By Lisa Kaminski; Manager, Community Development
Often times being a new volunteer in Girl Scouting can feel overwhelming. Maybe you’ve never been a Girl Scout. Even if you were it was a long time ago, and you were just a kid. You don’t know how to plan your troop meetings, while allowing girls to take part in planning, you are unsure about the journey activities, you don’t know who to go to with questions, and you don’t even know what questions to ask.
There are resources that Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways offers to new volunteers to help in this situation. New volunteers are provided with training and orientation to Girl Scouting, a volunteer service team, and a staff person to assist. One of the people on the volunteer service team who can be most helpful to new volunteers is the New Volunteer Mentor.
The New Volunteer Mentor may conduct the new volunteer interview. She or he may provide orientation to Girl Scouting, explaining a lot of the local service unit information to the new volunteer. The mentor may also be available to answer questions, help out with the first few troop meetings, assist with trips, and help new volunteers form a troop parent committee.
A volunteer job description for the mentor position can be found on the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways website. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer mentor, or in learning more about the position, visit the council website at www.gsnypenn.org, or contact your regional volunteer services manager.