At the recent Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council’s annual meeting, Amo Merritt of Boston received the Thanks Badge, the most prestigious award presented to an adult in Girl Scouting. The badge recognizes outstanding service to the council and the organization.
Merritt is a lifetime member and has been a strong voice for Girl Scouting for more than 15 years. She currently serves as troop leader, Girl Scout community communications facilitator, master outdoor education trainer, product sale manager, summer camp director and Council delegate. The Rappahannock County Girl Scout community has grown and flourished with her leadership, both as troop leader and unit manager. She has been a delegate for several terms, bringing older girls as well as area adults to the council’s annual meeting.
She expanded her energies into council training for outdoor education and then the leadership training for new adults in Girl Scouting for counties in the surrounding area. In addition to performing her responsibilities as a trainer with skill and conviction, she helps write curricula and material updates for all trainers to use. This is not required, but exemplifies her desire to help further the cause of scouting. She has also served on the annual trainers conference committee.
Merritt has been a summer camp director for years and now is director of the resident troop weekend camp held each summer in Rixeyville. She also attends local and council events to present workshops that are fun for the girls and is a certified archery instructor, making it possible for girls in the area to enjoy the sport. She loves the outdoors and willingly shares her skills and vast knowledge with as many girls and adults as she can.