Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state. Meleah Williams in the Pikes Peak region is a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.
GSCO asked Meleah to answer a few quick questions about her volunteer experience. We hope you find her as inspiring as we did.
Why did you become a Girl Scout volunteer?
I became a Girl Scout volunteer when my older daughter was in kindergarten. I was excited for her to be a Girl Scout, and when a Daisy troop was not available in my area, I decided to start my own troop. My mom was my troop leader, and I have so many great memories of my time with her as a Girl Scout. I wanted to share those experiences with my own girls.
Tell us about your different volunteer roles as a Girl Scout.
I am a leader of two troops, a Junior/Cadette troop and a Daisy/Brownie troop and am the event coordinator for our Service Unit. I also serve as the fall product manager for both troops. I feel that my main role is to make my girls’ wishes and hopes a reality and to help them develop their relationships with girls in their troop and in the Girl Scout community.
What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?
I have learned so much from my time as a Girl Scout volunteer. My older troop has shown me how to be supportive while letting the girls take charge, and my younger troop has reminded how much fun Girl Scouts can be. My co-leaders have taught me how to be a better teammate so that we can provide our troops with fun new adventures and opportunities throughout their Girl Scout experience. Finally, I feel the most important thing I have learned is that Girl Scouts can accomplish amazing things with the help of volunteers who support them. I feel truly privileged to be a part of my girls’ lives, and I love watching them learn, grow together, and gain confidence in themselves.
What do you hope girls have learned from you?
I hope my girls learn that that their voice matters, that they can accomplish any goal, and that they are capable of great things. Finally, I hope the girls learn that they are an important part of my life, and that they make my world a better place by being in it.
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