Lowry Manders has always been a catalyst for kindness, community involvement and encouraging women, so when she learned of the opportunity to be a Girl Scout troop leader, it wasn’t a difficult decision.
Knowing this was THE organization that builds confidence, character and courage in girls, she wanted to be part of something bigger and make a difference. Today, she leads a multi-culturally and economically diverse troop based in Lake Highlands with girls from all over Dallas that aims to grow tomorrow’s leaders.
Lowry sat down with us to describe her unique troop, what she wants her girls to accomplish and the kind of woman she envisions every Girl Scout becoming.
Women of Kindness and Compassion
Doing good deeds is a part of every Girl Scout experience, but Lowry wants her troop to see the world from different perspectives and know that there are a lot of ways to make it a better place through kindness and compassion. One week, they went to a different nonprofit to volunteer every day—from playing bingo and joining an exercise classes at a senior care facility, to learning how to interact with people who are blind at Dallas Lighthouse through creating scented playdough, taking part in Meals on Wheels and volunteering at The Stewpot in downtown Dallas—each day provided a unique experience.
Women of Diversity, Inclusion and Acceptance
Like Girl Scouts, Lowry believes every girl would benefit from the Girl Scout experience and she wants all girls to know they’re welcome in her troop. Though membership in Girl Scouts is $25 a year, this cost can be a challenge for some families. She encourages members to apply for financial assistance to cover the cost of membership, uniforms or activities, so they are not discouraged from joining Girl Scouts due to their financial situation—whatever it may be. She also encourages her troop to seek to understand other cultures.
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, her troop invited an Islamic troop from Richardson for a peacemaker dinner. During this dinner, they were able to learn about each other and find things in common. Not only did this teach them about other cultures and backgrounds, but it encouraged them to love and accept those who come from families different from their own.
Women of Courage, Confidence and Character
Lowry makes it a point to encourage her Girl Scouts to become women of enormous courage, unshakable confidence and outstanding character through her 3 C’s Girl Scout Book Club (Courage, Confidence and Character), which is open to both the parents and Girl Scouts. Each month, they choose women authors who represent courage, confidence, character, diversity and strong leadership.
They also host the 3 C’s speaker series, and invited Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall to speak about her experience as the first female chief of police in the city of Dallas. Chief Hall talked about the obstacles she has faced and how she hopes to encourage girls who look like her to pursue any career field, become a leader and share their voice.
“I feel compelled to strengthen girls in this environment. I want them to know they can do anything, be anything, speak up when they feel the need and build their confidence,” says Lowry.
Women Who Support Women
The relationship between a mother and daughter is one of the most unique and important in every girl’s life. Lowry’s troop has some single moms, and together, they’ve transformed their troop into a second family. Girl Scouts has given moms the ability to build memories they wouldn’t otherwise have had with their daughters such as going to the Dallas Arboretum, the symphony and a campout.
Interested in Girl Scouts for you or your daughter?
Girls always need guides and mentors to help them develop into successful and confident adults. As a volunteer, you have the freedom to donate as much or as little of your time as you would like—whether volunteering at troop meetings, chaperoning outings, supervising a campout or co-leading a troop, the time you devote will help inspire today’s girls to become tomorrow’s leaders.
Thinking about signing your daughter up, but still unsure? Here are a few things you should know:
- There are troops across the region—some at schools, places of worship or community centers. Contact the Girl Scout offices to learn more about troops in your area.
- If you do not have the ability to cover the full cost to join, financial aid is available for membership, uniforms and other staples of the Girl Scout experience, such as camping. Proceeds from the Girl Scout Cookie Program also help cover a large portion of troop expenses each year—support your local Girl Scouts during cookie season!
- Certain troops, such as Lowry’s, are open to every girl of ANY age from 5–17—it’s never too late to join Girl Scouts!
See how you can help shape tomorrow’s female leaders and enroll your daughter today by going to gsnetx.org/joinGS.
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