Occasionally, I meet a volunteer, and I'm left with the impression that it is all about the leader. Twice in the past 3 days I have had an encounter with an adult who was a Girl Scout during her entire school career. In both instances, these individuals said they would not have stayed involved, had it not been for that special adult who served as their leader. They had a relationship with the adult, who was a role model for them. And, in some instances, they pursued their career because of the influence of this adult role model.
It is important to remember, children imitate what we
do. Having worked with
college students for 30 years, I sometimes don't realize my vocabulary might
not be what some of the girls can relate to and understand. Or worse, sometimes they
understand more of what is going on around them than we realize. I heard of an incident last week
where the adult volunteers had some differences of opinions. This happens with all of us, but
it isn't something we need to involve the girls in. I do this job because I believe I am laying a
foundation for the future. I believe we are building future responsible
citizens who will give back and be contributing members of society. I do this because I believe what
I do is, in a small way, an investment in the health and happiness of
Why do you do it?