Lauren and Rachel Schneider are givers. Not a common trait for your average youth, but giving comes easily for these two sisters who share their love of serving through the Boy Scouts of America’s Venturing program.
Lauren, now 18, joined the Venturing program when she was 14. Two years later, when her sister Rachel, now 16, saw how much fun Lauren was having, she joined as well. Both Lauren and Rachel have enjoyed the outdoor opportunities Venturing provides, like cold weather camping, water sports and climbing opportunities, but what really excites them is serving their community. Lauren has even taken on the role of leading crew service projects.
Through their Venture crew, these sisters have collected dog toys for the animal shelter, worked with Homeless Gear, a local non-profit, to collect and sort clothes, and participated in an annual tree planting service project.
Outside of their crew, Lauren and Rachel personally volunteer through their church. As part of this volunteer service, they helped during the flooding in Northern Colorado by distributing and sorting clothes. They also helped their brother Owen with his Eagle Scout project by supporting him at the community bike rally he organized.
Lauren has 5,399 hours of community service under her belt and Rachel has 4,035 hours. Between them, that’s over a year’s worth of hours spent on service to others! So it just makes sense that they have both earned the “President’s Volunteer Service Award” – Live to Serve.
Lauren and Rachel have also both earned the Gold Award through Girl Scouts. Their project was to collect and deliver handmade pillows for kids and adults to six hospitals in Colorado, so patients would have something comfortable during their treatment. They have also earned the God and Life Award and Venturing’s highest award, the Silver Award.
“I love to see the change that we’re making and how we can help our community by making a difference in young people’s lives,” Rachel said.
“You have a choice to serve your community and it is something you need to do every day,” Lauren said.
Lauren and Rachel choose to serve and give back unselfishly. Helping others through volunteering is a great way to develop new skills and offers opportunities to cross paths with people from across your community, including many with whom you may otherwise not have had interacted. Volunteering has even guided Lauren and Rachel to their career paths—Lauren has plans to be a veterinarian and Rachel plans to be a special education teacher.
Lauren and Rachel have shared their passion for volunteering through their Venture crew and they will continue to have a lasting impact on their community. Have you considered the Venturing program? For more information, go to Venturing.org
Pictured: Rachel on left, Lauren on right
Picture provided by Michelle Schneider