Locals invited to register for Girl Scouts


Staff Report



As summer draws to a close and parents and kids are easing back into their school routines, Girl Scouts of Western Ohio is inviting girls to join the fun and register for Girl Scouts. Girl Scouts gives girls a supportive space to take chances, try new things, and learn to succeed through failure—improving all aspects of their lives.

When girls are given a safe and supportive environment to take chances, despite the potential for failure, they’re able to experience the emotional impact of risk without damaging consequences. Girl Scouts is a place to provide girls with a safe environment for trying new things and overcoming fears, making them greater challenge-seekers, more academically proficient students, and, eventually, more successful adults.

Feeling empowered to take action is difficult for girls, but experiencing the benefits of girl-led programming like Girl Scouts can lead to significant growth in girls’ leadership skills—and, according to the Girl Scout Research Institute, Girl Scouts have more leadership experiences than other girls and boys. Of girls, 84 percent say that they learned or did new things in Girl Scouts, and 80 percent reported that in Girl Scouts they were able to do things that they could not have done in other places. Through experiences like these, girls become more active and engaged learners, develop a positive sense of self, and learn resourceful problem solving.

“We live in a competitive culture, where girls often measure their success or failure against others,” said Angela Tennaro, director of regional services for Girl Scouts of Western Ohio. “Girl Scouts provides girls a level playing field, where they are encouraged to be themselves, set their own goals, and face challenges in a safe environment—free from competition and judgment. As a result, girls gain confidence and become stronger challenge-seekers who are more likely to feel academically engaged and competent.”

Research shows that embracing failure as a learning opportunity, rather than viewing it as a detractor from success, improves all aspects of a child’s life, particularly academics. The Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) found the variety of activities offered through Girl Scouts—from planning and leading projects to participating in community service and outdoor expeditions—allows girls to gain skills and confidence that also help them do well in school.

Children are resilient and will problem solve until they master a challenging situation, bouncing back if success isn’t immediate. According to a new study published by the American Psychological Association, kids perform better if they know failure—trying again when it doesn’t go as planned the first time is part of the learning process. Research shows “helping children to interpret difficulty, not as a sign of intellectual limitation but as the normal learning outcome,” enhanced how they tackled tough tasks and lowered their negative emotional response to these activities.

Volunteering

While Girl Scouts is open to all girls from kindergarten through grade 12, anyone over the age of 18 can become a Girl Scout volunteer. Girls cannot experience the positive impact of Girl Scouts without adult volunteers, and each adult who volunteers has the opportunity to make a real difference in the life of a girl. Girl Scout volunteers come from all walks of life; they are men, women, young professionals, retirees, college students, and more. Both girls and adult volunteers can join at any time of the year.

To join Girl Scouts or learn more about volunteering, please visit gswo.org/join.

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