As you may have seen in the news recently, Boy Scouts of America is considering expanding its programming to include girls. While BSA hasn't announced its decision, I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight the importance of Girl Scouts and explain why an all-girl, girl-led leadership experience is best.
Since its founding in 1912, Girl Scouts has focused one hundred percent on girls and their healthy development. Only Girl Scouts brings a century's worth of experience to creating research-backed, girl-approved methods and programs through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.
Research shows that single-gender environments benefit both girls and boys. Compared to coed settings, single-gender settings lessen the impact of gender stereotypes that can influence the activities and subjects children choose to pursue.
In Girl Scouts, girls feel empowered to speak up, to explore leadership roles, and to try new things without the distractions or pressures that can be found in a coed environment. Studies by the Girl Scout Research Institute and others show that girls value girls-only "safe spaces" where they can confide in trusted adults and other girls.
These "safe spaces" are possible because of the strong, caring role models who support and guide girls through every experience in Girl Scouting. Our volunteer troop leaders are the Girl Scouts mission in action--helping build girls of courage, confidence and character, wh...