“On my honor, I will try to serve God and my country, to help people at all times, and to live by the Girl Scout Law.” Raising three fingers of her left hand, Sarah Snediker says these words each Thursday afternoon at Troup 5151’s Girl Scouts meeting in RIo Rancho.
“You’re never too old to be a Girl Scout,” she said. Snediker, 22, has been a part of Girl Scouts since she was five. Since she turned 18, she has been a troop leader, organizing educational and social events for her 13 registered Girl Scouts between 13 and 17 years old.
“I’m responsible for building the program for the girls,” Snediker said. Recently, the girls discussed earning another badge to add to their collection worn on their vests. This badge, called “On a High Note,” requires the girls to investigate the role of music in different cultures.
“They put poems to music,” Snediker said. The girls chose poems and music to accompany them using the guidance they found in the books Snediker provided, she said.
“I have a lot of passion for the programs that are available and affecting younger girls,” she said. “Showing them there’s more to life than what’s right in front of you.” Girl Scouts creates a learning environment where girls can explore different subjects without being fully committed to them, she said.
Snediker’s passion for Girl Scouts runs in the family. Her mother, Roberta Snediker, and Roberta Snediker's mother were once a leader of Troup 5151 as well.
“It’s a continuation of a legacy. My mom was in Girl Scouting in the 1930s, I was in Girl Scouting in the 1960s, and all three of my girls have spent 12 or 13 years In Girl Scouts too,” Roberta Snediker said.
Teaching young girls that they can be whoever they want to be has kept the Snediker women involved with Girl Scouts, they said. Sarah Snediker and her mother share the same passion for the empowerment of women.
“I think a lot of has to do with what it is they teach girls,” Roberta Snediker said, “From all the different aspects of life, from personal relationships to rocket science, we can touch it all.”
In May, Snediker hopes to take her girls to San Diego’s Sea World to learn about marine biology. To raise the $25,000 needed to go, they are hosting babysitting events and selling cookies.
“They’ll probably get to be up close to the dolphins, a lot closer than you would if you were in the audience. So they’re going to get a lot of hands on information,” she said.
Despite her passion for helping younger girls, Snediker finds that many adults do not believe her when she says she is a Girl Scout.
Many girls drop out as soon as they reach high school because they get busy or think Girl Scouts won’t help them fit in, she said. Snediker, however, embraced her membership and had strong encouragement to continue with Girl Scouts since both of her sisters, her mother and her grandmother were once also a part of Girl Scouts.
“I would carry a big duffle bag of Girl Scout cookies to high school with me and I’d be like, ‘I’m a Girl Scout and I’m proud of it. Have some cookies.’ As an adult, it’s not that different,” she said, “It’s not about me, it’s about the girls.”
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