Did you know that girls are twice as likely as boys to worry that leadership roles will make them seem “bossy”? Encourage the girls in your life to make age appropriate decisions, to give them opportunities to lead in their life!You may have heard the term, “Girl Led” in Girl Scouting- the concept that girls should take an active role in determining what, where, when, why and how they’ll participate in activities. We find these to be an important idea that troops and volunteer’s assisting individual girls use to foster girl empowerment and decision-making. By allowing girls the chance to make these decisions, you’re giving her the skills she needs to become a strong, confident young woman.
The DREAM event scheduled for October 25, 2014 from 9 a.m. -4 p.m., designed by and for middle school girls, strives to reach that “Girl Led” goal every year. DREAM stands for Determined to Reach, Excel, Aspire and Master, and is the goal of this daylong event , now in its eighth year held in downtown Dubuque. Girls provide input into the sessions they would like to participate in, and then we work with local downtown community partners to provide interesting hands on activities on those suggested topics. This year’s sessions include career exploration in the following fields led by local community partners, cosmetology, animal training, forensic science, robotics and engineering, film making, banking, health and fitness and fine arts. Girls select their top session choices on their own, rather than with a troop or group of friends, to foster independence and to encourage girls to choose based on their own interest, not those of others. They still have plenty of time to be with friends, during our community booth hour, and over our lunch all group session focused on building healthy relationships. The cost is $25 for current Girl Scouts and $35 for non-registered girls, to become registered members. The registration deadline is October 9, and some sessions often fill before the deadline, so be sure to sign up today! Read more and print off a copy of the registration form here: http://girlscoutstoday.org/media/2014/08/2014_DREAM_FNL.pdf
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