A member of the Girl Scout organization for more than 30 years, Laura Elliott returned to the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama on April 7, 2014, as the senior director of outdoor programs and facilities.
Laura grew up in Hoover where she was a member of Girl Scout Troop 328 for 11 years. In 1978 she earned the First Class Award (then the highest award in Girl Scouting; equivalent to today’s Gold Award.)
Laura began her professional career with the Girl Scouts in 1986 working seasonally at Camp Coleman while studying at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Upon graduation with a degree in forensic sciences in 1988, she was hired as the outdoor program manager/camp director. In 1992, Laura was awarded the Thanks Badge.
Most recently Laura served as the director of outreach and programs for Southeastern Diabetes Education Services (SDES), a local non-profit organization that provides camps, community and family events and activities designed to help children and their families “live well with diabetes.”
Laura has been a member of the American Camp Association (ACA) for 25 years. She has served on ACA’s National Awards Committee, as Standards Chair for ACA’s Heart of the South Section, and in a variety of positions on the Heart of the South Section board. She currently serves as National Standards Instructor, visitor trainer, a lead accreditation visitor, and on the Standards Review Board for ACA’s Heart of the South Section.
Laura is married and lives with her husband on the shore of Lake Neely Henry in Rainbow City (near Gadsden.) She has one son, one stepson, two dogs, several horses and a love of Girl Scouting and the out-of-doors.