Today I wanted to talk about a topic of what it means to be a Girl Scout volunteer and how it's such a crucial role in these young girls lives. For those of you who are following along but are not a volunteer, this post is for you! Have you been approached about this opportunity, either through a membership specialist or previous troop leader? Are you currently debating whether this role is for you? I promise you, it is! Let me start off by telling you how it began with me....
Behind this online world, I'm actually an introverted person. I generally don't like large groups of people and new social situations make me anxious. It's not that I'm anti social, it's just how I'm made. Frankly, I'm proud of it and I'm comfortable with who I am.
The idea of being a troop leader seemed quite impossible to me but, after the membership specialist told me there was no troop at my daughter's school but recommended myself volunteering, I didn't shoot the idea down right away.
It took me a while to make the decision but I thought back to the reasons why I wanted Bella to join Girl Scouts...
- I really wanted her to take part in this program and gain the confidence
- Open her up to new experiences
- My daughter is a little shy (wonder where she gets it from) and I wanted her to come out of her shell a little
- Lasting and healthy friendships
So I decided to take on the challenge for my daughter. I wanted to show her that if I can come out of my shell and do something out of my comfort zone, then she can too. After all, we are our daughter's first example of a strong and confident women.
I didn't realize when I made this decision how much it would not only impact my daughter but how much it would impact myself.
- I gained leaderships skills that I didn't even know I had.
- My daughter has made massive strides in character development and self-confidence.
- I got to make a difference in 11 other girls lives in the community!
It's only been a year but I love being a troop leader! I love setting an example and providing a wonderful opportunity to these girls. Our girls are the future of this world! If you are considering possibly being a volunteer, I encourage you to take the leap and try it out for just one year. If I can do it, anyone can do it! SERIOUSLY!
Being a Girl Scout volunteer not only changes a girl’s life, it changes your life. Whether it’s taking them on their first adventure or leading a troop with your best friend, you’ll help girls reach for the stars. Volunteer today: http://bit.ly/1eWZkXL.Posted by Girl Scouts on Saturday, September 12, 2015