Third-generation Girl Scout encourages others to get involved
September 12, 2017
By Alison Bailin Batz
Mesa mother Katie Harmon-Argulski comes from a long line of Girl Scouts.
“Back in the ‘90s, I was a Girl Scout in Upstate New York,” Harmon-Argulski said. “Before me, both my mom and grandmother were Girl Scouts, so our relationship with the organization dates back to the 1930s.” Today she’s a troop leader in the Southeast Valley.
Following in her grandmother’s footsteps, she began volunteering as a troop leader last year after being inspired by her own daughters, each of whom were Girl Scouts of various ages.
“I felt that it was my time to step up and lead. It was my rightful path to walk beside amazing children, young ladies and fellow volunteers, to engage in a movement that I held so dear to childhood memory,” said Harmon-Argulski. “My wish is that their experiences be authentic, nurtured, safe and inspiring. It has been said that ‘When the student is ready, the master appears’ and though I am not a master, I do believe in leading by positive example.”
Center already served nearly 1,000 girls through camp and other enrichment activities.
According to Harmon-Argulski, there’s a critical need for volunteers – especially those with Girl Scouting in their past.
“The benefit of an adult being the leader is purely the investment in the return product, and I’m not speaking about money; it’s a gift of gratitude,” Harmon-Argulski said. “The end result is impacting a generation of world thinkers, empowering voices – though little and soft-spoken as some may be – and to cohesively mentor girls into a global sisterhood.”
As a volunteer, Harmon-Argulski adds, local mothers and women have the chance to introduce girls to new experiences and help them unleash their inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) to take the lead and change the world.
“You’ll be their cheerleader, guide and mentor, helping them develop crucial skills and confidence to launch them into a lifetime of leadership. Imagine the excitement, the memories made and the impact – this is what you’ll share as a Girl Scout volunteer,” Harmon-Argulski said.
Inspired to help the Girl Scouts to recruit new leaders this fall and winter, Harmon-Argulski provided some fast facts about getting involved as a troop leader and in other ways:
What will I do as a Girl Scout volunteer?
As part of a network of nearly 1 million adults, you’ll share an important commitment to preparing girls to lead successful lives. A volunteer serves as a partner and role model for girls. In the process, you’ll discover your own skills and abilities, meet new people and learn through experience.
What are the benefits of volunteering for Girl Scouts?
Girl Scout research shows it is not just girls who benefit from participating in Girl Scouts: 94 percent of volunteers have made new friends, 88 percent believe their life is better because they volunteer with Girl Scouts and two-thirds believe their volunteer experience has helped them professionally. Also, 95 percent of Girl Scout volunteers are happy knowing they are making girls’ lives better.
Is there a way to volunteer “sometimes?”
Yes. Extra adults are always needed for trips and special events, as well as for Girl Scout Cookie activities.
Is there a screening process?
Yes. To ensure the safety and well-being of our girl members, all volunteers are required to complete a background check prior to becoming involved.
How do I sign up?
Simply visit girlscoutsaz.org and click “Volunteer” to get started helping out in your own backyard!