Becoming a Girl Scout leader has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, and I enjoy being able to spend time with kids of all ages. When I first started, I didn't realize how much it would change my world and had no idea that I would be making friendships that would last forever.
Working with women and children in domestic violence shelters, I had learned a lot about what happens when kids lack proper guidance and support. So many girls had very low self-esteem and had trouble making friends and fitting in with girls their own age.
When my daughter joined Girl Scouts, I saw it as an opportunity to make a difference in girls' lives as a leader. I knew there was lot I could bring to the table. Being in the medical field, I was able to teach the girls first-hand how to do an arm sling, what to do in an emergency and when to call for help. I've always enjoyed the outdoors and animals and had a great time working with the girls on things like camping and survival skills. Not only did we have fun, but their confidence grew with each new experience.
The girls in our troop know the importance of paying it forward. Every month they make it a point of volunteering for a community service project. They love the feeling they get from giving back and are proud to be able to help make a difference in the lives of others.
I would encourage everyone to become a Girl Scout volunteer. I believe that every person has something special inside them that they can share with others. Sometimes it's skill or experience, sometimes caring and mentoring, and sometimes it's just listening and talking. Sometimes a girl has no one in her life to do something as simple as ask her how her day was. The fact that you take a minute to show that you care means the world to her.
I love making friends and meeting new people, but Girl Scouts taught me what being a friend is really all about. No matter where I am, no matter what is going on in my life, I know I have a sister in my corner always ready to help and cheer me on. It's a great feeling.
Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio builds girls of courage, character and confidence who help make the world a better place. To learn how you can get involved in girl Scouts call 1-800-400-GIRL (4475) or visit us online at http://gssgc.org.
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