Get to Know The Writer, Jodi

The short answer is I am a mother of 2 beautiful children, wife, & web designer and have a lot of leadership experience.  I was a leader of a Girl Scout troop and a girl in scouting for a total of 25 years. Below you can read where my love for the Girl Scout organization got started. 

I would like to also mention I am not connected with, affiliated with, approved by, endorsed by, or otherwise sponsored by The Girl Scouts of the USA. This is a blog I created because I have a passion for what leaders are doing to help girls be leaders of tomorrow. Even tho this site has a pretty big focus on Girl Scout leaders, these resources are great for any girl group such as Girl Guides, Frontier Girls, and Heritage Girls. 

HOW THIS BLOG GOT STARTED?

I was blessed with a Son in March of 2015 and stepped down as a full time Girl Scout leader, but missed planning and volunteering, so I decided after 25 years I have so many ideas to inspire girls and help leaders so I choose to build this blog.

If you come upon this site and are trying to come up with ideas for badges, ceremonies, meetings, etc.. feel free to email me I bet in 25 years I did something that I can share to help.

I hope you enjoy everything I have to offer on this blog and share it with other leaders. You may want to follow along on Facebook too! If you want to keep up with me on Instagram I like to share my family adventures, crafts, and activity booklets I have created as well.  Thank you!

AND THE REST OF THE STORY…

Well like I mentioned at the beginning of this page I had a troop for 25+ years. The troop was #80671. The troop got started in Conneaut, Ohio, My mom signed the right papers and paid the fee for me to become a Brownie. That was 27 years ago, wow! So one night after my troop meeting I came home and said if someone doesn’t come and help be a co-leader in the troop the troop was not going to be able to continue. My dad jumped right onto this and told my mom that you better go and help, several times over the 25 years I have wondered if he ever regretted making that statement. Well my mom became a co-leader and was informed by the leader that all her co-leaders quit on her, funny part after the first year she quit and that is when my mom made the decision if she was going to be a leader it would be on her terms.

troop

Then the problem reversed and she needed a co-leader so that is when Sammie Scott, my cousin got involved and the troop was moved to my parent’s house they decorated the basement,  made it look like the woods right down to making the poles that supports the basement into tree trunks.

It was pretty cool, we had tree stumps for chairs and a fake camp fire, in the beginning we only had about 10 girls and met every other Saturday. Time went by and the troop continued to grow, soon a mom named Robin came in with her daughter Rhiannon, then another mom, Bonnie with her daughter Samantha and the troop continued to grow to a multi-level troop and we had to split the girls up on different Saturdays. Every Saturday became to much plus to much traffic in my mom’s driveway and with the snow it became a big issue, so a decision was made and we asked our local church, Monroe United Methodist Church to sponsor us and we moved to the Church and the rest of that is history.

Girl ScoutsDaisy scouts started when my younger sister Lisa started Kindergarten she is now 30 years old. Over the years we have had a lot of girls come and go we hope that while they were with us we made a little difference in there Life. In some cases we must of made a impact, we had several of our past members bringing there daughters back to our troop or returned to be leaders themselves. We are a troop with a lot of leaders and leader helpers, over the years we have heard a lot about other troops not having any support, we are proud to say that in the past 25 years we have never come across any lack of help.

When I stepped down the member count for group was at 76 members strong with 41 girls and 16 leaders; They are still a multi-level troop from Daisy to Ambassador. Over the years I have seen many changes made to Girl Scouts some good and some not so good, but the values have never changed as we teach the GS Law and Promise. We are all volunteers and can make our troops what we want them to be to help our girls learn those values.  I hope you all continue to inspire be the inspiration our girl leaders of tomorrow need. 


When I decided to start this blog, to start sharing what we do as a troop with other leaders, I never thought it grow to be as big as it is today. I love the fact I get to be part of inspiring our girls of tomorrow even if I have never meant them.  Keep up the great work ladies, no matter what girl organization your part of our goal is the same to inspire our girls of today to be our leaders of tomorrow. 


Leader Connecting Leaders Media Kit

If you came this far you must be very interested in my blog. So if you are a business or an individual, even a leader yourself with free ideas, services or products that leaders would love to use with their troops? If the answer is yes lets connect and let me share your resources with my network of leaders, which is consistently growing through social media and mailing list.

Please email me at jodicarlson@leaderconnectingleaders.com for a PDF copy of my media kit.  As for leaders, if you have ideas to share please reach out to me as well. I love SWAPs, your ideas for the blog and in exchange a free activity booklet to help you with planning.