Girl Scout alumna Caitlin Boardman is helping to form a young alumnae networking group. The first event will be in early November. We asked Caitlin to share with us what her Girl Scouting experience means to her.
What is your favorite memory from when you were a Girl Scout?
Every summer at Camp Lakamaga we stayed at Tyoga for the weekend. I remember giving each other makeovers that consisted of facials, manicures, French braids and lots of blue eye shadow and blush. We used to stay up late and lie out on the dock, looking up at the stars and telling stories about where we thought our lives would take us. We let our imaginations run wild until we heard our leader call out that it was time for bed. Then we continued to whisper and giggle in our sleeping bags until sleep finally found us. No matter what the weather was like, rain or shine, it was still the best weekend of the summer.
What skills and benefits do you think Girl Scouts brought to your life?
Growing up, I never realized that Girl Scouts would have such an impact on my character today. All of the troop activities that touched on friendship, teamwork, leadership and problem solving gave me a special set of tools that has helped me adapt to most situations.
What Girl Scout lessons and skills have you brought to your current career?
Girl Scouts played a significant role in the career path I chose. As admissions and operational manager for St. Paul Sober Living, I help others who suffer from addiction. Experiences I gained by growing up in Girl Scouts led me in the direction of service.
Communications skills I gained in Girl Scouts help me interact with people of all ages. Leadership skills I gained allow me to not only give direction, but also take it. Girls Scouts also taught me the importance of setting goals and working hard to fulfill them.
What have you found most satisfying about reconnecting with your Girl Scout roots?
It has brought up so many wonderful memories of growing up, and these memories have made me excited about getting involved as an adult. I formed an alumnae group that will meet monthly. I’m hoping that this group will reconnect with more young adults so that we can do for others what our parents and leaders did for us.
What ways do you see yourself working with Girl Scouts in the future?
Besides getting an alumnae group together and starting a Daisy troop, I would like to volunteer and teach others about art. I graduated in 2008 with a degree in photography from the Art Institutes International Minnesota, and I would love to show young girls how photography can bring people together by capturing a moment in time.
What is your advice for other alumnae about getting involved with Girl Scouts again?
If we as young adults do not get involved, then who will? It’s important to take time out of our busy schedules to give back so that future Girl Scouts have the same opportunities we did to gain friendships and lasting memories.
What is your dream for girls?
The possibilities are endless for the next generation of girls. It’s important to remind them to set goals, never give up on those goals and never stop dreaming.