Throughout our history, Girl Scouting has provided the opportunity for girls and women to get involved, and take action to make the world a better place. Action is reflected in both the Promise and Law, and today, how we take that action is very different than it was 50 or 100 years ago. Girls have many opportunities today – both in and outside of Girl Scouts. When you boil it all down, our mission centers around the principle that girls learn about themselves and grow during their Girl Scout experience. Our program provides many opportunities to put that knowledge and skill together with meaning, and create results. Girls learn that they are powerful, that their voice matters, and that by taking action they can truly affect change. We also know that “helping others” is a key reason why many girls stay involved in Girl Scouts over the long term.
Through our programs and the troop experience, we help girls become resourceful problem solvers. We want them to be advocates for themselves and as they grow, their Girl Scout experience changes to provide more freedom for them to try new things. They learn their strengths, and build confidence in those capabilities. Their courage muscle grows, and character deepens. And with their parents, trusted GS volunteers and GS staff team at their side, they have the support they need to successfully navigate many of the complex problems they face in today’s world.
We also want girls to embrace learning, and then turn their talents towards educating and inspiring others. So many of our girls choose their Bronze, Silver or Gold award projects with an eye towards raising awareness of a particular community issue or need. They become passionate about a cause, and want to ensure that others see the challenges that need to be overcome.
Girl Scout service projects help girls channel their compassion in positive ways that matter to people in need. Our goal is for each and every Girl Scout to feel empowered to make a difference in the world, whether that is through change she affects in herself or her family, or through a community service project that benefits others too. That sense of empowerment – of taking action – will be a seed of strength that she will carry and depend upon throughout the rest of her lifetime.