Green blood.: a phenomenological study of long-term Girl Scout volunteers Public Deposited

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  • March 20, 2019
  • Oakleaf, Linda
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Exercise and Sport Science
  • This study examined the role of Girl Scout volunteering for women. I used three guiding questions: 1) why women engaged in volunteering, 2) whether they considered it leisure, and 3) how they negotiated constraints to volunteering. Research was conducted through interviews with 12 long-term Girl Scout volunteers. Phenomenology provided the theoretical standpoint for the analysis, and constant comparison of the data resulted in several themes. All participants had daughters in their troops, and connected their volunteering to the responsibility to care for their daughter. Participants benefited from volunteering, which motivated them to continue. Most participants adopted a role identity as Girl Scout volunteers. Participants experienced volunteering as serious leisure, with all of the advantages and disadvantages inherent in commitment to complex pursuits.
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