By now, you have probably heard that Boys Scouts will be opening membership in the Cub Scout program to girls and creating a program to allow girls to earn the Eagle Scout Award. We had been expecting this news for some time.
Girl Scouts of the USA and Boy Scouts of America are two separate organizations. Both were developed to meet the leadership needs of girls and boys, respectively.
Girl Scouts will continue to support the all-girl learning environment, which has proven results over our 100+-year history. The Girl Scout Leadership Experience is a one-of-a-kind leadership program for girls – the BEST leadership development program for girls in the world. Girls learn to take charge of their own experiences and develop lifelong skills that will benefit them, their families, and their communities. This inclusive girl-led, all -girl environment creates a safe space where girls can speak confidently, stand tall, take healthy risks, and be the leaders they are meant to be.
The ultimate leadership award in our program is the Girl Scout Gold Award. Gold Award Girl Scouts engage in leadership at the highest level while taking on an issue which they are passionate to address. Gold Award Girl Scouts typically spend one to two years on their projects which are sustainable and provide long term benefits locally or globally.
In Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland, we incorporate the four Girl Scout program pillars of outdoor adventures, S.T.E.M., building life skills, and developing entrepreneurial skills to provide fun and progressive activities for every girl in a safe all-girl environment supported by a network of caring adults. Girls can make decisions about their Girl Scout experiences and fund those experiences by participating in the fall product program and the Girl Scout Cookie Program, which provides them with business and financial literacy skills in the world’s largest girl-led business.
We know that our members value Girl Scouting. And together – as volunteers, staff, families and alumnae, we will continue to offer positive and exciting experience for girls across our council. Girl Scouting is strong and ready to grow to meet the needs of more girls. Thanks to help and support from all of you, girls in our council are ready to be Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers, Leaders!
GSMH will continue to share updates about this news as they come available. We are in contact with local media to provide the Girl Scouts response. If you should receive any questions or inquiries from the media, please direct them to contact Communications Manager Lori Enyart.
Thank you for all the work you do to provide the Girl Scout program for girls. Let’s use this opportunity to spread the word and show everyone the power and impact of Girl Scouts!
Chief Executive Officer