Girl Scouts is building leaders

Dear Editor,

This is my third year volunteering as a Troop Leader with Girls Scouts of America and I would like to share why I spend my time in this organization.

I treasure being a role model that brings such a positive influence into girls’ lives.  And, not only am I making a difference in girls, I benefit as well from my involvement in Girl Scouts.  While I enjoy sharing my passion for outdoor adventure and travel with my girls and teaching them new skills, I have also made many new adult friends through scouting and feel part of a supportive community.

A recent survey by Girl Scouts of the USA concluded that 97 percent of girls have had fun and exciting new experiences while participating in Girl Scouts. We’d love to see even more girls be part of this experience. We need volunteers to make it happen!

The other day, I was speaking with a young woman working as a hospital administrator and I learned about the lasting influence that scouting could have on a girl’s life. She reminisced in detail about the fantastic trip to Boston she participated in as a Girl Scout. In no uncertain terms, she explained that it was absolutely the best experience of her life and how it motivated her to plan future travel.

Are you willing to be a person who gives girls’ unforgettable experiences and lifetime memories? Experienced scouter or not, I invite everyone to consider volunteering for what could be the experience of your lifetime.

Girl Scout volunteers come from all walks of life: they are men, women, young professionals, retirees, college students and more. You don’t have to have a daughter in Girl Scouts to share your passions.

We need adults to chaperone trips, be first aiders to events, share their love of the outdoors, or even lead a troop!  We’re flexible to meet your schedule.

Consider joining me in one of the greatest adventures of your life!

Visit or call 1-800-948-4414.


Sharon McFarland

Owego, N.Y.

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