Why Girl Scouts? Why Now?

The Power of a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™: Harnessing the Unique Strengths of Girls Everywhere.

If I could name only one thing that girls learn when they’re involved with Girl Scouts, it’s that girls become capable of tackling pretty much anything. From building robotic hands to creating libraries that teach new immigrants how to read English, our girls have done amazing things for more than 100 years. With the right encouragement, guidance, training, and confidence, they grow into women who lead by example to do great things for the world.

Girl Scouts is the best leadership experience for girls in the world, created specifically with and for girls. Our secret sauce? The Girl Scout Leadership Experience—a one-of-a-kind leadership development program that pairs girls with strong female role models and mentors who help each girl develop her potential. At Girl Scouts, girls find a safe space where they are free to just be themselves without the pressures and social anxieties that can come from a mixed-gender environment. Our leadership model is designed to meet their interests and needs because it’s collaborative and places importance on a diversity of perspectives.

Creating more female leaders means starting young and making sure today’s girls are acquiring the skills they will need to take on the 21st century leadership roles of their futures. Through our more than 100 years of experience, we have become the experts at giving girls the tools they need to empower themselves by teaching them that their voices count, they must stand up for what they believe in, and they have the strength to take the lead. Our programs are specifically designed with girls in mind and provide opportunities that they can only get from the preeminent leadership organization for girls in the world.

Girl Scouts helps girls unlock their potential and unleash it in their communities and throughout the globe. Because we’re the world’s largest leadership development organization for girls, and we welcome girls of all backgrounds and interests who want to develop the courage, confidence, and character to make the world a better place. Our program bolsters the benefits of school by fostering a safe, inclusive, girl-led, and all-female environment where girls are free to practice different skills, try new things, and take on leadership positions. In fact, the all-girl environment is one of the major keys to our success. Research shows that girls learn best in an all-girl, girl-led, and girl-friendly environment where their specific needs are addressed and met.

Girl Scouts provides a place for girls to support and encourage one another in a pressure-free environment without boys. Our leaders, camp counselors, and volunteers are all thoroughly vetted, and although moms, dads, brothers, and sisters are all welcome, the focus is always on girls. The girl-only, girl-defined, and girl-led aspects of Girl Scouts are crucial to what we offer, particularly for girls who don’t have access to single-gender environments offered in the private school system. And the fact is, most of a girl’s life is coed, making the safe space that Girl Scouts offers imperative for nurturing collaboration instead of competition and receiving support from other girls. With this encouragement, they’ll stretch beyond their limits and transfer knowledge, experiences, and skills to any environment, both now and in the future.

The options for fun, exploration, and leadership are endless. Girls can participate in outdoor activities like hiking, camping, canoeing, and archery to have exciting, girl-led adventures while learning important life skills. At Girl Scouts, we ensure that every girl has an opportunity to take the lead in the world of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through hands-on learning by doing. Our iconic Girl Scout Cookie Program is unrivaled in its ability to teach girls financial literacy skills for today and tomorrow. Additionally, one-of-a-kind civic engagement programming gives girls the chance to take the lead on issues they care about in their communities and be recognized by their peers and neighbors as the societal champions they are.

Through vigorous, interactive programs, Girl Scouts take the lead in a range of activities as they learn more about themselves, their peers, and the world around them. With more than a century of experience, Girl Scouts brings a wealth of knowledge to programs that provide cornerstone experiences for girls that last a lifetime. Put simply, Girl Scouts works.

It’s the best leadership experience for girls in the world because it’s girl-led!

Thank you, volunteers!

Thank you! Whether you are a Girl Scout parent, part of a troop leadership team, service unit leader, donor, Girl Scouts alum, or any and all of the above, thank you for your service to Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains.

When I think about my Girl Scout history, I remember all of the volunteers who made my learning possible and all of the volunteers who make today’s Girl Scouting possible. Many changes have occurred since I was a girl in Girl Scouting, but the one thing that has not is the importance of our volunteers.

I hope your troop is utilizing the online Volunteer Toolkit tool. This wonderful GSUSA tool helps troop leaders manage their troop activities, finances, and communication with their troops better than any tool we’ve had previously. As with any new technology, there are always bumps in the road, so thank you for working with us as we all learn a new tool to improve the experience for our girls.

I recently joined the other 112 Council leaders from across the nation in Dallas for our annual Leadership Summit. The energy surrounding our Girl Scout Movement is strong, and with new badges being launched almost monthly, we know that if a girl wants to learn something new, “We’ve got a badge for that.”

While the school year may be coming to an end, know that the Girl Scout year is still plenty busy. May brings with it two Women of Distinction events, a Gold Award Celebration, and a Mother/Daughter Banquet, as well as numerous troop court of awards and service unit celebrations, while June kicks off our summer camps and many other fun activities.  We hope to see you at one of our many events.