DENVER — Created in 1912 in Savannah, Georgia, their mission was simple: “Building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place and that is what our alumni do,” said Amanda Kalina with the Girl Scouts of Colorado.
Right now, in Colorado, there are about 30,000 young ladies in the Girl Scouts. But, there is a problem, and it’s not because of a lack of interest. “We are in need of volunteers,” Kalina said.
There are thousands of girls throughout Colorado who want to join the Girl Scouts, but can’t. For now, there are on a waiting list. “It’s not good,” Kalina added.
So what does it take to be a Girl Scout volunteer? It’s simple, a desire to really want to help the girls.
Lakewood mom Kim Netherton has that desire. A mother of two girls, she went to sign them up. “When I asked our school about troops in our area, I found out there were no troops at the girls’ school, or really in our area,” Netherton said.
Netherton has always liked the Girl Scouts, she was one herself. That’s why she decided to volunteer, start up her own troop, and become a Girl Scout troop leader. “I was really able and willing to help,” she said.
What she needed to do to get her daughters involved in Girl Scouts was to step up and be that volunteer. And she has made it work.
The Girl Scouts said in spite of the national shortage of volunteers, it’s still a better problem to have than one of a shrinking membership.
See information about how to volunteer with the Girl Scouts of Colorado here.