Girl Scouts welcoming new members, volunteers

New research shows majority of parents see benefits for daughters; volunteers say experience helps them personally, professionally  

Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland is recruiting new girl members and adult volunteers to join Girl Scouts, the pre-eminent leadership development organization for girls where they can make new friends, take action in their communities – and have fun.

As families make decisions about how to allocate their free time during this new school year, Girl Scouts of the USA has released new data showing the organization’s benefits for both girls and volunteers. IMG_3008

Results of a summer 2014 pulse poll conducted with over 3,500 volunteers and parents of Girl Scouts in the K-5 range show positive effects on members of all ages. The poll revealed that 97 percent of parents agree Girl Scouts has been a positive activity for their daughter, that she has had fun and exciting new experiences (95 percent), and that she’s learned or tried something new (96 percent). Additionally, 94 percent of parents say that because of Girl Scouts, their daughter feels special, has more friends (95 percent), and is happier (89 percent).

And the new data shows it’s not just girls who benefit – 94 percent of volunteers have made new friends, 88 percent believe their life is better because they volunteer with Girl Scouts, and two-thirds believe their volunteer experience has helped them professionally.

“Girl Scouts has provided a safe, fun and engaging place for girls and adult volunteers to lead and thrive for over 100 years,” said Anna Maria Chavez, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA. “We know the majority of volunteers feel their Girl Scout experience has helped them both personally and professionally, but in many places throughout the country, the lack of volunteers is what keeps girls on waiting lists. Every adult who volunteers for Girl Scouts can help us bring fun, new experiences to at least five girls. Imagine what that can do to shape the next generation of female leaders.”IMG_2793

Every volunteer makes a difference. There are volunteer opportunities to fit any schedule, whether it’s for one hour, one month, or one year. Girl Scout volunteers come from all walks of life; they are men, women, young professionals, retirees, college students, and more.

“The mission of Girl Scouts is building girls of courage, confidence, and character,” said Liz Workman, CEO of Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland. “In Girl Scouts, girls are developing those crucial qualities as they discover the fun, friendship and power of girls together. From camps and cultural exchanges to STEM activities and service projects impacting Kansas communities, girls grow courageous and strong. We owe it to all girls to provide them these enriching experiences.”

Eighty-nine percent of parents say their daughter gets a greater variety of experiences from Girl Scouts than she does from other extracurricular activities, and the majority of parents polled by GSUSA feel Girl Scouts is a great value for their money ($15 for membership) compared to other extracurricular activities.

Research also affirms the lifetime benefits of participating in Girl Scouting, as alumnae go on to become leaders in their communities and the world. Girl Scout alumnae report a significantly higher household income ($51,700) than non-alumnae ($42,200). Of Girl Scout alumnae who are mothers, 66 percent have been a mentor/volunteer in their child’s youth organization, compared to 48 percent of non-alumnae mothers.

Join the fun!

Girl Scouts is open to all girls from kindergarten through grade 12. Adults over age 18 can volunteer, and both girls and adults can join at any time of the year.

To join Girl Scouts or become a volunteer, call Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland toll-free at (888) 472-3683 or visit kansasgirlscouts.org/join-us/. Across the country, girls and adults can also enter their zip code here to find their Girl Scout council: http://bit.ly/17KYgwH

Learn more about Girl Scouts

What do Girl Scouts do? Girl Scouts follow the Girl Scout Promise and Law while they have fun building leadership skills and making a difference in their community and the world. Click here to learn more details about the Girl Scout levels, from Daisy to Ambassador. Check out the council’s Fall/Spring Activity Guide to see all of the exciting upcoming Girl Scout events: http://bit.ly/1rAcPBA

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Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland serves more than 16,000 girls and adults in 80 Kansas counties through its operational headquarters in Wichita, Kan., and regional offices in Salina, Hays, Emporia and Garden City. Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts is the leading authority on girls’ healthy development and is the pre-eminent leadership development organization for girls. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

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