The Impact of a Volunteer: The Girl Scout Difference

Girl Scouts makes a difference. That’s the whole point behind our Girl Scout Difference campaign and what we’re so passionate about sharing. We want people to know there’s a reason we remain girl-only; we have the time-tested and research-backed programming that tells us this is the best space for her to grow.

But to accomplish this, we need you.

We’re able to offer girls the opportunities to build robotic arms and create shelters in the wilderness because of our volunteers. Our caring adult mentors and strong female role models help shape the environment for our girls. Girl Scouts makes a difference because of our volunteer partners.

As a volunteer, you’ll see the proven results of how girls thrive in these five ways …

  Develop a strong sense of self.

  Seek challenges and learn from setbacks.

  Display positive values.

  Form and maintain healthy relationships.

  Identify and solve problems in the community.

… and you’ll know you had a hand in helping them get there.

It’s about more than just being there for the girls. Girl Scout volunteers tell us about the personal rewards they’ve encountered, like making new friends, enjoying new experiences, and even learning new things right along with their troop.

Girl Scouts doesn’t just make a difference in our girls’ lives, it will make a difference in yours.

Contrary to popular belief, you can volunteer even if you don’t have children. You can volunteer if you’re a man. We have roles beyond troop leader; we need people to help transport the children, manage cookie sales, assist at meetings, speak at events, and everything in between.

Just like the potential we see in our girls, there’s no limit to what you can do as a volunteer for Girl Scouts.

Giving Back: The Girl Scout Difference

As part of our Girl Scout Difference Campaign, we’re going to highlight different benefits each week. Our first focus comes from one of the ways we know Girl Scouts helps girls thrive:

  Identify and solve problems in the community. 

We’re so proud of the way we see our Girl Scouts giving back. Before ‘being green’ became a thing, Girl Scouts were working to take care of the environment. It’s a tradition we continue today.

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This dedication comes from one of our four pillars of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, Life Skills. We believe in teaching girls why it’s important to take care of their world.

Troops share stories with us about the work they’re doing in their communities. From planting flowers to cleaning up parks to making cards in nursing homes, our girls are constantly in action. Even our cookie program incorporates giving back.

On the purchasing end, you can order one to send to troops. For the troops, they can choose how they want to spend their cookie money, and many choose service projects. This year, one troop even funded an emergency medical flight for a child.

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Girl Scouts not only teaches the importance of giving back; it instills these values in our girls so this attitude is carried with them throughout the rest of their lives. Our prestigious Gold Award is focused around a project that identifies and helps correct a need.

In 2018, our Gold Award Girl Scouts did some amazing work. Projects involved creating curriculum to help teach other students, building long-need items in parks, and much more. One Gold Award Girl Scout even received international attention for her project that centered around sending feminine hygiene products.

It’s truly incredible what our Girl Scouts can do.

Volunteer with Girl Scouts

Our mission at Girl Scouts is simple – build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. It’s the driving force behind everything that we do. As passionate as we are, we cannot accomplish our mission alone.

We need volunteers to partner with us in creating a better future for girls and empowering the next generation of female leaders. Together, we can help our girls become G.I.R.L.s, or go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, and leaders.

This partnership is more than just asking women to lead a troop. In fact, we need both men and women to help us in a variety of roles. It can look like co-leading a troop, but it can also be a troop helper (think driving and chaperoning), coordinating cookie sales, mentoring adult volunteers, working at our camps, speaking at an event, etc.

Your commitment can be an hour, a month, a year, and anything between or beyond that. Girls just need people like you willing to sacrifice their time to show them they can do more than they thought possible.

Plus, as a volunteer, you can change her world and your own. Ninety-two percent of volunteers learn new skills they can apply to their own life. Sixty-five percent note how it helped them advance professionally. Eighty-eight percent like how it keeps them active. A huge 94 percent say they’ve made new friends. And those are just statistics! Here are the reasons why our volunteers do what they do:

“I want to help my community and teach young girls in my community to be strong, independent women who are willing to put others before their own wants.”

“I am an advocate for the many benefits of Scouting and want girls everywhere to be able to succeed in all of their endeavors.”

“I truly enjoy spending time with our young ladies and teaching them, supporting them, being a mentor to them, and enjoying their candidness and eagerness to learn.”

“I LOVE watching their excitement, sense of WOW and wonder and and their pride at belonging to this special sisterhood.” 

Those are just four testimonials of the many we could share.

Girl Scouts are so much more than cookies, badges, campfires, and friendship bracelets. Girl Scouts are go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, and leaders. These are the traits that define girls of courage, confidence, and character. Being a G.I.R.L. is in the DNA of being a Girl Scout.

Simply put, our girls need you, just as you are, to help how you can. No matter your age, gender, or background, it can be part of your DNA, too. Join us in empowering female leaders today.

Happy Volunteer Appreciation Month!

We try to celebrate our amazing volunteers as often as possible, but once a year we take an entire month to make it our focus. April is Volunteer Appreciation Month and we’re excited to let our volunteers know how special they are.

Without volunteers, our passion to empower G.I.R.L.s (go-getters, innovators, risk-takers and leaders) would fall short. We need our troop leaders, service unit managers, event volunteers and everyone in between to further our mission of developing girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

All month long we’ll take the time to shout out specific volunteers and thank everyone who gives their time to help the girls in our council. Girl Scout Leader Day is April 22, and it kicks off Volunteer Week!

Follow us on Facebook to stay up to date with all of the activities and of course, if you’re one of our volunteers THANK YOU!

 

A Season of Giving

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The holiday season is right around the corner and I am reminded of Andy Williams’ song, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”  Great food, good conversation, and spending much needed time with family and friends makes this time of year wonderful. 

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I happily crossed off of my “to do” list spending quality time with my family.  It was great to slow down from the pace that I keep on a day-to-day basis to reconnect with my family.  I always enjoy reminiscing about the past but it is equally important to also create new memories.  That is why this year I am going to spend my energy recharging and refocusing on those things that are important to me. 

Susan Taylor, Emeritus Editor for Essence Magazine says, “We need quiet time to examine our lives openly and honestly – spending quiet time alone gives your mind an opportunity to renew itself and create order.” 

While we take the time we need to renew ourselves, let’s take a moment to help those in need. Consider volunteering at your local food bank, donating toys to underserved youth, or giving a monetary donation to an organization whose mission aligns with your values.  There are so many worthy organizations that can use your talents to further the organization. 

Mahatma Gandhi said it best, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

Happy Holidays!