Dear Editor:

When people hear I’m a Girl Scout volunteer, they immediately think of cookies, camping and crafts. But Girl Scouts is so much more than that.

As a volunteer, I believe in the power of G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader). Girl Scouts taps into the power of every girl to challenge them to grow and achieve more. In the supportive all-girl environment that Girl Scouts provides, we teach the girls to try new things, learn from failure, and take healthy and courageous risks. When it’s just my Troop together, without the boys around, I can tell the girls are more courageous to try new things and willing to take the lead.

Being a Girl Scout volunteer gives me the platform to be a mentor to young girls, and it’s also really fun. I get to spend time with some amazing young girls. I’ve also made so many lifelong friends through volunteering, as we all learn from one another and lead in our own lives, community, and the world, teaching tomorrow’s leaders. That’s right—we laugh and play just as much as we get down to the business of saving the world, one community action project at a time.

As a volunteer, I try to introduce my girls to new experiences that show them they’re capable of so more than they ever imagined. In fact, through volunteering, I’ve even been given more opportunities to adventure out and experience new things. I also work with other adults to provide the kind of behind-the-scenes support that makes it possible for our Troop to make amazing new memories. Like during cookie season, when I get to support the girls and work to help them reach their goals.

Being a volunteer has to be one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done. As you work to help mold and shape these girls into strong, confident, and courageous young ladies, it has a way of doing the same to you. And with these awesome benefits in store, I think everyone should be a Girl Scout Volunteer.

To volunteer, check out www.girlscoutssa.org/volunteer.

Jennifer Leach

Troop 9027, Daleville

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