Girl Scouts Celebrate Leadership During Girl Scout Week

Mar 03, 2009 Posted in Newsroom, Press Releases

Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania joins Girl Scouts around the nation to make the world a better place and celebrate Girl Scout Week, March 8-14. The week honors the 97th anniversary of Girl Scouting in the United States, which falls on March 12.

What’s New

Girl Scouts, in keeping with its tradition of meeting the changing needs of girls, proudly presents the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, a curriculum that fosters specific leadership qualities such as self-esteem, positive values, critical thinking, community spirit, and the ability to educate and inspire. The Girl Scout Leadership Experience takes girls beyond single-interest badges into a series of themed activities based on the understanding that a true leader needs to do three things: discover herself and her values, connect to care about, inspire, and team with others, and take action to make the world a better place. For example, Girl Scout Juniors in fourth and fifth grades can now pursue single-interest badges on topics from computers to wildlife to field sports, or take a longer journey to become an “agent of change,” earning three badge awards along the way to solve a problem together with community members.

Other recent changes include an updated Girl Scout uniform: girls can wear a tunic, sash, or vest to display their pins and awards combined with their own solid white shirts and khaki pants or skirts. Girl Scouts in high school can also wear a scarf like that worn by Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in 144 nations.

Helping girls to discover their strengths through impacting their communities was what Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low instilled from the earliest days. In 1912, when the Girl Scouts was founded, many girls’ paths in life were limited by their social standing. Low encouraged girls to prepare not only for traditional homemaking, but also for future roles as professional women in the arts, sciences, and business, and for active citizenship. Today Girl Scouts of the USA has more than three million members and is the leading authority on girls. Girl Scouts travel the world, learn twenty-first century business skills, and prepare for a high-tech future. The Girl Scout Leadership Experience reaches girls in every zip code, including locations in public housing, homeless shelters, juvenile detention centers, women's prisons, immigrant communities, and isolated rural areas.

“We thank our communities for sharing time, donations, and goodwill toward Girl Scouting this year. With your support we can offer more than 40,000 local girls the encouragement, coaching, and resources they need to develop their leadership skills,” said Council Board Chair, Becky Styles. For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect, or donate to Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania, call 1-800-248-3355 or visit www.gswpa.org.

About Girl Scouts of the USA

Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership experience for girls and is the leading authority on girls' healthy development. Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. The three-million-member organization serves girls from every corner of the United States and its territories. Girl Scouts of the USA also serves American girls and their classmates attending American or international schools overseas in 90 countries. For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect, or donate to Girl Scouts, call 800-GSUSA 4 U (800-478-7248) or visit www.girlscouts.org.

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