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Why I Love Being a Girl Scout Volunteer

Welcome guest blogger Brittany Cox, a second year Troop leader and Girl Scout alumna, as she shares why she volunteers for Girl Scouts.

I have always loved to lend a helping hand to other individuals. Whether it is through volunteering my time at a local food shelter, donating to charities, or serving as a community leader on a message board, I feel it is a necessity to engage in activities that makes a difference in an individual’s life. I gained my “big heart” from my family. Even though we experience tough times, we still find a way to brighten someone else’s day. In 1 Corinthians 13:13 is says, “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”            

I became a member of Girl Scouts when I was in the third grade. I loved having the opportunity to fellowship and to learn new things. My favorite meeting was when we gathered at our troop leader’s house and learned how to cook peanut butter cookies. The cookie sale was a joyous and challenging experience. I will never forget our booth sales at Walmart and the local bank. It’s good to experience this as a Girl Scout because you realize that you won’t make a sale with every customer you approach. Yet, you learn to keep a great attitude and look forward to the next sale you will make. Many of the skills learned in Girl Scouts will take you a long way in life.            

Unfortunately, my troop disbanded and I didn’t get to join another troop. In high school, I would hear of my fellow classmates talking about their Silver and Gold Awards. I wished I could have earned mine, but everything happens for a reason. One night I was sitting in my dorm room, I became engulfed with the idea to find a way to make a difference. I stumbled across the GSUSA website and just began to browse around. Many memories flooded in of when I was a scout. I came across the tab that had volunteer information. I felt like this would be something I would love to do.            

At first, I didn’t think of being a leader. I had received a leadership award when I was in the 8th grade. However, a lot of water had gone under the bridge since then. As I continued to think about it, I decided that I would like to have my own troop. I contacted Mrs. Rhonda Tennyson, Girl Scouts Heart of the South Membership Manager, and she guided me through all the steps to becoming a leader. She gave me much needed information and encouragement.            

Today, I am the Girl Scout leader of Tippah County Troop # 20016. I have four girls that I absolutely love to death. They mean the world to me and I am thrilled to be a part in helping them to become future leaders. Although I didn’t receive my Silver or Gold Awards, I find joy in the fact that I am helping my girls receive their awards. This experience has transformed my life at an early age. I am currently in my second year at twenty-two years of age. I can see myself being a part of this great organization for the rest of my life! 

Thank you Brittany for all you do to make girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place! We couldn't do it without you.


Want to volunteer? Get involved? Make a difference? Find out more here.

Interested in sharing about your Girl Scout experience or being a guest blogger? Contact Kristen.Posey-Russell.

Posted by Kristen Posey-Russell at 9:26 AM


11/9/2010 at 10:41 PM by Karrie Crook

Brittany is one of the best troop leaders EVER!! My daughter, Darcy, is one of the four girls in Brittany's Troop 20016. Brittany takes time with each girl personally as well as focusing on teamwork within the group. She always has creative and ingenious ideas for the girls to participate in. She tries to find times that work with each parent for meetings, outings, etc. We couldn't ask for a better leader. Brittany, You are the best!!!

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