Recently Robin Witt sat down with GSNI to talk about her experience as a Girl Scout volunteer. Robin graciously shared the many lessons she’s learned through working with girls and volunteers to achieve the Girl Scout Mission.
How long have you been a volunteer?
Eleven years! I’ve been a leader for all eleven years, a Day Camp Director for seven years, Fall Product Program Coordinator for nine years, and a Service Unit Manager for four years.
Why did you become a Girl Scout volunteer?
I was a Girl Scout when I was younger. I earned my First Class Award, and even though we didn’t have enough money, I wanted to go to camp every year. When my daughter was of age, I wanted to reconnect with Girl Scouts, so I became a leader.
What is your most rewarding memory working with girls?
There are so many! I remember the story of a Girl Scout the same age as my daughter who was in my troop. She was always really shy and quiet. Our troop decided to participate in a Powder Puff Derby and this Girl Scout couldn’t have been more excited to show me her derby car. This was a girl who always wanted to blend in, and she had created the most outrageous car! I will always remember how her smile lit up when she showed me. Girl Scouts really is amazing. The program gives girls confidence and courage.
What is your most rewarding memory working with volunteers?
It is always great to hear leaders come back and tell me how the Day Camp program I coordinated with other volunteers has impacted the lives of girls!
Do you have any tips for people who are thinking of becoming Girl Scout volunteers?
It is such a rewarding experience, and it amazing to watch girls grow! Make sure you attend all of the trainings and find a mentor in your Service Unit to help guide you. There will always be tough parts. You will need to be flexible, and you will need to change your thinking at times. Most importantly, don’t be afraid of change.
Can you please complete this statement? I can’t wait to . . .
. . . go camping with my Girl Scouts in December and see what my Cadettes are going to come up with this year!
Thanks to Robin for sharing her insights on being a Girl Scout volunteer! If you have questions or would like to become a volunteer, please visit our website.