Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Barbara Light 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 Barbara 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 am the mother of five, with only one daughter. I have very fond memories of being a Girl Scout when I was a girl and wanted those opportunities for her. When my very shy girl became interested, I knew she was going to have a great time. We searched for a Girl Scout troop and had luck getting enrolled. At first I wanted to let her do this on her own, to explore without me, to find some independence. With having so many brothers, I wanted her to have a space where she could grow, find her voice, and have “girl time.” When one of the very nice starting troop leaders needed to move on, after only a few months of our joining, I couldn’t let that be the end. I decided to step up and fill the leader spot. It is one of the most rewarding decisions I have ever made. It is a huge bonding experience for my daughter and me, as well as, all the friends we have gathered on the way.
Tell us about your different volunteer roles as a Girl Scout.
I am a troop leader and service unit fall product manager. I believe in Girl Scouts and will help where I can. I have volunteered for cookie distribution day and helped at day camp programs.
What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?
I have loved watching not only my daughter, but all the girls in my troop build confidence and grit. I know I have also grown in my leadership skills and I probably learn as much as the girls. It is quite a difference to know how to do something yourself and teach someone else to do it. It also takes quite a bit of courage to step back and let them do it for themselves.
What do you hope girls have learned from you?
I hope my girls learn that they are never done learning; that they have a voice and are capable of great things; that if they have a goal and work out the steps, they can achieve their passion. I hope they keep the attitude that they don’t have to be the expert, but are still willing to try. I hope they learn they are allowed to be silly sometimes. I hope they lift others with encouragement and always remember they have a whole sisterhood that has their back.
Want to nominate a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado to spotlight? Please email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at email@example.com.