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Volunteer Spotlight: Nancy Ashburn

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Nancy Ashburn of Durango in the Southwestern Colorado region is a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Nancy 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 grew up in the Girl Scout program, so when my daughter was old enough to be a Girl Scout, I became her leader for ten years. Now with granddaughters in Girl Scouts, it seemed natural to become their leader along with my daughter.  It’s a family thing!!

Tell us about your different volunteer roles as a Girl Scout.

I have served as a troop leader, day camp director, on the Board of Directors, neighbor (service unit) chair, trainer, and council delegate to the National Convention.

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

That girls want to have fun; learn new thing; earn badges, Journeys, and awards; and be respected. Give them opportunities and watch them grow!!

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

That there is fun and learning opportunities in everything we do. I hope they learn to respect each other, love their country, and know that being a Girl Scout will live with them always.

How has your experience as a volunteer helped you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)?

Being an older leader, I feel that I am stretching myself to find new adventures for the girls and pushing myself to do things with the girls that I probably wouldn’t have done.

Want to nominate a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado to spotlight? Please email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at 

The nomination deadline for 2020 Volunteer Recognition Awards is April 30. GSCO invites members statewide to take this opportunity to recognize an outstanding volunteer by nominating them for a Volunteer Recognition Award. Nominators are responsible for ensuring enough endorsements are submitted to support their nomination of a volunteer for an award. Your volunteer support specialist can check nomination and endorsement submissions for you. Learn more.



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