Dad becomes brownie leader to better understand daughter
As husband, father and graphic designer, Sean Newell wears many hats. One of those happens to be a brownie beanie. Once a week and on many weekends, Sean leads a group of 15 second and third grade girls as brownie leader for Troop 32. His daughter Cameron, a third grader at All Saints Episcopal Day School, is one of the troop members. It was Cameron who got him involved in Girl Scouts. “As a father, I always tried to be involved in whatever my daughter was interested in,” Sean explained.
“We’ve done sports, tee ball, soccer and basketball, but now we focus more on this. I get more out of it because she does.” Working directly with the girls in the troop helps him understand third grade girls better, he said. “It can sometimes be hard to relate to a daughter and this helps,” he commented. The troop meets weekly at Highland Park United Methodist Church youth building, along with the five other groups in Troop 32.
They also include daisies, juniors, cadettes, seniors and ambassadors. Sean’s wife, Lisa Newell, is the overall troop leader. Sean is not the only male leader in the troop. Roger Wilson helps as a co-leader with the junior girls. Julia Coleman assists Sean as co-leader of the brownies. Currently, the brownies are learning about the importance of water and water conservation through the Girl Scout’s Wonders of Water program.
Last week they talked about wetlands and drew pictures of their favorite water landscape. Each lesson includes a hand-on activity. The brownies also participate in field trips and weekend activities. There is something available to do almost every weekend, Sean said. Recent activities available to those who wanted to participate included STEM activities and World Thinking Day.
Last weekend, Sean’s troop was introduced to camping. They helped set up tents on the church grounds, cooked hot dogs and s’mores over a campfire and sang songs. When it was time for bed, they went inside for a sleep over. Sean plans to take his young scouts on a field trip to Lynches River County Park in the Spring. Of course, Girl Scouts are known for selling cookies and Troop 32 is excited to be a part of this annual fund raiser which helps support their troop.
Girl Scout cookies were delivered Saturday, so the scouts will be delivering their pre-orders this week, as well as selling them around town. Sean feels that Girl Scouts is a great organization. The Girl Scout mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. His daughter loves scouts, so he does too. He encourages other dads to get involved. “I have gotten more out of it than I ever thought I would,” he said.