Including ALL Girls
Did you know that Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouts, was partially deaf? At the time she started Girl Scouts, Low had said, “Girl Scouts should be for all girls, regardless of their ability.” Today, as the organiz
ation celebrates its 100th anniversary, it helps 3.2 million American girls build confidence, courage and character – and continues to advance its inclusion programs to ensure that Girl Scout activities are accessible to ALL girls…regardless of their ability. Just like Low wanted.
For decades, Girl Scout troops have welcomed girls with developmental disabilities, chronic health conditions or other special needs. Today, Girl Scout troops across the country have formal, effective inclusion programs in place, including Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona, and have designed initiatives to educate girls about inclusion and how they can include girls with disabilities in all aspects of Girl Scouts.
GSSoAz has resources available to help volunteers, leaders and staff make adaptations and modifications for girls with disabilities so they can fully participate in Girl Scouts.
The Spirit of Inclusion: Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona promising practices for including girls with disabilities in all aspects of Girl Scouts.
Description: Respecting differences and cultivating a commitment to inclusion is an important part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Volunteers like you play the largest and most important role in ensuring that all girls feel safe, welcome and valued in Girl Scouting. Fostering diversity is a critical part of ensuring the success of every girl in your troop or group. This training will provide you with strategies for making adaptations and modifications for girls with disabilities.
Training Dates: Tuesday, September 18 from 6:00 – 8:00, Tuesday, January 22 from 6:00 – 8:00, and Tuesday, May 14 from 6:00 – 8:00. Please RSVP to Ellen Pott at 319-3151
This patch program is designed for Girl Scouts at all levels. Including ALL Girls educates girls about inclusion and how they
can include girls with disabilities in all aspects of Girl Scouts. The patch program will heighten Girl Scouts’ awareness, understanding and acceptance of people’s differences and disabilities.
Timalee Nevels, Chief of Staff, 319-3159