The Girl Scouts of Suffolk County is seeking more adult volunteers because a shortage is keeping many girls from joining.
More than 1,700 girls are on a waiting list, hoping to join a troop once an adult leader can be found.
The organization said it hopes to add 700 new adult volunteers by the end of the year. Volunteers can serve as troop leaders, administrative volunteers, board members and mentors, as well as in other 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 can volunteer.
“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 organization 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.