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Volunteering with Girl Scouts

November 14, 2016

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By: Shellie Culler, Recruitment Director

Are you looking for a way to give back? To impact a girl’s life and give her invaluable skills? To be a part of your local community and take action to make the world a better place?

Then you should become a Girl Scout volunteer!  Being a Girl Scout volunteer is rewarding in many ways…

  • You get the opportunity to introduce girls to new experiences that show them they’re capable of more than they ever imagined!
  • You’ll be their cheerleader, guide, and mentor, helping them develop skills and confidence that will last a lifetime!
  • You’ll lead by example, showing girls that their voices and ideas matter and that through community service projects, big and small, they can leave a lasting impact on the world!

As a Girl Scout volunteer, not only do help empower girls as they embark on their leadership journey, but you’ll also be developing your own skill set as part of the experience.

As a Girl Scout volunteer, you’ll be eligible to receive a variety of professional development and enrichment opportunities via networking events, webinars, in-person trainings, and volunteer conferences. You’ll have the opportunity to lead other teams of volunteers, bring new and innovative ideas to the organization, and build the next generation of bold and courageous leaders in the process. How cool is that? Not to mention you’ll join a sisterhood full of fun and friendships!

While there are lots of ways to volunteer, one of the most rewarding is becoming a Girl Scout troop co-leader! With fellow volunteers by your side, you’ll support your Girl Scout troop as they pursue their passions and explore the world around them. Together, you’ll discover each girl’s unique talents and skills and encourage her to be her best self. You’ll help each girl develop courage, confidence, and character as cheer each other on to make the world a better place!

And with all our amazing resources, training, and support systems, it’s now easier than ever to become a Girl Scout troop co-leader. Parents who work full-time can now easily fit this rewarding experience into their busy schedules using our online Volunteer Toolkit! This online planning toolkit keeps your troop organized and helps cut down on the planning time with packaged meeting ideas, supply lists, and activities. Additionally, troop volunteers and parents can communicate through this online platform and keep track of troop finances and goals.

Additionally, new troop co-leaders will have access to our streamlined volunteer training, which will give you all the information you need to know in two quick informational sessions. Then you can take our enrichment trainings, available online, in your own time and at your own pace.

Ready to change a girl’s life? Here are a few testimonials from parents and adults who decided they wanted to empower each and every girl:

“I decided to volunteer because there wasn’t any other parent that would step up and I really wanted my daughter to participate in Girl Scouts. But I have become best friends with my co-leader and can’t imagine my life without her now!”

“The Volunteer Toolkit is the bomb.com! I love it because it helps me stay organized as a working parent and co-leader of my daughter’s troop.”

“I wasn’t a Girl Scout growing up but I always wanted to do it!”

Simply put, being a volunteer will not only increase your interest in your daughter’s Girl Scout journey, but will help you to gain life skills that will enable you to be a better person, personally and professionally!

Are you ready to have the Girl Scout experience? Join us as a volunteer! And through December 15, when you volunteer with Girl Scouts, everyone wins! Join and lead a Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie, and Junior troop and you’ll receive $50 worth of startup resources!

 

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Girl Scouts Give Back: Community Service Project Ideas

November 7, 2016

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By: Eileen Miller and Tara Rappleye, Program Directors

Question: What helps solve problems, improves lives, and strengthens communities as well as helping people grow as individuals?

Answer: Involvement in community service!

Service projects are awesome opportunities for a girl or a troop to come together to help others through a one-time project or on a recurring basis. It is an action that can take place not far from home or within your community encompassing a wide array of focus areas all with the singular aim of making the world a better place.

If you are wondering where to start – you already have! If you have an interest in providing needed resources and support to others as well as improving your community, the next step is to narrow down what interests you as an individual and/or your troop.

Maybe it is:

The Environment

  • Volunteer to support a recycling program or start one of your own.
  • Give of your time to help clean up a local park or beach.

Animals

  • Local animal shelters need help on a daily basis. You can volunteer in your free time.
  • Start a pet food collection.

The Arts

  • Share your love of music by playing for a group at a senior living center.
  • Teach children a craft at a youth serving organization.

Human Services

  • Assist a food pantry by assembling cans and dry good donations.
  • Start a canned food drive for those in need.
  • Make bedtime bags to be given to children in foster care who needs some comfort.

Sports

  • Teach others how to play your favorite sport.
  • Donate soccer balls or equipment to a program that can’t exist without the help of the community.

During the Holidays

  • Assemble donations at a local food pantry.
  • Sing carols at a retirement home.
  • Make holiday cards for servicemen and women.

Girl Scouts helping Girl Scouts

  • Help a younger girl troop earn a badge or patch.

There’s a wide variety of volunteer opportunities available all around you! Contact schools, places of worship, and nonprofit organizations within your community and, of course, your local Girl Scouts. Reach out to them directly to learn what opportunities are available and which one is right for you and/or your troop.

Feel free to share with us too! If you’re involved in community service, what types of projects are you doing to make a difference in the lives of others? Submit your story via our council website and we’ll feature your troop on our social media channels!

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