The Girl Scouts of Western NY has been a part of my life for more than 30 yrs. As a girl, I had many wonderful experiences which taught me more lessons than I realized at the time. I have been a troop leader since I finished as a registered girl and have been passing on that knowledge with the help of the GSWNY council. This council has many programs, for all ages and interests, keeping the interest of the girls peaked and challenged. They are very organized, always keeping the girls' safety in the forefront and making sure their leaders have the appropriate training. They are definitely deserving of the Non-Profits Top Award for 2012 ( and every year!).
Girl Scouting, particularly Girl Scouting in Western New York where I grew up, has been hugely important in my life. I credit Girl Scouts with how I became comfortable leading large groups of both children and adults. I've been participating and volunteering with GSWNY for seventeen years, and I have loved every minute of it!
I have been a Girl Scout/member for the past 18 years. I participated in troop events and summer camp. Girl Scouts provides a safe, fun, confidence building environment for young ladies of all ages! There is a reason why we say, "Building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place."
Excellent organization for girls. I didn't realize how organized they were until I left and went to another council.
As a Girl Scout leader for the past 8 years it has been a wonderful experience watching these little girls grow into young ladies. As they entered High School they are still proud to be Girl Scouts and many have already spoken of having their own troop someday. They are very quick to want to volunteer where needed, love to learn new things and enjoy camping very much. Through the Girl Scout program they have learned to have confidence, courage and character and because of Girl Scouts they will grown into wonderful adults.
I grew up with the Girl Scouts and knew, when I became 18, that I wanted to "give back". My volunteer role within the organization changes from year to year. Sometimes I work directly with girls, sometimes with adults only and sometimes with both. Through it all, though, Girl Scouts has shown me the importance of giving girls the opportunity to become strong leaders in their community. Girl Scouts prides themselves on being the premier organization for girl leadership and they are right. What an amazing feeling to work with a girl and see her blossom into an incredible young woman. I've seen girls so shy they cry the first meeting who, just a year later, are leading the group in songs, in ceremonies and in decision making. You go girl!