It’s hard to believe that just over a year ago, nearly 300 Girl Scouts were not able to be a part of a Girl Scout troop due to lack of volunteer support and resources. Girls who needed Girl Scouts the most – those living below the poverty line, those without parental support, those whose first language wasn’t English, and those with transportation roadblocks, were missing out on the skill-building, life-changing opportunity of being a Girl Scout. Thanks to the support of Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa donors, the Community Troop Program was formed.
The Community Troop Program brings Girl Scouts to communities that have struggled to start a troop in the past. Adapted from a sister council in Missouri, the troops are led by “professional” troop leaders - staff members whose job is to lead troops. In its inaugural year (2018-2019), 239 girls benefited. The goal for this coming year? Serving 450 new girls across 7 school districts in Iowa including Perry, Sioux City, and Marshalltown.
“This program ensures that every girl who wants to be a Girl Scout can be one! From troop meetings to lifelong friendships - and everything in between - the program offers Girl Scouts the experience of a lifetime,” said Ngan Hoang, Director of Mission Outreach of Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa.
GSGI staff members who lead Community Troops always need a few extra hands to help during troop meeting activities, supervise field trips, and attend camping trips. Are you interested in working with girls K-5th grade? Do you have two free hours a month on weekday afternoons/evenings? The Community Troop Program welcomes any volunteers or financial support. With your help, more girls can experience Girl Scouts.