Sharing This Rewarding Program
We have many success stories and have seen excellent results due to the fact that we have brought Girl Scouting into the lives of the girls supported by our Community Outreach programs in Nebraska. We also hear from our volunteers that this experience has been a rewarding and enriching part of their lives, too.
Here are a few stories that illustrate the impact that our Community Outreach programs have had on our girls and volunteers.
Schuyler Girls Impress Board
Last January, three Girl Scout Cadettes from the Schuyler Middle School Outreach troop spent a Saturday morning doing a presentation at a quarterly Spirit of Nebraska board of directors meeting. The board was interested in seeing a “Mission Moment,” which is a way for them connect directly with Girl Scout members, in this case Community Outreach troop members.
The presentation was girl-created and girl-led and, to illustrate their topic, the girls created posters. One poster answered a question about Girl Scouting: “Why Girl Scouts?” Why did they join? Why do they keep coming back? Another told the story of what they had done so far– discussing the Amaze Journey book, the Promise and Law, learning about stereotypes, first impressions and how to be the kind of friend to others that you would want yourself.
Their final poster outlined “The Future” –goals the troop shared for the rest of the year and into the next. Their goals include finishing the Amaze Journey, doing service projects like making blankets for kids at camp and newborns at the hospital, reading to and spending time with seniors at the Golden Living Center and cleaning up South Park so that younger kids have a safe place to play. They also want to earn their Girl Scout Silver Award.
Board members asked several questions and were given an opportunity to get to know these impressive young women and hear firsthand the positive influence that the Outreach program is having on each of them.
Girls and Volunteer Blossom in Girl Scouting
Samantha Forehead, a 2011 Girl Scout Gold Award recipient, is an Outreach troop volunteer at the Westside Boys and Girls Club in Omaha. Sam, a sophomore at the University of Nebraska-Omaha (UNO), is in her third year of volunteering for Outreach and juggles her “free” time between Girl Scouting, serving as Campus Activities Chair for Chi Omega fraternity, as Treasurer for UNO’s Pre-Physical Therapy Club, and as a member of Alliance of Fitness Professionals. This is how Sam describes being a Girl Scout Outreach volunteer: “I really enjoy seeing the girls grow and mature. I love seeing all the girls smile when it comes to simple learning activities. Although I might be a leader and role model to them, they have taught me to remember to smile at the little things. I can honestly say I have been happier since I started volunteering!”