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:
- 97 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)
- 94 percent of parents say that because of Girl Scouts their daughter feels special, has more friends (95 percent), and is happier (89 percent)
The data shows it is 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.
n95 percent of Girl Scout volunteers are happy knowing they are making girls’ lives better.
“Girl Scouts gives girls a safe place to explore topics of interest in a judgment-free space,” said Booth Kammann, CEO of GSCSA. “For over 100 years, Girl Scouts has shown that girls matter. We encourage adults to sign up as volunteers and help us spread that positive message even further for our region’s girls.”
Girl Scouts is open to all girls, from kindergarten through grade 12. The more adults that step forward to volunteer, the more girls will get the chance to be a Girl Scout. Adults over the age of 18 may become volunteers; both girls and adult volunteers can join at any time of the year.
Joining Girl Scouts and signing up to volunteer online is now easier than ever before. For more information about becoming a Girl Scout or volunteer, visit www.girlscouts.org or call 1-800-474-1912.
Chartered by Girl Scouts of the USA, the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians (GSCSA) serves 46 counties from Southwest Virginia, through East Tennessee, and into North Georgia. Service centers are located in Johnson City, Knoxville, and Chattanooga. Each service center has a Girl Scout shop, and the Knoxville Service Center is home to the Girl Scout Museum at Daisy’s Place.