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Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent organization for girls with a current membership of 3.6 million girls and adults. Volunteers use their expertise, skills, interests, and life experience to shape fun and enriching leadership experiences for girls, and inspire them to reach their personal best. Volunteers help council staff facilitate the New Girl Scout Leadership Experience to girls through exciting program opportunities: leadership/self-esteem, financial literacy, travel, health/wellness, science, technology, engineering, and math. Volunteers choose from several flexible Pathways (the ways that girls and adults join Girl Scouting) that fit their lifestyles, including short-term or long-term service working either directly or indirectly with girls, and they can participate regionally, nationally, and internationally.
I became involved with Girl Scouts when my daughter entered Kindergarten. I am very glad I signed on to help with her troop. It has been 8 years and I have had the pleasure of being able to help my daughter grow into a wonderful young leader. This is the purpose of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience which all the materials and resources are built upon. I can't wait to see how she evolves more as she gets older and I am very glad I will be there to mentor her and watch her excel. Girl Scouts has also been an exciting growth opportunity for me as an adult. I have met quality friends and grown myself with all the training they have provided me. I benefit from the program as much as my daughter. I am so glad I became a Girl Scout volunteer!
by Lisa S. from Rochester, WA
I started as a Girl Scout leader 7 years ago. My goal at the time was to spend time with my daughters...getting outdoors and experiencing nature. The program offers so many different activities and they are so easy to follow, with my busy schedule it's great. Over the years as I have watched my girls and others grow I have felt if I could share the rewards with other potential leaders and girls I have succeeded. It is a great experience not just for the girls but for the adults as well. I highly recommend Girl Scouting for everyone.
by Dianne W. from Aberdeen, WA
I have been a Girl Scout volunteer for 21 of the last 31 years. I have the extreme pleasure of watching girls grow to be confident young women who are contributing very positively to their communities. Girl Scouts gives girls a chance to learn and do a wide variety of things in a safe environment. Even the best families can't offer their girls the scope of choices Girl Scouts offers. As a volunteer I have grown from a young woman who really didn't think she had much to offer to a woman who can look back with amazement at the abilities (even talents!) I have developed. I changed from "I can't do that" to "Sure, let's make it happen!". Over the years I have volunteered in many different types of GS service, both long term and short term projects. Even at nearly 61 years of age I am a troop leader and involved in developing special program events for troops. I am growing and learning because of our Girl Scout program... and loving it. There’s something for everyone in Girl Scouts!