USA Girl Scouts Overseas (USAGSO) is pleased to welcome Lane Cook as its new Executive Director.
Lane comes to USAGSO from Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont, where she served for over six years as CEO. She joins the team as current USAGSO Executive Director Margaret Renwand prepares for retirement after nearly 40 years with the Girl Scouts, including the last two years with USAGSO.
USAGSO brings Girl Scouts to the daughters of military, foreign service, and American expat families around the world, and to girls in American or International schools. An operating unit of Girl Scouts of the USA, USAGSO ensures that no matter where American families move, they will have access to the Girl Scout program.
“I am very excited to have the opportunity to help Girl Scouts continue to serve American girls and adults who are living overseas—so they are able to begin or continue their Girl Scout Leadership Experience, explore their passions, and give back to their communities in meaningful ways,” says Lane.
In addition to her role with Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont, Lane participated in Girl Scouts as a child, during which time her mother was her troop leader. She went on to extend the tradition to her own children as an adult.
“I have very fond memories of my time as a Girl Scout,” says Lane. “It allowed me to develop friendships with several girls in my community with whom I otherwise may never have connected, and having my mother as my troop leader was a very special experience that I still cherish today.”
In recent years, Lane served alongside others for six years as her two daughters’ troop leader, for a multi-age troop of 36 Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes.
Lane says she’s excited to turn her attention to USAGSO and looks forward to the opportunity to strengthen and expand its partnerships with individuals and other organizations across the globe.
USAGSO has been operating for 95 years and currently supports more than 900 troops in 92 countries. Nearly 13,000 adults and girls participate in USAGSO, including those residing at more than 45 military bases.
“USAGSO is such an important part of the lives of so many American girls overseas,” says Lane. “It offers a welcoming, steadfast community of support. I look forward to building and strengthening our service to even more girls, so we can give them the courage and confidence to make a lasting impact in their communities, and to truly change the world.”