As families start thinking about their children returning to school, the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways is inviting girls to join the fun and register for Girl Scouts. Providing countless opportunities for making friends, trying new things, and experiencing leadership skills through activities like building robots, participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, playing sports, and more, Girl Scouts is an exciting way to engage girls all year round.
National studies from the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) show it’s not just what girls do, but how they do it that makes Girl Scouts so beneficial. Girl Scouts is unique because girls get to learn by doing, and they do so in a girl-led environment. This means that, in addition to girls learning in a hands-on and active way, they are encouraged to choose their activities, decide which topics they want to explore, and determine how they want to go about exploring them. Girl Scouts is the largest girl-led organization in the world, and it is a significant contributor to its members’ success in and enjoyment of life.
GSRI reports that at least 75 percent of girls who experience the fun of “learning by doing” and are part of a girl-led program become better at conflict resolution, problem solving, team building and cooperation, and developing self-confidence. In addition, nearly three in four girls who experience learning by doing and who are part of a girl-led program say that, because of Girl Scouts, they’ve become a leader in more activities with their friends and classmates, as well as in their community.
“When girls lead, the world succeeds. Girl Scouts is the largest organization in the world where girls call the shots and take charge of their own future,” said Anna Maria Chavez, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA. “A troop who loves rollercoasters might invite an engineer to join them at their local amusement park to learn what makes their stomach drop in real time, while another troop might be interested in what happens when you recycle a bottle, and plan a visit to their town’s recycling plant. By doing what they’re interested in and deciding how to learn more, they are developing leadership skills that aren’t offered by any other extracurricular activity.”
Hands-on learning opportunities and girl-led experiences within Girl Scouts supplement the academic learning girls receive in school. These fun and empowering experiences have been shown to boost girls’ social and emotional skills, which are not generally part of a school curriculum, as well as improve academic performance. Additionally, since learning by doing is best facilitated in small environments, Girl Scouts’ gives girls the optimal experience to tap into their interests and talents, and the opportunity to explore fun new things like STEM, entrepreneurship, and the outdoors. GSRI reports girls who experience learning by doing and are part of a girl-led program are more likely to develop confidence, healthy relationships, critical thinking, problem solving and positive life skills.
Girl Scouts also provides benefits that directly complement all of the great work girls are already doing in school every day. Girls who experience learning by doing and who are part of a girl-led program learn not to avoid things that are hard for them, but rather to take these challenges hand on, practice creative problem solving, learn from mistakes, and grow – all skills that will help girls succeed throughout school and life.
“At the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways all of the programs and opportunities available to girls are what the girls have told us they want to participate in,” said Pam Hyland, CEO for the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways. “From outdoor activities to STEM programs, the girls are learning new skills that will help them thrive and discover what they love to do. And that’s what Girl Scouts is all about.”
The Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways has a Girl Advisory Board made up of high school Girl Scouts from throughout the council who discuss issues relating to girls. The Girl Advisory Board helps to shape the programs and events offered to girls locally.
While Girl Scouts is open to all girls from kindergarten through grade 12, anyone over the age of 18 can become a Girl Scout volunteer. Girls cannot experience the positive impact of Girl Scouts without adult volunteers, and each adult who volunteers has the opportunity to make a real difference in the life of a girl. Girl Scout volunteers come from all walks of life; they are men, women, young professionals, retirees, college students, and more. Both girl and adult volunteers can join at any time of the year. To join Girl Scouts or learn more about volunteering, click here.