Girl Scouts in grades 10-12 can expand their leadership opportunities and become members of the girl board. Girl Board members will represent all Girl Scouts when addressing important decisions for the council. While serving as a non-voting member, girls will also see women in leadership roles, make lasting connections, and share their thoughts about Girl Scouts. Plus, it looks great on a resume!
By the time Girl Scouts are in high school, they have experienced a variety of opportunities in the program and are great role models for younger girls. Their voices can make an impact on decisions made for the governance of our council and share the opinions of our next generation of leaders. Hannah Schmitt and Delanie Williams have both served as members of the girl board and recommend any girl in grades 10-12 to apply online.
"I applied because I loved the idea of being able to make a bigger impact on our Girl Scout Council. While I have had prior involvement in other leadership capacities, this was a leadership opportunity which had a wider scope of responsibilities. This was really exciting to me!" says Williams.
The important commitment of being a girl board member requires girls attend board meetings held every two months for about three hours as well as the Annual Meeting. At the meetings, both girls have shared their experiences in the program to provide perspective for voting, adult board members.
"I feel I have spread awareness for the issues facing Girl Scouts from rural areas and helped to share my perspective as a Gold Award Girl Scout," says Schmitt.
Williams has presented to the board about her travel experiences and planning for events like the Learn to Lead leadership conference each fall. "When I talk about all I've done I think other board members are better able to understand the impact Girl Scouts can make on the world," says Williams.
Both girls encourage any eligible girl to go for it! The application is minimal and opens the opportunity to make impactful connections for the future. "This board position granted me experience working with others in a professional setting and many networking opportunities,” says Schmitt. “I would encourage anyone who is considering applying to make the most of this opportunity to shape Girl Scouting in our area."
Applications are due January 15, 2019.