Thursday, July 12, 2012

Blackwood Post Office Unveils Girl Scout Cancellation Stamp Design



In celebration of the Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary, the Blackwood Post Office of Gloucester County as well as other post offices around the nation, asked Girl Scouts to design cancellation stamps to be used to cancel all mail on June 30th.  On June 30th the Blackwood Post Master, Sharon Rein, acknowledged Anna, a Washington Township Girl Scout, for her cancellation stamp design. The cancellation stamp, which was used to cancel all mail on June 30th, featured a globe which represented Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from around the world. 

Anna received a Certificate of Commendation and an enlarged version of her design from the post office.  Girl Scouts from as far as Mt. Laurel came out to the unveiling and received a copy of the cancellation stamp design.  The stamper is still available at the Blackwood Post Office for cancellation until August 30, 2012. 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

New Research Affirms Lifetime Benefits Of Girls’ Participation in Girl Scouting


According to a new Girl Scout Research Institute report, Girl Scouting Works: The Alumnae Impact Study, women who were Girl Scouts as children display significantly more positive life outcomes than non-Girl Scout alumnae.
Approximately one in every two adult women (49%) in the U.S. has at some point been a member of Girl Scouts; the average length of time a girl spends in Girl Scouting is four years. There are currently an estimated 59 million Girl Scout alumnae living in the U.S.
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. These success indicators include:
  • Perceptions of self. Of Girl Scout alumnae, 63% consider themselves competent and capable, compared to 55% of non-alumnae.
  • Volunteerism and community work. Of Girl Scout alumnae who are mothers, 66% have been a mentor/volunteer in their child’s youth organization, compared to 48% of non-alumnae mothers.
  • Civic engagement. Of Girl Scout alumnae, 77% vote regularly, compared to 63% of non-alumnae.
  • Education. Of Girl Scout alumnae, 38% have attained college degrees, compared to 28% of non-alumnae.
  • Income/socioeconomic status. Girl Scout alumnae report a significantly higher household income ($51,700) than non-alumnae ($42,200).
In addition to collecting quantitative data, the researchers conducted a series of live interviews with Girl Scout alumnae. Overall, alumnae say Girl Scouting was positive and rewarding for them. Former Girl Scouts:
  • Rate their Girl Scouting experiences very highly. The average rating among all alumnae on a 1–10 scale is 8.04.
  • 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. Three quarters of alumnae report that the Girl Scout experience has had a positive impact on their lives in general. 
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.
“As Girl Scouts turns 100 years old, and we couldn’t ask for a better birthday present than this,” says Anne Soots, interim chief executive officer, Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland. “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. So Girl Scout, phone home. We need you.”
To learn more about Girl Scouting Works: The Alumnae Impact study, or to obtain a copy, visit http://www.girlscouts.org/research. To join the Girl Scout Alumnae Association (where you may also obtain a copy of Girl Scouting Works), visit http://alumnae.girlscouts.org. To learn more about ToGetHerThere—and to take the pledge to support girls and girls’ leadership—visit http://togetherthere.org.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Check out the B.I.G. Celebration Coverage!


The Girl Scouts turned 100 on Saturday, and to mark the occasion, some 5,000 scouts, outfitted with Girl Scout sashes and vests, gathered at Liberty State Park in Jersey City for one gigantic party and to perform community service.
The 100th birthday celebration, dubbed B.I.G. (Believe in Girls) featured exercise classes, a giant dance party, and to top it all off, a performance from Joe Jonas and Sara Bareilles.
“We are going to party for hours,” said 11-year old Jessica Terman, whose troop came from south Jersey for the celebration. Say Joe Jonas near her and she basically melts. “I can’t wait to see him, I love him!”
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