Pittsburgh—Throughout western Pennsylvania, Girl Scout troops are forming and beginning a new year of troop meetings, outdoor experiences, and unforgettable Girl Scout adventures. Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania (GSWPA) invites girls to join the fun and register for Girl Scouts.
The Girl Scout Leadership Experience—a collection of engaging, challenging, and fun activities like earning badges, going on awesome trips, selling cookies, exploring science, getting outdoors, and doing community service projects—creates a supportive space where girls feel comfortable to take chances, try new things, and learn to succeed through failure.
Research shows that embracing failure as a learning opportunity, rather than viewing it as a detractor from success, improves all aspects of a child’s life, particularly academics. The Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) found the variety of activities offered through Girl Scouts—from planning and leading projects to participating in community service and outdoor expeditions—allows girls to gain skills and confidence that also help them do well in school.
“Girl Scouts has changed my life for the good in so many ways. It has taught me lifelong lessons—even things about school and my everyday life.” says Keegan Rohland, eighth grade GSWPA Cadette Girl Scout. “Not only does it provide me with guidance, but being a Girl Scout has taught me how to become a better leader. It has also taught me that I have a voice that I can use to stick up for myself, others, and even what I believe in.”
At Girl Scouts, girls are inspired to discover their unique talents and passions in an encouraging, all-girl setting. The idea is to help girls learn by doing. Along the way, they each gain important skills in four areas that form the foundation of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience: science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), the outdoors, life skills, and entrepreneurship.
“Girl Scouts taught me to try things, even if I thought I couldn’t do it. I went caving, rode horses, and zip lined, for example,” says Maria Swab, eleventh grade GSWPA Ambassador Girl Scout.
Allison Gintner, fourth grade GSWPA Junior Girl Scout, says that being a Girl Scout has given her the opportunity to learn many new things from becoming more independent and gaining confidence to speak to adults, to building and cooking on a fire and pitching a tent. Any girl in kindergarten through twelfth grade can become a Girl Scout by visiting gswpa.org/join.
Without adult volunteers to guide, mentor, and inspire, girls cannot experience the positive impact of Girl Scouts. Volunteering with GSWPA is the opportunity to make a true difference in the life of a girl.
“I want my Girl Scouts to learn that honesty, integrity, and service to others will keep you grounded and that there is a time to work hard and a time to relax by the fire,” says Becky Robert, 14-year GSWPA troop leader. “I hope the girls know how proud we are of them and how much they have enhanced my life, as well as my co-leaders.”
Girl Scout volunteers come from all walks of life; they are men, women, young professionals, retirees, college students, and more. Both girls and adult volunteers can join at any time of the year. Visit gswpa.org/volunteer to find out more about becoming a Girl Scout troop leader.
About Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania
Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania (GSWPA) provides nearly 21,000 girls from 27 counties and many different backgrounds and beliefs with the resources to become tomorrow’s leaders. And, all of this is made possible thanks to the dedication of more than 11,000 adult members, 100 full-time staff, 20 board members and countless supporters, all believing in the power of girls. Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to GSWPA, call 800-248-3355 or visit gswpa.org.