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Luzerne County Volunteers earn Volunteer Excellence Recognition


CAPTION: Girl Scout Troop 30363 Co-leaders Brenda Crosley, left, and Lesley McDermott, right.

HARRISBURG, PA – Brenda Crosley and Lesley McDermott, co-leaders of Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania (GSHPA) Troop 30363, based in Luzerne County, have been honored for their outstanding volunteer service with the Appreciation Pin and the Volunteer of Excellence.  

The GSHPA Volunteer Recognition Committee presents the Appreciation Pin, a nationally recognized award, to registered adult Girl Scouts who go above and beyond expectations for the positions held and exhibit exemplary service in delivering the Girl Scout Experience. The Committee presents the Volunteer of Excellence Award to volunteers in GSHPA who give exceptional service to a specific Girl Scout community – in this case, Luzerne County.

Both Crosley and McDermott joined Girl Scouts as young girls and then started volunteering with the organization when their daughters got involved. They each served as leaders for their daughters’ troops, working together for four years conducting joint-troop activities before deciding to combine into one multi-level troop. This year, Crosley and McDermott have almost 30 girls, ranging from Daisies to Cadettes (K-8th grade).

Crosley and McDermott aim for at least one troop outing a month, apart from their troop’s weekly meetings. “We try to offer a little bit of everything,” says Crosley. “We look for things that your average family might not go out and do.”

Some of Crosley’s favorite Girl Scout memories include hiking, attending the GSHPA STEM Expo, creating impromptu recipes in a creative cooking session, marching in parades, and building a picnic table for a local community park. Some of McDermott’s favorite memories with the girls include camping, learning robotics during a STEM Mobile visit, and sleeping overnight in the Goosebumps exhibit at the Da Vinci Center.

Crosley and McDermott plan on expanding their girls’ experiences in an upcoming trip to the Penn’s Cave and Wildlife Park, and white water rafting in September. “We try to think outside the box with what we can do with them,” says McDermott. “There’s just so much that Girl Scouts offers,” Crosley adds. “It’s so nice to give the girls different experiences.”

The recognition of these awards celebrates Crosley and McDermott’s commitment to their troop, their community, and the world. Most importantly, these two leaders model for girls the qualities that all Girl Scouts can aspire to build.  

About Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania

Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania provides the character-building benefits of scouting to more than 17,500 girls across 30 counties in central and northeastern Pennsylvania. The organization’s mission and long-term goal is to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. For more information, visit