for parents

Who do you want the girl in your life to become? Whether she is 5 or 17, you want her to become self-confident, strong, and compassionate. You want her to respect herself and others, make good decisions, be open to new challenges, and use her skills and talents to make her world a better place. You want her to build strong friendships, be a leader, and put her values into practice in her everyday life.


You want her to become her best self.


Social pressure, image issues, and uncertain security—there are so many potential hurdles to girls’ well-being. For over 100 years, Girl Scouts has been helping girls realize their full potential and everything that the Girl Scout Leadership Experience provides.


Girl Scouts is a great choice for your daughter!


Girl Scouting provides unexpected opportunities for your daughter. Not only can your daughter be as involved as she likes without giving up other activities… but the myriad of teamwork, leadership and personal growth skills she learns will benefit her endeavors today and into her future.


Girl Scouts is the organization best positioned to offer girls the tools they need to be successful leaders now and throughout their lives. In Girl Scouts, girls develop the courage, confidence and character they need to make the world a better place.


Why Girl Scouting for your daughter?
We have heard from countless parents the difference Girl Scouting has made in their daughters’ lives. Girl Scouts understands that girls have unique needs that are best met in a program designed specifically for them and delivered in an all-girl setting. Research tells us that a girl’s leadership develops when she’s among other girls, away from school pressures, social cliques and boys. In a place where:


• She can be herself and take on new challenges.
• Activities are girl-led.
• Each girl learns by doing and the learning is cooperative, not competitive.
• Adults mentor girls and model skills, behaviors, and careers that girls can emulate.


Your Time, Your Life
Your calendar is full. Your to-do list is jam-packed. You want to help out, but it’s almost impossible to find the time. Don’t panic. You don’t have to give up your life to support your girl.


Because there are only so many hours in a day, girls, along with their parents and guardians, have to balance many growing and diverging interests, commitments, and responsibilities in a world of PDAs and PTAs. You’ll be surprised at how flexible Girl Scouting is today. You can choose how little or how much time and energy you can give—an hour, a day, or maybe just a “thank you” to your Girl Scout’s troop or group leader.


Customize Your Role
From being the “head cheerleader” who encourages and supports her daughter in Girl Scouting, to accompanying the girls on a field trip to a local museum, to helping raise the funds and traveling with a group to a Girl Scout World Center in India, you can use your skills and explore your interests. Here are a few of the many ways you can support your Girl Scout:


• Suggest a fun day trip.
• Set up a phone tree.
• Coordinate transportation for an outing.
• Be a guest speaker.
• Teach girls a new skill.
• Design a troop photo album or Web site.
• Join girls on a field trip.
• Learn first aid at a GS-sponsored training so that you help on their outings.
• Become an advocate in your community for Girl Scouting.


Tell your girl you’re proud of her!