Today, Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona offers girls in our community even more opportunities to empower themselves with the experiences they need to succeed in life. Together with Girl Scouts of the USA, we are introducing 23 new badges in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and the outdoors—areas girls are not typically encouraged to explore outside of Girl Scouting, and our largest programming rollout in almost a decade.
Now, Girl Scouts will be able to design robots and racecars, go on environmentally conscious camping trips, create algorithms, collect data in the great outdoors, try their hand at engineering, and so much more—building their skills and increasing their confidence in an all-girl environment where they feel comfortable trying new things, taking risks, and learning from failure. And the best part? Each new badge is girl-tested and girl-approved!
What's more, these awesome badges have debuted on Girl Scouts’ first digital platform for volunteers, the Volunteer Toolkit, making it more accessible than ever to unleash the power of every G.I.R.L. In the toolkit, programming is autopopulated, so troop leaders can view activity plans, customize meetings, and keep track of important information, making it easier than ever to support amazing experiences for girls! Plus, the instructions throughout make subjects that might otherwise intimidate some volunteers—like STEM—accessible and understandable, so they can confidently guide troop activities.
At a time when 81% of U.S. voters think preparing girls for leadership roles should be a national priority, the Girl Scout Research Institute recently released new findings that show how participation in Girl Scouts helps girls develop key leadership skills proven to help them achieve bright, successful futures. To list just a few examples, Girl Scouts are more likely than non-Girl Scouts to be leaders because they:
- Have confidence in themselves and their abilities (80% vs. 68%)
- Act ethically and responsibly, and show concern for others (75% vs. 59%)
- Seek challenges and learn from setbacks (62% vs. 42%)
- Develop and maintain healthy relationships (60% vs. 43%)
- Identify and solve problems in their communities (57% vs. 28%)
- Take an active role in decision making (80% vs. 51%)
The most powerful part is that no matter where girls live or what their age or background is, Girl Scouts can help them develop to their full potential and excel in all aspects of life.
Here at Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona, in fact, our dedication to our mission has led to the construction of Angel's Place for Girls, a two-story, 11,000-square-foot building that opens in August 2017, and includes a state-of-the-art STEM lab and health-and-wellness center to help girls put the new badges into action and support them on their leadership journey. There has never been a better time to stand with girls in Southern Arizona, and Girl Scouts is the best place to do it. If you believe there is power in every G.I.R.L., join Girl Scouts today and unleash it!