RALEIGH — For over a century Girl Scouts has remained true to its mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. As the largest girl-led Movement in the world, Girl Scouts puts the power in the hands of the girls, providing them with unique opportunities to lead their own experiences alongside the guidance of supportive volunteers and staff. And with countless leadership experiences and programs available to over 1,500 Girl Scout troops across central and eastern North Carolina, one universal factor shines through: Girl Scouts are powerful G.I.R.L.s (Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers, and Leaders) who are making the world a better place.
Through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, girls build confidence to turn their dreams into realities. They don’t ask “Can I?”, they declare “I Will!” They step up to the challenge, take action, and get things done to help drive the change they want to see in the world.
Even the smallest gesture can go a long way. Just ask Troop #749 who supported a local food bank for animals. The troop held a bake sale and used their proceeds to buy food for local sheltered animals. The troop even helped organize the food at the local shelter and then help distributed pet food packages to people in need of food for their animals.
“Girl Scouts has changed the way I look at the world we live in and made me appreciate what I have.” said Madalyn Walls, Girl Scout from Troop #749.
And these Girl Scouts are not alone! Collectively, Girl Scouts provide over 75 million hours of service every year. Additionally, the three highest awards in Girl Scouting, the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award, are focused on helping girls develop important life skills, such as networking, collaboration, and leadership, while broadening their horizons in how they can leave their mark on the world – locally and globally.
The impact of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience is seen through the nearly 60 million girls and women, including alumnae, who are redefining leadership while changing the world. According to the Girl Scouts Research Institute (GSRI), Girl Scout alumnae credit the organization as a main contributor to their focus on education or choice of career paths by giving them confidence in setting goals and reaching them, providing an all-girl, safe space to explore unfamiliar subjects, and gaining organizational skills that benefit them in their personal and professional lives.
Girl Scouts across central and eastern North Carolina continue to be driven and dedicated to taking the lead, innovating new ideas, and doing amazing things every day. From harvesting community gardens for food banks, initiating programs to end bullying in schools, cleaning up local parks for future generations, or using their STEM skills to assist those with disabilities, Girl Scouts activate their inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) ™ and make a demonstrable difference in the world.
With Girl Scouts, every girl has the opportunity to lead. Girl Scouts welcomes all girls to join the preeminent organization dedicated to helping all girls build courage, confidence, and character. To learn more, visit nccoastalpines.org.