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The Girl Scouts of Suffolk County (GSSC) is the largest youth-serving agency on Long Island, serving more than 41,000 girls; about one of every four girls in grades K through 12 in Suffolk County is a Girl Scout. GSSC is the #2 Scout council in market share for serving girls. However, there is always a waiting list of girls who wish to join. At present, the GSSC waiting list consists of about 1,700 to 2,000 eager girls who cannot be placed in a troop, due to a lack of leaders.
Girl Scouts of Suffolk County needs the help of more adult volunteers, or thousands of girls in Suffolk County will be anxiously standing by, hoping to be placed in a local troop. GSSC has set a goal of adding 700 new adult volunteers by the end of the year. These volunteers can dedicate their time and expertise as troop leaders, administrative volunteers, board members and mentors, as well as in other key positions.
Volunteer time requirements differ, depending on the role, and can be as little as two to four hours a month. For positions such as troop leaders, training is provided to assist the leader in activity planning, organization and other necessary skills. Being involved as an adult leader does not require past membership and men and women over the age of 18 can volunteer with the GSSC. All volunteers help make a difference and shape the lives of the future female leaders of America.
“There is a misconception that to volunteer you need to be a Girl Scout’s mother or have ‘Scouting’ experience. As an organization, we’re anxious to have more professionals and leaders who will bring something new to the experience, while also helping the over 1,700 girls waiting for troop placement,” says Yvonne Grant, President and CEO of Girl Scouts of Suffolk County.
Interested Long Island residents can learn more about the volunteer membership experience online here.
About Girls Scouts of Suffolk County: Girl Scouts of Suffolk County is a not-for-profit corporation governed by a board of directors and administered by an executive director. The council has a staff of more than 70 employees and a dedicated force of more than 9,000 adult volunteers. This year, GSSC is celebrating 100 years of volunteering and developing female leaders in Long Island, NY. Levels of Girl Scouting are Daisy (grades K-1), Brownie (grades 2-3), Junior (grades 4-5), Cadette (grades 6-8), Senior (grades 9-10) and Ambassador (grades 11-12). Worldwide, more than three million girls are Girl Scouts.
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