Girl Scout volunteers are the heart of our movement, championing girls' ambitions, making their dreams possible, and giving them the tools they need to become tomorrow's leaders. While many volunteers are caregivers, teachers, and established community leaders, many don't realize that volunteering with Girl Scouts can start as early as 18 years old with a valid background check!
Girl Scouts of Western Ohio has fostered the involvement of younger volunteers in many ways—one being through a relationship with the University of Cincinnati (UC). UC students who participate can assist with multiple council activities, including the chance to lead six- to eight-week series programs at local schools that do not have Girl Scout troops. These series are designed to give girls a facilitated experience through a curriculum of songs, games, STEM activities, traditions, and more, with the hope that interest between caregivers and girls will lead to the formation of new troops.
Earlier this month, a dedicated group of UC student volunteers and GSWO staff wrapped up an eight-week series at Cheviot Elementary School in Cincinnati. Through an adapted curriculum, the girls who participated in this series completed steps toward earning badges, doing fun activities about nutrition, static electricity (the girls' favorite!), and so much more. The four UC volunteers who led this series made a difference in the lives of elementary-age girls who participated and gained valuable life skills and rewarding experiences through their volunteer work!
Here's what they said about volunteering with Girl Scouts: