Summer Hamilton is a Service Unit Team member and Troop Leader. She believes that everyone has something they're good at (or at least okay at) that they can volunteer to share with girls. Every effort, no matter how small, makes a difference. And, "...if you don’t immediately get all the feels for doing your part, just take a look at your Girl Scout’s face – her smile and pride for your involvement will be worth it!"
Read on to learn more about Summer...
How did you join Girl Scouts as a volunteer?
I never had the opportunity to be a Girl Scout myself, but I always thought the organization was really important so when my daughter came home from Kindergarten one day (she is in 3rd grade now) excited about a Girl Scouts presentation she saw at school, I jumped for the opportunity to join. I joined as a volunteer that first year and slowly got more and more involved – first bringing a snack to a meeting, then helping to lead a meeting with the girls, and then as a co-leader.
In 2020, I had the opportunity to serve as the Troop Leader for a newly formed troop and I couldn’t believe how much fun I had doing it. Whether we are camping, hiking, river-walking, volunteering in our community, or even just crafting I get as excited for the experience as the girls do! I can see how much this organization means to my Brownies and the difference it makes in their lives and it makes me so proud to be a part of it!
What is your favorite Girl Scout volunteer memory?
This past fall we went camping for the first time and I was really looking forward to all of the planned activities we had. When we went swimming in the river behind our cabin, we discovered a rope swing that allowed you to swing out over the river and jump in. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to join in on the fun with the girls and they couldn’t believe their eyes when they saw Ms. Summer swinging out over the river and jumping in! Their cheers and laughs really made it one of all-time favorite memories.
How have you been able to use your own experience as a volunteer to help others who may be timid to get involved?
I think my enthusiasm for my troop and the organization has really given others the interest in seeing what all the fun (not fuss – because there is no fussing in Girl Scouts) is about.
Any advice to those who aren’t sure they “fit the mold” of a Girl Scout volunteer?
EVERYONE is good (or at least okay) at something! Maybe you make the best “Ants on a Log” celery snack in your area – offer to help bring snacks! Maybe you have perfected your Downward Dog yoga pose – offer to lead the girls in helpful mental-healthful yoga sesh! Maybe you are an IT boss babe – offer to partner with your Girl Scout and lead a techie badge meeting! Maybe you aren’t the biggest Martha Stewart in your group, but you can cut on the dotted line – offer to help the girls during craft time! There is a volunteer opportunity for everyone! You are so important and needed!
What do you know now that you wish you knew before getting involved as a volunteer?
You don’t have to be an “Outdoor Aficionado” or the “Queen of Crafts” to get involved. Get in there and get active at the level you are comfortable with! Pick something that you are good at – even if it is helping your Troop Leader set up or pack up or offering a meeting location for the troop – it all makes a difference for the girls. And trust me – if you don’t immediately get all the feels for doing your part, just take a look at your Girl Scout’s face – her smile and pride for your involvement will be worth it!