Monday, October 12, 2015

Our Volunteers Love Being in Girl Scouts, Too!

We are always looking for volunteers!

Very often, when I ask adult volunteers why they volunteer for Girl Scouts, they did it initially to build their bond with their daughter or daughters. Then, they also elaborate on how they have benefited significantly from their own Girl Scouting experiences as an adult. 

There’s no question that Girl Scouting helps build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place – but it also helps adult volunteers grow as well. 

Not only do our volunteers find that they are making a difference in the lives of girls they serve (which in and of itself feels pretty good), they find that they harvest personal and professional benefits of the Girl Scouting experience. This includes making new friends, getting active and outdoors, leadership experience, learning new skills, and being part
of a supportive community.

When you take a look at the hard and soft skills that our volunteers exhibit--e.g., leadership, organization, communications, event planning, financial management, conflict resolution, marketing –to name only a few—it is clear that their Girl Scouting experience will rival any “for pay” job as a resume builder. We hear time and again that being a part of the Girl Scout organization in one’s community builds long standing friendships and has a discernible positive impact on the community. 

And let’s never forget how our volunteers touch the lives of tens of thousands of girls every year in every zip code across the state. With more dual income and single parent households and with the time demands placed on families, we especially value the time and effort that our volunteers put in to make sure girls thrive and succeed.

While our national organization states we have more than two million girl members nationwide, there are still more than 300,000 girls on waiting lists to join Girl Scouts, but can’t because there are not enough volunteers. In Connecticut, we have several hundred girls waiting to join a troop. That number is only growing. 

If you know of someone who would enjoy being a part of our wonderful organization, have them reach out to us at While we ask a lot of our volunteers, we know their rewards for volunteering are many. Join us and you can be the mentor she will always remember.

Yours in Girl Scouting,

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