By Allison Winans, Volunteer Services Executive and Brooke Banson, Volunteer Recruitment Director
When you think of Girl Scouting, what comes to mind? Camping with your best friends? Learning life skills that will make you a courageous leader? Giving back to the local community? Absolutely! That is exactly what the Girl Scout Movement instills in girls today. But, one thing that is not on the forefront of our minds is that where our girls meet is just as important as what they are doing.
Safe, regular meeting space for troops to meet in is very important for an effective and fun program. As you know, Girl Scouts—NC Coastal Pines is growing. We need your help to find locations that will host a Girl Scout Troop in order to allow girls to get involved in Girl Scouting! There are currently over 1,000 girls waiting to be placed in local troops, and you and an organization you know could be “the one” to help us!
What are we looking for? Ideal and out-of-the-box locations are:
- churches, temples or mosques
- fire departments,
- office conference rooms after hours
- day care centers
- non-profit offices
- apartment or neighborhood clubhouses
- assisted living facilities
- civic groups with buildings; like the Shriners Club or American Legion
Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines will:
- Communicate with a local site contact to confirm a starting date of the new troop and on-going as needed
- Provide trained adults who submit to a background check to facilitate the Girl Scout program
- Ensure that all participants will be registered members of Girl Scouts of the USA and covered by Girl Scout insurance
- Provide appropriate leadership and on-going training and support for volunteer leaders using your facility
- Leave the space better than they found it
- Work with a local site contact to determine an appropriate service project for the site that is also age and skill appropriate for the Troop
You can be the key to helping us unlock new, safe and exciting meeting spaces for our girls! Do you have suggestions for locations in your area? Or do you work for an organization that would be willing to host a Girl Scout Troop? Please send your recommendations or reach out directly to Allison Winans (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the organization name, contact person, address, phone number and email. We’ll do the rest!
As always, thank you for supporting girls across our 41 counties!