New technology enhanced the volunteer experience for 54 percent of our troops who utilized the Volunteer Toolkit to plan and organize troop meetings. With 218 active volunteer educators, we provided our volunteers with vital training to enhance their work with girls. Last year, there were 17,491 instances of in person and online classes, which included Basic Leadership and Program level classes. To support our rigorous outdoor program, 505 volunteers completed our Cookout and Campout classes; and we held 37 High Adventure courses, many to train adults on how to utilize our new slingshot and tomahawk ranges.
Volunteers are an essential part of Girl Scouting. Last year we recognized 1,009 adult volunteers, community leaders and organizations for their service to Girl Scouts. The Outstanding Leader Award went to 352 Girl Scout Leaders. The highest recognition for a lifetime of service, the Knox Award, was presented to two deserving volunteers, Judith Lokerson and Tina Capps.
Judith Lokerson (above) was recognized for her work on the Council’s Inclusion Taskforce, Men in Green, Sing Along Service and 30 years as an adult educator.
Tina Capps (below) was acknowledged for bridging the gap when Shawnee Girl Scout Council merged with Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital. She was a vital force at Camp White Rock, a champion for SHARE (the annual giving campaign) and served on the Gold Award Panel inspiring girls to reach their highest potential.