Girl Scouts Can Help Her Soar this School Year

Girl Scouts’ inclusive, girl-led environment creates a safe space in which girls can try new things, develop a range of skills, take on leadership roles and feel comfortable failing, dusting themselves off and trying again.

As a member of a Girl Scout troop, girls lead their own experience by collaborating on goals, discussing and voting on decisions and planning their adventures. Through small moments, Girl Scouts learn by doing. In fact, Girl Scouts are twice as likely as non-Girl Scouts to participate in activities that shape their character and open new worlds to them, according to a study from the Girl Scout Research Institute.

“My 7-year-old Brownie Girl Scout went to day camp [this summer]. She was so proud of herself because she learned beginner knife skills, how to cook over a fire, fire safety basics, how to perform a flag ceremony, basic first aid and so many other things,” said Amy Turko, Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania (GSWPA) volunteer troop leader. “She came home each day so inspired and excited to return, eager to learn more.”

Additionally, Girl Scouts programming aligns and builds upon the lessons being taught in school. From science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), outdoors, life skills and entrepreneurship, girls can have the fun of learning without the pressure of a grade and freely explore their strengths and passions to carry back into the classroom as they pursue educational interests and career paths.

This year, 42 new badges were released for Girl Scouts, including Outdoor High Adventure badges that feature, for the first time in Girl Scouts’ history, two distinct activity options, letting girls choose how they want to earn each badge. Giving girls choices is important for developing their sense of self, their own voice and gender equality — research from the World Bank Group shows that increasing women’s decision-making abilities is key to improving their lives, communities and the world. And research shows that Girl Scouts are more likely than other girls to take an active role in decision making — 80 percent vs. 51 percent.

These programs provide girls with the tools and resources that they need to pursue their dreams and take risks with the support of their Girl Scout troop, both in school and in other activities.

For more information about joining Girl Scouts contact GSWPA at 800/248-3355 or customercare@gswpa.org or visit gswpa.org/join.

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