by LINDA FRABL | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography 

Even though Alyssa Navapanich, a volunteering dynamo and mother of four in the Crestmont neighborhood, claimed, “my children are the driving force behind my involvement,” it’s obvious that she herself is the driving force for her children’s amazing experiences! As a former Girl Scout, Alyssa admitted she “learned skills that I have used throughout my life,” and she wanted to pass that knowledge on to her own kids. She emphasized that scouting allows children to “develop skills to become successful adults who make the world a better place.”

The scout troops she is responsible for have done an impressive array of activities, such as glass blowing, kayaking, cooking for 150 people at a camp, teaching workshops, sewing quilts, learning first aid, CPR and fire safety, and touring the news station, the post office, the fire department, and even Google and Microsoft. In addition, many of the Cadettes in her daughter’s troop are earning their Silver Award by focusing on cancer care, and are thereby making prayer quilts, mediation rocks, and even collecting items for the children’s oncology ward.

“I love those little moments when the kids first learn how to do something, or they give back in a way that means a lot to them,” Alyssa said of being a Troop Leader. When she first realized her twin boys couldn’t be scouts without her involvement, she bravely became the Den Leader. “I knew nothing about Cub Scouts but quickly realized that if I didn’t lead their den, and their pack, they would likely not have scouts at all!”

Her commitment to children is reflected in the vast scope of her volunteering obligations. Aside from her scouting responsibilities, she is also a classroom volunteer and an art docent. She has formerly been a board member for two different Mothers of Twins Clubs and was even in the Prayer Quilt Ministry at Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Alyssa humbly revealed, “The biggest accomplishment in volunteering my time is making a positive difference in the lives of the kids I work with.”

When she’s not volunteering, Alyssa teaches art and works as a substitute teacher, and performs seasonal clerical duties at a local college. Her hobbies include camping, collaging, painting, collecting antiques, sewing, and researching her family history. Alyssa loves living in 92129 because of “the outpouring of kindness and support in this community.” It sounds like she’s describing herself!

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Name: Alyssa Navapanich
Community: Crestmont, Rancho Peñasquitos
Occupation: Teacher
Family: Husband (an engineer and photographer); two daughters, age 23 and 13, and fraternal twin boys, age 10

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Name of Group: Girl Scouts
Group’s Purpose: To inspire girls with the highest ideals of character and conduct so that they may become capable and inspired citizens.
Contact Information: 800-643-4798, www.sdgirlscouts.org

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