Volunteer Spotlight: Audrey Jessen

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Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state. Audrey Jessen  of Troop 571 at Grant Ranch School has served as a troop leader for six years.  For the last two years, she has been involved with Girl Scout Cookies for the entire Grizzly Gulch area, training troop leaders and cookie managers on what to do.  Audrey was nominated anonymously as a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community. Her nominator wrote, “Everything Audrey does she does for kids. She is a substitute teacher, treasurer of the PTO, our leader, a mom, and who knows what else. I don’t know where she finds the time for it all but she does and she puts her all into everything!”

GSCO asked Audrey to answer a few quick questions about her volunteer experience. We hope you find her as inspiring as we did.

How long have you been a Girl Scout?

I have been a Girl Scout for six years, plus three years when I was younger.

Why did you become a Girl Scout volunteer?

I became a Girl Scout volunteer six years ago so I could start a troop for my daughter.

Tell us about your different volunteer roles as a Girl Scout.

I started as a troop leader and cookie mom.  After my first year, I became a SUCM, which I have done for five years now.

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer? What do you hope girls have learned from you?

I have learned to have patience and to roll with things because sometimes no matter how well planned something is, if the girls don’t want to do it, they won’t.

What is your favorite Girl Scout memory?

My favorite memory as a Girl Scout was going to the pumpkin patch after days of rain and tromping around in the mud, I can still feel how heavy my boots were when they were caked in it.

My favorite thing as a leader is being able to watch the girls interact and have fun…there is nothing better than a group of kids laughing.

What words of advice do you have for other volunteers?

Talk to other volunteers and most importantly find what works best for you, even if no one else does it that way. 

Want to nominate a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado to spotlight? Please email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.