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Lead the Change. Volunteer with Girl Scouts today!

August 10, 2015

By Brooke Banson, Recruitment Director 

Happiness, fun, friends and confidence. You’ll find this and more with Girl Scouts.  Imagine the smiles, the excitement, the memories made – those the moments are endless here at Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines.  Whether you are a troop co-leader planning meetings or working behind-the-scenes to provide awesome experiences for girls locally, a Girl Scout volunteer is a cheerleader and a mentor. Be the role model she’ll always remember.

Volunteer with Girl Scouts!

Ready to Volunteer?

It’s easy! Volunteering with Girl Scouts is flexible, encouraging and rewarding.  It’s for young and old, stay-at-home moms and working moms, those without kids of their own, someone who was never a Girl Scout, and even men!

88% of our volunteers believe that THEIR LIFE IS BETTER because they volunteer with Girl Scouts.

By sharing the Girl Scouts experience with girls and other volunteers, you’ll be the role model she needs and together, challenge yourself with new activities and create lasting memories.

With Girl Scouts, you can:

  • Become a Troop Co-leader – Help ensure every girl who wants to be a Girl Scout can. We need more leaders! This is our greatest need. Volunteers as a Troop Co-leader allows more girls to participate in Girl Scouting.
  • Serve on our Service Unit – Service Unit is Girl Scout jargon; it’s our way of saying local community. You’ll work with other adult volunteers in your community to provide troops support and build the Girl Scout experience in your town as an Event Director or Area Cookie Manager.
  • Join a Troop of your own – You can join a troop as an adult. Find a troop that meets at a time convenient with your schedule and help them as a troop volunteer. You can serve as Troop Treasurer to manage their finances or help them explore the great outdoors as a Camp Certified Adult.

Need a little more convincing? Check this out…

Girls are happier, have more fun, make new friends and are grow in confidence as a Girl Scout!  How awesome is that?! Volunteering with Girl Scouts means that you are helping to shape a girl’s future – you are helping girls become the leaders they are meant to be. And who doesn’t want to be a part of that?

Volunteer with Girl Scouts!

Learn more about becoming a Girl Scout volunteer!

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My Return on Investment When It Comes to Girl Scouts

June 29, 2015

Girl Scout Troop

By Kenna C., Girl Scout Volunteer Troop Leader

When my friend, Rachel, wanted to start her own troop she asked me if I would be her co-leader. My split decision answer was, “Heck no!” I remembered when my mom lead our troop, how busy she was, how she always thought about the troop. I didn’t have time for that!

Then I thought about it, researched it, meditated on it, and said YES. I am a feminist, a mother of one son, a bringer of joy, and a human looking for a way to make a difference in the world. I was actually looking for volunteer opportunities at the time and Girl Scouts seemed like a great place to pour my energy. Rachel and I went through the calls, emails, and planning to get to that first parent meeting. We started our first meeting with seven girls and sat in a circle with our palms down. I introduced the game: say your name and age and turn one palm over, and then tell us something special about you and turn the other palm over. My name is Kenna and I’m 38 and I like to take care of my chickens. The first girl to my right said in the sweetest voice: My name is Juliana and I’m five-years-old and there isn’t anything special about me.

Be still, my little heart.

We found out that Juliana really enjoys sports. Around the table we went and met everyone and learned about them. Fast forward a few months and when we play this game, everyone knows that there is something special about them. Perhaps it’s that they are simply growing, developing, and becoming more aware of themselves as people, or that they feel safe and surrounded by their Girl Scout sisters and can share what is in them. Whatever the reason, I am a part of that growth and drink in every moment I have with them. The love I feel when parents tell me that their daughter had a choice between the first night of swim club and their Girl Scout meeting and they picked our meeting overwhelms me. It makes me feel like I am bringing joy to their lives, which is one of the most important and rewarding things any of us can ever do.

This year my Girl Scouts braved the rain to participate in part of the NC Science festival at Blue Jay Point Park on a bird hike and were able to see baby bluebirds in a nest. They bundled against the cold wind in front of Sam’s Club and sold cookies to people on Superbowl weekend. They won the council sponsored scavenger hunt at the Museum of Natural Science. They got to name a puppy at the SPCA and called her Scout; her forever family named her Daisy. I am so proud of these ladies. They bring me joy and make me want to be a better leader for them. They are sponges for learning and are just starting to tap into what makes them amazing. Their parents trust my co-leader and I to be part of that; to be an outside adult they trust to help their daughters find their place in the world is a great honor.

Volunteering as a Girl Scout leader has given me one of the largest Return On Investments of my life. There is no metric for the love I share with these girls – and it’s all because I get to listen to them, think with them, and cheer them on. My Girl Scout troop cheers me on too.  This year I raised funds for St. Baldricks, a group that raises money for childhood cancer research.  My troop families donated, my co-leader and her daughter, Olivia, who is in our troop, came out and cheered me on. My bald head was a great opener for a lot of their questions at the next meeting. We talked about cancer, how researchers and scientists help doctors and nurses help people, and ways we can help others.  I am always floored by their questions and responses and how they can share their own stories with ease. They love me completely and I am ready to keep that circle of friendship going as long as we all walk the planet.

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