Grandparents Reflect on the Value of Girl Scouting , Servicing the Community
Girl Scouts Recognize Grandparents as Some of Most Influential Volunteers
HOUSTON (Sept. 7, 2010) – Families pass many things from one generation to the next: holiday traditions, recipes, heirlooms. But none of these compare to passing on the experience of Girl Scouting.
While many mothers share the experience of Girl Scouting with their daughters, in some cases the experience is passed straight from grandmother to granddaughter. As Grandparent’s Day approaches this Sunday, Sept. 12, GSSJC is taking time to recognize some of our grandparent volunteers who are teaching their granddaughters – and great-granddaughters – to be girls of courage, confidence and character.
Christine White says she’s enjoyed her many years with Girl Scouting. She was a leader for her daughter’s troop and now volunteers with her granddaughters’ troops. Fellow volunteers say she is always seeking out new adventures for her girls. As a Girl Scout herself, Christine says she enjoyed canoeing at Camp Agnes Arnold, learning to ride horses at Camp Peach Creek and learning to sail at Camp Casa Mare.
“I hope my granddaughters learn confidence, leadership and honesty in Girl Scouts,” says Christine. “I teach them that serving others is just as important as serving yourself, as is making and keeping new friends as well as the old.”
Teresa Powell has been a Girl Scout volunteer for more 30 years. Though she has only been with GSSJC for four years, she immediately jumped into leadership roles and is also a leader for her granddaughter’s troop. While she watches her granddaughter turn into a strong female leader for the next generation, she also acknowledges the impact Girl Scouting has had on her own life.
“Through Girl Scouts, I have gained self-confidence, made lifelong friends, met some remarkable people, and shared in the accomplishments of more than 125 girls that I have had the pleasure of guiding as their leader,” says Teresa. “I was a Girl Scout trainer for many years and always told new leaders the following: ‘Girl Scouting should be fun…if it is not fun then you shouldn't be doing it.’ After 30 years as an adult volunteer I guess it is still fun, because I'm still here!” Donna Hutcheson is one of those rare volunteers that lead her great-granddaughter’s troop. She has been volunteering for five years with the Council. She says she continues volunteering because of the opportunities Girl Scouting offers her great-granddaughter.
“I feel Girl Scouting plays a very important part in creating future leaders in all walks of life,” says Donna. “I can't begin to name all of the attributes that it helps develop in the girls. They learn to try new things, and they learn the value of giving to the community. They have fun!”
Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.7 million girls and adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving more than 72,000 girl members and 17,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties.
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