As Mother’s Day approaches, it is especially timely to thank all the mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and mother figures who also serve as Girl Scout volunteers. Every day throughout northern New Jersey, women serve as role models to more than 26,000 Girl Scouts.  Our Girl Scouts are fortunate to have caring adults working with them; helping them navigate the world in an emotionally and physically safe space.

Research shows that girls learn best in an all-girl, girl-led, and girl-friendly environment. Girl Scouts is a place where she’ll practice different skills, explore her potential, take on leadership positions—and even feel allowed to fail, dust herself off, get up, and try again. All of this is made possible by the more than 7,000 adult volunteers in northern New Jersey who are serving as troop leaders to Girl Scouts in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Just like motherhood, a Girl Scout volunteer may not always see an immediate benefit on the lives of the girls you are positively impacting. You many wonder if you are making an impact at all. As your child grows, or your Girl Scout, they come to understand the talents and experiences you shared with them. Research studies report that Girl Scouts are more likely than non-Girl Scouts to develop strong leadership outcomes, have adults in their lives who help them think about their future and pursue goals, and participate in activities that shape their character and open up new worlds to them. This would not happen without amazing Girl Scout volunteers.

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For those of you celebrating, Happy Mother’s Day! And for all of you who serve as role models to our Girl Scouts, thank you. You are making a difference in the world!

To learn more about volunteer opportunities at Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey, visit www.gsnnj.org