So why be a Girl Scout? Because if you were a Girl Scout growing-up, then…
You have a more positive life!
You are more competent & capable!
You volunteer more!
You give more money to charities!
You vote more!
You went to college & beyond!
You make more money!
You are a leader!
And you have Girl Scouts to thank for all of these great accomplishments!!
And there are lots of Girl Scout alumnae living in the US – 1 in every 2 adult women were a member of Girl Scouts. Today we are 59 million strong! Overall, alumnae say Girl Scouting was positive and rewarding for them. Former Girl Scouts…
• Rate their Girl Scouting experiences very highly (on a scale of 1-10, 8.04 average rating).
• Fondly recall their experiences in Girl Scouting: fun, friendships, and crafts are the most frequently cited positive aspects of Girl Scouting.
• Say they’ve received concrete benefits from Girl Scouts, such as being exposed to nature and having a safe place to try new things.
• Actively recognize the influence of Girl Scouting on their lives: 75% of alumnae report that the Girl Scout experience has had a positive impact on their lives in general.
This data is adapted from the Girl Scout Research Institute report (2012), Girl Scouting Works: The Alumnae Impact Study. The study, which was not identified to participants as a Girl Scout project, surveyed a sample of 3,550 women aged 18 and older, roughly half of whom were Girl Scout alumnae and half drawn from the general population. The sample was chosen to be representative of the US population in terms of race/ethnicity, household income, education, marital status, and type of residence. Compared to non-alumnae, Girl Scout alumnae display significantly more positive life outcomes on several indicators of success. The positive effects of Girl Scouting seem particularly pronounced for women who were Girl Scouts longer, as well as for African American and Hispanic women.
“Girl Scouts turns 100 this year, and we couldn’t ask for a better birthday present than this kind of validation,” says Anna Maria Chávez, chief executive officer, Girl Scouts of the USA. “We declared 2012 as the Year of the Girl to help bring attention to girls and the value of encouraging and supporting them. To strengthen that support beyond the boundaries of Girl Scouting, we’ve launched ToGetHerThere, with the goal of reaching gender-balanced leadership in one generation.
“One kind of support we know girls need is role models—successful older women they can learn from and emulate. There is no group of women better suited to do that than our Girl Scout alumnae. We’re asking them to join our alumnae association and let us know if they’d be willing to visit schools and talk to girls who want to be leaders and may not be sure how to go about it. So Girl Scout, phone home. We need you.”
To get a copy of the study: Girl Scouting Works: The Alumnae Impact Study
Girl Scout Research Center: www.girlscouts.org/research
Girl Scout Alumnae Association: alumnae.girlscouts.org
Take the pledge to support girls and girls’ leadership: togetherthere.org