Monday, April 10, 2017

National Volunteer Month: Encouraging girls to dream big

Michelle Longmore from Wexford has been a troop leader for seven years and a service unit registrar for two years. When asked what she enjoys most about her role with Girl Scouts, Michelle said, "I enjoy watching the girls work together and how they have matured over the years."

Even as leaders, volunteers in Girl Scouts get to join in the fun. One moment that Michelle will never forget was at her service unit camp weekend at Camp Redwing. "Myself and two other leaders started singing camp songs from long ago when we were Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts," she said. "We laughed and had so much fun, and our girls just looked at us like we were crazy!"

Michelle hopes her girls remember that they can achieve anything with courage and determination. Thank you for volunteering, Michelle! We appreciate all you do for Girl Scouts!

Marcie Yee from Bethel Park has been a volunteer with Girl Scouts for eight years. She has also been a Service Unit Manager and head of recruitment for about five years.

She loves the experience of Girl Scouting and seeing girls working together. Her favorite part about her role with Girl Scouts is being a leader.

"I love the time I have gotten to spend not only with my daughter, but with all my girls and my amazing co-leader," she said.

"Being able to see this troop of girls grow into the outstanding young women they are becoming is such an honor. This fall they will enter high school and while I am sad to think an end is just around the corner, I am filled with so much excitement to see what all they have in store for themselves!"

Marcie's favorite memory is being at camp with her troop on the high ropes course. She loved seeing all the different ages of girls cheer on each other to get through the course.

"I hope my girls will always know how strong they are and that if they believe in themselves they can reach the stars," Marcie said.

Her advice to girls is to aim high and never give up. "Some things may be a little scary and some things may seem too far out of reach, but if you try your best, stay positive and sometimes, fake it 'til you make it, you can and will achieve your goals!"

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All month long we are celebrating the dedication of amazing volunteers like Michelle and Marcie! You can nominate an awesome Girl Scout volunteer you know by sending them this short form.