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A Note from Carol

May 8, 2018

Dear Girl Scouts San Diego family,

As a friend and supporter of Girl Scouts San Diego, you are likely following the discussion in the news surrounding Boy Scouts’ name change and the admission of girls into their organization. To address the situation, I would like to share this well-written blog from Girl Scouts of the USA and some interesting data below to help clarify this matter and set the record straight.

BSA is marketing their recruitment of girls on the basis of "convenience" to families. We think girls' leadership development should be based upon more than just convenience, and that girls should be more than an afterthought, expected to simply tag along with their brothers.

I hope this information will inform you and inspire you to advocate for the world’s best leadership program for girls—Girl Scouts—amongst your circles of colleagues and friends.

While we’re interested to hear that Boy Scouts has slightly altered its name and invested in a new brand identity, what we really want to know is if they have invested in creating programming specifically tailored for girls. Girl Scouts thoroughly researches girls’ needs, using the results to develop effective programming, delivered in an all-girl environment.

We put girls front and center, keeping their best interests in mind and equipping them to be fearless leaders and change-makers. Our findings are clear: it works. Girl Scouts’ 59 million alums include 50% of female business leaders, 80% of female tech leaders, 76% of female senators, and all female secretaries of state.

Myth: Girl Scouts will be letting boys join soon.

  • Fact: No, Girl Scouts has no plans to admit boys into the organization. Research shows that a girl learns best in an all-girl, girl-led, and girl-friendly environment. Our programs are designed specifically for girls at their various developmental stages through youth.

Myth: Girl Scouts aren’t about getting outdoors and adventure.

  • Fact: Starting in Kindergarten, Girl Scouts earn badges in outdoor skills, camping, and high adventure.

Myth: Girl Scouts highest awards don’t offer professional advantages.

  • Fact: The Girl Scout Gold Award is impressive to colleges and universities, and to the military, which advances Gold Award Girl Scouts a full rank.

Myth: The Girl Scout Cookie Program is just a gimmick.

  • Fact: In 2018, Girl Scouts San Diego troops earned $2.8M to fuel new adventures, service projects, and change the world.

No wonder families look to Girl Scouts to support the development of their daughters into strong, confident women.

I encourage you to join with us to promote Girl Scouting in our community.

Yours in Girl Scouting,

Carol M. Dedrich, MBA, CFRE

Chief Executive Officer

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About Girl Scouts: Girl Scouts of the USA is the nation’s preeminent leadership development organization for girls, with a mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Through Girl Scouting, girls discover their inner G.I.R.L.TM (Go-Getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader).

Girl Scouts San Diego provides year-round activities and volunteer training for 31,000 girl and adult members in San Diego and Imperial counties. Headquartered in Balboa Park, Girl Scouts San Diego maintains two camps in the Cuyamaca Mountains, a program center in Escondido and a service center in Carlsbad.

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