HOOKSETT, NEW HAMPSHIRE| Longtime Girl Scout volunteer Karren Crain spends most of her waking hours with children and she wouldn’t have it any other way.
Crain, a paraprofessional in the Hooksett School District and co-leader of Hooksett Troop 10085, was named the March Volunteer of the Month for Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains.
Growing up in Pennsylvania, Crain gathered fond memories from her own years as a Girl Scout. After moving to New Hampshire with her family, Crain’s lifelong love affair with Girl Scouts would continue when her older daughter, Tracey, participated in the program well into high school. When Crain’s twin daughters, Catey and Carley, entered kindergarten and needed a troop leader, she didn’t hesitate to step forward. These days, the twins are high school freshmen and Crain has no plans to slow down anytime soon.
Over the years, she inspired and mentored other Girl Scout volunteers, and currently serves as the volunteer service coordinator for the communities of Hooksett, Pembroke, Allenstown, Bow, and Suncook. Her peers describe her as “someone who is always willing to lend a hand, and offer advice and support.
Crain said leading 11 teenage Girl Scouts - about half of whom have been with her since kindergarten - continues to offer up adventures and inspiration. “Being with the girls is the best part of this job,” said Crain. “We have a unique situation in Hooksett where these girls attend six separate high schools and they don’t get to see each other too often during the day. So the time they spend together is all the more special.”
Crain’s years with her Girl Scout troop are measured in smiles, memories, and dozens of much-cherished scrapbooks. She said she’s proud to have been part of the lives of these girls- who, not too long ago, were elementary students camping out on the floor of the New England Aquarium. Last year, the girls planned their own tour of New York City and they’re excited to return to the Big Apple again this year.
Crain strongly encourages others to follow in her footsteps. “Once your troop is established, your job is to simply enjoy the girls,” she said. “It’s such a privilege to watch them grow into caring, loving humans. There’s really nothing like it.”