Marsha Riibner-Cady knows that the Girl Scout leadership experience doesn’t stop once someone passes the Girl Scout Ambassador level. The journey continues well into adult years as Girl Scout alum apply the knowledge and skills they gained as scouts to programs geared toward building the leaders of tomorrow.
Riibner-Cady, one of those alum, has fostered two after-school programs for Girl Scouts to further their education outside of the classroom.
For Riibner-Cady, being a Girl Scout was much deeper than wanting to gain the knowledge, skills and experience that the organization allows. Joining the sisterhood was also a way for Riibner-Cady to bond with her mother, who was her troop leader. After high school, she went off to college and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She later created her own laboratory equipment telemarketing business, which she ran for three years.
As the years passed, Riibner-Cady’s love for Girl Scouts never went away. In 2006, she became a Membership Specialist for the local council. Her hard work did not go unnoticed, and she became the first recipient of the North Carolina Governor’s medallion award for Director of Volunteers in 2012 for her work with the Girl Scouts.
In 2016, Riibner-Cady put aside her membership job and became the Director of the After-School Enrichment Program for Dare County Schools, where she now supervises 400 students at five different elementary schools. Her new position has allowed her to give back to the Girl Scouts in a new way. Riibner-Cady and Peggi Leonard have created two Girl Scout after school care programs at Kill Devils Hills Elementary School and Nags Head Elementary School. They enlisted the help of community partners, including Lora Gilreath, Girl Scout Brownie Troop Leader and Community Policing Officer for Kill Devil Hills Police Department.
All of the participants in the after-school programs are registered Girl Scouts. The program is designed to give the girls a different view of what Girl Scouts is, while encouraging teamwork and personal responsibility. Riibner-Cady has worked with her Brownies on their “It’s Your World, Change It” journey and a variety of petals with the Daisies.
“We are very thankful to have someone like Marsha in our Girl Scout community and hope that her story inspires many others to continue their Girl Scout journey for years to come,” said Courtney Herrick of the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast.