Rebecca Black recalls her time as a Girl Scout in Cheswick, where her favorite memory was going to Camp Henry Kaufmann as a troop. Up until she graduated high school, her mom was her troop leader.
“It gave us the opportunity to spend time and experience so much together,” she said. “I wanted the same for my daughters!”
This is now Rebecca’s ninth year as a Girl Scout troop leader, and she’s also a service unit manager and service unit cookie manager. When she’s not volunteering with Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania, she works with expectant mothers and children as a home visitor.
Rebecca’s favorite thing about being a Girl Scout volunteer is watching the girls in her troop develop new friendships, gain confidence, and learn new skills. She hopes if the girls have learned anything from her as a leader over the years, it’s kindness towards others.
Girl-led activities are a key ingredient to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, and Rebecca’s advice is to do just that—follow the girl’s lead. When girls are involved in the decision-making process, they develop their leadership potential—a valuable skill they will carry with them throughout their lives.
Volunteers like Rebecca help Girl Scouts discover new skills and unlock their limitless potential. Most importantly, they have fun while they’re doing it. One thing she wishes everyone knew about being a Girl Scout volunteer is that volunteers have just as much fun as the girls!