Why should girls become (and remain) Girl Scouts? Current Girl Scouts will probably tell you about all the friends they've made, the adventures they've taken, the service projects they've organized, and the cookies they've sold. But have you seen the evidence of the importance of Girl Scouting?
According to The Girl Scout Impact Study, a new report from the Girl Scout Research Institute, participation in Girl Scouts helps girls develop key leadership skills they need to be successful in life.
Compared to their peers, Girl Scouts are more likely than non-Girl Scouts to be leaders because they:
• Have confidence in themselves and their abilities (80% vs. 68%)
• Act ethically and responsibly, and show concern for others (75% vs. 59%)
• Seek challenges and learn from setbacks (62% vs. 42%)
• Develop and maintain healthy relationships (60% vs. 43%)
• Identify and solve problems in their communities (57% vs. 28%)
• Take an active role in decision making (80% vs. 51%)
As adults, we know how important these traits are to our professional and personal lives, and through Girl Scouts, our girls are able to begin developing them as early as kindergarten. Imagine the impact on our communities, our country and our world if every girl was a Girl Scout from age 5 all the way to adulthood!
Girl Scouting also helps girls do well in the classroom. Compared to their non-Girl Scout peers, Girl Scouts earn better grades, have higher academic aspirations, and desire a career in STEM, business, or law; industries in which women are underrepresented.
Girl Scouts is a place where every go-getter, innovator, risk-taker and leader can find the space, tools and support she needs to consistently transform her ideas into actions, turn her questions into adventures and grow a lifetime of confidence. Girl Scouts learn to face challenges head on, embrace failure as a learning opportunity and create lasting relationships – all while building a lifetime of leadership skills they need to empower themselves and change the world in both big and small ways.
At Gateway Council, we are dedicated to making sure all girls have the opportunity to become Girl Scouts, regardless of their financial situation. If you would like to help us build the next generation of leaders, consider a donation, volunteering, or getting a girl you know to join Girl Scouts.