RALEIGH — She’s a great listener. She encourages you to reach for your dreams. She believes in you – always. And these are only a few of the amazing traits and characteristics moms across our council and across the world share. At Girl Scouts, we’re fortunate to not only have so many mothers take an active role in their girl’s leadership development, but to have an extended, strong female network to support, mentor, and advise girls across our 41-counties as they discover new adventures and realize anything is possible. Our Girl Scout volunteers come in many shapes and sizes – moms, aunts, grandmothers, community members, and neighbors. However, they are all powerful and impactful role models to the girls they guide and serve.
That’s why this Mother’s Day, Girl Scouts are celebrating all of those who have shared motherly love with the children of this world—including our own Juliette Gordon Low, who founded Girl Scouts to prepare girls to face the world with courage, confidence, and character, making it a better place along the way. Low didn’t have children of her own, but she was definitely a motherly figure to many Girl Scouts. On May 14, we celebrate all of the mothers out there, no matter what form they come in.
When a person signs up to be a Girl Scout troop leader, they are helping develop the next generation of female leaders by having a great impact on these girls and their journeys. Girl Scout volunteers provide life-changing opportunities and memories that last a lifetime, especially when girls are spending these adventures with someone they look up to and care about.
“My favorite thing about selling Girl Scout cookies is spending time with my mom,” said Girl Scout, Hailey Lemke, Troop #727.
And Lemke isn’t alone in recognizing and appreciating the importance of spending time with strong female leaders. Troop #1373, a troop that has been together for ten years, hosts an annual Mother and Daughter Tea Party that serves as a recap of the year progress and an afternoon where girls can spend quality time with their mothers, troop leaders, and additional female role models.
Girl Scout volunteers empower every girl to be heard, to lead, and to shine while helping girls discover endless opportunities to become big thinkers, thought leaders, and groundbreakers who are making the world a better place. A troop leader watches her smile get bigger as she grows more confident, a cookie volunteer mentors a Girl Scout during cookie season so she can become an entrepreneur and hone financial literacy skills, and a service unit volunteer works with other adults to provide the kind of behind-the-scenes support that makes it possible for her to make amazing new memories at Girl Scouts.
Girl Scout volunteers help implement the Girl Scout Leadership Experience – a collection of activities and experiences girls have while they earn badges, sell cookies, go on exciting trips, explore the outdoors at one of four exciting camps, and do Take Action projects that make the world a better place. There’s no better feeling than watching a girl conquer her challenges, venture beyond her comfort zone, and realize how awesome it is to be a girl and a Girl Scout.
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