Steamboat Girl Scout community says ‘thanks’ to dedicated leader
September 18, 2017
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A Steamboat Springs woman did not expect to break into tears Sunday while attending a Girl Scout ceremony at Bud Werner Memorial Library.
But Nancy Mucklow's fellow Scout leaders had been keeping a secret for months, and it was finally revealed.
Mucklow, who has been involved with Scouts for more than 40 years, was recognized with the prestigious Thanks Badge.
When Mucklow was a little girl, her mother also received the badge.
"I've known about it so that's been my aspiration," Mucklow said. "My mom will cry when she hears I got a Thanks Badge."
Cricket Hawkins, the Scouts staff member for the mountain communities region, presented the award at the event, where Mucklow was wearing Scout green converse shoes.
“She's the only one that received this in our region, so it's pretty huge," Hawkins said.
The Thanks Badge honors an individual whose ongoing commitment, leadership and service have had an exceptional, measurable impact on meeting the mission delivery goals and priorities of the entire council or the entire Girl Scout movement.
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Mucklow got her start in Girl Scouts as a Brownie in second grade, and she continued with the organization through college.
Mucklow and her husband, CJ, never had girls. Instead, they are parents to two boys, but Mucklow was still committed to the Girl Scouts and has played an integral role both locally and throughout the state.
Today, she is the Girl Scouts of Colorado service unit manager for Girl Scouts of Steamboat.
"I believe in Girl Scouts," Mucklow said. "I've been doing it a long time."
Mucklow was recommended for the award by parents and fellow troop leaders.
"Her presence in the Girl Scouts and the community has been huge," parent Kristin Hager said. "She's done so much and has been so active."
Troop leader Jennifer Travis described Mucklow as the rock of the scouting community.
"I don't think half the Girl Scout leaders would be still be leaders if it wasn't for her," Travis said. "There are a lot of things and programs that wouldn't be without her energy."
Her impact on girls and young women is apparent.
"She inspires us," cadet Claire Fisher said. "She helped me in my confidence. She tells us to find our courage by ourselves."