Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas is a one-of-a-kind leadership development program for girls, with proven results. There’s nothing like helping girls find their voices and use them to change the world. Although girls are of top priority within the organization, the volunteers who guide them are key to what makes the Girl Scout Movement going. As a Girl Scout troop leader, individuals are called to the challenge of filling important roles in girls’ lives; The should be a fearless leader, an empowering role model, and an innovative event organizer, among other qualities. Girl Scout volunteer, Veronica Ramirez, shares her perspective on being a leader to Troop 9158 and gives credit of motivation to the girls she leads.
At the start of last year, the coronavirus outbreak struck immediately at the end of cookie season
and ultimately made troops and their leaders pivot with the change much like that of the rest of the world. This year, the Girl Scouts are back, and have found safe and innovative ways to carry on the tradition of helping their local communities, becoming resourceful and creative during the downtime.
Within the last year, the twenty-six members of Troop 9158 of Laredo, Texas rose up to the challenge together and have participated in numerous community service acts such as collecting donations for Las Alturas Nursing Home, gathering necessary supplies for the Pantry of Hope as well as supporting the same organization’s “Hope in A Bag” program for children in foster care.
Girl Scouts is a girl-led movement meaning that girls play an active part in figuring out the what,
where, when, how and the why of their Girl Scout activities. “I do my best at ensuring that our troop as girl-led as possible,” says troop leader Ramirez. “Twice a month my co-leader and I make time to meet on Zoom and hear ideas from the girls which there always is!” Ramirez says. It is important to guide and inspire girls as they embrace new challenges, build important skills, and take the lead within the community. “Their motivation motivates me on a daily basis and even keeps me active within my community,” says Ramirez. “Mentor a Girl Scout or work with other adults to provide the kind of behind-the-scenes support that makes it possible for her to make amazing new memories at Girl Scouts! Reach your full potential as you help her discover hers, and together, change the world!”
Girl Scouts a non-profit organization that provides programs with the support of grants and donations. They are a proud member of the United Way of Laredo. Your support of United Way, helps to ensure that agencies like the Girl Scouts provide programs for girls in our community. For more information on how you can support the United Way or any of their network of agencies contact the United Way at email@example.com or visit their website at www.unitedwaylaredo.org If you are in need of community resources and are not sure where to turn dial 2-1-1 for information on programs and services in available in our community.