The Impact of a Volunteer

Happy National Volunteer Appreciation Month, Girl Scouts! At Girl Scouts, our volunteers make it possible for us to build girls of courage, confidence and character every day—and we couldn’t be more grateful! They encourage girls to step outside their comfort zone with their dedication to helping girls unleash their inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader). Whether it’s accompanying girls on a troop camping trip and teaching them skills like cooking outdoors, or serving as a mentor to a Girl Scout as she works to complete her Girl Scout Gold Award, volunteers provide an imperative support system that helps girls to thrive.

The impact that Girl Scout volunteers have on girls lasts a lifetime– and the girls know it, too! Read below for Girl Scout Cadette Lily’s account on how her troop leader, Kris, has changed her life and helped her to build confidence and unleash her inner G.I.R.L.!

Why Ms. Kris Changed my Life

By Lily B.

Ms. Kris  (Kristine Williams) is my Girl Scout troop leader.  She actually started Troop #1134 from scratch, and, in doing so, changed my life. Since I’ve joined Girl Scouts, I’ve met friends that I never would have met otherwise, I’ve had amazing times and experiences that I won’t soon forget, and I have learned girl scout traits along the way.

I had met Ms. Kris’s daughter Penny at school, but I didn’t really know her very well.  Then, after school one day, my mom told me that she had signed me up for a Girl Scout troop.  The person who had opened up the troop was Ms. Kris. I was so excited because I had always wanted to be in Girl Scouts, but there wasn’t any troop open for older girls in my area.

Ms. Kris was very brave and confident in starting a brand new troop.  She had just moved here from out of state, and decided to open a troop for her daughter.  Ms. Kris has hosted the troop at her house, held a painting party for the bridge to Cadettes, let us have sleepovers, pool parties, and memories we won’t soon forget.

It’s been two years since the troop first formed, and I’ve meet so many friends.  If Ms. Kris hadn’t made the decision to start (and continue to lead) a new troop, then I wouldn’t have met so many good friends that I have today.

Because of the troop, I’ve been able to sell cookies.  I dream of being an entrepreneur, so I love the cookie sales.  Ms. Kris organized the troop so that we get to take turns leading a badge each meeting; as a result, I also get to learn new skills every other week.

Ms. Kris is an example of the hard working volunteers that make Girl Scouts work. Thank you, Ms. Kris, for starting and leading our troop!

Ms. Kris

Ms. Kris pictured with Lily (left) and her daughter, Penny (right) at a troop meeting.



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