Monday, October 5, 2015

Welcome to the GSOFCT Blog!

Girl-led activities and learning by doing helps girls succeed

Wouldn’t you know that just when I decided it is time to do a monthly blog for Girl Scouts of Connecticut, Fast Company magazine proclaimed in their latest issue that blogging is dead? Oh well –I have always been a little behind the times, and I know that there is so much going on around your council that I am choosing to ignore Fast Company’s proclamation. Welcome to the very first Girl Scouts of Connecticut blog: we have a lot to blog about!!

Let’s talk about what makes Girl Scouting special.  As we reach out as we do this time of year to potential Girl Scouts and volunteers in our schools, churches, and communities throughout the state, it is important that they see the “value added” of Girl Scouting—i.e., what are the things that make Girl Scouting different and special vs. other activities that girls can engage in?  I like to stress that Girl Scouts is not only fun, but most importantly, a girl-led and “learning by doing” organization. In Girl Scouts, our girls are able to discover themselves in a broad variety of activities from among which they get to choose.  This very factor reaps amazing results.

According to recent findings from the Girl Scout Research Institute, when Girl Scout activities are girl-led, cooperative, and hands-on, girls are more likely to become better at conflict resolution, problem solving, team building and cooperation, and developing a more positive sense of self.
Feeling empowered can be difficult to some girls, especially when in a multi-gendered classroom.  Girls who participate in girl-led activities feel empowered to take on leadership roles and take action in their communities to make the world a better place. Girls who experience learning by doing, and who are part of a girl-led program, can learn to take their rightful seat at the table and see firsthand how their creative and innovative ideas can make a difference in the world.

Through our broad array of relevant programming, including STEM, healthy living, anti-bullying, and self-esteem building activities, we encourage girls to tap into their interests and talents, learn new things about the world around them, and we help lead them lead themselves to success.  And that’s only part of the reason why Girl Scouting is so magical!

Yours in Girl Scouting,

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