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Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast calls for new Girl Scout members and volunteers to join in the fun

Aug. 31, 2014

New research shows majority of parents see benefits for daughters; majority of volunteers feel
experience has helped them personally and professionally.


Milwaukee, WI — Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast is making its end-of-summer push for girls and adult volunteers to join Girl Scouts, the country’s preeminent leadership development organization for girls. With families already thinking about how to allocate their free time during the coming school year, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) has released new data showing the organization’s benefits for both girls and volunteers.

Results of a summer 2014 pulse poll conducted with over 3,500 volunteers and parents of Girl Scouts in the K−5 age range show positive effects on members of all ages:

• Ninety-seven percent of parents agree that Girl Scouts has been a positive activity for their daughter, that she has had fun and exciting new experiences (95 percent), and that she has learned or tried something new (96 percent).

• In addition, 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 data shows it is not just girls who benefit:

• Ninety-four percent of volunteers have made new friends
• Eighty-eight percent believe their life is better because they volunteer with Girl Scouts, and two-thirds believe their volunteer experience has helped them professionally.
• Ninety-five percent of Girl Scout volunteers are happy knowing they are making girls’ lives better.

"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 Chávez, 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."

Girl Scouts gives girls a place to explore topics of interest in a judgment-free space outside of classroom confinements; it cultivates cooperative and self-directed learning, as well as the growth mindset (the understanding that intelligence and talent can be developed)—all of which help foster a lifetime passion for learning. The variety of experiences and the value for the money the Girl Scout program provides are also popular selling points. 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 feel Girl Scouts is a great value for the money compared to other extracurricular activities. Overall, parents consider Girl Scouts one of the most beneficial extracurricular activities for their daughter.

A fun-filled year is in store for Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast, with activities such as STEMfest, where girls can become mad scientists by creating their own lip balm and participate in other interactive opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math at Discovery World in Milwaukee; an overnight at the Civil War Museum in Kenosha, where girls can immerse themselves in another era while learning more about this historical event; or Design and Discovery, where girls can explore non-traditional careers like architecture, carpentry, and fire science through hands-on activities at Milwaukee Area Technical College in Oak Creek.

Girl Scouts is open to all girls from kindergarten through grade 12. The more adults step forward to volunteer, the more girls will get the chance to be a Girl Scout. Adults over age 18 may become volunteers; both girls and adults volunteers can join at any time of the year. Girl Scout volunteers come from all walks of life; they are men, women, young professionals, retirees, college students, and more. To join or volunteer, please visit: www.girlscouts.org/join.


About Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast
Ranked #4 out of 112 councils nationally in girl market share, Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast (GSWISE) is 35,000 strong - 28,000 girls in grades K-12 and 7,000 adults who believe every girl can change the world. We build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place by helping them discover their inner strength, passions and talents. And with programs in Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha counties, there’s a chance for every girl in our council to do something amazing.

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