When I accepted the position as your CEO, I brought with me memories of my years as a Girl Scout in Central Illinois and the Kansas Heartland. The Girl Scouts organization has impacted many women’s lives and careers, including mine.
As we continue to follow the development of the Boy Scouts decision to rename their older youth program “Scouting BSA” and their decision to allow girls as young as six years old to join Boy Scouts, I’m hearing stories about confusion in our schools, places of worship, and among our own Girl Scout Troop Leaders, parents and families.
We’re hearing questions such as:
“Are Girl Scouts and Boys Scouts merging?”
“Can boys join Girl Scouts?”
“Why don’t you just go co-ed?”
I’d like to address where we stand as a movement:
Are Girl Scouts and Boys Scouts merging and becoming one organization?
Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts are not merging. Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts are two separate and very different organizations. Girl Scouts is a girl-focused, girl-only organization. We’ve been that way for 106 years and we will not change.
Will Girl Scouts allow boys to join?
Girl Scouts will remain committed to an all-girl environment.
Why should I keep my girl in Girl Scouts?
It’s clear, and research states, that a girl excels in an all-girl, girl-led, and girl-friendly environment. With her Girl Scout sisters, she can practice different skills; explore her potential; take on leadership positions; and even feel allowed to fail, dust herself off, get up, and try again.
Girl Scouts was founded by a woman and our top national and local leadership remain led by women. That is a powerful demonstration of female empowerment we’re sending to the next generation of female leaders.
At Girl Scouts, we’re building the pipeline of the next generation of female leaders with programming focused on our four key pillars:
- STEAM education
- The outdoors
- Life skills
We’re more than cookies and crafts. Girl Scouts introduces girls to high adventure, provides a community uniquely focused on girl development, and lays the foundation for a lifetime of leadership supported by a powerful network of women.
As a society, women today are still not treated or valued equally to men. In 2017, on average, a woman earns 79 cents for every dollar a man earns. Women are also largely underrepresented among CEOs and CFOs with just 6.4% of the 2017 Fortune 500 list run by female CEOs.
Now more than ever, please join me in supporting Girl Scouts and the all-girl movement.
Renew her membership today and help prepare her for a lifetime of leadership.
Yours in Girl Scouting,