Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Top 5: Reasons to be a Girl Scout

There's plenty of reasons to be a Girl Scout - and there's still time to join us for an exciting year! Here are our top five reasons to become a Girl Scout (and a sneak peek at some of the fun you can have when you join)!

1. Make New Friends
Girl Scouts is a fun opportunity to meet other girls just like you! Whether you decide to join a troop or participate in Girl Scouts as a Juliette, you'll find lots of other girls who are interested in the same things as you, like camping or earning technology badges. You'll also make new friends at Community, Region or Council-wide events - friends who you can explore new interests with, like sailing or horseback riding!

Our favorite thing about Girl Scouting is seeing emails and hearing stories from troops who joined as Daisies and are now Ambassadors, celebrating their final year together. Not only have these girls formed a bond over Girl Scouts; they're best friends and get back together from time to time to reminisce about that camp out where it poured all weekend or the time their troop sold 5,000 boxes of cookies. Girl Scouts helps girls make friends for life.

2. Camping
Going to camp is one of the first things people think of when they hear "Girl Scouts" - and for good reason! GSSJC has 10 fantastic camp properties for girls to visit and explore. Whether you're canoeing at Camp Agnes Arnold in Conroe, horseback riding at Camp Myra S. Pryor in Nada or enjoying the salty summer breeze during resident camp at Camp Casa Mare on Galveston Bay, there's a little something for everyone.

In addition to going camping, GSSJC also offers program activities like nature hikes, archery, horseback riding and more that girls can enjoy without having to spend the night at camp. During the summer, Camps Arnold, Misty Meadows and Casa Mare all serve as resident camps, each featuring more than 20 different sessions where girls will not only earn badge requirements, they'll also learn valuable life skills such as leadership and independence. There's plenty of ways for girls to enjoy the great outdoors, learn a new skill and make a few new friends.

3. Girl Scout Cookies
Oh, Girl Scout Cookies - how we love you! But there's so much more to it than simply buying a box of Thin Mints from the adorable Brownie neighbor. When girls participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, they are learning five valuable skills they will carry with them for the rest of their lives: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. Did you know 80% of female entrepreneurs were once Girl Scouts? We're betting most of them learned how to start a successful business from their experience in Girl Scouts.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program also gives girls a chance to earn funds for activities. Sixteen percent of each box sold goes right back to the troop, and the remaining funds stays within the local council. By participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls can earn funds for their next troop camping weekend - or they might choose to dream big and save it for a European excursion after the troop graduates from high school. It's completely up to the girls!

4. Travel the World
Girl Scouts can take you places! In addition to using troop funds earned from product sales to go on trips and see the rest of your state, country or world, Girl Scouts also have the chance to travel the world through an exciting program called destinations. Once girls are in junior high and high school, they are eligible to apply for this travel program.

Whether traveling to a state they've never visited or traveling to an exciting new country like Iceland, Costa Rica or even India, girls have the chance to see the world well before they go to college and have the option to study abroad. Each destinations trip has some aspect of community service, so not only are girls getting to see the world - they are literally making it a better place.

5. Scholarship & Career Opportunities
The highest award a Girl Scout can receive is the Gold Award. This prestigious award is earned by less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouting, and it holds some major power! It signifies a girl has successfully answered the call to “Go Gold” and marks her as an accomplished member of society.

In addition to achieving the pinnacle of success in Girl Scouts, a girl who earn this award is also eligible for scholarships exclusive to Gold Award recipients. She may enter the military at a higher rank in recognition of their accomplishment, and she is one of a handful of women who can include this impressive achievement on their resume for the rest of her life. Earning the Gold Award isn't a one-time honor - it's a lifetime honor that can provide a jump-start to a girl's career as the next Forbes CEO, congresswoman or astronaut.

Ready to join?
We'd love to have you in GSSJC! Click here to be directed to our Rally Locator and enter your zip code or daughter's school to find an event near you. No upcoming events? Click on your school for contact information of the staff member who can assist you in signing up! You can also call 1-800-392-4340 to sign up.

We'll see you soon at camp! Or at a cookie booth! Or earning your Gold Award! Or...well, you get the idea.

We'll see you soon in Girl Scouts!