Have you heard the maxim, "out of the mouths of babes?" I was reading the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) data for something else I was working on, and it made me ponder how to best describe what you do with your girls when you meet with them, work with them on projects, take them to events and activities, and participate in the cookie program. I think we don't often see it for what it is, but GSRI accurately describes the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) with the following outcomes that adults assist girls in achieving:
- Girls develop a strong sense of self - have you not seen that happen with your troop?
develop positive values - as we feel that we don't discuss values enough,
here's an opportunity to shape values of the girls you interact with.
advance diversity in a multicultural world - Girl Scouts do work hard on
appreciating the differences of others, not criticizing them.
- Girls feel
connected to their communities, locally, and globally - the Journeys curriculum
works hard to get girls to identify resources and issues in their community and
- Girls feel
empowered to make a difference in the world - girls can and do change the
world, everyday, in this council and beyond.
As we take stock of what has transpired so far this fall and look to the future, always remember you are building leaders.