Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Carrie Harding of Parker in the Metro Denver region is both a troop volunteer and a product program volunteer. She is also a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.
GSCO asked Carrie to answer a few quick questions about her volunteer experience. We hope you find her as inspiring as we did.
Why did you become a Girl Scout volunteer?
I became a Girl Scout volunteer because I wanted to be sure my daughter and other girls had the opportunity to experience Girl Scouts. I was a Girl Scout while in elementary school and have some very fond memories of those experiences. I had a lot of fun and learned a lot about myself, other people, and how people do things differently.
Tell us about your different volunteer roles as a Girl Scout.
I have served in several volunteer roles over the years, including co-leader, troop fall program manager, troop cookie manager, service unit fall program manager, service unit cookie manager, service unit manager, trainer, school coordinator, and as a member of the GSCO Cookie Committee and the Membership Connection Committee (MCC).
What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?
As a Girl Scout volunteer, I have learned more about the importance of flexibility, structure, being honest and upfront with others, patience, and consequences. My most rewarding experiences have been those where girls have demonstrated they have confidence in an area.
What do you hope girls have learned from you?
I hope girls have learned that they can do anything they set their mind to. I also hope they’ve learned the importance of having fun, that it’s ‘”okay” to not do what everyone else is doing, being authentic, and the importance of planning and preparation.
How has your experience as a volunteer helped you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)?
My experience as a volunteer has helped me further appreciate the power of girls! It has also encouraged me to continue my own entrepreneurial pursuits all of which involve being a go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, and leader.
Want to nominate a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado to spotlight? Please email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at firstname.lastname@example.org.