About this Mom...
Jackie Terrill got involved in Scouting about 5 years back when she took over as popcorn Colonel for Pack 114 at St Joan of Arc school. She motivated the youth and parents to understand the importance of this fund raiser and was able to work with the other two mothers who had been managing the program to increase sales significantly over her first 3 years. If that isn't enough Jackie has also taken on the role of Treasurer for the Boy Scout Troop. She loves to see the boys succeed and work together and asks for nothing in return. She is truly an inspiration and role model for Scout moms and dads everywhere.
What's It Like to Be a Scout Mom?
"I started as just a mom of a Scout and loved how excited my son became about the outdoors and being a leader. When the Cubmaster position in our pack came open and no one was stepping up to fill it, I knew I had to do it to continue our Cub Scout program at our school. 4 years later, even though my son is now in Boy Scouts, I still help with the pack. I see what the Scouting program has done for my son in helping him be respectful and courteous to others, be a good citizen and a leader among his peers and community, as well as enjoying all the things nature has to offer us. I want to give that same opportunity to all of our Cub Scouts. Now that my son Luke is in the Boy Scouts, I am also involved as the Troop Treasurer and on the Troop Committee to continue those opportunities for him and his fellow Boy Scouts."
What do you like most about being a Scout Mom?
"I love that my son Luke and I can share in his goal setting to become an Eagle Scout and as he grows into a teenager, I am still able to remain close to him and have great conversations about what he is learning and doing and be a part of that excitement. Scouting really has become a part of our family life with the whole family involved!"
How has Scouting changed your relationship with your son?
"It has helped us become closer to share in learning new things and motivating each other to step out of the box. Plus I have learned how Luke can take individual responsibility and be more independent, where sometimes I can be a "helicopter parent" It has helped me let go a little but still be involved."
What would you tell a mom asking for your advice about becoming a Scout Mom?
"Don't be afraid that you don't know anything about camping or the outdoors. You can learn together with your son and have fun doing it. There are also many ways to support your son that isn't outdoors- like helping with the popcorn sale, being a part of the troop committee, or being the troop treasurer. I promise you that by supporting your son in any way that you can for the Scouting program will help you have a wonderful son who is a courteous, kind, and respectful leader in the community."