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Fostering the Next Generation of STEM Women through Girl Scouting

July 18, 2016

STEM

By Meridith Orr, Program Executive

Studies of women and girls’ participation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education and careers is making headlines. Recently a story on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition explored how having so few women enrolled in STEM majors in college actually creates fewer opportunities for young women to feel confident in pursuing a STEM-related career.

The reason? A study at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst found that women who participate in STEM groups alongside other women feel more confident, energized and interested in pursuing a STEM career than in settings when they are the only woman in a group or in the minority.

In “Generation STEM: What Girls Say about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math,” the Girl Scout Research Institute found that “girls who are interested in STEM are high achievers who have supportive adult networks and are exposed to STEM fields.” The report also found that many girls want to make a difference in the world and want to help people, yet they might not consider careers that use science and technology with the potential to change the way things are done, leading to change that helps people or improves the world.

More education is needed to help girls see that STEM careers can enable them to achieve their goals to help and serve. That’s where Girl Scouts can help! In a safe, all-girl setting, Girl Scouts of all ages have an ideal space in which to try science and engineering activities that they might not otherwise have attempted. Tips written especially for girls who may be thinking about STEM can be found here on our national web site.

Whether you’re a STEM professional or not, you, our amazing volunteers, can make all the difference for our girls! Encourage girls to pursue thought-provoking, educational opportunities such as our own Summer Science Camp, our TechnoQuest career mentoring days, and hands-on exploration events at museums, robotics and other activities leading to STEM-related badges.  Simply with your encouragement, you can plant the seeds to grow the next generation of STEM women professionals! To learn more about opportunities we offer, visit the Events Calendar on our website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Want to join Girl Scouts in the fall? Hit the ground running with these tips!

July 11, 2016

Join Girl Scouts

By Shellie Culler, Recruitment Director

Did you know that the majority of Girl Scout troops start in the fall? It’s back to school and back to troop time, which is exciting, but can also be overwhelming! To help families kick their fall into high gear, here are some tips that will make joining a Girl Scout troop a smooth process…which makes being a Girl Scout even more fun!

When is the best time to look for a troop?

RIGHT NOW! Girls can join troops year-round, but families have the best chance of reserving the troop of their choice by registering early. Girls new to Girl Scouts can register as early as July 1 and browse our online troop catalog for meeting and troop options. Selecting your troop prior to school starting not only checks one thing off your to-do list, but also gives your girl something to look forward to as she starts the school year. Additionally, registering early ensures that your girl doesn’t miss a moment of fun! Many troops start meeting in August and September and finding your troop sooner rather than later allows your girl to participate in early meetings, become acquainted with leaders and fellow Girl Scouts, and start planning her best year ever!

How do I register my girl to be a Girl Scout? How do I find a troop?

GO ONLINE! To start the registration process and to find troops online, you’ll want to utilize our online troop catalog. The online catalog lists troops with available openings and families can search by zip code or troop number to find troops near you or a specific troop. If you know of a Girl Scout troop in your neighborhood or school, you can also register for that troop online. It’s easy, it’s fast, and it’s fun! If you can’t find a troop that works with your family’s schedule, simply check the “unsure” option. This will let our Girl Scout representatives know to reach out and help you find the solution that works best for your family.

Always dreamed of leading your own troop? Want to be a part of your daughter’s experience? Help us empower and guide the next generation of female leaders! You can register as a Volunteer by adding your membership along with your daughter’s or by visiting our adult registration page and selecting your volunteer role. We’ll follow up and help you get on boarded.

What happens after I get registered?

Your troop leader will reach out to welcome you! Once your daughter is registered, your troop leaders will be notified by email with your contact information. This makes it super easy for them to communicate with you about the upcoming troop year. They will let you know what your daughter needs prior to the first troop meeting as well as when the first troop meeting and parent meetings will take place.

Most troops do not meet over the summer, so expect to hear from your troop leader in August or September once the troop is starting back up. If you’re new a troop leader, you’ll start to receive notifications about girls who are joining your troop. We recommend reaching out and welcoming them as soon as possible and to let them know the date of your first meeting. Additionally, a Girl Scout staff member will reach out to new troop leaders to schedule training and welcome them to the organization.

I hope these tips help set you and your family up for success this fall. Just remember to follow my motto! The sooner you get started, the sooner the Girl Scout fun begins!

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