Girl Scout season is the best season of the year. You’ll find girls scouts selling peanut butter sandwhich cookies and caramel delights on school campuses and in front of grocery stores everywhere. One of my longtime close friends keeps her girls in Girl Scouts and for good reason. It is a great organization for young girls to learn essential life lessons and expose them to other cultures.
Founded in 1912, the Girl Scout organization has been increasing girls awareness about the world and developing leaders. It’s mentorship program pairs girls up with adults that can provide empowerment and support . According to the Girl Scouts, the mentoring program helps to create a positive environment, safe from barriers that “she can't withstand alone: a lack of role models, unhealthy images of beauty, peer pressure to not stand out, and a mean-girl culture.”
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A study was done on the longterm impact of the girl scout program. This “Alumnae Impact Study” revealed positive life outcomes in the areas of education, income, volunteerism, civic engagement, and their sense of self. Most noteably, of long term alumnae, 48 percent have retained at least one college degree. A staggering 91 percent of long term alumnae say they have achieved success in their lives. The Girl Scouts long term goal is “to create balanced leadership in one generation”. So next time you order cookies, you’ll know you are contributing to this goal.