Girl Scouts Encourage New Members, Volunteers To Join
By Amanda Barry
(Cincinnati, Oh.) - Girl Scouts of Western Ohio has new research that provides girls and adults benefits for joining and volunteering for Girl Scouts. As the country’s dominant leadership developmental organization for girls, research shows those girls who participate in Girl Scouts are more successful in school and get better grades (Linking Leadership to Academic Success: The Girl Scout Difference, 2012).
“Families are already thinking about hot they are going to allocate their free time during the new school year,” said Roni Luckenbill, chief executive officer for Girl Scouts of Western Ohio. “Scouts gives girls and adult volunteers a positive, life changing option. And that’s not just talk. We have statistics that show our girls for years to come following their Girl Scout Leadership Experience.”
With over 3,500 parents and volunteers, a recent survey shows the positive effects on members of all ages. For example, ninety-seven percent of parents agreed their daughter’s experience was a positive activity. Also, more than ninety percent reported their daughter learned or tried something new, participated in something fun, and had exciting new experiences. In addition, ninety- four percent reported Girl Scouts made their daughters feel special, ninety-five percent believes their daughter has more friends, and eighty-nine percent believe their daughters are happier.
Girl scout volunteers benefit as well because ninety-four percent made new friends, eighty-eight percent believe their life is better because they volunteer, and two-thirds believe their experience has helped them professionally. In addition, ninety-five percent are happier because they know they are making a difference in the girls’ lives.
Girl Scouts build courage, confidence, and character. Girls encounter a judgment- free zone, while exploring topics of interest outside of the confined classroom. In addition, the girls learn to be cooperative through hands on activities and reflection.
“Anyone can be a Girl Scout volunteer and help shape the next generation of female leaders,” said Erin Horsley, director of regional services for Girl Scouts of Western Ohio. “They can be men, women, retirees, or even college students. Every person who signs up can bring thought-provoking and exciting experiences to girls in their neighborhood. By devoting a small amount of time for local girls, they’re investing in the future of our community, our country, and our world.”
Girl scouts is open to all girls from kindergarten through grade 12, including those with mental and developmental disabilities. Volunteers must be over age 18 and submit a background check. To sign up, visit girlscouts.org/join.