The Lakamaga Conference is put on by a group of incredibly dedicated volunteers. For the last 46 years, these volunteers have put on workshops, games, networking opportunities, campfires, flag ceremonies, concerts, auctions, sing-a-longs, and more — all in the name of educating Adult Girl Scouts.
The 2015 Committee is comprised people with a variety of interests and backgrounds. Let’s get to know them each!
Debbie : Chairwoman. Paraprofessional for South Washington County Schools by day, Professional crafter and giggler by night. Debbie has served on the Lakamaga Committee for 8 of her 30 years as an Adult Volunteer. “I believe in what Girl Scouts is all about and what we can teach young ladies to use the rest of their lives. There are so many opportunities that can only happen in Girl Scouts.” Find Debbie making announcements, saying hello to every participant, and running around camp during the conference.
Sharon R : The Wise One. Professional Grandmother and Girl Scout volunteer extraordinaire. Sharon has been a Girl Scout for well over 50 years, serving 44 of those on the Lakamaga Committee. Volunteering, according to her, is a “Good way to keep out of mischief!” Find Sharon singing everywhere she goes and teaching several sessions at the conference.
Don : The Outdoorsman. Yep, he’s a dude. Retired Industrial Scientist turned Outdoor Skills Sensei. Don started in Girl Scouts 39 years ago helping out with troops in his area and has now served approximately 20 years on the Lakamaga Committee. He continues to volunteer to help leaders have a better experience with their troops – especially in the out of doors. Find Don leading the Sleep Out session, geeking out over camp stoves, and laughing at all the great jokes out at the conference.
Caroline : Hospitality. Retired School Teacher and Girl Scout volunteer extraordinaire. Caroline served the Committee 20 of her 41 years as an Adult Volunteer. She welcomes all the new faces to the conference letting us all know that it is more than just training, it’s where you can make lifelong friends in Girl Scouting. Caroline volunteers to “promote Girl Scouts as a place for both acceptance and growth for all girls”. Find Caroline out in the units teaching cooking classes and welcoming you to camp.
Sharon B : The Crafter. Administrative Assistant for Hennepin County by day, thrift store hunter and professional crafter by night. Sharon has been a Girl Scout for 37 years, with 15 of those on the Lakamaga Committee. She says, “I have great memories of my Girl Scout years – from Brownies through Seniors! I want to help ensure that all girls have the same great opportunities. BONUS great friendships with other volunteers!” Sharon will be running the Girl Boutique this year as well as leading craft courses.
Sandi : The Adventurer. Semi-professional camper, traveler, and quilter. Sandi became an Adult Volunteer 33 years ago, spending 14 of those years on the committee. She continues to volunteer both to work with the girls and the adults to help them grow. Find Sandi greeting all her old friends, meeting all the new participants, teaching the More than Matches session, or just hanging at the information booth with a smile during the conference.
Terri : The Driver. Customer Service Representative for RTI by day, Scrapbooker and full-time Navy mom by night. Terri has been a Girl Scout for 15 years, serving 6 of those on the Lakamaga Committee. She embodies the song “Make New Friends”, always looking to meet new Girl Scout friends while maintaining connections and friendships throughout the area. Terri is pretty easy to find – if you are looking for a ride around camp during the conference, and would like to do so with a hearty laugh, Terri’s your gal. She handles all the in-camp transportation.
Dede : The Cheerleader. Ultimate Domestic Goddess both day and night. Demetris “Dede” has been an Adult Voluntteer for 8 years now, serving 2 of those on the committee because seriously, who doesn’t love camp? Dede volunteers because she “loves to see the girls grow in knowledge and into adulthood.” She admits the girls, adults and families in her life are pretty awesome. Find her leading sessions for new leaders like Field Trips and Tours as well as browsing the Girl Boutique for unique gifts and craft ideas.
Lee : The Accountant. Estimatics Coordinator for State Farm Insurance by day, SuperMom by night. Lee joined the Lakamaga Committee in 2014 after attending the conference just once before! She’s been a volunteer for 6 years with her daughter’s troop and service unit. “Girl Scouts is great, but it is even greater when you can gain knowledge from other adults and bring it back to your troops, SUTs or just have some adult time with people of similar interests.” Find Lee leading fiber arts classes and helping out wherever she can at the conference. She’s the one with the giant infectious smile.
Erin : Communications. Product Development Manager for Work Effects by day, lover of music & long hikes through the woods by night. Erin has been a Girl Scout for 28 years, joining the Lakamaga Committee in 2014. “Girl Scouts provides the opportunity to try a little of everything to hone in on a girl’s strengths, loves, and joys. Let’s do our part to provide this to every girl, no matter her age.” Find Erin at the information table getting everyone checked in and answering questions – all while wearing an infant strapped to her chest.
Jane : The Cook. Find Jane in the Dining Hall prepping the delicious foods to keep us healthy and nourished through the conference.