Girls need Girl Scouts. Girl Scouts needs volunteers.
Girl Scouts of Colorado is excited to announce we now have 10,000 adult members, many of who are our valued volunteers. This new number of adult members is a significant jump over last year. However, what this means for girls is even more important. Our ratio of girls to adult members is now almost 2.5:1!
Adult members, especially volunteers, are crucial to our organization, and we are forever grateful for the support and leadership they provide for the nearly 25,000 Girl Scouts in Colorado. While many serve as troop leaders, others are service unit managers or cookie moms/dads, or pitch in at events when and where their schedules allow. Others provide much needed financial support and assistance. Without these adult members we could not fulfill our mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.
Becoming an adult member doesn’t just benefit girls. Over the summer, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) conducted a pulse poll with more than 3,500 volunteers and parents of Girl Scouts in grades K−5. Ninty-four percent of volunteers said they have made new friends through Girl Scouts. More than two-thirds believe their life is better because they volunteer with Girl Scouts and their volunteer experience helped them professionally.
In a recent blog for Girl Scouts of Colorado, Michael McCarthy, who proudly wears a shirt that reads ‘Man enough to be a Girl Scout,’ wrote:
“The best thing about being a Scouter is spending time with my kids. I am a Boy Scout leader, and now that my daughter, Isabel, is at the BSA-Webelos age equivalent, I chose to step up and become a registered Girl Scout Leader too. I know my daughter’s two primary leaders are great, and I thought I’d augment the team and offer my camping and outdoor activity experience and skills, and, more importantly, give the two primary leaders an extra registered and trained resource for doing more activities. All scouts deserve well trained leaders, and more than one level deep.”
Click here to read McCarthy’s blog in its entirety.
While GSCO has experienced a drop in girl membership in recent years, we’re hopeful that with this surge in adult membership, the girls will follow. We believe that more adult members also means we are sharing the joy of Girl Scouting with more people, both girls and adults.
To become an adult member of Girl Scouts of Colorado, start by filling out the interest form on our website. No experience is needed, because training and support is provided.