Whether she’s cleaning up a nearby beach with her Girl Scout troop, or helping a fellow volunteer to continue their education, Pamela Lyman loves encouraging others to shine.
The lifelong Vermont resident — and a Girl Scout volunteer for over two decades — is Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains’ June Volunteer of the Month.
Lyman initially joined Girl Scouts as her young daughter’s Daisy troop leader after learning there was a volunteer shortage.
“It all started with a troop of ten girls,” she said with a chuckle. Lyman continued leading her daughter’s troops throughout elementary and high school. She’d stay on long after her daughter, Melinda, graduated from high school.
These days, it’s not uncommon for her to have the daughters of some original troop members in her present troop. She’s become accustomed to girls randomly approaching her when she’s out around town, begging her to postpone retirement. She tells them not to worry. “They’ll tell me I cannot leave until they graduate,” Lyman said.
Over the years, Lyman has lent her personal touch to all areas of Girl Scouting. A longtime fixture at Camp Abenaki-Mascoma in Thetford, she served as the camp’s Art Director for many years. She leads council-wide programs, including an annual trip to Cape Cod, and mentors other volunteers around the region. These duties are juggled alongside her longtime career, working in the Advancement Office at Dartmouth College.