Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of America present an incredible opportunity for parents and children alike to become more involved in their community and to explore, learn, and grow alongside one another. With millions of children participating globally, both of these organizations teach valuable lessons and morals through all kinds of adventures, service trips, and challenges. Children of any age or gender who take part in these organizations’ activities will undoubtedly learn teamwork, leadership skills, and self-confidence. As an adult, you have the chance to become a leader and mentor for your child and other scouts.
There are many reasons for your son or daughter to become a scout. First, and most excitingly, both organizations offer a variety of fun, new adventures and activities. Boy Scouts often go camping, hiking, or on weekend overnights. Girl Scout activities depend on age and interest, and include going on nature walks, learning how to make movies, forging new hiking trails, visiting museums, and of course, selling cookies! Additionally, the service opportunities in both organizations promote healthy habits, personal growth, and moral development. Scouts learn how to work in teams, lead those around them, and build their own self-confidence. Surrounded by a fun community and caring volunteers, your children will grow and learn while simultaneously having a blast!
Now the real question: why should you become a parent volunteer? Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts are run by and would not be possible without the thousands of parent volunteers who help lead the scout packs. There are countless benefits and reasons to become a volunteer with either organization. Here are just a few.
1. A great opportunity to connect and bond with your child.
As you both take on all kinds of adventures together, you will also have many chances to talk with them, encourage and direct them in their growth, and make priceless memories with them.
2. All kinds of new experiences and activities.
No parent is too old to enjoy camping, fishing, sitting around campfires, or seeing wildlife close-up. So why not do all those things hand-in-hand with your child?
3. Be a positive role model, for your child and others.
The volunteers and leaders have a unique position of influence that allows them to help shape and direct the children they oversee. As the children learn from you and watch you serve, help, care for, and guide those around you, you may lead them to do and act the same.
4. Meet other leaders/parents and develop a community.
Your child won’t be the only one making friends and meeting new peers. Work alongside other adults and families from your area/community to develop new friendships.
5. Serve and make a difference, and help your kids to do the same.
The work done by Girl and Boy Scouts not only contribute to their personal growth- it’s a way to give back to the community and help those in need. 88% of Girl Scout volunteers say that their volunteer experience made their life better and happier, particularly as they saw children volunteering their services as well.
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