Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma, Oklahoma City
Growing up in a military family, Valarie LaVenture moved around quite often, but she always found a home in her new Girl Scout troops. No matter where she lived, she always had Girl Scouts to make her feel welcomed, included and given a sense of consistency in her life.
Now as an adult, she is making sure other girls have a welcoming place to go to make new friends and feel accepted, said Marci Corey, Troop Support manager for Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma.
“For Valarie, Girl Scouting is more than just cookies and camping, it is a necessary part of life,” Corey said. “For over 35 years, she has mentored, inspired and shared her love for Girl Scouting with girls throughout the United States, from her home state of New York to her current state of Oklahoma.”
LaVenture shares her talents and leadership skills with girls in two Girl Scout troops, is manager of the Moore Girl Scout Service Unit, and is the camp director for the annual Moore-Area Girl Scout Day Camp. Through all her volunteer efforts, she has earned the Girl Scout Adult Honor Pin and Thanks Badge as well as the 35-Year Recognition Pin.
“Valarie is a remarkable woman who shares her bright smile, kind words, and love of Girl Scouts with everyone she meets, especially the girls of Troops 101 and 600,” Corey added. “She does everything she can to help make the world a better place by taking girls out into the community for service projects. She shows them that they all have leadership skills as they earn badges and tackle problems together. Valarie shares her love for the great outdoors with the girls by introducing them to the outdoor experience through overnight camps and the annual Moore Area Girl Scout Day Camp.”
Outside of Girl Scouts, LaVenture is an active school volunteer, works part time at a copy center and spends time with her husband of 18 years, Christopher, and their three children, Max, Evie and Adeline.
About the Program: Girl Scouts is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated solely to girls. Its mission is to “build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.”