Father’s Day is this weekend and I’m sure children are hitting the stores (or are online) to find the perfect card or gift to show their appreciation for all the father figures in their lives. Celebrated since 1908, Father’s Day became a permanent holiday in 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed the law recognizing the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day.

The day is meant to honor fathers or father figures for their contributions to families and societies at large. The day also gives children the change to express their thanks and love to the fathers and father figures in their lives.

As the CEO of a youth-serving organization, I see firsthand how important male role models are to our youth. In Girl Scouting, many dads step up to take on leadership roles so that their girls may participate in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Women are our primary volunteers, but men are welcome in all our roles including troop leadership, cookie managers, event coordinators, and so much more.  We often say they are “Man Enough to Be A Girl Scout.”   

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Youth need all the support and guidance from adults that they can receive.  Adults need to invest their precious time and talents to be present for their children, and other children, to help them build the self-esteem and skills they need to one day become successful adults. With the busy world we live in, many organizations struggle to fill the void of the shrinking volunteer pool.

Hats off to all the fathers and father figures for your hard work and commitment to our youth. Thank you for sharing your experiences with the next generation. And most of all, thank you for instilling the values and confidence our next generation needs to make a difference in the world.