What is it like being a male Girl Scouts leader?

Andy Wilmes


For Collinsville resident Andy Wilmes, a father and grandfather of Girl Scouts, volunteering for Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma’s Outdoor Adventure Program when his daughters were young was an easy task. 

"I enjoy the outdoors and wanted to share the experience with them," says Wilmes, who started as a troop co-leader with his wife. Now the couple’s daughters do the same with their own daughters.

The girl-led year-round Outdoor Adventure group meets annually to plan activities, which include trips to national parks, state parks and other sites.

On a trip to Arkansas last summer Wilmes remembers "assisting a young lady with Asperger’s Syndrome who had an overwhelming fear of heights and wearing a climbing harness. The joy of helping her overcome these challenges and rappel off a cliff for the first time was very rewarding."

He says he is impressed seeing the girls gain personal confidence in all their Outdoor Adventure endeavors, as well as independence. They learn teamwork, while developing appreciation for the outdoors and nature.

Speaking from the perspective of a male volunteer, Wilmes says, "I feel it is important for girls to have committed, caring men as part of their life." 


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