Girl Scouts of Alaska Adult Learning Summit Draws Volunteers from Across the State
Anchorage, Alaska – Nov. 12, 2013 – They came from Bethel, Kodiak, Ketchikan and Homer. They learned how to conduct ceremonies and traditions, work with youth with disabilities, lead environmental education programs, and even basic bow and arrow skills.
Girl Scouts of Alaska’s (GSAK) fourth annual Adult Learning Summit, held Nov. 8-9 in Anchorage, taught adult volunteers about the Girl Scout organization, strengthened their youth-development skills, and allowed them to network with other volunteers. This fun and educational two-day event also included an awards ceremony and addresses from U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski and state Rep. Mia Costello.
“Our goal is to better prepare our adult volunteers,” said Tasha Nichols, GSAK director of program and membership. “When adults gain skills and strengthen their techniques, it creates a better and more positive experience for our girls.”
Valerie Peace is a troop leader in Anchorage. This was her second year attending the Adult Learning Summit. “When I found out Girl Scouts was holding the event again, I was ecstatic,” Peace said. “Last year I was desperate for information. I’d just become a troop leader and I needed basic information on what do to and how to do it. An unanticipated benefit was meeting incredible volunteers from across the state; I was mesmerized by their talent, experience and think-outside-the-box approach. This year I was able to connect more with these volunteers. They shared experiences my girls are champing at the bit to do. I came away feeling hopeful and energized.”
GSAK works with 1,500 adult volunteers to help create a safe, inclusive environment for Alaska’s diverse population of girls. Guided by these volunteers, girls develop qualities that will serve them all their lives. Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.
More than 60 volunteers attended the 2013 Adult Learning Summit. Ten individuals and four Service Units received awards for their volunteer contributions to GSAK. Service Units are neighborhoods or regions comprised of troops and managed by volunteers.
Anne Kurland, who volunteers as GSAK's Juneau Service Unit manager, was both an attendee and presenter at this year’s Adult Learning Summit. “This is my third time attending the summit. I love connecting with volunteers from all over the state and sharing ideas and stories. Everyone has so much to offer, and I always go home feeling more enthused than ever about all the possibilities of Girl Scouting.”
About Girl Scouts of Alaska:
GSAK is the proven leadership development program for girls in grades K-12. Girl Scouting helps girls develop their full individual potential; relate to others with increasing understanding, skill and respect; develop values to guide their actions and provide the foundation for sound decision-making; and contribute to the improvement of society through their abilities, leadership skills and cooperation with others. With the help of more than 1,500 adult volunteers, GSAK serves nearly 6,000 girls from Bethel to Ketchikan. For information, visit girlscoutsalaska.org.