It’s no secret that at Girl Scouts we’re all about girls! But there’s something many people may not know. Men can be Girl Scouts too through volunteering!
When Scott Brandt moved his family to Fort Leavenworth so he could go to officer school, he and his wife planned to put their 11-year-old twins in Girl Scouts. Their daughters had been in Girl Scouts since they were Brownies and wanted to continue. Little did Scott know that he would end up joining Girl Scouts too!
“When we got there it looked like there wouldn’t be a troop because there was no leader,” Scott said. “So after thinking it over and talking about it I decided to do it.”
Scott is the leader of Cadette Troop 5439 at Fort Leavenworth. There are ten girls in the sixth and seventh grade including his daughters. Despite the fact that Scott’s family will only be on base for one year he wanted his daughters to enjoy an activity that is familiar to them.
“When I first started it was a bit rocky. You’re trying to get that initial trust going and they’re not used to a male leader. But now they know me and it’s been going great.”
Scott looks to his co-leader, Jennifer, for support since she knew the girls prior to the troop getting started for the year. One of the first projects they started working on is their Silver Award.
“We let the girls decide what they want to do,” he said of the girl-led program. “We let them figure it out and then I help guide them through it.”
Since most of the girls come from a military family they felt strongly about doing something with the VA Hospital in their area. They had a meeting with the outreach manager and decided to collect specific items that are needed by veterans including personal hygiene items and clothing.
Scott wants other dads to know, “Don’t be afraid that it’s all girls,” he laughed. “It’s a great way to bond with your daughters and actually helps you understand them.”
He encourages all men to do what they can to volunteer and help in a troop.
“Now that I’ve seen the amount of dedication behind the scenes I have a better appreciation for this organization.”
Way to go, Scott! Thanks for being “Man Enough” to help build girls of Courage, Confidence, and Character!
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