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Fulda Girl Scouts face challenge of locating adult leadership

October 6, 2011

The girls traditionally meet once a month
The Fulda Girls Scouts are taking on the project they wish did not exist. The girls are facing the challenge of locating adult volunteers to lead the group's activities. Locating leaders has been a continual challenge for the group, but this year, the adult volunteer shortage has affected the Unit's ability to provide programming for the girls. The girls traditionally meet once a month to work on the well known badges, but there are also special events and community projects throughout the year. “I have been involved in Girl Scouts with my daughter for 6 years now and this is the first time I have seen that there are no adults willing to lead the group”, says Lisa Onken, the Fulda Service Unit Manager. “We are still actively looking for adults, of any age, who really want to help lead the troops and make a difference in the lives of girls. Right now we have about 11 girls waiting to start the year, not including those girls we have yet to recruit this year. I am just hoping we can find a person to commit for some time, so that the Unit can focus more on growth and projects.”

Girls in grades K-12 can participate in Girl Scouts. The activities are often based around badge work, which provides an enormous variety of themes in the areas of academics, physical activity, arts, and more. This badge work is often supplemented with “fun” activities and community service projects. The meetings are tailored to meet the needs of the girls and their leader. This year, the older girls were to start work on special awards leading to the Gold Award, the highest award achieved, equal to the Boy Scout Eagle Award. That work is now on hold. Currently, the Fulda Girl Scouts are looking for two adult leaders to, at minimum, lead the monthly meetings. Right now the Unit has just the Service Unit Manager who manages a lot of the administrative duties. Any adult, over the age of 18 can lead. The position is ideal for the person who loves children, is creative and can inspire the girls.

Volunteerism is shown to provide rewards to the volunteer as well. Not only does the volunteer benefit from the interaction, but volunteerism gets you involved, connects you to your community and looks excellent on a job application or resume. Lisa Onken says she is concerned about the future of the Unit if we cannot keep leaders. “It is the meeting that keeps it all together. I hear a lot how busy people are and I don't doubt that is true. I just would like to remind people about how important community service is to these small towns. If you are not interested in Girl Scouts, please at least consider Boy Scouts, 4-H, Women of Today or another one of our active community service groups.” If you are interested in helping out the Girl Scouts, contact Lisa Onken at 507-926-5487 or lonken@myclearwave.net.



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