Girl Scouts of the USA affirms that it is the best organization in the country – and arguably the world – for girls' leadership development. It is dedicated to building the critical STEM workforce pipeline that businesses and communities across the country are looking for. Research shows that girls learn best in an all-girl, girl-led and girl-friendly environment. This pro-girl environment is now more important than ever.
"In Girl Scouts, we get to try new things, and I never have a fear of failing," said 11-year old Girl Scout Allyson McLellan from Troop 1027. "In life, boys and girls are always being compared, but in Girl Scouts we get to just be ourselves without worrying about how we compare to the boys. Our leaders let us choose what activities we want to do – they let us choose our own adventure and learn about the things that interest us."
Allyson's mom Karen McLellan can see those changes in her daughter.
"When my daughter joined Girl Scouts three years ago, she was a nervous little girl," said McLellan. "Today, my daughter is a very independent leader among her peers. She is outgoing and always willing to try new things. Girl Scouts provides such a well-rounded experience where girls are safe to try all kinds of things. The beauty is that she is doing this all while being empowered to know that girls can do anything."
From a national perspective, Girl Scouts is expanding its roster of corporate partnerships, particularly with outdoor and STEM-related businesses. Recent partnerships include The North Face, Raytheon and Palo Alto Networks, which join existing partnerships with AT&T, Dell, Toyota Financial Services, SETI and JOANN.
Locally, Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay has strong program partners, running an engineering program for middle school Girl Scouts with DuPont since 1989, a nursing program for Brownies and Juniors with Wesley College, and an aviation program with the Delaware 99s for Juniors through Ambassadors at the Dover Air Mobility Museum. Other strong community program partners include Delaware Nature Society, Ward Museum, NASA and Iron Hill Science Center.
"We proudly own the 'Girl' in Girl Scouts," said Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay Chief Executive Officer Anne T. Hogan. "Since our inception, Girl Scouts has been about putting girls front and center, ensuring that everything we do is with their best interests in mind, and equips them to be the fearless leaders and change-makers our more than 50 million alums prove themselves to be. For 106 years, Girl Scouts has prepared girls with essential leadership skills and provided them with a supportive network of girls and women who can face any challenge, from the wilderness to the boardroom, with confidence, compassion and success. Our focus has always been and always will be girls."
There is no organization that more thoroughly understands the value of programming designed specifically for girls and delivered in an all-girl learning space. Girl Scouts is more committed than ever to delivering the best leadership experience in the world for girls, and in turn helping families that seek to support the development of their girls into strong, confident women.
For more information, go to www.gscb.org or call 1-800-341-4007.