First Lady’s Special Girl Scout Message

Volunteer Today!

Watch this exciting video from Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) that features Honorary Girl Scouts National President, Michelle Obama. Please share it with your friends and networks.

The First Lady emphasizes the important role that volunteers play in the Girl Scout movement, and encourages everyone—moms, dads, aunts, uncles and neighbors—to step up and make a difference in the lives of girls by becoming a Girl Scout volunteer.

Since 1917, the incumbent First Lady has served as the Honorary President of GSUSA, and we are grateful to have support from this high office. Learn more about the history of this relationship in a recent GSUSA blog entry.


  1. Alison says

    One challenge of the Girl Scout program for volunteer leaders is the structure of the program. It seems to me that parents who volunteer when their girls become old enough to join have to figure out everything themselves unless there is a mom in the troop who had an older girl in a troop. Having been involved in Boy Scouting for a couple of decades I saw how leaders coming in weren’t thrown into the deep end as often because there are multiple grades in a troop and sole always coing in and going out. There were other experienced leaders to learn from by your side. That structure is a lot less daunting for a leader. It also makes for a stronger and more continuous program. As some boys exit the program and become involved in other things there are enough kids of other ages around to keep a troop going. It also provides the older boys real opportunities for leadership development. There is some of that in Girl Scouts, but my experience is that there are fewer of those opportunities. I do love the Girl Scout program and I hope these suggestions are well received. Thanks for all you are doing!

    • Girl Scouts River Valleys says

      Hi Alison- Thanks for your thoughtful comment. We will share this with our Membership department.