It Takes a Village

Lysette DeBoard remembers wanting to join Girl Scouts more than anything as a young girl. She was finally able to join as a brownie and stayed active in Girl Scouts until the 6th grade when, unfortunately, there were no older troops available in her area.

But Lysette came back to Girl Scouts in the role of a leader for her daughter’s troop in Lawrence, Kansas. She now volunteers as a dual-level troop leader for Cadette and Senior Girl Scouts. She is also excited to serve as this summer’s day camp director as well as the service unit secretary. Yes, I think it’s safe to say that Girl Scouts is still a big part of her life!

Lysette knows that the skills girls learn in Girl Scouts are about much more than just earning a badge. When girls learn something new they want to put it into action – and that’s exactly what her daughter Alexandria did after earning her First Aid badge as a Cadette.

Alexandria quickly used the skills she learned in a real emergency. Lysette saw firsthand how Girl Scouts gives girls a sense of usefulness and confidence and that’s the exactly the reason she continues to be a part of Girl Scouts in our community.

In order to ensure more girls can continue building skills and confidence, Lysette chose to join Daisy’s Circle. She knows that Girl Scouts is an important program in the lives of girls. Lysette, who is an elementary school music teacher, feels that some of the skills needed are being left behind in favor of standardized testing.

“Girl Scouts is a great way for girls to continue to learn the skills to be courageous and confident in the world of tomorrow,” Lysette said. “My hope is that because of my contribution, more girls will have the chance to be a part of the Girl Scout experience.”

For Lysette, giving back to Girl Scouts means believing girls are a worthwhile investment.

“As the African proverb says, ‘It takes a village to raise a child,’ and my contributions are just one small part of the resources that will help to raise the children in Girl Scouts.”