The moment a baby girl is brought into the world, her mind is like a sponge; absorbing what she is shown and taught. As she grows and matures, her parents dream of what she might accomplish and what her personality will be like. Until one day, when she begins to dream for herself and her own future. Those hopes and dreams are usually inspired by her two greatest role models: mom and dad.
The role of the father figure in a girl’s life cannot be overstated. He demonstrates how a woman should be treated, he affirms her talents, and he dreams of a future for her that is bright with possibility. For more than a century, the Girl Scouts have been building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. In a traditionally female led organization, exceptional Girl Scout Dads are taking the lead like a Girl Scout to personally encourage and empower their daughters to be women of character and confidence.
U.S. Air Force Veteran, Greg Edwards, is one of those exceptional fathers who is man enough to be a Girl Scout Dad. Greg’s heart for family and country drive him in everything he does. Greg knew the moment his daughter Ivey was born that he would do anything to help her succeed and make her happy. When Ivey became a Girl Scout 5 years ago, Greg saw how much his daughter was growing from her Girl Scout experience. Greg didn’t want to be an observer of her journey. Greg wanted to take the journey with her. He knew being a Girl Scout Dad would allow him to stand by her side as she excelled, and teach her important lessons.
When the troop decided to pursue the Bronze Award, Greg’s heart swelled with pride; not only for his daughter Ivey, but for all the girls in the troop. He taught them about carpentry and power tools so they could construct benches to beautify a local park. When the project was complete, one of the girls in Ivey’s troop decided to earn her Silver Award. Without hesitation, Greg volunteered his time to teach Kayleigh how to make shelves and benches for her Lending Library project.
Kayleigh reflected on the impact Greg’s help made on her project, “It made me feel so confident to have someone of his expertise helping me.”
Greg dedicates himself to being a positive male role model for every girl of his daughter’s troop. He helps in any way he can, and loves to share his knowledge with the girls. Greg’s time in the military instilled in him a deep sense of tradition. He wanted to share his patriotism with the girls, so he taught them how to properly fold a flag, march in a military formation, and to recognize cadences. It is his goal to give them experiences that go beyond traditional female roles.
Greg’s wife, Jennifer Edwards, shared his story with us. Jennifer has this message for her husband,
“My husband, Greg Edwards has been a huge part of our troop, and has helped any time we have needed it. He even indulged Ivey and me and took us to the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace on our family vacation. He has been there to support Ivey and offer guidance when she needs it. Thank you for asking what the dads have done for the troop. They tend to be the unsung heroes as we moms are in the forefront of the scouting experience with our girls.”
While Father’s Day is past, we want to celebrate our Girl Scout Dads who exhibit exceptional leadership and heart all year round. It is men like Greg who are having a life changing impact upon girls everywhere. Thank you for your commitment to building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who are making the world a better place. Thank you for your service to our country, and the sacrifices you have made. The Girl Scouts would not be the same without you.
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