About Jodi Carlson


img_8446I was a leader of a Girl Scout Troop and a Girl Scout for Total of 25 years below is the whole story where it started and where it left off in 2014. I recently was blessed with a Son in March and stepped down as leader of troop 80671, troop will continue on with leaders who have been with me since their children were in kindergarden. I decided after 25 years I have so much to share with new and upcoming leaders I didn’t want to shut down this blog. So I will continue to share what I did and pay it forward to other leaders. If you come upon this site and are trying to come up with ideas for badges, or events feel free to email me (jodicarlson@girlscoutleaderconnect.com) or leave a comment I bet in 25 years I did something that I can share as a blog post to help.


Girl Scouts of the USA all began when Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low assembled 18 girls from Savannah, Georgia, on March 12, 1912, for a local GS meeting. This became the beginning of this organization that has spread over the United States with over 3.2 million girls and adults.

Girl Scouts have been around for over 100 years and our troop #80671 has been around for 25 years. I would like to tell everyone how the troop began, the troop got started in Conneaut, Ohio, My mom signed the right papers and paid the fee for me,  Jodi Hautala-Carlson to become a Brownie Scout. One night after my troop meeting I came home and said if someone doesn’t come and help be a co-leader in the troop the troop was not going to be able to continue. My dad jumped right onto this and told my mom that you better go and help, several times over the 23 years I have wondered if he ever regretted making that statement. Well my mom became a co-leader and was informed by the leader that all her co-leaders quit on her, funny part after the first year she quit and that is when my mom made the decision if she was going to be a leader it would be on her terms.


Then the problem reversed and she needed a co-leader so that is when Sammie Scott, my cousin got involved and the troop was moved to my parent’s house they decorated the basement,  made it look like the woods right down to making the poles that supports the basement into tree trunks.

It was pretty cool, we had tree stumps for chairs and a fake camp fire, in the beginning we only had about 10 girls and met every other Saturday. Time went by and the troop continued to grow, soon Robin  came in with her daughter Rhiannon, then Bonnie with her daughter Samantha and the troop continued to grow to a muti-level troop and we had to split the girls up on different Saturdays. Every Saturday became to much plus to much traffic in my mom’s driveway and with the snow it became a big issue, so a decision was made and we asked Monroe United Methodist Church to sponsor us and we moved to the Church and the rest of that is history.

We are now at 76 members strong with 41 girls and 16 leaders; we are still a muti-level troop our troop number has changed from #671 to troop #80671, Over the years we have seen many changes some good and maybe some not so good, but the values have never changed as we teach the Girl Scout Law and Promise.

Girl ScoutsDaisy scouts started when my younger sister Lisa Hautala started Kindergarten she is now 25 years old. Over the years we have had a lot of girls come and go we hope that while they were with us we made a little difference in there Life. In some cases we must of made a impact, we now have several of our past members now bringing there daughters back to our troop or have returned to be leaders. We are a troop with a lot of leaders and leader helpers, over the years we have heard a lot about other troops not having any support, we are proud to say that in the past 23 years we have never come across any lack of help. We would like to thank each and everyone that has been involved with our troop.

I decided to start this blog, to start sharing what we do as a troop with other leaders, and hope that I give them ideas and inspiration to lead more girls that I will never meet, but through my post, badge ideas, award ideas, ceremonies, I will be right there with you planning your events, and making girls smile.

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