Every Tuesday after a full day of teaching at Hazel Park Preparatory Academy, Donna McIntosh switches from her role as an art teacher to a Girl Scout troop leader. Donna works with another volunteer to lead a GIrl Scouts ConnectZ troop of Girl Scout Cadettes, which has more than 40 girls.
Donna says she is a Girl Scout volunteer because she enjoys helping girls become successful young women. She incorporates many of her passions into weekly meetings.
“Their enthusiasm is really what keeps me going,” explains Donna, “They want to engage in all that we do. When they are successful, I see the happiness in their eyes.” She also enjoys hearing feedback about troop activities from parents.
Even after the girls leave elementary school, she has been proud to see their passion for Girl Scouts continue. Many of the girls that have gone to middle school and high school return to visit Donna and her troop. “Some girls still come back and help tutor at our meetings. [The experience] meant a lot to them, and it’s great to see that they formed good bonds and friendships,” says Donna.
Although troop meetings are often overflowing with fun activities, Donna also takes time to emphasize good behavior and setting a good example for other students. She even checks in with her troop’s teachers and makes sure the girls are doing well in their schoolwork and with their classmates. If girls do get in trouble, they have to improve their behavior before they can start coming to Girl Scouts again.
With only a few months left in the school year, the troop is looking forward to its summer outing to Camp Lakamaga. Just recently, the girls returned for the second year to the Women of Distinction on April 18 luncheon to sing for attendees.