Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Houston Chronicle Celebrates Girl Scout Adult Volunteers

The Houston Chronicle, TX, has an article about the Girl Scouts' White Oak Service Unit. The volunteer unit comprises six women dedicated to providing the Girl Scout troops it serves with information, resources and support.

"What I've gotten out of it is friendship," said Debra Lewis of the service unit, in which she has been serving for two years. "I love the relationships I've formed with these leaders. You're sharing your talents." White Oak Service Unit serves 44 Girl Scout troops in the areas served by Jersey Village High School, Cook Middle School and Post, Gleason and Bang elementary schools. As of last May, the unit's troops had 471 girls and 180 volunteers.

These days, the Girl Scout experience is not limited to participating in a troop.

Girls can do that, but they also have the option of choosing other Girl Scout Pathways, according to Mariana Almanza, a membership manager with the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council. "The Girl Scouts really want to engage girls of all ages, kindergarten through 12th grade, and of all backgrounds; so we're offering a more flexible experience."

A Girl Scout can try one or more of any of the organization's Pathways: camp, troop, event, travel program, series - which could include a class or multiday workshop - and online. Girls also can choose the Pathways' program opportunities, including horseback riding, sailing, drill team, archery, backpacking, rifling and health and safety.

"If they want to be in Scouts, girls and volunteers can do it for a weekend, or for a lifetime," Almanza said. "I like that it is girl-focused," she said. "For me, that really was the selling point. The whole point of the program is to guide girls."

Girl Scouting could not exist without adult volunteers. Do you have an adult volunteer you would like to give a shout out to?