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A Troop Dad with a Passion for the Outdoors

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Jamison with his daughter's troopWhen Skylar became a Girl Scout Brownie, her dad Jamison first thought, “How can I twist this to get me involved?” He discovered a great way—to become her Girl Scout troop co-leader.

During Skylar’s first year of Girl Scouts, Jamison did everything he could to help her earn badges. During her second year, one of Skylar’s troop leaders stepped down. Jamison jumped at the chance to become the new leader of Troop 13594, and with the approval of all parents, joined Dawn as a co-leader of the troop.

“The girls have done a great job accepting me,” says Jamison. “I believe that Dawn and I create a great dynamic environment for the girls.” Jamison’s background is in sports, the outdoors and astronomy, and tries to incorporate those skills into activities for the girls.

Jamison at lakeJamison took his love for sports and the outdoors to camp last summer. “After clearing it with my daughter that I wouldn’t embarrass her, I took a week off work and attended Camp Elk River,” says Jamison. Before attending camp, he made sure the girls learned basic camping and outdoor skills to take with them. During their week at camp, he helped wherever he could.

Already excited to attend camp again this summer, Jamison describes it as, “A week’s worth of time off work on a vacation has no value compared to a week being at camp with the girls.”

Jamison balances his time between work and being a troop co-leader and treasurer for his Osseo service unit. It’s all worth it though. He reflects, “If I want her to succeed in life, it makes sense that I’m there for her now.”

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4 Comments

  1. TaraM says:

    It’s so heartwarming to see a dad SO interested in his daughter’s life that he is willing to step up to be a leader! So rare in this day and age….

  2. Kelly lynn says:

    Great job, Jamison!
    I hope this encourages more and more dads to reach out and connect with their daughters through scouting!

  3. Shellie - "IV" says:

    Well Done GRASSHOPPER! We all love you in OSU!

  4. Linda Keene says:

    Girl Scout Dads rock! Thanks, Jamison, for all that you do to support your daughter and the other girls in the troop. By modeling positive interactions with females, you are giving the girls a role model for the type of men they should have in their lives. Way to go!

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