Pittsburgh—Girl Scout troops across western Pennsylvania are celebrating the beginning of a new Girl Scout year during the first Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania (GSWPA) Spirit Week, September 23-29.
Throughout the week, Girl Scouts will be sharing their passion and spirit for Girl Scouting with friends, classmates, and their communities. With a schedule of daily activities, parents, volunteers, and girls will be coming together as one Girl Scout community to celebrate the impact the organization has had in their communities and in their lives.
The difference that Girl Scouts makes in a girl’s life is proven. According to a 2017 study from the Girl Scout Research Institute, Girl Scouts are more likely than non-Girl Scouts to:
- have a strong sense of self (80 percent versus 68 percent)
- not only seek challenges, but learn from setbacks (62 percent versus 42 percent)
- have positive values (75 percent versus 59 percent)
“I’ve seen first-hand what Girl Scouts can do for girls,” says Stephen Grenesko, a father of two GSWPA Girl Scouts. Grenesko adds that both of his daughters have been able to take advantage of countless opportunities that wouldn’t have existed without their hard-working troop leaders and GSWPA.
The Girl Scout community in western Pennsylvania will celebrate many other stories like this during GSWPA Spirit Week as the organization welcomes new members and volunteers for the new Girl Scout year.
For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to GSWPA, call 800-248-3355 or visit gswpa.org.
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.