Volunteer Shortage Means Many Metro Girls Can't Be Girl Scouts

Friday, November 12th 2010, 9:50 pm
By: News 9

Colleen Chen, News 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Over two hundred metro girls want to join Girl Scouts but can't join because of a volunteer shortage.

"It makes me really sad when I look at the waiting list," said Deborah Gooding with the Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma.

Girls Scouts is a life lesson in self esteem, a time to build leadership and a better chance to grow into positive women.

"The girls here have a good time and I think it's good for them," said Cynthia Zachary, a co-troop leader.

Six-year-old Sofia LoBue wants to a Girl Scout, just like 250 other girls on the waiting list.

"I've been checking the mail for a long time but nothing came in the mail so I just give up," said Sofia.

With more volunteers like Zachary, girls like Sofia could get that chance and the co-troop leader said it's something no one will regret.

"I think it's a great opportunity and the highlight of my week," said Zachary.

Volunteers of all commitment levels are needed.

"You can volunteer for just one hour a week or become a troop leader or anything in between. It's a really rewarding way to spend your time. These girls need positive role models and friends to spend time with," Gooding added.

All volunteers go through extensive background checks. Several training sessions for volunteers are scheduled for November 20. Learn more about volunteering with the Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma.