Jenni Moscardelli loves the Girl Scouts.
She enjoyed her time in her own troop so much that now she is a troop leader for her own daughter.
“I started as a Brownie when I was in second grade,” Moscardelli said. “I did it for four years and it had a lasting impression on me.”
Moscardelli said she had “the best troop leaders” and a “really remarkable experience” while participating in her troop as a child, and when she found out she was having a daughter, she called Wilson County’s regional executive Cathey Sweeney.
“I said, ‘Cathey, I’m ready to start my Girl Scout troop.’”
What started as a group of five Daisies, including her daughter, has now grown to a nine-girl troop. All of the girls are 11 years old. Moscardelli said the girls in her troop determine what sort of activities the troop will do.
“It’s supposed to be girl led,” she said. “They want to be together. We may learn about first aid and play laser tag, or do cooking skills and camp out in the back yard.”
Moscardelli also pointed to a visible part of the Girl Scout program – selling cookies. She believes the cookie sales are a “remarkable experience for them to truly run their own little business.”
One of the things Moscardelli said she enjoys is sharing the experiences with her daughter. She said it was a way “to give my daughter experiences she wouldn’t normally have. I encourage any parent to start a troop and be involved with their daughters.”
To sign up as a Girl Scout or Girl Scout volunteer, visit gsmidtn.org or contact Regional Executive Cathey Sweeney at firstname.lastname@example.org or 615-453-2473.