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A Sister to Every Girl Scout: The Volunteer Experience

April 24, 2017

 

By Katie Taylor, Volunteer Experience Director

Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines is home to more than 9,000 volunteers across the council. Our volunteers range in age, education, religion, ethnicity, geographic location, and so much more. A diverse group, they all share one thing in common: Girl Scouts!

We recently asked our volunteer what words came to mind when they think of their Girl Scout experience, they were quick to respond with words like positivity, bonding, camping, confidence, love, happiness, travel, sisterhood, and special! And that wasn’t all – pictures and stories came flooding in from volunteers across the council who wanted to share their love for Girl Scouting and their love for their fellow volunteers. Whether they became a Girl Scout volunteer for their daughter, granddaughter, or to have an impact on young girls in their community, our volunteers have found Girl Scouting to be more than they expected; it’s their home away from home.

Through Girl Scouting, our adult volunteers learn new skills from one another, as Shareen B., Pitt County, shared “[Donetta W.] is her go to girl when she needs a buddy for Camporee or Leaderee; she knows camping and has taught me a lot about it!” Some also find new skills on their own, like Debi W., Wake County, whose “confidence grew when [she] became a service unit manager,” and Donie O., Moore County, who is “Girl Scout strong and found her way” in leading her own troop.

New skills aren’t the only thing our volunteers have found in Girl Scouts. When she first started as a new co-leader, Camille F. “would spend time with her fellow co-leaders outside of Girl Scouts” and who became her closest friends, friends who even traveled with her family for a fun Disney adventure.  Now living in a different state, Camille still keeps in touch with her fellow co-leaders from years ago!

Our volunteers join Girl Scouts to enrich the lives of young girls, but many stay, some even after their own girls have aged out, because they have found a true sisterhood and a place to thrive as individuals. Rhonda W., Vance County, knows this to be true, as she shares “Girl Scouting has allowed [her] to make some special friendship bonds that have helped [her] grow and develop as a person.”

In honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month, we thank ALL of our amazing volunteers who have shared their passion for Girl Scouting with the girls and our council. We’re so glad you found us and this amazing sisterhood we call Girl Scouts.

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Appreciating those who Help Girls Lead

April 4, 2016

Volunteer Month

By Katie Taylor, Volunteer Experience Director

Behind the badges, the cookie sales, the overnight camping trips, the weekly activities, the smiles and the lifelong memories, stand our devoted volunteers. From waiting in a blizzard for a cookie delivery to volunteering in multiple roles to continuing to serve years after their own daughters have aged out of Girl Scouts, volunteers do whatever it takes to give girls the gift of Girl Scouting – and we are so grateful!

It’s not uncommon for our volunteers to juggle multiple roles as many are parents, hold full-time or part-time jobs, support their religious institutions, give time to their communities, and serve in the military. And they can still find the time, energy, and resources to give to Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines!

Meet Sara – a mother, career woman, co-leader of two troops, and service unit manager volunteer.  Sara continues to welcome new girls to her Cadette troop because she “just can’t say no to a girl who wants to do Girl Scouts!”

Girl Scout Cadettes – Camille, Arianna, and Nicole – say they have learned so much from their leaders, including Sara, and shared, “they teach [us] how to lead, and let [us] lead by [ourselves]…. They challenge [us], but always show they care.”

Providing a girl-led experience is essential to the Girl Scouts leadership development program.  Girl Scout volunteers are true role models for leadership and provide girls the opportunity to make decisions for the troop, ultimately helping girls develop interpersonal and leadership skills. How awesome is that?!

And Cynthia, long-time Girl Scout volunteer and Brownie Troop leader, shares, “Girl Scouts helps girls find their voice.” One of her Girl Scouts, Hailey, shares when she was working on her Mystery Detective badge that “sometimes I get ahead of myself, and my troop leader slows me down to think about it.”

Amazing, right?! Even our younger girls can recognize and articulate the learning experience the Girl Scout program offers them, and how important volunteers are to their experience. Without the contributions of volunteers like Sara and Cynthia, so many of our girls would cease to have the opportunity to find their voice.

On behalf of Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines, I want to thank each and every one of our awesome volunteers.  Our hearts are full of gratitude for the women and men who selflessly give to our girls and the entire Girl Scout Movement. With volunteers by their side, there is no limit to what our girls experience and achieve in Girl Scouts and beyond.

Happy Volunteer Appreciation Month!

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