like many Girl Scouts, Betty treasured her time in the program, whether that was spent at camp or making new friends. As a girl at Camp Lamoille in Nevada, she remembered one hike where she had to overcome her fear of heights and walk across a water flume. Betty said she would like to know just how high up it was because she felt so scared to cross it. She also had the best troop leader, and became best friends with the leader’s daughter.

Betty made many memories over the years volunteering with Girl Scouts. In the 1960s, she was asked to co-chaperone a group of Senior Girl Scouts who were hosting Girl Guides from Mexico City. She recalled fixing sandwiches on the bus as they toured Utah on a 10-day adventure and showed off the many wonders of the state. For a more local trip, Betty took Cadettes to a melodrama in Park City, where they rode on an old fire bus. It was snowing on the way back, and Betty remembered the girls singing Christmas carols the whole trip home.

Betty built many lifelong friendships while a Girl Scout volunteer. She served as a troop leader in addition to numerous other positions including board president, board treasurer, field vice president, council cookie chair, and council trainer. She maintained contact with several friends she made during her time as a leader. To Betty, that’s just one of the most rewarding things about being a volunteer for Girl Scouts.

Betty is the matriarch of a Girl Scout legacy spanning five generations. She was her daughter’s troop leader, her granddaughter grew up in Girl Scouts and now works for Girl Scouts of Utah, and her great-granddaughters and a great-great-granddaughter are either alums or actively participating. At GSU’s 2019 Recognition of Excellence, Betty and her granddaughter, Lisa, were honored with the Legacy of Service Award for outstanding service benefiting Girl Scouting in Utah. Outside her family legacy in Girl Scouts, Betty also enjoyed reading murder mysteries and historical fiction books.

Betty is also GSU’s biggest fan. She believed in the program and loved Girl Scouts so much that she’d been told on more than one occasion that her blood runs green. Being a Girl Scout, according to Betty, meant having a code of honor to live by. It becomes a way of life, you don’t even have to think about it. For Betty, a forever Girl Scout, people haven’t had the chance to live until they’re a part of Girl Scouts. To interested parties, Betty would say you’ll get way more out of it than you put into it.

Betty when she was a Brownie in 1942.


Four of the five generations of Betty's Girl Scout legacy: Betty, her daughter, her granddaughter, and three great-granddaughters.


Betty's granddaughter, Lisa, helps her to the stage at ROE 2019 to receive GSU's Legacy of Service Award.

Betty and her granddaughter, Lisa, pose with GSU Board Chair Leslie Egan (left), GSU CEO Lisa Hardin-Reynolds (third from the left), and Lisa's three daughters after receiving GSU's Legacy of Service Award

Sue Dickey

From her days as a Brownie in Redwood City, CA, to earning her First Class (equivalent to today’s Girl Scout Gold Award) in the 1960s, and to her current role as a national delegate trainer here in Utah, Sue Dickey remains connected to the Girl Scout Promise and Law.

Sue first joined Girl Scouts as a Brownie in northern California and stayed through until she graduated as a Senior, the last grade level available at the time. Her mom acted as her troop leader during her time as a Brownie and Junior, providing quality time Sue cherishes, especially with three younger brothers at home.

For two years, Sue learned how to be a leader as a Counselor-in-Training (CIT). Once a shy kid, working as a CIT was very important and ultimately changed her life. It was because of these experiences that Sue chose to be a teacher and work with kids. Sue, known as “Snoopy” at camp, would go on to work at Camp Red Cliff (the old Girl Scout camp in Huntsville), help with minicamps, and serve as Camp Director at Trefoil Ranch in 1983.

Even while active with her teachers’ union, Sue still found ways to be involved with Girl Scouts. When she eventually retired from teaching, she took on an outreach troop at Monroe Elementary School for five years. For Sue, leading this troop was one of the most rewarding things about being a volunteer. She says she got to watch these girls, who may otherwise not have the opportunity to participate in Girl Scouts, blossom. Last year, Sue received an email from one of her former Girl Scouts. She’d been given an assignment to write a letter to someone who had a great influence on her life, so she chose to write to Sue.

With her 20 years with the teachers’ union and her experience on the union’s national board, it was natural that Sue would go on to volunteer on Girl Scouts of Utah’s Board Development Committee, Delegate Committee, and eventually as a national delegate trainer. She has participated in three National Council Sessions (NCS) at the national convention, with her girls being involved in the flag ceremony in 2014 when the convention was held in Salt Lake City.

As a national delegate trainer for the 2020 NCS session, which was moved to a virtual format, Sue had to overcome the challenge of keeping the girls and adult delegates engaged as they met online for nine months in preparation. They met online at least once a month, sometimes more. The girls presented at GSU’s annual meeting and town hall meetings, which helped them learn about proposals, how to come up with talking points, and listen to what their fellow Utah members felt about the issues at hand. Sue’s job was to keep them engaged and learning. She even wrote a script to practice doing Robert’s Rules, guidelines for running efficient meetings.

Despite the virtual environment and struggle to keep everyone involved, Sue says the girls were awesome at the national convention. Girls would chat each other during the session in GroupMe, answering each other’s questions while Sue supervised with the rest of the national delegate team: GSU CEO Lisa Hardin-Reynolds, GSU Executive Assistant Sherry Black, GSU Board Chair Leslie Egan, and Board Second Vice Chair Peeches Cederholm. “We’d taught them well,” Sue said. “They’d done their homework.”

Now retired to St. George, Sue enjoys camping and glamping with her motor home. For the better part of this year, she’s taken to painting rocks and placing them around the local hospital for people to find as they enter. She’s painted several lady bugs, some Halloween versions, and smiley faces. Lately she is perfecting Dory from Finding Nemo so she can place them by the entrance to pediatrics for kids. Eventually Sue would like to travel New Zealand and Australia via a motor home. Even in retirement, she continues to live the Girl Scout Promise and Law.

For Sue, being a Girl Scout means different things at different times in your life. As a girl, it is consistency and learning about leadership and responsibilities. As you grow older, she says, it becomes you. “Those values that you learned become the foundation of your life. You know you’re responsible for others.”

Sue with her mom ready to march in a parade.

Sue (left), age 10, off to her first year at camp.

Sue (front right) with her girls at NCS 2017 in Ohio.

Sue with Troop #1062 at the 2014 NCS session in Salt Lake City.

Anita Riddle

As a Girl Scout in Bisbee, Arizona, Anita Riddle went away for the first time to Girl Scout camp. After one week at Camp Whispering Pines in southern Arizona, she was ready to stay the entire summer. Anita had learned so much about the outdoors and bonded with her sister – she didn't want to go home.

Anita’s mom did allow her to stay another week at camp and foster her budding love for the outdoors. Eventually her love of the outdoors would bring her to Utah where she now serves as a volunteer trainer for GSU.

Anita and her family officially moved to Utah after she and her husband retired. Though she was a Girl Scout as a child, she didn’t join the ranks of Girl Scout volunteer until 1990. While stationed in Kentucky, Anita started a Brownie troop, her first but not her last. Over time, she would volunteer with Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto, and, finally, Girl Scouts of Utah as a troop leader, camp leader, and volunteer trainer in varying capacities.

She’s taken girls to the beaches of Virginia and Texas and taught basic outdoor skills and snowshoeing at Trefoil Ranch. The Governor of Virginia even honored her troop for the success of hosting an innovation station at a multi-troop encampment. While members of Nation’s Capital, Anita, a camp leader at the time, took her girls to almost all the Girl Scout camps in northern Virginia. Through all these memories and her decade as a troop leader, there is one that Anita says is her absolute favorite.

Anita and a troop of Juniors were headed to Camp May Flather in Virginia. On the way to camp, the girls were singing at the top of their lungs. All girls but one. One girl was very shy; she joined the troop because her mom was hoping she’d make friends. During the trip, Anita heard someone quietly singing behind her. Once at camp, Anita taught the girl “Taps” and asked her to sing to just her, even turning out the lights to make her more comfortable. She later sang for the entire group, overcoming her fear and making friends in the process.

For Anita, Girl Scouts provides a safe environment for girls to try something they may not otherwise try if they were around family or in a co-ed or school environment. Girls can share ideas, make mistakes, solve problems, and become stronger, more confident people. And according to Anita, that is what’s most rewarding to watch as a Girl Scout volunteer.

Now a volunteer trainer with GSU, Anita still enjoys that rewarding feeling as she works with other adult volunteers. She ensures the volunteers have the tools to create an environment for girls to feel safe as they grow, make mistakes, and solve problems.

Anita enjoys skiing and hiking with her husband, as well as numerous other outdoor activities. She’s skied all over the world but made Utah her home because she says it has the best snow. Both her daughters are Girl Scouts: Sierra recently graduated Girl Scouts with her Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards, and Christine is an honor student with her sights set on her Gold Award after having earned her Bronze and Silver Awards. Anita retired early so she can be a full-time mom, helping her girls build great lives for themselves.

Anita, waving, walks in a parade in Bisbee, Arizona, with her Girl Scout Brownie troop.

Anita and her daughter, Sierra, who recently completed her Girl Scout Gold Award.

Anita receives the Olave Baden-Powell Society pin at the national convention in 2017.

Marie Grogan

As a Girl Scout volunteer for more than 30 years, Marie Grogan has done it all. Gold Award Committee, Camporee Committee, Service Unit Director, Troop Leader - you name the volunteer position, and she’s most likely held the role at least once.

Now in charge of recruitment and training for the Suncrest Service Unit, it may come as a surprise that Marie wasn’t very active in Girl Scouts when her daughter first joined as a Brownie in 1986. However, when a Junior troop needed an assistant troop leader just a couple years later, she happily stepped in. For 18 years, Marie led Junior troops, eventually adding Cadettes to her duties. Marie remembers having four troops going at the same time at some point in the 1990s. She required parents to register as members and some even went through leader training, which she says contributed to her success of running four concurrent troops. 

Beyond the troop setting, Marie served as Service Unit Director for 21 years and volunteer trainer for about 25 years. She serves on the volunteer recognition committee council and has served on Camporee, financial, Gold Award, and Service Unit higher awards committees. She has helped new troops sell cookies, started new troops, and started travel troops. Marie says she jumps right in and gives 110% and “if you aren’t giving that much, you shouldn’t volunteer.” 

For over 25 years, Marie has traveled with girls domestically, including whitewater rafting in Jackson Hole, WY with Cadettes for around 20 years. Her travel adventures also include accompanying girls to New York City, Washington, D.C., Oahu and Maui in Hawaii, and numerous cruises. According to Marie, she hasn’t done international trips only because the girls did not want to plan for two years. Even close to home, Marie and the girls and parents still get the benefits of a Girl Scout experience.

Girl Scouts not only encourages girls, but empowers adult volunteers as well. Early on in her 20 years of whitewater rafting trips, Marie would sit in the middle of the boat and hang on tight. She then realized she wanted to set an example for those girls and adults who may be apprehensive. In true Girl Scout fashion, she chose confidence and courage, and for the last 10 years, Marie has sat on the outside of the boat, helping row with the team. Through the years, plenty of girls and adults have overcome their initial fears of whitewater rafting. Marie says nobody has ever said they hated it or never wanted to do it again. “Girl Scouts gets you out of your comfort zone,” she said. 

Girl Scouts offers a growing experience, and that’s what makes it so rewarding to be a volunteer for Marie. She watches girls change and grow. One girl came in to Marie’s Junior troop as a quiet, shy, and timid Girl Scout; her mom would even stay so she would be more comfortable. In less than two years, that same girl was a top cookie seller. That transformation is just one part of what it means to be a Girl Scout to Marie. She wants to help inspire girls and give them opportunities to be strong and stand up for themselves. She wants girls to build friendships that last years, and all of this is possible with Girl Scouts.

Marie has devoted much of her life to living the Girl Scout Promise and Law. A true leader, Marie is honest and fair, treating everyone with respect and acting as a sister to each Girl Scout. Outside of Girl Scouts, Marie enjoys bowling (she used to bowl 150 on average), and golf. She volunteers with other organizations, writes poetry, can organize anything, and multitasks “like nobody’s business.” Her daughter graduated Girl Scouts with her Gold Award in 1998, and she has a border collie corgi dog named Gizmo. 

Marie and her daughter Jodi at Camporee 2012

One of Marie's troops on a visit to Zion National Park

Marie, center, at Camporee 2012

Girl Scouts pose with the "Fearless Girl" statue during a trip to New York City

Stephanie Dean

When Stephanie Dean learned her Service Unit’s product manager would be vacating the position, she jumped at the chance to be more involved. With her courageous and helpful spirit, she organized cookie training, pick-up, and delivery events all while ensuring each Girl Scout was prepared and ready for the Girl Scout Cookie Season.

Stephanie is the co-leader of her oldest daughter’s troop. Two of her four girls are together in a younger troop while the youngest isn’t old enough to join - yet. Stephanie’s older troop joined the younger girls’ troop for a camping trip in Pine Valley, a fond Girl Scout memory. Her girls have also walked in a Fourth of July parade and volunteered at their local food bank. Her oldest is currently working toward her Girl Scout Silver Award.

Girl Scouts quickly became a family affair for Stephanie. After moving to southern Utah, she wanted to get her daughters involved in an activity. Friends on Facebook suggested Girl Scouts, but it wasn’t until attending a Girl Scouts World Thinking Day that they actually joined. Stephanie’s oldest daughter, the first to join, had gone around to each station and learned about the global sisterhood and issues affecting girls and women across the globe. This is also where Stephanie met her current troop co-leader.

Stephanie happily took on the added responsibilities of the Service Unit product manager role; it was the perfect opportunity to be more involved. With limited experience and also acting as a troop co-leader, Stephanie saw success in her new position. While on vacation in Hawaii, she planned a cookie training that kept it “short and sweet,” as Stephanie puts it, so the girls would retain more information and be that much more prepared for cookie season. Throughout cookie season, she was organized, friendly, and helpful, going above and beyond to ensure the success of the Girl Scouts in her Service Unit.

When she’s not being a sister to every Girl Scout, Stephanie enjoys swimming and playing board games with her family. She says Sorry and Trouble are family favorites. Stephanie and her husband also enjoy playing video games together, Call of Duty to be exact. It started because her husband and his buddies needed a fourth, and over time it led to close friendships with people on the east coast from online play.

Originally, Girl Scouts offered Stephanie and her girls an activity to do together, but through her time as a volunteer, Stephanie met her best friend and learned more about her Southern Utah community. Perhaps most important to her is the opportunity to step out of her comfort zone to help others.

Stephanie (left) and August, co-leader of Troop 737.

Troop 1799 and 737 on a joint camping trip.

Stephanie (back right) and her troop volunteering at a southern Utah food bank.

Kristi Price

For 15 years as a volunteer with Girl Scouts of Utah, Kristi Price has been honest and fair. From a troop leader to Camporee and now as the Gold Award Committee Chair, she embodies the Girl Scout Law every step of the way. She is an empowered woman who helps girls empower themselves to be the best person they can be, even when nobody is watching.

After a family friend shared their Girl Scout experience, Kristi’s daughter, Victoria, couldn’t wait to join. Even without any Girl Scouting experience herself, Kristi jumped right in as a troop leader, knowing she would be a great volunteer. Over the years, Kristi continued to volunteer in varying capacity on different committees and at various events before she eventually found her passion in the Girl Scout Gold Award.

After Victoria began to explore the Silver Award, Kristi set out to learn everything about the honor. She did the training and, along the way, realized the worth and value of the highest awards. According to Kristi, the program is often miscategorized as being too hard, but the growth of each girl is worth every bit of the effort. And, true to being a selfless volunteer, Kristi was quick to share her success and spotlight with others, including GSU staff member Kelli Freeman. Kristi shared that the changes GSUSA, and Kelli in particular, made to the Gold Award process give girls more support before they go in front of the committee.

Support is especially important in the current state of social distancing, requiring girls to adjust their projects. Kristi, ever the optimist, notes the growth she has seen as the girls are forced to think outside the box. They adjust and work with their mentors to accomplish what they originally set out to do without all the resources normally available. Though she knows this is difficult for the girls, Kristi sees this as an opportunity for them to learn to think independently, build confidence, and roll with the punches—all things she says will help them later in life.

Working with the Gold Award Girl Scouts girls tops Kristi’s list of what makes being a Girl Scout volunteer so rewarding. When the girls first come in, she says they’re not completely sure about what this process may bring, but after completing and then presenting their projects on stage, each girl leaves stronger, empowered, and more confident. Just as the growth of the girls is important to Kristi, the effort and care in her countless hours working with the girls and other committee members are important to the girls.

Kristi found lifelong friends through Girl Scouts. She also made lifelong friends through roller derby, a fact she says surprises others because she is so kind. The self-proclaimed “worst player on the worst team,” Kristi played with a team out of Ogden for three years and travelled to Washington, Colorado, and Idaho. She played as a blocker and noted that it’s not the 70s roller derby where you can just knock somebody down; rather, it’s a highly athletic sport with lots of rules and strong women.

Now a retired roller derby player, Kristi spends her free time volunteering at assisted living facilities, teaching crafts every Monday at Peach Tree and running a monthly card-making group at another. And because she has so much love to give, Kristi also volunteers as a home visitor for the Welcome Baby program with the United Way. As a home visitor, she goes into the homes of families with children ages 0-3 to ensure they are developmentally on track, brings books, and reads to the kids.

Kristi had two girls go through Girl Scouts. Charlie would tag along to her big sister’s Girl Scout outings, eager to join a troop. Eventually the two troops merged, and they progressed through Girl Scouts together. Victoria will be 20, and Charlie is graduating this year. Kristi continues in Girl Scouts, providing the same love and kindness to the Gold Award Girl Scouts girls as she did to her own children.

Kristi with Charlie and Victoria at a Suncrest Leader-Daughter event hosted at Trefoil Ranch.

Kristi with girls at a zombie event hosted by Troop 578.

Kristi (back right) with some of her best friends and co-leaders, aka the "Trouble Bunch."

Kristi, right, during her roller derby days.

Sandy Hunsaker

For Sandy Hunsaker, Girl Scouts offers camaraderie and a sisterhood. For the girls and volunteers who work with Sandy Hunsaker, she embodies those characteristics better than anyone. 

Sandy started volunteering with Girl Scouts of Utah when her daughter joined as a Daisy. She is now a graduating Ambassador, and Sandy continues to serve as her troop leader, as well as a troop leader for another Daisy-Brownie troop, where she coordinated the cookie sale as cookie manager for the last two years. Sandy’s commitment to Girl Scouts is unwavering and her volunteer resume is impressive. 

Since starting as her daughter’s Daisy troop leader, Sandy has held numerous positions and has participated in various programs as a volunteer. She has served as a delegate, Service Unit recognition chair, event chair, and part of the 2018 Camporee committee. She participates in Never the Same Weekends and day camps, and even assists in training other volunteers and teaches first aid and CPR.  

Sandy spent countless hours developing GSU’s 2020 Centennial Patch program, sifting through stacks of old Girl Scout handbooks to weave history into the program requirements. Her efforts help hundreds of girls connect with their Girl Scout heritage as they engage in their future through the patch program. 

Like many volunteers, Sandy didn’t just dive into the care and commitment of being a Girl Scout volunteer on a whim. Before she served as the leader of two troops simultaneously and before she held all those volunteer positions, she was a Brownie in her small hometown of Deer River, Minnesota. As a first-grader, Sandy’s first Girl Scout memory involves making a sit-upon so she could sit around the campfire without getting wet. Sandy continued with Girl Scouts until her family moved to another town when she was in ninth or tenth grade and she stopped going. Fortunately for girls and volunteers in Utah, Sandy didn’t stop going for good.  

While planning a social distance prom for her daughter, Sandy said she is sad that she is graduating, but they have plenty of memories to look back on, like a cruise to Belize and Cozumel. The international cruise with her older troop happens to be Sandy’s favorite memory in Girl Scouts. The girls went ziplining and tubing on a river and through caves. They went on a bus tour and ate lots of really good food. As Sandy puts it, “it was perfect.” 

Labelled as “dependable” and “always willing to take on a new challenge” by the council’s Volunteer Support Specialists, Sandy truly embodies the numerous qualities of a Girl Scout and continues to inspire girls and adults every day through her courage, confidence, and character.  

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Sandy and her favorite Girl Scout, her daughter Amy. Sandy has been her troop leader since Amy, now an Ambassador, was a Daisy.

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Sandy, back row middle, and her older girls from Troop 2106 after ziplining through the rainforest and tubing in caves in Belize in 2018. 

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Sandy when she was a 6-year-old Brownie in Minnesota.

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Sandy and her co-leader Renee Nielsen with Alyssa Williams, Amy Hunsaker, and Rebekah Nielsen, from Troop 2106 at the Davis Fair Flag Retirement in 2016.