Dear Girl Scout Overseas Families,
As many of you are likely aware, Boy Scouts of America announced that they will begin to allow girls into their Cub Scouts program (grades K-5) next year and will develop a separate program for older girls that is expected to be available in 2019, which will allow girls to advance to the rank of Eagle Scout. While we continue to gather information, and learn more about this decision, our Movement remains committed to and believes strongly in the importance of the all-girl, girl-led, and girl-friendly environment that Girl Scouts provides, which creates a necessary safe space for girls to learn and thrive.
Girl Scouts Is the Girl Leadership Expert and is the best leadership development experience for girls. We remain dedicated to ensuring all girls take their rightful place as leaders in their communities, their country, and the world. Girl Scouting's more than 100-year legacy of research, experience, and results prove the success of our focus exclusively on girls and developing programs that meet their needs and interests in a safe, all-girl environment.
As girls, volunteers, alumnae, and family members, you know the value of the incredible experiences we provide girls in leadership, STEM, outdoor, entrepreneurship, and life-skills programming. From our youngest Girl Scouts who are finding their voice and raising their hand to our Gold Award Girl Scouts who are transforming an idea and vision for change into an actionable plan with measurable, sustainable, and far-reaching impact at the local, national, and global levels, our G.I.R.L.s (Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers, Leaders) are amazing - and they are only getting started. We encourage you to continue to speak to the benefits of our exceptional program for girls and share the stories of impact that our Girl Scouts make in our communities.
Not only do we all personally know the value, we also have the research and impact studies to prove the effect of our life-changing program. Through “The Girl Scout Difference”, we can speak to the tangible, measurable outcomes and can quantify the validity of our one-of-a-kind experience that we see in our girls and alumnae. Our Gold Award Girl Scouts are also walking, breathing proof and remarkable examples of our program's impact. While they are bettering and empowering themselves through the pursuit of the Girl Scout Gold Award, they are also demonstrating leadership, advocacy, critical thinking, and compassion while taking action to make sustainable change in their communities.
Marketplace competition is not new to our Movement and we continue to focus on what truly matters: our girls. And to great success, because USA Girl Scouts Overseas is as strong as ever. We reach nearly 1 in every 4 girls in military communities throughout Europe and Asia and have seen continuous growth in our expatriate communities around the world. We continue to enhance outdoor experiences and STEM opportunities. Girls are enjoying the 23 recently released STEM and outdoor badges and new Journeys where girls think like engineers, program robots, and will be prepared to take on cybersecurity. And our members are enjoying the multitude of overseas community and troop events, the new online registration system and Volunteer Toolkit, and other volunteer training resources. USA Girl Scouts Overseas and the Girl Scout Movement have never been better poised to meet our strategic priorities and stand out among marketplace competition while continuing to build upon a legacy of girl empowerment and leadership.
Thank you for allowing Girl Scouts to be an important part of your life and your girl's leadership development. And thank you for your continued support of USA Girl Scouts Overseas.
Yours in Girl Scouting,
USA Girl Scouts Overseas