When 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 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.”