I am certainly not the expert on raising girls; yet, as the CEO of Girl Scouts of Gateway Council I have a vested interest in the nearly ten thousand girls participating in Girl Scouts within our Council. And, I believe 100% in the power of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. We are building girls of courage, confidence and character and I hope you will partner with us to continue the efforts outside of your girls’ Girl Scout experience. If we are going to positively impact and develop girls of courage may I suggest you implement the following?
1. Develop Relationships with Girls
Relationships connect girls. When they feel connected to the adults in their life, they are more resilient and courageous. Through the Girl Scout Research Institute (GRSI) we know, younger girls in particular are likely to look up to their Girl Scout leaders. Therefore, they are likely to look up to you. Make your interactions with girls count by Building personal connections with the girls. Ask them how school is going or what they’re listening to, reading, or watching. Use girls’ names when acknowledging their ideas. When girls feel comfortable and connected in a group, they are more likely to take healthy risks and try new things.
2. Be Conscious of the Way You and They Talk
Girls learn early that too much confidence ca...