Yesterday’s announcement by Boy Scouts of America (BSA) of its decision to open its programs to girls has understandably generated a lot of discussion and media attention. I want to assure you that Girl Scouts is confident that our girl-centered program provides the best opportunity for all girls to thrive and become Go-Getters, Innovators, Risk-Takers, and Leaders (G.I.R.L.)™. Girl Scouts is the only organization with over 100 years of experience, backed by proven research, on how to help girls succeed.
Anyone who has raised a boy and a girl understands that their developmental needs are different. From ages 5 to 18, Girl Scouts’ programing is designed to meet girls where they are and grow with them. The Girl Scout Leadership Experience is a progressive collection of engaging, challenging, and fun activities that help girls develop the skills they need to achieve their dreams. Whether she’s looking to get involved in her community, learn how to code, or explore the outdoors with friends, there’s something for every girl in Girl Scouts. Our program focuses on areas that include STEM, the outdoors, entrepreneurship, and life skills, giving Girl Scouts opportunities to lead their own adventure and graduate fully prepared to engage in a lifetime of leadership.
We know what we are doing is best for our girls. Research shows that compared to non-Girl Scouts, Girl Scout alumnae are better educated, enjoy higher household and personal incomes, are more active as mentors and community volunteers, and have more confidence in themselves and their abilities. Through their Girl Scout experiences, girls develop a strong sense of self, display positive values, seek challenges and learn from setbacks, form and maintain healthy relationships, and learn to identify and solve problems in their communities.
So how can you Take Action to support Girl Scouts? Our volunteers, parents, Girl Scouts, and Girl Scout supporters are the lifeblood of our organization. We need you to share the value of Girl Scouts with your family, friends, and community. Tell others what you or your girl have gained through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and why Girl Scouts matters to you. I also encourage everyone to follow GSOC and GSUSA on Facebook, and share content such as news articles and valuable blog posts that promote the importance and relevance of Girl Scouting.
Every day, we power life-changing adventure, opportunity-rich learning, and powerful growth for girls who will become the leaders and happy, healthy, problem-solving, barrier-breaking change-makers our world needs.
Between the power of your support and our proven Girl Scout Leadership Experience, there’s no challenge our girls can’t overcome, no goal they can’t reach. We have never been better prepared to equip the next generation of female leaders with the skills they need to live their best lives. Let’s continue to do just that!
Yours in Girl Scouting,
CEO, Girl Scouts of Orange County