Shedding Stereotypes at Girl Scouts “Experience the Movement”

| September 18, 2012

There are some things that get better with age, and the Girl Scouts is definitely one of them. The 100 year old organization continues to evolve with the times and to adapt its programming to meet girls’ needs. However, there is one position on which the Girl Scouts will not budge, and that is its determination to uphold its mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Attendees at Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona’s Experience the Movement will be reminded of this when they gather on Wednesday to learn about the organization’s Year of the Girl Campaign focusing on female leadership in society.

While Girl Scout activities have long been synonymous with cookies, camps, and crafts, in recent years the all-girl organization has focused its energy into encouraging girl leadership. One of the most unique aspects of Girl Scouting is that it provides a forum in which girls are given ample opportunity to explore new roles and find the ones that fit them best. This is extremely important, as research indicates that girls still lack self-esteem when it comes to taking on leadership roles. The Girl Scouts Research Institute notes that four out of five girls believe they don’t have what it takes for leadership positions. Even though girls are excelling in academics, something is going on under the surface that is keeping them from becoming leaders.

Part of the problem is that young women have a difficult time envisioning themselves as business executives or top political officials. Experience the Movement and the Year of the Girl campaign aims to dispel such myths and to put out a call to action for girl advocates in the community. Debbie Rich, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona, stresses that “we want to get the community together and show them the role they can play in welcoming, mentoring and supporting girls. I’m hoping attendees will go back to their spheres of influence, whether it’s their business they run or the university that they work at, and spread the word about what girls need to really achieve their leadership success and their dreams. It’s important to have all of our leaders and our community paying attention and helping ToGetHerThere.”

Over two hundred guests from the community are expected at Wednesday’s 7:30am breakfast at Loews Ventana Canyon- Kiva Room. The program will feature a girl panel and the presentation of the Year of the Girl Proclamation from the Mayor’s office. For more information or to attend, please contact Jessica Galow, Fund Development Manager, at jgalow@girlscoutssoaz.org520.319.3147.

About Girl Scouts
Girl Scouts is the world’s preeminent leadership development organization dedicated to helping build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. GSSoAz serves over 14,000 girls in Southern Arizona and includes over 3,000 adult volunteers. Our goals are to provide a wide range of contemporary programs that reflect the unique needs and interests of all girls living in Southern Arizona, to empower girls to reach their full potential, and to give girls a voice in their community and in their own lives. For more information, please contact Maria DeCabooter at (520) 319-3175.


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