Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois (GSEIWI), gives girls the chance to make memories that last a lifetime! Through programs that include leadership, science and technology, financial literacy, healthy living, and outdoor and environmental awareness, Girl Scouts discover themselves, connect with others and take action to make the world a better place while developing Courage, Confidence and Character. Recruitment season will kick off with rallies across the eastern Iowa and western Illinois area. During this time, girls in kindergarten through seniors in high school can register and/or learn the benefits of joining Girl Scouts.
“Girls are succeeding in many areas today – in the classroom and on the playing field,” says CEO Diane Nelson. “Yet, the majority of girls are uncertain about leadership. Girl Scouts helps girls develop their leadership skills and have the confidence to take on the leadership roles of the future in a fun and safe environment.”
Earlier this year, Girl Scouts of the USA conducted a survey of more than 3,000 parents of registered Girl Scouts about their experience. About 97 percent of those parents said Girl Scouts has been a positive activity for their daughter and 94 percent said that Girl Scouts makes their daughter feel special and important and 96 percent of girls reported trying at least one new thing as a Girl Scout.
“Girl Scouts is for every girl, everywhere and teaches girls that no challenge is too big,” says Nelson. “While membership dues are only $15 a year, the rewards girls, their families and their communities reap are invaluable.”
Girl Scouts is not only limited to girls, adults can join too. “Every adult who volunteers for Girl Scouts can help us bring fun, new experiences to at least five girls. Imagine what that can do to shape the next generation of leaders,” Nelson adds. “Volunteers are men, women, young professionals, retirees and more.”
According to the survey, nearly two-thirds of Girl Scout volunteers (62 percent) believe that their volunteer experience has helped them professionally and 92 percent of Girl Scout volunteers feel that the organization helps them learn or share something new.
For more information about becoming a Girl Scout or a Girl Scout volunteer, call 1-800-798-0883 or visit http://girlscoutstoday.org/