“I am a proud Girl Scout dad! Being a part of my daughters’ Girl Scout experience has strengthened our bond.”
Meet Josh Howard, awesome dad to a Brownie and Cadette Girl Scout and volunteer from Service Unit 670 in Kansas City, Kansas. Josh’s story truly demonstrates that Girl Scouting is a family affair.
Like many others, Josh’s family jumped into Girl Scouts beginning with a recruitment night. When his oldest daughter was ready to begin her experience, Josh knew he would need to be all in. This is exactly what we want all parents and caregivers to say. However, in Josh’s case it wasn’t just an incredible commitment but a necessity in order for his daughter to have the experience every other girl has. Josh’s oldest daughter is visually impaired and must have someone with her at all times.
There was never a doubt that his daughter would experience anything less than the full Girl Scout experience, so Josh began attending troop meetings. As he was supporting his daughter, he would jump in to help other girls in the troop. As they earned badges, went on their first nature hike, completed community service projects or experienced other firsts, Josh was there. In the beginning, he received a few strange looks from parents at pick-up time but soon he would engage in conversations, especially with other dads.
It was a natural progression that Josh would become a co-leader. He was there, and he was so invested in the success of these girls. On the rare occurrence that Josh missed a meeting or troop activity, he was greatly missed and others would ask, “Where is Josh?”
Troop 1564 has grown into a multi-age troop with more than 50 Girl Scouts. Each grade level has a leader, like Josh’s younger daughter’s Brownie troop led by his wife Rebecca. The troop begins their meetings together then works toward their grade level accomplishments. This has been a great way to show younger Girl Scouts their next steps and for this GS dad to stay involved with both of his daughters throughout their skill-building.
Josh loves watching his daughters grow into strong leaders.
“It is awesome to watch girls overcome a challenge. When they discover that with hard work and some encouragement that they can do anything, it is magic,” Josh says.
Josh wants other dads to know that getting involved with their daughters is a must. It is special to watch your daughter build new skills, make new friends and just have fun.
“If it weren’t for Girl Scouts, my oldest daughter may not have the strong friendships she has now or the confidence to make new friendships,” Josh says.
So what is next for Josh and the Girl Scouts in his troop and beyond? Well, don’t think for one minute that there isn’t something big and bold coming. Josh is working to bring a Pinewood Derby event to the service unit within the next year. Josh wants an opportunity for girls to build their own cars, maybe with their dads, moms or the whole family and see what their hard work brings on the racetrack. Of course, FUN is a must. We can’t wait to see the smiles and bonding that will take place for this event.
Thank you, Josh Howard for all you do to help girls build their courage, confidence, and character! You are certainly “Man Enough to be a Girl Scout”!
Do you know a GS dad or volunteer that we should spotlight in an upcoming “Man Enough to be a Girl Scout” feature. Let us know.