Category Archives: Volunteer News

Volunteer Spotlight: Sandy Jackson

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Sandy Jackson from 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 Sandy 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 grew up in a Girl Scout family. My mother was a long time troop leader as well as served on the Chipeta Girl Scout Council Board. Girl Scouts had a big impact on me and I wanted to share that influence with others.

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

I was briefly a troop leader. Our family has hosted Girl Scout day camps and jamborees at our ranch for many years. Most recently, I have been a Gold Award mentor and serve on the Gold Award Committee for the Western Slope.

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

There have been so many things that have been reinforced through being a Girl Scout volunteer. Girls are amazing, they can accomplish so many things. Sometimes they need a little guidance, but often support is all that is needed. The organization of Girl Scouts is doing a great job “changing” with the times and it is so important to demonstrate the multiple paths a girl can follow.

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

I hope they have learned that they can accomplish anything, to push their comfort zone, and go for Gold!

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

Women in Politics Event

On behalf of El Pomar’s Forum for Civic Advancement, we are excited to invite Girl Scout Seniors, Ambassadors, and adult members to a virtual ‘Women in Politics’ event, co-hosted by Colorado Municipal League and Colorado 50-50 on Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 4-6:30 p.m.

Recognizing that Colorado ranks 18th on the 2019 Gender Parity Index due to its successes in some areas, such as the second highest share of women elected officials in the state legislature, and challenges in other areas, such as local and federal representation, this event is designed to encourage more women in Colorado to run for elected office, clarify the process of running, and provide resources for them as they consider running for elected office. The event also honors that socializing the idea of leadership and elected office to young people is one way to increase representation.

You can view the event invitation with agenda details in the flyer linked below. If this sounds like something you or a Girl Scout in your life would enjoy, please register here.

Questions? Email Megan Sanders at El Pomar Foundation at msanders@elpomar.org.

Forum Women in Politics Invitation

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Volunteer Spotlight: Tiffany Baker

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Tiffany Baker from Highlands Ranch/ Lone Tree the Metro Denver region is a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Tiffany 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 to create opportunities for girls that they might not otherwise have. These opportunities include access to guest speakers, special tours, unique overnight experiences / other events only offered to Girl Scouts, outdoor skills, Highest Awards projects, certifications (camp counselor, babysitter, first aid, CPR, etc.), travel, and access to a community of adults who help form a village of knowledgeable support for developing leaders.  

Looking back at my elementary school days, groups of girls wearing Girl Scout uniforms would gather together and they seemed so happy to be part of a club. To me, their uniforms were a symbol that they, belonged.  When I asked my parents if I could join, they were “too busy” to take me.  So, I created a club with the neighbor kids, where we hid in a ditch with weeds much taller than us as the makeshift walls of our clubhouse. As a child who was abused and had a parent struggling with addictions, I felt these experiences prepared me to be an empathetic ear to girls who struggle with adversity.  We are a small link, in an historic chain of women, helping to make a positive difference one generation at a time.

For years, girls in our troop assumed I was paid to be their troop leader, like a piano or ballet teacher. My simple response has been, “I get paid in smiles.”  Those smiles sometimes looked like unsolicited greeting cards created by the girls, laughter when they’re comfortable to express themselves, increased self-confidence when they’ve picked up a new skill, or simply renewing their membership during Early Bird. In reality, our volunteer time is one of the biggest gifts we can offer youth because we’ve decided that we are not “too busy” to develop and provide opportunities for their growth.

As a volunteer, we have the unique opportunity to create programming that draws girls in for learning not found in a textbook. Sometimes, these lessons can be messy (both literally and figuratively). However, the messy lessons can be the most important challenges for girls to take-on and we can offer them a safe place to do just that.  

I also became a volunteer to be able to share Girl Scout experiences with my own two daughters. They have never questioned whether or not to continue in Girl Scouts, because they will tell you that it is a part of who they are.  As the daughters of a troop leader volunteer, they have often seen the work involved in coordinating large scale events, are regularly the girls who help with set-up / take-down, and are typically the first to know when a girl has left or joined our troop. They have grown to understand and appreciate what volunteerism can look like, which is often giving more of ourselves than is required in order to serve our communities.   

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

Troop Leader for 10 years, who has volunteered with over eighty Girls Scouts in the Lone Tree / Highlands Ranch area.

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer? 

Being a Girl Scout volunteer has challenged me to learn how to work with different personalities/abilities. We cannot change the way other people behave, but we can adjust our personal expectations of them according to what we know.

Girl Scouts has challenged me to learn new skills like backpacking and every outdoor bread making technique that exists. I had a co-leader that found it amusing to put me (the non-cook) in charge of bread making at every troop camp for years.  Love her.  

Girl Scout volunteering has also challenged me to face my fears.  I wouldn’t ask the girls to take on a challenge that I am not willing to try myself.  Only for Girl Scouts, have I done rock rappelling and an extreme ropes course, due to my ongoing fear of heights.  There’s also my anxiety with public speaking in front of other adults, which I deal with when hosting special ceremonies and family scouting events (I’d rather have my teeth scraped than have focus on my public speaking).

I have also questioned how prepared I would be if faced with a real-life emergency situation, which I met when carpooling Brownies home from a troop camp at Lazy Acres. There was a motorcyclist driving 80 mph without a helmet who lost control of his bike. Our volunteers had just spoken with our Brownies about multiple uses for bandannas and there I was using a Girl Scout bandanna to help keep bandages on a biker’s head, while also restricting his movements by propping one of his sides against a rolled up sleeping bag, until EMS arrived to the scene. It is because of Girl Scouts that my first aid / CPR certifications are always up-to-date and that I had supplies on hand. Be Prepared.   

The girls who have been the most actively engaged in our troop have parents that understand the program. Try to include more volunteers whenever possible.

What do you hope girls have learned from you? 

I feel it’s important for kids to know that adults don’t know everything.  Life is a journey of learning, and we will find success with a growth mindset. My hope is that girls become confident that they can find solutions to needs in their communities and take action. Inclusion of people with different backgrounds and abilities can help us all to understand that everyone has something to share. Celebrate diversity, learn from failures, and always stay connected to people who can be part of your support network. Appreciate the people who give their time freely because they understand what it takes to create positive change.  Volunteering means that you are not too busy to care for the wellbeing of others. Find your passions, get involved, and volunteer.

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

Volunteer Spotlight: Daly Edmunds

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Daly Edmunds from the Northern & Northeastern CO region is a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Daly 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?

Unfortunately, life being what it is, our two troop leaders had to step away from their roles and they needed parents to step up or the troop would dissolve. My daughter loved her troop and really enjoyed being a Girl Scout. I didn’t want that experience to end for her so I stepped in.

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

Troop leader and am also Cookie Manager this year

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

  • Not having been a Girl Scout growing up, I’m learning as I go along!
  • The old saying, “It takes a village,” is certainly true with Girl Scouts.  Without my amazing co-leader Amber, the parents in the troop, and the invaluable former Girl Scout troop leaders that GSCO connected us with – Joyce and Patty – we couldn’t get through the recent tough times or enjoy the fun times as much!

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

That they each have their own unique skillsets that they can contribute to make their corner of the world better!

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

Volunteer Spotlight: Amber Kelley

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Amber Kelley from the Northern & Northeastern CO region is a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Amber 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 was inspired by what the community meant to the girls. Our troop leaders had unexpected life changes and had to step down from leading the troop. I did not want this precious group of girls to lose their community. It is so important to have a community that is safe, empowering, and FUN! 

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

  • First Aid trained helper for camp
  • Assistant to planning and preparing for meetings with our troop leaders as a parent volunteer
  • Fall Fundraiser organizer
  • Troop leader

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

I have learned that it is important to listen to the girls in your troop. They have the most amazing ideas and plans. They ask to do service projects for others. They dream big. They are generous. They will tell you exactly what they want their community to be like and it will be successful because they are doing things that interest them.

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

I hope that the girls in our troop have learned that their thoughts and ideas are important and that their contributions to the troop and this world are meaningful and appreciated. 

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

Volunteer Spotlight: Kathi Reddan

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Girl Scout Gold Award mentor Kathi Reddan in the Pikes Peak region is a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Kathi 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 originally became a volunteer because my daughter was involved. After she graduated, I continued because I enjoyed working with friends as co-leaders. Also, I saw volunteering as a way to use my educational skills.

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

Originally, I helped my daughter’s leader in various ways. When she joined a multi-level troop when she was older, some of the older girls asked if I would consider becoming a leader. I felt as if they wanted me specifically rather than a warm body. After she graduated from high school, I took training to become a trainer, as well as continuing as a leader. When my friends, who were co-leaders moved out of state, I decided this was a good time to step down from the leader/advisor role. Soon after, in 2006, the staff person in charge asked if I would join the Gold Award Committee. I have continued on the committee since then, except for taking a year off to figure out what I wanted to focus on. At the end of that year, I decided to focus on being a Gold Award mentor rather than training.

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

Both as a leader of older girls as well as being a Gold Award mentor, I’ve learned about the great capabilities of older girls. Several girls have shown me that they really can do things on their own, or with advice from adults, but with the girl leading the way.

I’ve been reminded that one needs to consider the needs and abilities of each girl, especially as a mentor. My educational background is in special education and I have been able to use those skills as a leader and as a Gold Award mentor. I’ve learned in what settings I work best. Working as part of a team I can do my part, but get support from others. I really enjoy working one-to-one with the girls as a mentor.

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

I hope that the girls I have mentored have learned that I’m here to support them, not lead them step-by-step. They are the ones with the ideas and they need to run with the idea. Often they learn how much they can really accomplish. This is most important as a Gold Award mentor, but also for being an older girls advisor.

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

Volunteer Spotlight: Danielle Sullivan

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Danielle Sullivan in the Pueblo & Southeastern CO region is a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Danielle 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 leader to spend more time with my oldest daughter. We chose Girl Scouts as that outlet because I was a Girl Scout and I wanted to help my daughter to become more comfortable in her own skin.

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

I like to take part in all the crafts that our girls get involved in from volcano making to weaving no sew blankets for our sister Girl Scout in Mexico. I also love being involved with the planning of all our trips from a short hike to a weekend long camping trip, which involves a little bit more discipline on the girls’ part and mine.  Our troop loves to learn and explore, hoping for more wonder in their eyes.

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

I have learned so much from being a troop leader my favorite things I’ve learned is how to stay calm with so many different personalities.  I have also learned how to take risks for my girls and myself in my job and in our free time.

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

I have tried to teach my girls to be brave and strong and that if they put their minds to it  they can do anything.

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

Volunteer Spotlight: Jean Beucler

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Jean Beucler in the Northern & Northeastern CO region is a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Jean 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?

Maggie Hayes, the founder of the GECCCO (Girls Experiencing Camping Canoeing and Cycling Outdoors) outdoor adventure troop inspired me to become a volunteer. As a family, we love everything outdoors! When my daughter joined Maggie’s troop, the parents were expected to lead activities that included outdoor activities from hiking to international trips. That group of leaders/volunteers mentored and supported me. The girls were eager and enthusiastic. When Maggie retired as leader (she is still involved with the group after 26+ years!), I was ready to assume the leadership position.

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

Except for a brief stint as a Girl Scout Brownie, my Girl Scout career began as a volunteer. I started as a parent volunteer supporting meetings and activities. During GECCCOs, I added leadership to my resume. I supported the girls’ planning processes for activities, trips (local and international), Reach for the Peak Outdoor Skills competition (we earned the Peak award four times!), rendezvous, service, and money earning endeavors. I was even troop cookie manager a time or two. Following my youngest daughter’s graduation from high school, I reevaluated what my continued contribution to Girl Scouts could be. That led me to becoming a Girl Scout trainer, joining the Global Action Committee, volunteering at resident camp, and helping to facilitate a GSUSA destination that showcased Colorado and involved riding horses every day! But, there was something I still wanted to do. As much as I love everything I have experienced with girls outdoors, the missing piece for me was horses. I was deeply disappointed that GSCO had no progressive, comprehensive equine program. So, in the midst of a pandemic, I started an equine specialty troop, WHOA (Women Horses and Outdoor Adventure). This group has enabled girls to explore their love for horses in a safe, instructive manner. COVID-19 restrictions have limited our activities outside of lessons and trail rides, but we hope to explore the many facets of horse activities, disciplines, and professions in the next 26+ years. Oh yeah, and we are working on another GSUSA Destination with our troop partners, Sylvan Dale Ranch and Heart-J Center, for 2023!

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

I love being a volunteer for Girl Scouts because each troop is such an autonomous organization. If you can dream it, you can do it. The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the best money earning opportunity a Girl Scout will ever have. When girls believe their troop is “girl-led” (even when it seems to you like you are doing a disproportionate amount of the work), it still achieves the goal of developing girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

You are never too old for adventure! You don’t have to excel at an activity to enjoy it. Embrace the unique perspective each individual brings to the group. There are no disabilities, simply different abilities.

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

Volunteer Spotlight: Katy Herstein

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Katy Herstein of Highlands Ranch in the Metro  Denver is a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Katy 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?

When my now 17-year-old daughter was entering Kindergarten, a flyer came home from school about Girl Scout troops forming. I went to a parent meeting and hearing how I could affect the growth of girls outside schools and sports spoke volumes to me. I wasn’t completely aware I was looking for something for myself to grow from as well. Reflecting back on the moment I raised my hand to be a leader, I realize it was as much for me as for my daughter.

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

I began as a leader and very quickly realized that I was very passionate about Girl Scouts and made the move to do more for the organization. I run two troops and am a service unit leader. I also am a member of the MCC and sit on the committee for Volunteer Recognition.

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

I have learned that I have a lot of enthusiasm for learning new things!  Girl Scouts gives girls the opportunity to dive deep into learning new skills and embrace continued growth. I didn’t realize I had such a passion for also stretching my wings and learn along with them.

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

I hope that I have passed on the process of Discover, Connect, and Take Action. I love this process for everything in life and I talk about it a lot with my Girl Scouts. I feel it is a great process to go through in so many things in life. It triggers curiosity and to dive deeper into understanding things and then taking action in the right places to make a change.

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

Volunteer Spotlight: Kacey Turner

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Kacey Turner in the Metro Denver region is a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Kacey 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?

My daughter. When she was in second grade, I decided to move her to a new school. She didn’t know anyone and was super shy, so we decided to enroll her in Girl Scouts to try to break her out of her shell. I became a parent volunteer. When the leader left the following year, myself and two other moms became co-leaders together.

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

I started off as a parent volunteer, then I became a part of a co-leading team, then I became a leader and ran my own troop. I also helped out on the service unit team as needed and in a joke at a volunteer event, I stuck my tongue at our service unit manager who was looking for a new service unit product manager and she volunteered me in return. I have loved being the SUPM. We joke all of the time about how you never stick your tongue at the service unit manager. I also help my daughter’s troop with camp in the summer. 

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

I have learned to be patient and to just have fun and laugh, and to go with the flow. I think the best moments I’ve had with my girls are when our plans go awry and we just wing it. 

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

I hope my girls have learned to just be the best version of themselves that they can be. To try their hardest and never give up and to laugh and have fun doing whatever it is that they do. 

 

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