She was a girl scout growing up, and later, after becoming a mother, Pat Jones became a girl scout leader to her children.
Now, Jones helps out any way she can because she believes it is a positive program for young girls.
Pinwheels for Peace is an annual event that allows the Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas to learn about living in harmony. The exercise is just one of the many events girl scout leader Pat Jones says she has had the privilege of volunteering her time for the last twenty years.
"Just the smiles on the girls faces. Learning new things. Being able to do things that they didn't know they can do. But girl scouts can do anything," Jones said. "More girls are being involved for sure, realizing they can do anything."
It's a message that Jones does not get tired of teaching, even after a recent break-in at their new headquarters.
"We are going to keep on going," Jones said. "We're just going to keep going no matter what happens."
Being a troop leader has certainly been a memorable experience for Jones, but she is still amazed when adult women come up to her and reminisce.
"'I remember you. You were my girl scouts leader.' And it's just amazing that happens," Jones said. "That they still remember being in George Evans as a kindergartner or first grader, and now they're an adult as a parent and they have children themselves and they remember girl scouts."
Jones is busy getting ready for the group's Western Hoedown and overnight camp at Green Hill on Oct. 26. For more information on the Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas, visit www.gsgst.org.
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