Tammy Kissell

Tammy KissellAbout this Mom...

Tammy has one Eagle Scout son attending BYU.  Her middle child is also an Eagle Scout with a younger one working on it. The middle child, Nick, has Mitochondria Disease  and it takes great effort for him to move.   Last summer, Nick wanted to go on one more High Adventure as the troop was going to Ansell Adams in the Sierra Mountains.  Because of his issues and an Assistant Scout Master's spinal cord injury issues who also was joining the adventure, a special team was put together consisting of Tammy and Danny Kissel, their son Nick, and the other ASM. The rest of the troop were a separate team.  She was remarkable in getting him all the way up and over a mountain and into Gannet Lake at 9,000+ feet and back down safely.  This mom lead the expedition with two compromised members of the troop with incredible strength and perseverance.  She was determined to get her unit up there and back safely all the time carrying way beyond her body limit of supply in her back pack.  it was a once in a life time trip that would not be possible for this group with out her backpacking skills, wilderness knowledge and motherly love!

What's It Like to Be a Scout Mom?

"Being a Scout Mom is like being a part of another family. All the boys in the troop are like my boys and I love being able to help and guide them as well as my own sons. And I know that the other Scout leaders and moms/dads will do the same for mine. My family has made Scouting a part of our life, of who we are. Two of my sons are Eagle Scouts, and my youngest son is working on his project right now!"

What do you like most about being a Scout Mom?

"The part I like best is the relationships I have formed with each other and other Scouts/Scoutmasters while on our many trips and high adventures. I have loved watching my sons go from having very little outdoor skills to become self-assured, responsible leaders in their unit and life. The confidence and leadership they now demonstrate makes me very proud to be their Scout Mom!"

How has Scouting changed your relationship with your son?

"Because I have been a part of my sons' Scouting experiences, they look at me differently than they did before. I have been on 3 back country backpacking trips (averaging 40-50 miles each), canoed over 50 miles, and on numerous other hikes and camping trips. My sons and the other Scouts have accepted me as one of the "guys." My sons view me not only as their mother, but as a strong, capable, person willing to try new things and be adventurous with them."

What would you tell a mom asking for your advice about becoming a Scout Mom?

"I would tell other moms to get involved. Don't be afraid to get dirty or try things that you might not normally do or what you think only the Scout dads would do. Our boys need moms to be strong role models, too!"