On the way back from the GSUSA Corporate Leadership meeting and Rock the Mall, I got caught in the Atlanta airport for the day. An angel, one of our volunteers, rescued me, so I did not spend the entire Sunday sitting there. Luckily, she and her troop just happened to be at the overnight at the Georgia Aquarium and were able to stop by the airport on the way back to Montgomery.
As I waited for her, I had an interesting experience people watching. There were kids attending a month-long camp arriving at the Atlanta airport and being picked up by the camp staff. On the camp staff T-shirt, it said in bold letters ROLE MODEL. These were college age staff, which was pretty entertaining. I sat and listened to them talk while they collected the children attending the camp. Clearly the kids they were meeting on different flights looked up to these camp staff members. During my lengthy wait, none of them did anything that wasn't indicative of being a role model. They were nice to the kids who were arriving, and they greeted them with friendliness and warmth. It was amazing to watch.
At the end of this school year, we have had a large number of complaints from volunteers about other volunteers who said the "role models" weren't acting responsibly. GSSA's Volunteer Essentials document delineate that volunteers will act responsibly in front of our girls, but the number of complaints about adults having meltdowns in front of the girls, criticizing the food in front of the girls or generally acting irresponsibly in front of the girls has increased at the end of the year.
We value what you do as volunteers, but we are also very cognizant that these outbursts in front of our girls are not "role model" behavior. We do respond to many complaints from volunteers about other volunteers. The council staff works hard to be measured and balance the amount of time and energy with these complaints, but recently the complaints on the part of parents and others about these types of behaviors have seen a geometric increase. We will be letting you know if we are receiving complaints about your behavior and handling them according to our published policies. We have to be "role models" for all our girls. And girls are very sensitive to "do as I say, not as I do."
Thanks for all you do to teach girls responsible behavior and actions.