Being a Girl Scout volunteer doesn’t just mean endless hours of camping, cookies and crafting. How about chaperoning a trip to a science museum? Try canoeing on a warm summer day or helping eager girls learn archery.
That’s the message the Girl Scouts is trying to get out in an attempt to recruit nontraditional volunteers. To make that goal easier, the scouts will launch a new online volunteer system in late November.
“The majority of the volunteers are troop leaders. There’s a perception that that’s all there is,” said Mary Ann Jacobs, CEO of the Girl Scouts of Gateway Council.
Gateway Council includes St. Johns and 15 other counties in Northeast Florida. There are about 5,000 registered adult volunteer Girl Scouts in this area, and 2,000 of them are troop leaders. They help 13,000 girls each year.
“Girl Scouts has provided a safe, fun and engaging place for girls and adult volunteers for over 100 years,” she said.
Nontraditional volunteers typically assist troop leaders and have responsibilities that span from a few hours to a few days. Some examples — lifeguards, chaperones, event planners, kayak instructors, and, yes, people skilled with a bow and arrow.
“The need is ever-evolving,” Jacobs said of these helpers.
The new online registration program is called the Volunteer Tool Kit, and it will be available around the holidays through the website at girlscouts.org/.
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