Friday, September 12, 2014
Guest Post: Girls and adults benefit from Girl Scout experiences
By Marisol Solis
How does a girl accomplish her goal of learning about astronomy or robotics? Or defy gender stereotypes to become the first female CEO of a major company, leading a team of other innovators? Or set in motion her dream of becoming a leader when opportunity seems like only a buzzword to her? How? It’s simple: Girl Scouts.
Whether you sign up your daughter to be a part of a troop or sign up yourself to serve as a volunteer, Girl Scouts is making the world a better place while making a lasting impression in the lives of both its volunteers and girl members. By offering a wide range of opportunities to develop positive relationships, maximize their potential and learn new skills, girls and adults can brighten their futures and make a difference in their communities.
At Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council, we serve approximately 63,000 girls in 26 southeast Texas counties. We want to reach more girls than ever before, but in order to do that we need more volunteers. Recent research shows that 94 percent of Girl Scout volunteers and 97 percent of girl members believe Girl Scouts provides them with new, fun and exciting experiences. Sixty-two percent of adults believe that their volunteer experience has helped them professionally. I’m no exception.
As a young girl, I didn’t have the opportunity to join Girl Scouts. So when my daughter Zoe became of age, I enrolled her and started a troop. Six years later I still believe it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made. Girl Scouts gives Zoe the opportunity to serve her community, make new friends and learn new skills. Through Girl Scouting, she has become more confident, has the opportunity to earn several recognitions and learned to work as a team. As a participant of the Cookie Program, she’s learned goal setting and time management skills, both are important in balancing home, school and her extracurricular activities. Her analytical skills have also improved as a result of the various STEM activities offered by our local council. Most importantly, Girl Scouts reinforces the values I teach her – that with hard work and dedication, she can achieve her goals.
I’m grateful for Zoe’s Girl Scout experience. It’s because of her that I finally got the opportunity to become a Girl Scout. As a volunteer and troop leader for her troop, Girl Scouts has helped to create a balance in my life. It’s energizing and serves as a way to expand my horizons. Through serving girls, I have fine-tuned my organizational skills and learned to be more resourceful and creative – these are all skills that transfer to the workplace and have helped me in my career and other volunteer endeavors.
For me, summer might be ending, but the fun is only beginning. Join me and let’s get more girls in Girl Scouts imagining, exploring and achieving success. You will be amazed at the wonderful opportunities available to maximize your potential and make a difference along the way. For more information about Girl Scouting in your area, visit girlscouts.org/join.
Want to share your own story of why you encouraged your daughter to be a Girl Scout? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!