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Male Girl Scout Leader Teaches Valuable Lessons

Wednesday, June 23, 2010   (0 Comments)
Posted by: jennifer punch
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 By: Jess Dutschmann


When Angel Calzadilla's wife formed a Girl Scout troop 15 years ago, he signed up to be a co-leader. Now he's teaching girls about cars, decorating for Halloween, and spinning records for dances. Employed by a steamship line, Calzadilla brings a unique take to the troop's activities, helping them learn car maintenance.

But there is a deeper meaning to Calzadilla's work: ``My dad left me at 9 years old, so I grew up without a father,'' Calzadilla said. ``I told myself I would never let that happen when I had kids.'' Calzadilla was honored with the Green Knight award by The Girl Scout Council of Tropical Florida, which recognizes excellence in male Girl Scout volunteers.

Girl Scouting is truly a family affair for the Calzadillas. All of their daughters are involved in Scouts, and Angel Calzadilla can see a humorous benefit to mentoring them about car maintenance: ``Now, two of my daughters drive, so I will have two people that can drive me to the nursing home.''

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