Girl Scout Volunteers: Helping to create girls of courage, confidence and character

Posted: Aug 19, 2011

By Sam Sanchez

Girl Scouts is an organization whose mission is to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place; a mission Girl Scout volunteer Patricia Robinson said she holds dear to her heart.

Robinson, a resident of central Phoenix, has been a volunteer with Girl Scouts for 12 years and said she always will be. She is the troop leader for troop 436 from the Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council, a multi-level troop.

A multi-level troop is a troop that includes Girl Scouts from all Girl Scout levels which includes Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors.
Robinson said she is a foreclosure specialist at Bank of America and currently has one daughter in Girl Scouts.

“I volunteer over 200 hours a year between Girl Scouts and the charities Bank of America supports,” she said. “Every year I receive a volunteer grant for my hours of service and the reward is a check sent to the organization of my choice. My choice is always going to be the Girl Scouts, to give it right back to my troop.”

Robinson said she was never a Girl Scout but that the organization is important for girls and helps girls become strong.

“I love to see especially how the older girls work with the younger ones in my troop,” she said. “In Girl Scouts the support of troop leaders and moms who can volunteer and help out is important. We are helping to instill in a little girl that they can succeed at their goals and that there is something we can teach her about sisterhood.”

Born in Illinois, Robinson has two daughters, both of which are or have been involved in Girl Scouting. She said it was natural for her to get involved in Girl Scouts because of her daughters.

“Moms are awesome,” she said. “It’s key to have moms volunteer and help out and use their specialties to help. That is the key to a successful troop. I used to be one of those moms who helped before becoming a troop leader.”

Robinson said that it’s important to help in the community. Her eldest daughter, 19, is a lifetime member of Girl Scouts and still volunteers in Robinson’s troop.  Her youngest daughter, 13, is still an active Girl Scout.

In her spare time, Robinson said she enjoys gardening, traveling, going to plays and concerts and redecorating. She said she plans to have Girl Scouts as a part of her life for the long term.

“I really enjoy being a Girl Scout leader,” she said.  “It’s fun to see how the girls grow up and become leaders, not followers and I get a lot of joy out of it.”

Robinson said that volunteering with the Girl Scouts has led her to meet wonderful people from all walks of life and has given her the ability to teach girls.

“It’s so wonderful doing this and the organization offers so much,” she said. “I plan to have Girl Scouts in my life for the long term and volunteer my time.  I enjoy it and am learning as we go along.”