Lack of volunteers keeping some girls from being Girl Scouts

Lack of volunteers keeping some Knoxville area girls from being Girl Scouts

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A lack of volunteers is keeping a growing number of Knoxville area girls from joining the Girl Scouts. A lack of volunteers is keeping a growing number of Knoxville area girls from joining the Girl Scouts.
Meccah Griffin from Lenoir City says her 6-year-old daughter Addisyn desperately wants to join a Girl Scout troop, and is willing to volunteer to help. Meccah Griffin from Lenoir City says her 6-year-old daughter Addisyn desperately wants to join a Girl Scout troop, and is willing to volunteer to help.
So far, no one else is stepping up. Booth Kammann, the CEO of the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians, says this is a nationwide problem that's getting worse. So far, no one else is stepping up. Booth Kammann, the CEO of the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians, says this is a nationwide problem that's getting worse.

by KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A lack of volunteers is keeping a growing number of Knoxville area girls from joining the Girl Scouts. Officials say many parents want to help, but can't find the time.

There's plenty of new girls who want to join a local troop, but they can't, simply due to a lack of troop leaders. Local Girl Scout employees say they're trying new ways to recruit volunteers, but there's still just not enough help.

Meccah Griffin from Lenoir City says her 6-year-old daughter Addisyn desperately wants to join a Girl Scout troop.

"I'm upset for her because I know she was really interested in joining the Girl Scouts," Griffin said.

Griffin is a working mom of three. She says she's willing to become a troop leader so her daughter can participate, but she needs at least one more volunteer to start.

So far, no one else is stepping up. Booth Kammann, the CEO of the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians, says this is a nationwide problem that's getting worse.

"Last year we did get to a place where we started to draw back on recruiting girls because of the lack of volunteers. We're hoping that we don't hit that wall again this year, because we know that girls need Girl Scouts," Booth Kammann said.

Kammann says there are now about 200 girls in the Knoxville area who are on a waiting list to join a troop.

"For me, for any girl to not have that opportunity who wants that opportunity, is very painful," Kammann said.

Troop leader Angie Luby is encouraging adults to step up to the plate.

"Look inside yourself and say, 'Do I have two days in a month that I can just donate my time, for two hours at the most,'" Luby said.

"All of those adults can make a huge difference in the lives of girls and help us be able to serve girls who really need us," Kammann said.

Girl Scout leaders say you don't have to have a daughter in a troop to volunteer, but you have to be at least 18 years old, and pass a background check.

If you're interested in helping out, you can stop by the Knoxville Girl Scout Center at 1567 Downtown West Boulevard.

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