Judi Zeamer

Thinking Day Sisterhood

Girl Scouting has always been an important part of my life. My Senior leaders used our weekly troop meetings to practice leadership skills, building confidence and character through troop government, planning and implementing many trips and activities. As a growing teen I would describe myself as a follower, but my leaders skillfully guided me through those challenging years. The confidence and courage instilled in me during my Senior Girl Scout experience led me to many roles in adult Girl Scouting: Junior and Cadette troop leader, Service Unit Manager, Council Trainer, Trainer of Trainers, and Council Board Member

The most significant impact of confidence and courage that I attribute to my Girl Scout experience is the role it played in when I divorced and as I started single parenthood. My confidence was shaken. It was my Girl Scout friendships that were always with me. I threw myself into something I knew and loved, Girl Scouting, and it gave back to me. I was able to restore my confidence and courage and I continued to grow.

One of my fondest memories of Girl Scouting came during a sad time in my life. My father had become unexpectedly ill and had to have surgery out-of-town on the day of the 80th Anniversary Girl Scout Thinking Day. A national Thinking Day Friendship Circle event was planned but I was disappointed because I was going to miss our service unit's program. My mother knew how important Girl Scouting and this event were to me. She saw a poster for the local Thinking Day event happening in the hospital courtyard. I was welcomed into their circle and passed the Girl Scout friendship squeeze among “sisters” around the world. I was thrilled and still get teary-eyed as I relive that event now

Judi Zeamer
Binghamton, New York
54 years a Girl Scout