KEY POINTS

  • National Girl Scout Leader's Day recognizes the thousands of volunteers
  • The volunteers have an impact on the young girls' lives
  • Below are some simple ways to show appreciation for them

National Girl Scout Leader's Day is here. It's the perfect time for people to show gratitude and appreciation for those who take the time and effort to help and support the young girls.

Started in 1982 by the Girl Scouts of the United States of America, National Girl Scout Leader's Day is celebrated every year on April 22, National Day Calendar said. This particular date was chosen because it's close to National Volunteer Week and falls within National Volunteer Month.

Girl Scout volunteers are "change-makers" who share their time to comfort and inspire the girls, and help them to bounce back during tough times, according to the organization. With their simple act of volunteering and sharing their time with the girls, they become role models from whom young girls can learn many things as they grow into young women.

"There's nothing like helping girls find their voices and use them to change the world," the organization said.

Volunteering with the Girl Scouts also has its benefits; 94% of the volunteers say they have made new friends and 95% are glad that they are "making girls' lives better." About 88% say their lives have become better because they are volunteering with the Girl Scouts, the organization noted.

On this day, let's have a look at some simple ways people can observe Girl Scout Leader's Day. (Courtesy, National Day Calendar, Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.)

  • Send them a message: Whether it's a simple "thank you" note or a video message along with other girl scouts, one can get creative in sending their message of gratitude to their mentors.
  • For those who have a sweet tooth, you can send them a batch of baked goods to help sweeten their day.
  • Girls Scouts can also show their appreciation by demonstrating something they learned from their mentors. 
  • Volunteer your service for the volunteer: Leaders often share their time and effort for the girls, so why not do the same for them today? You can do something to help them, even if it's as simple as raking leaves in their garden.
  • Perhaps the simplest way to observe Girl Scout Leader's Day is to post some messages on social media. Using #GirlScoutLeadersDay, one can share about how they appreciate the volunteers' efforts.
  • The occasion is also a good time for those who are interested in volunteering. Whether it's in big or small ways, volunteering with the Girl Scouts can help make a difference in the young girls' lives.

Girl Scouts Pictured: Two girl scouts presenting a box of girl scout cookies, dated 1963. Photo: SPC Charles Preston Signal Photographic Branch/U.S. Army/Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)