More than 100 years ago, Girl Scouts was founded by Juliette Gordon Low on a simple premise: build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. It is a mission and a promise to you, our members, that we have never wavered on.
Now more than ever, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council stands with our sister councils across the country in our commitment to ensuring girls continue to have a space that is their own. We believe strongly in the importance of an all-girl, girl-led and girl-friendly environment that creates a necessary safe space for girls to learn and thrive.
Girls face unique challenges, and they need support from the very beginning to build resilience and confidence. The Girl Scout program is designed - and proven - to change these statistics for girls:
- Starting at 6 years old, girls start thinking that boys are smarter than them.
- In elementary school, girls are as excited about science and math as boys, but by middle school they lose interest.
- One in every three girls says she is afraid to lead because of what others might think of her.
At Girl Scouts, we are girl experts. Our programs are research- and evidence-based, and it is because of this research that we know our members, like you and your Girl Scout, excel in important aspects of life. The Girl Scout Impact Study, published this past summer, clearly shows that participating in Girl Scouts helps girls develop key leadership skills they need to be successful in life.
We continue to be committed to outdoor programming, which has been part of the Girl Scout portfolio since 1912. In fact just this summer, we introduced seven new outdoor badges for girls as well as a new Outdoor Journey. Within our council's boundaries, we are proud to have 10 camp properties girls can explore, whether they want to camp in the Piney Woods of East Texas at Camp Whispering Pines or camp on Galveston Bay at Camp Casa Mare.
And our Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting, is a top-tier credential for girls as they enter their post-high school lives, enabling them to distinguish themselves in the college application process, earn college scholarships and enter the military one rank higher.
Only Girl Scouts has more than 100 years of experience helping girls tap into their leadership potential by reinforcing and extending the skills girls learn in school in a supportive, encouraging environment. It's what the Girl Scout difference is all about.
As a member, parent, volunteer, donor, alumni or supporter, you are a valuable member of our organization with first-hand knowledge of the impact of Girl Scouting. We urge you to speak up on behalf of our exceptional programs for girls, share the stories of the impact our Girl Scouts make in their communities and how Girl Scouting has made a difference in your life. Thank you for being a part of our Girl Scout family.
Yours in Girl Scouting,
Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council