A troop of Girl Scout Daisies from Mankato, MN may not have ever started if it hadn’t been for a young Girl Scout alumna with a passion for making Girl Scouts possible. Amanda Diehm stepped up as a Girl Scout Daisy troop co-leader when a group of girls wanted to start a troop, but were struggling to find volunteers.
As an alumna, Amanda knows the importance of growing up as a Girl Scout and didn’t want girls to miss out on the opportunities she had. She says, “I know how much Girl Scouts impacted my life. It helped me become organized and take on active leadership roles.” Amanda started Girl Scouts when she was in kindergarten and earned both the Girl Scout Silver and Gold Awards.
Amanda enjoys reliving her experience as a Girl Scout by co-leading her Girl Scout Daisy troop. For her, “The big thing is to help teach girls leadership skills, encourage them to be self-confident and help them reach their goals.” This year, she taught the Girl Scout Promise and Law and got the girls ready for cookie season through role-playing. Next up on her agenda is to get the girls prepared for a day camp experience this spring.
Amanda will be transferring leadership of her troop completely to the parents at the end of the year, and she has plans to start another Daisy troop next year. In addition to being a troop leader, Amanda has also been on the Girl Scout Gold Award committee for several years and has been a volunteer at council-sponsored program and membership recruitment events.
The lessons learned and sisterhood gained through Girl Scouts are tremendously important to Amanda, and her dedication to River Valleys as a volunteer proves that. As a leader, she says, “You can see the growth in the girls. They become more outgoing and willing to talk—they are bonding and forming friendships outside of school. As a leader, you’re actually helping shape girls into successful women.”