Girl Scout keeps her troop connected

Girl Scout Samantha Potts of Westmoreland County took initiative to keep her troop involved in Girl Scout fun. Inspired by a Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania live patch program, Samantha stepped up to lead her troop in her very own patch program creation.

“I was excited to share the opportunity with my troop,” Samantha said. “I thought they would like it, and I thought it would help us stay connected.”

Samantha recorded video tutorials on creating SWAPS (Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere) to share with her multi-level troop. She didn’t stop there—she created a complete how-to guide to help her troop earn the patch and assembled 25 material kits for her Girl Scout sisters.

“I was incredibly proud of her,” said Billie Jo Jendrey, Samantha’s mom. “She has come a long way as a shy child. For her to come out of her shell, want to take the lead, and offer to contribute…it was very special.”

Her Girl Scout sisters loved the activity, and Samantha is looking forward to continuing to help her troop leaders with more activities and beginning her Silver Award as a Girl Scout Cadette.

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