Ready to watch monster trucks whirl into wheelies and donut spins, the Brownies in Rittman Troop 91205 might be the only area Girl Scouts headed to Monster Jam 2016 at Quicken Loans Arena. What may seem like an unlikely outing for a group of 8- and 9-year-old girls is as typical as any other for a troop with Brian Williams at the helm. A U.S. Marine veteran, Williams is unfazed that he’s a rarity: a male troop leader in an organization centered on girls and women. He is just another volunteer, he says. And Williams is putting his own spin on that role.
A communications technician with CenturyLink, Williams says he volunteered to assist leading his daughter Sydney’s Girl Scout troop when his predecessor needed to step down with the coming birth of her baby. After serving as his son’s Cub Scout pack leader in years past and watching mothers step in as den leaders, Williams thought nothing of signing up for the troop leader position.
“There was a need,” says Williams, who spends about eight hours a week serving the troop with fellow troop leader Lisa Maimone. Together, they have led the troop on outings ranging from Hersheypark in Pennsylvania to horseback riding near Mohican State Park. They also recently donated proceeds from their Girl Scout Cookie sales to the Wooster Hope Center.
“We have a no girl left behind policy,” says Williams, referring to the troop’s financial support to girls to fund outings their families would otherwise be unable to afford...