Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas is making its fall push for girls and adult volunteers to join Girl Scouts, the country’s preeminent leadership development organization for girls. With the school year underway and families already thinking about how to use their free time, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) has released new data showing the organization’s benefits for both girls and volunteers.
Results of a summer 2014 pulse poll conducted with more than 3,500 volunteers and parents of Girl Scouts in the K−5 age range shows Girl Scouts has helped create new and exciting experiences, taught new skills and helped girls feel special. Ninety-seven percent of parents agree that Girl Scouts has been a positive activity for their daughter.
And it’s not just the girls who benefit. Volunteers say they have formed new friendships, and have improved their own lives, personally and professionally through their work with Girl Scouts. Ninety-five percent of Girl Scout volunteers are happy knowing they are making girls’ lives better.
“Girl Scouts has provided a safe, fun, and engaging place for girls and adult volunteers to lead and thrive for over 100 years,” said Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA. “We know the majority of volunteers feel their Girl Scout experience has helped them both personally and professionally, but in many places throughout the country, the lack of volunteers is what keeps girls on waiting lists. Every adult who volunteers for Girl Scouts can help us bring fun, new experiences to at least five girls. Imagine what that can do to shape the next generation of female leaders.” Girl Scouts gives girls a place to explore topics of interest in a judgment-free space outside of classroom confinements; it cultivates cooperative and self-directed learning, as well as the growth mindset (the understanding that intelligence and talent can be developed)—all of which help foster a lifetime passion for learning. The variety of experiences and the value for the money the Girl Scout program provides are also popular selling points. Eighty-nine percent of parents say their daughter gets a greater variety of experiences from Girl Scouts than she does from other extracurricular activities, and the majority of parents feel Girl Scouts is a great value for the money compared to other extracurricular activities.
Overall, parents consider Girl Scouts one of the most beneficial extracurricular activities for their daughter.
“Our volunteers help enrich the lives of girls through Girl Scouts,” said Rose González Pérez, CEO of Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas. “They are the strength of our movement locally. The more opportunities we have to teach girls to be leaders with strength of character the more our entire community benefits. And our Girl Scout volunteers are the leaders behind the leaders.”
Girl Scouts is open to all girls from kindergarten through grade 12. The more adults who step forward to volunteer, the more girls will get the chance to be a Girl Scout. Adults over age 18 may become volunteers; both girls and adults volunteers can join at any time of the year. Girl Scout volunteers come from all walks of life; they are men, women, young professionals, retirees, college students, and more. To join or volunteer, please visit: www.girlscouts.org/join.