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How girls benefit from their Girl Scout experience

JOTI at Big Idea Emporium

The Girl Scout mission is to help girls become women of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. How exactly does that happen? Our success comes from a total focus on what we call the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Every Girl Scout activity helps develop girls in these areas, teaching them the skills necessary to success at school and in live.

Girl Scout Leadership Experience Outcomes

  • Sense of self: Girls have confidence in themselves and their abilities and form positive identities.
  • Positive values: Girls act ethically, honestly and responsibly, and show concern for others.
  • Challenge seeking: Girls take appropriate risks, try things even if they might fail and learn from their mistakes.
  • Healthy relationships: Girls develop and maintain healthy relationships by communicating their feelings directly and resolving conflicts constructively.
  • Community problem-solving: Girls desire to contribute to the world in purposeful and meaningful ways, learn how to identify problems in the community, and create action plans to solve them.

Why do these outcomes matter?

Girl Scouts of Gateway Council understands the importance of outcomes. As we continue to develop the pipeline of female leaders in our local communities, we must have a pulse on the success of our programs. Therefore, we recently surveyed more than 600 local girls to gauge the impact of Girl Scouting. The pre- and post-test survey outcomes clearly demonstrate the positive impact of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

  • 95 percent of girls felt they have built the ability to develop positive relationships over the year, a 10 percent increase from pre- to post-survey. 
  • 97 percent of the girls felt they have developed a strong sense of self. 
  • 94 percent of girls felt they understand themselves and their values and use their knowledge and skills to explore the world after a year of participating in Girl Scouts.
  • 98 percent of the girls felt they had gained the ability to advance diversity in a multicultural world by the end of the Girl Scout year. Girls learn to think and act in a way that promotes an inclusive environment, respecting and valuing diverse backgrounds, viewpoints and life experiences. 
  • 92 percent of girls identify themselves as resourceful problem solvers by the end of the Girl Scout year.
  • 93 percent of girls felt they could act to make the world a better place at the end of the Girl Scout year.

Girl Scouts is the preeminent leadership experience for girls. As the longest serving and largest serving girl agency in the area, nothing can compete with a Girl Scout!