Submitted by Allison Ellington, GSCO Volunteer Support Specialist
Thoughts from some Western Slope volunteers
Why I volunteer:
• Because I was a Girl Scout and had great experiences
• To help teach girls and support their development in my community
• To make a difference and have fun
• It’s a great way to bond with my daughter and help develop confidence in young girls
• It’s important to role model volunteering and community involvement
• To keep me out of trouble, get new experiences and meet so many people
New skills developed as a Girl Scout volunteer:
• Patience, event planning, conflict resolution, getting on the girl’s level, and teaching the way they learn
• Camping and relating to girls
• Organizational skills
• The importance of delegating
• How to ask for help
• Dealing with diversity
• Learned to be a kid again
• Dealing with lots of different personalities with teenage girls. You can learn A LOT from these girls!
• Still learning
• Leadership and time management
• “I found a hidden confidence in myself that transferred to my job outside of Girl Scouts. I’m able to communicate better and multi-task better which earned me a promotion to a manager! 😊”
What advice would you give to a brand-new volunteer?
• It can be overwhelming at first. Breathe, relax, go at a pace you can handle, and use the help the staff provides. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and ask for help!
• Don’t stress about being perfect
• Go to the trainings before you start
• Get your training, ask for help, and network with other leaders
• Remember, these girls are here to have fun while learning
• Be open-minded and have fun
• Reach out to other leaders – they have been through the same things you are going through
• Ask for parent volunteers – even for the small things
• Tap into the other leaders for information
• Attend trainings and service unit meetings! Meet other leaders and network for collaboration and ideas.
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