In honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month, Girl Scouts of West Central Florida is highlighting the great work of our volunteers who go above and beyond the Girl Scout call of duty. We are so honored to have a council full of amazing volunteers dedicated to enhancing our mission.
Susan Trevino started as a volunteer five years ago when her daughter joined Girl Scouts. Today, she is a Junior/Cadette troop leader and is also the Daisy Troop Pathway Coordinator for the Lakeland Guiding Lights Community. In this role, she provides support for seven troop leaders and meets with them on a monthly basis.
In June 2014, she saw a need for more activities and events for girls in Polk County. So, she took the lead to form an events committee and recruited volunteers from several of the surrounding communities to participate. Under her leadership, there were local events and/or activities every month for troops in all eight Polk County communities.
Trevino was personally responsible for three very successful events. Her first event was a pumpkin painting activity in October. At her next event, 75 girls participated in the Powder Puff Pinewood Derby. Each girl designed and decorated her own derby car for the races.
Most recently, she organized the Mystery Mall Hunt at Lakeland Mall. Nearly 100 girls were divided into teams by age and traveled throughout the mall in search of clues by completing activities along the way. Activities varied from store to store and included tying knots, building a bridge with LEGOs and using chopsticks to move Swedish Fish from one bowl to another. This fun-filled event was enjoyed by all!
“Seeing how happy the girls are at events and seeing them experience new things together, I find it very enjoyable,” confessed Trevino.
So, how does this busy mom balance her family, work and a full Girl Scout schedule? Trevino says she keeps track of everything by scheduling it on her calendar, “I do things for Girl Scouts in my free time during the week. When I’m not running around with my kids, that way I’m not distracted.”
She doesn’t do it all by herself, she gets help from other Girl Scout volunteers all over Polk County to run these events. Trevino even recruits parents in her troop to help out and she has no problem there. By her third event, everyone wanted to be part of the action.
Everyone at Girl Scouts of West Central Florida is so thankful to have such outstanding volunteers working together to provide rich experiences like these for the girls in their communities!
Want to show a volunteer how much they mean to you?
Download this cool shareable card! Email it or print it out, and give it to your favorite Girl Scout volunteer with a hug during Volunteer Appreciation week (April 12-18)!