Meet Amberleigh Powell, former Scoutmaster for Troop 3 & Troop 1003.
Amberleigh has been a member of Troop 3 since 2011 and is the founding Scoutmaster of Troop 1003, formed in 2021.
Q: Amberleigh, what is your background with scouting?
“I was a Girl Scout growing up, and spent most of my scouting career in Southeast Pennsylvania, in what used to be the Eastern Pennsylvania Girl Scout council, but is now Greater Philadelphia Girl Scout Council. I earned my Gold Award in the summer of 1996 by building a differently-abled play ground for wheelchair bound children. This was done in Hatboro, Pennsylvania, and it is still there today.”
Q: What about your family?
“I have been happily married to my husband, Christoper, for 22 years. I am from a family of scouters. My mom and both aunts are First Class—the precursor to Gold Award Girl Scouts, and my sister and cousin are both gold award Girl Scouts.
“All four of my uncles and three cousins are Eagle Scouts out of another Troop 3, this one also in Hatboro, PA.
My son, Joseph, is a member of the eagle class of 2018, and was pinned with his cousins Eagle Scout medal. The same medal that’s been in our family since the 1970’s. With Joseph, we were able to attend the National Jamboree in 2017 and the World Scout Jamboree in 2019.
“My daughters, Abbi & Caitlin are founding members of Troop 1003.”
Q: When it comes to training, what are a few of the trainings you have received during your time Scouts?
“IOLS, Wood Badge, Wilderness First Aid, CPR/First Aid Instructor, and I am a DEI Committee member, Merit Badge Counselor, and a member of the NOVA Stem Committee.”
Q: What are your favorite things about Scouting?
“Favorite Merit Badge: Archaeology & Landscape Architecture. Favorite Scouting Adventure: Tie between the Cultural Day at the World Scout Jamboree and the Imagine Dragons concert at the National Jamboree.”
Q: What are a few of your professional achievements?
“I have a B.A.: Mary Baldwin College (now University), BSN: Liberty University, MSN/MSHA: Liberty University, and DNP: U. Penn (in progress).”
Q: What do you do outside of Scouting?
“Outside of scouting, I am a Patient Flow Coordinator at a Level One Trauma Center. Prior to that, I was a critical care nurse in the Cardiac Surgery ICU. I am also a medic with West Hanover Vol. Rescue Squad.”