Letter: Girl Scouts

April 27, 2014 

Throughout Southern Idaho, more than 1,500 volunteers work tirelessly to support K-12 girls inside and outside of school, while helping them to build self-confidence, courage and character. These volunteers - both women and men - broaden girls' horizons through experiential learning. They teach them to make healthy choices, to lead with grace, to be a loyal friend, to be good stewards of resources and to care for others in the community.

Perhaps most importantly, these volunteers provide young girls with a constant form of mentorship and positive guidance. At a time when budget cuts continue to affect extracurricular activities and after-school programs, and children are without supervision at home or elsewhere after school, the availability of adult guidance and mentorship is important.

The volunteers I'm referring to are all involved with Girls Scouts of Silver Sage Council. Tuesday was National Girl Scout Leaders Day. On behalf of Girl Scouts of Silver Sage, I'd like to recognize and thank all the women and men in Southern Idaho who help girls reach their full potential in school, in their personal lives, and in their communities. You are invaluable. You are appreciated. You make the world go round for 3,600 Girl Scouts.

MAUREEN O'TOOLE, Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scouts of Silver Sage, Boise

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