Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Girls Need Our Support—Now More Than Ever

If you know about Girl Scouts, you know that when girls succeed, so does our world. Research from the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) tells us that girls who participate in Girl Scouting are more likely to see themselves as go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, and leaders, as compared to girls who were not involved in Girl Scouting.

For nearly 105 years, Girl Scouting has worked to build girls who will become responsible, civic-minded adults who follow their own beliefs. The Girl Scout Leadership Experience focuses on the very skills and abilities which research shows contribute to long-term success in life: sense of self; healthy relationships; positive values; willingness to seek challenges; and community problem solving.

As part of the largest girl-serving organization in the world, Girl Scouts of Connecticut is committed to ensuring that each girl in every zip code across the state develops to her full potential. We do this by providing girls with life-transforming leadership experiences across diverse activities and opportunities, delivered under the guidance of caring adult volunteers and mentors.

At this time in our country, girls need Girl Scouting more than ever, and we, as adults, have to stay more engaged than ever. Our volunteers, parents, and supporters are so needed to continue to be role models for our girls so they will never back down from living up to their personal beliefs as they grow and take action for a better world. 

We are currently living in challenging times, but together, we can continue to make the world a better place for girls and everyone to live—which is the mission of Girl Scouting. We need to work together to teach our girls to find their voice and not to be afraid to pursue their personal dreams and make the choices that are right for them. When our girls thrive, so does society—they are our future.

Girl Scouts of the USA, our national organization, will be hosting a webinar targeted to members and supporters from across the country concerning their latest research through GSRI on The State of Girls. You are invited to join the webinar on February 23 at 1 p.m. EST. and learn about the state of girls in our country and state, and how Girl Scouts’ programming can help girls to take advantage of opportunities to succeed and overcome the obstacles that may be holding them back. This will be a great chance for parents, volunteers, educators, and public officials to learn about the issues impacting girls today, so that we all may join together to stand for and support our girls in their journey to womanhood. The registration link will be announced soon, which I will share in an upcoming blog post with some of the highlights from the latest research.

Please consider supporting Girl Scouting either financially or through the gift of volunteering , so we may continue to inspire girls in our state to put their best foot forward and find their voice. Girls need our support more than ever and your gift of time, talent, or treasure can make a real difference in helping to make every girl the person she is meant to be. Thank you.

Yours in Girl Scouting,

Monday, January 9, 2017

It's Girl Scout Cookie Time!

Happy New Year! I hope you and yours had a wonderful holiday. Everyone at Girl Scouts is entering the New Year with excitement because it is that time of year again…that’s right —you’ve guessed it—it’s Girl Scout Cookie time! 

This year is especially exciting as 2017 marks 100 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies. A century ago, girls started participating in what would eventually become the largest girl entrepreneurial program in the world—the Girl Scout Cookie Program. The first known sale happened in Muskogee, Oklahoma in 1917, when a Girl Scout troop baked cookies and sold them at their high school to raise money for a service project in their community. Since then, Girl Scouts continue to sell cookies and use those funds to do incredible things.

Girl Scout Cookies help girls earn money for fun, educational activities or community projects — in fact, last year, Girl Scouts in Connecticut raised close to $2 million through their cookie program efforts, which they brought right back to their communities making our world a better place to live. The cookie program also plays an enormous role in transforming girls into the core of what defines Girl Scouting —G.I.R.L.s (Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers, and Leaders) —as they learn skills that will remain with them their entire lives.

To ring in the centennial, Girl Scouts is introducing a new cookie—Girl Scout S’mores™. These cookies really represent Girl Scouting’s longstanding commitment to the outdoors. Did you know that Girl Scouts helped popularize s’mores? The tradition of making and enjoying s’mores was popularized by Girl Scouts as early as the 1920s. Make sure to try our new cookie this season!

Girls are now taking orders for Girl Scout Cookies! Head to gsofct.org and click on the “Looking for Cookies” button to find a Girl Scout selling cookies in your town!

Yours in Girl Scouting,