Meet Jean Christie! Starting as a Girl Scout in 2nd grade, Jean has honored the Girl Scout Promise and Law for over 31 years, serving as troop leader, guide, and mentor. Currently she serves as a Service Unit Manager (5 years), a Service Unit Registrar (10 years), and a Council Trainer (3 years). Way to go Jean!
We asked Jean a few more questions about herself, her involvement with Girl Scouts, and the impact it has had on her:
What was your favorite part about Girl Scouts as a girl?
As a girl I liked camping. I went to day camp and resident camp every summer. I was part of a troop that went camping 4-5 times per year!
Why do you invest your time in Girl Scouting?
I believe that Girl Scouts builds girls into stronger leaders. It is a place for girls to explore and learn many different things that they may not encounter in school or at home. I love seeing girls grow from shy, silly Daisies to self-confident young women. I also enjoy helping adult leaders get started, and seeing them enjoy Girl Scouts with their daughter and the girls in their troops in the same way I enjoyed Girl Scouts with my mother and my daughter.
How do you feel volunteering with Girl Scouts has impacted your life?
Girl Scouts had an impact on my life from the minute I joined as a girl in second grade. I had the opportunity to do so many things with my Girl Scout troop that I did not do with my family. Girl Scouting taught me about leadership and community service- skills that have carried into my adult life. As a Girl Scout volunteer I have had the opportunity to meet so many amazing women - both volunteers and staff. Women who are committed to the Girl Scout Law and to our Mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character. As a Girl Scout volunteer I have also had the opportunity to meet many amazing girls and watch them grow.
What else can you tell us about yourself?
I am a clinical worker/ therapist. I also volunteer with the Red Cross - Service to the Armed Forces as a facilitator for Reconnection Workshops for members of the military and their families.