Windham’s Nancy Perkins Chosen Girl Scouts’ Volunteer of the Month
March 17, 2017
submitted by April A. Guilmet
A longtime Girl Scout volunteer, Nancy Perkins cherishes every adventure she’s shared with the girls she mentors. The Windham mom – -who’s been working with local troops for the past 14 years- – has been named Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains’ March Volunteer of the Month.
Years after participating in Girl Scout activities in her native New York, Perkins knew she wanted her two daughters to enjoy similar experiences. When her oldest daughter, Zoe, asked her mother to help with her Brownie troop, Perkins jumped at the opportunity.
These days, Zoe is a sophomore in college, and Perkins remains an enthusiastic Girl Scout volunteer. In addition to leading her younger daughter Lily’s Ambassador Girl Scout troop, Perkins tends to be the person other volunteers turn to when they need a helping hand. She said the joy experienced watching her troop members succeed in life makes her efforts all the more worthwhile.
During her community’s recent Girl Scout Jamboree, Perkins recalled how her troop members chatted and giggled among themselves before the event began, like teenagers tend to do. “You could see when the light switch went on, and there I was watching these confident, capable young adults,” she added. “It’s an amazing thing to watch — to see them grow to understand things.”
Such understanding has been mutually beneficial. To date, more than three-fourths of Perkins’ current troop members have earned their Girl Scout Gold Awards, which is the highest honor a Girl Scout can achieve.
“I’m always here for the girls if they need to brainstorm or plan their projects,” Perkins said. “I love seeing them exceed their own expectations.”
While it’s not always easy balancing volunteer duties, family life, and her hectic career as an interstate sales representative, Perkins said she wouldn’t have it any other way. Indeed, her favorite saying is, “If you want to get something done, just ask a busy person.”
“It’s really simple: if you make something a priority, you’re going to make it happen,” Perkins said. “The time I’ve spent with Girl Scouts has given me so many amazing opportunities; experiences I wouldn’t have had otherwise.”