Honoring Our Girl Scout Volunteers

Lidia Soto-Harmon is the Deputy Executive Director for GSCNC.

At the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital, we deliver the best leadership experience for girls, and at the core of the Girl Scout experience are our dedicated volunteers. Girl Scout volunteers are the steady and sure organizers who are often paid only in muddy shoes, half eaten cookies, and gasps of joyful glee from their girls.

Without the women and men who so graciously give their time, the Girl Scouting movement would not be possible.  Not only do our volunteers organize trips and run troop meetings and activities, they also bandage scraped knees, teach valuable lessons on fund raising, and serve as voting members who review issues relevant to our governance.

Girl Scout Leader Appreciation Day began April 22, 1982, when a flag honoring Girl Scout leaders was flown over the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. Each year on April 22 we recognize the more than 30,000 volunteers in the Greater Washington Region (and the millions throughout the world) who help to make the Girl Scout experience successful.

At our Annual Meeting this year, 32 Adult Girl Scouts were awarded some of our most prestigious recognitions for their dedication and service to the larger Girl Scout movement. We encourage Girl Scouts everywhere to take a moment to thank their leaders—whether with a simple expression of gratitude or a recommendation to award their hard work.

As any parent can attest, building a girl of courage, confidence and character is not an easy task. Today, and everyday, we thank the thousands of women and “men-in-green” who devote their experience to helping girls become leaders, entrepreneurs, and adventurers–who make our world a better place.

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