This week Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan announced that they had enrolled 10,000 girls for this year. My daughter is in her 8th year in Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan. It’s been a great experience watching the girls grow from Kindergarten Daisies to 7th Grade Cadettes.
Read their press release:
10,000 Girls join Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (October 25, 2018) Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan (GSHOM) is excited to announce the achievement of an exciting benchmark. Girl membership for the organization just topped 10,000 members.
“We’re thrilled to announce that 10,000 girls have started their Girl Scout adventure with us this year,” said Jan Barker, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan. “That’s 10,000 stories of friendship, of exploration, of learning to lead. We couldn’t be more excited.”
There are thirty-four counties in GSHOM, and this is one of several times the council stops to take stock of girl participation.
“When we look at all of the communities in our council we see 10,000 girls who are getting the Girl Scout advantage through programming, camp and leadership experiences,” Membership Chief Officer Connie Mohr added. “But we also see all of the girls who could be getting the same great start in life. We have the potential to really change communities with more and more girls participating.”
Girls who participate in single-gender learning opportunities are more likely to engage in healthy relationships, to have higher career aspirations and to have more confidence. They see themselves as problem solvers and are less burdened by gender stereotypes.
“It’s a big deal for us to cross the 10,000 threshold, but what we’re looking for is another five, another ten, another twenty thousand girls to be a part of Girl Scouting,” Barker added. “We want girls to be involved, and we want the community to be involved, too. We need leaders and volunteers to join with us to lift up girls and give them the best start in life we can. These little girls become confident teens and leaders as women, and they improve everything they touch.”
About Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan: We believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world, and our 34 counties across Michigan. Our extraordinary journey began more than 100 years ago with one woman, Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low. On March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia, she organized the very first Girl Scout troop, and every year since, we’ve honored her vision and legacy, building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. And with programs from coast to coast and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success.
Our Girl Scouts Experience
Girl Scouts strives to be a Girl Led Organization. As they’ve gotten older, the Girls have more of a leadership role. From Kindergarten, they had input into troop activities and badges. Starting at 6th Grade Cadettes, my daughter and her troop mates each selected a badge for the troop. They were responsible for leading the badge work for the troop.
As their Cookie parent, I have watched the girls grow in their confidence at Cookie Booths. From their math skills in adding up boxes and making change to their confidence approaching customers, I have seen so much growth.
Their goal setting has also evolved from small goals to large goals. In Kindergarten, they earned the money for a Build a Bear party and each girl got a Bear marking the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouts. Then, they planned outings like Splash Universe and the Adventure Park in West Bloomfield. After 4th Grade, they visited Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island.
Last summer she and her troop went to the Smoky Mountains for the week. They are planning another week-long trip this summer, but have not finalized a destination.