When signing up for Girl Scouts, most girls say the reason they want to join is because they want to make new friends, have fun, or that “it looks cool.” When parents/guardians are asked why they want their girl to join, they always see the bigger picture of what Girl Scouts can really do for their girl. They know that being a part of Girl Scouts offers an opportunity for girls to learn new life skills, develop their leadership ability, and gain confidence and self-awareness. Here at the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians, we support all the reasons families become involved with Girl Scouting and use the Girl Scout Leadership Experience as a model to measure our success.
As an organization, GSCSA strives to engage girls in discovering themselves, helping them connect with others, and encouraging them to take actionto make the world a better place. All experiences in Girl Scouting incorporate these three keys to leadership (Discover, Connect, and Take Action) and are measured by 15 outcomes directly tied to the keys. Outcomes are collected at events, programs, camps, short series, and other locations in which girls are experiencing programming created from the GSLE model. When girls are filling out assessments, answering questions in a focus group or being interviewed on camera, they are helping measure their own success and the success of the council as a whole. And because we measure our success by directly asking our girl members what they are experiencing, we are communicating to our supporters that girls have the final voice in everything we do.
As your girl participates in the Girl Scout experience this year, take a moment to think about what you can do to help her to Discover who she is and what values she holds, Connect her to others locally and globally, and encourage her to Take Action to make the world a better place.