Wednesday, May 27, 2015

John White is Man Enough to Be a Girl Scout

When John White’s second grader, Brooke, joined Girl Scouts two years ago, he knew from the start that he wanted to be involved. He had seen how fun—and beneficial—the program had been for the daughters of his friends and neighbors, and he wanted the same for his daughter. Already a member of Girl Scouts, John has now stepped up and joined the Man Enough to Be a Girl Scout campaign, which was launched by Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast to show that girls need both women and men as role models and positive influences in their lives and attract new volunteers to the organization.

John and his daughter Brooke are both members of Girl Scout Troop 71 in Virginia Beach. Together through Girl Scouts, they have had tons of great experiences. John enjoyed spending time with Brooke at cookie booths this winter—watching her build her business skills and meeting Girl Scout alumnae who stopped at the booths to share their favorite Girl Scout memories. John also enjoyed participating in the Girl Scout Day of Service at Operation Smile with Brooke, and he looks forward to continuing to expose her to diverse opportunities to make a difference.

“Being involved in Girl Scouts allows me to spend time with my daughter as she is learning to be a responsible citizen of our community,” John said. “Anything I can do support Brooke, I’m in!”

John is a supporter of Girl Scouts because he sees the importance and relevance of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. In today’s society, women are present in all sorts of professional careers, and for John, it is important the Brooke recognizes her own value and develop leadership skills from a young age. He has already seen firsthand the positive impact that Christine Murray, the leader of Girl Scout Troop 71, has had on his daughter, and he admires her commitment and dedication to making a difference in the lives of girls.

John will be at the upcoming Man Enough to Be a Girl Scout event on June 28 at Smartmouth Brewery in Norfolk and encourages all Girl Scout dads to join the campaign. For more information, visit