Volunteer Spotlight: Elisha Scarbrough

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Elisha Scarbrough of Rifle in the Western Colorado region is a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Elisha 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 enjoyed Girl Scouts when I was younger and enrolled my daughters when they were in kindergarten; then the troop needed a leader, so I signed up. It’s a great thing for my daughters to be part of and I didn’t want them to miss out if there wasn’t a leader.

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

I have been both co-leader and main leader for my girls’ troop. I have also been the cookie and chocolate and nut lead.

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

How to be more patient! I also have learned how to lead and enjoy time with my girls at the same time. Most importantly how to multi-task! I work full time and am taking night classes to complete my Bachelor’s degree. 

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

How important it is to set goals and met them and to be involved in the community. Also, the skills that they have gained through each of the badges that we have earned through the years.

How has your experience as a volunteer helped you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)?

It has reminded me what is important; these girls are in a generation that is so involved with electronics that Girl Scouts helps teach them skills that they will be able to use forever. I also have had to learn new skills to help the girls earn badges; like how to make a robot and that is pretty cool that even as a leader I am learning with the girls in the troop.

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