It is because of the hard work, commitment, care, and love Girl Scout volunteers have provided to make the organization strong for more than 100 years. It works because of you!
I am always struck by what a volunteer will do to make the world a better place. This past weekend it was sleeping in the outfield at the Montgomery Biscuits game, even when the rain moved in during the wee hours of the morning. It is working to be sure the beds of camp are ready for the girls to spend the night. It is volunteers who spend their entire weekend doing camper training so you can go with your girls to explore the woods, canoe, and learn new skills.
We have many troops in this council that 15 to 40 years later still make a point of meeting. Many meet annually, and it is because of the passion their leader had for her girls. I've heard them talk about trips they have taken, adventures they have had being together, and the lifelong bonds they developed with one another. I am convinced that is this type of learning will transcend electronic games, social media, and other types of activities a girl can be involved in today.
All of our girls are accomplished and unbelievably capable in ways that often are not quickly recognized. I hear stories of how girls decide how to use their cookie proceeds to do exciting activities, often centered on Girl Scout skill building. What is at the center of all we do? YOU, the volunteer!
You spend lots of your time thinking about your girls. You take them places, do activities with them, and possibly referee some differences. You listen to the girls' concerns. You take on more than just your daughter. You get up early, stay late, clean up, and spend a lot of your valuable time investing the future of the girls you work with.
We want to thank you for being the special person you are. It takes a village. You need to know that you are providing the essential values for the girls you work with to become the exceptional adults they will be.