Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Our Sincerest Apologies

In December of 2013, Girl Scouts of the USA shared an auto-populated tweet, asking our social media audience to share their opinions about who should have been recognized in a discussion about 2013’s noteworthy women. While our intentions were good, many of our followers and the public at large raised concerns about the content they were driven to via our social channels. We listened, and would like to take a moment to sincerely apologize to anyone we have offended. We are truly sorry.

To be clear, Girl Scouts has not endorsed any person or organization. As our methods of communication evolve with technology, the mission of Girl Scouts remains the same: to continue building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend Celebrates Cookie Season

Girl Scouts of the USA will mark the start of cookie season with an event in New York City, taking over Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal on Friday, February 7, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. to give New Yorkers their first taste of this year’s cookies. The world’s largest girl-led business, the nearly $800-million cookie program aims to teach girls five essential life skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, business ethics, and people skills.

“Girl Scout Cookie Weekend is a great opportunity to share the fun and excitement of the Girl Scout Cookie Program,” said Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA. “As we celebrate the 97th anniversary of Girl Scout Cookies, it’s important to remember supporting the program helps girls build a lifetime of skills and confidence.”


Cookie fans and girls can join the world’s largest virtual Girl Scout cookie party by participating in national and regional celebrations, as well as via social media, including a Twitter party with Anna Maria Chávez, local Girl Scout councils around the United States, and Mom It Forward, a leading women’s social media community. Additionally, Girl Scouts of the USA has partnered with Improv Everywhere, a New York City–based creative collective founded by performer Charlie Todd, which will lead the NYC cookie premiere party event where consumers can get their photos snapped on the green carpet, meet their local #cookieboss, and stock up on their favorite Girl Scout Cookies.

As part of their experience in various Girl Scout activities, girls can earn official Girl Scout awards at every level of Girl Scouting, including cookie and financial literacy badges and an annual Girl Scout Cookie Activity pin. In celebration of this special weekend, a brand-new National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend patch is now available as well.

For ease of purchase, customers can find their Thin Mints, Samoas/Caramel deLites, and other favorite Girl Scout Cookies by using the official Girl Scout Cookie Finder app, available free for iPhone or Android by visiting the newly refreshed official Girl Scout Cookie page at www.girlscoutcookies.org.

To join the celebration and for additional information on events happening in your area, please visit www.girlscoutcookies.org and follow @girlscouts on Twitter.
Friday, January 17, 2014

Get the Facts About Girl Scout Cookies!

We all know that buying Girl Scout Cookies does a world of good, but where exactly does the cookie money go?

One hundred percent of the money that a council and its troops raise through the Girl Scout Cookie Program stays with that council and its troops. Again, let there be no question: all of the revenue from cookie activities—every penny after paying the baker—stays with the Girl Scout council. Girl Scout councils offer a wide variety of recognition items, program- and store-related credits, and travel experiences that girls are eligible to earn individually based on their sales. Girl Scout councils do not provide any portion of their cookie revenue to Girl Scouts of the USA.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program is an important program for girls.  Through this program, girls not only learn goal setting, but decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics—aspects essential to leadership, to success, and to life.  Girl Scouts selling Girl Scout Cookies set their own money-earning goals for the season. They may decide to donate troop proceeds to a local animal hospital or use their hard-earned money to help fund a back-to-nature wilderness adventure. Whatever the specific goals and outcomes, we assure you that selling cookies does great things for girls…

Should people be concerned about where the money goes?

As we’ve made clear, absolutely not! Girl Scout cookie sales fund the amazing work that Girl Scouts do to improve communities nationwide—including yours. Through Girl Scouting, including our beloved Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls discover the fun and friendship that life holds, developing to their full potential and gaining values that will guide their actions along the way.

More background: in the United States, Girl Scouts serves 3 million members as part of a worldwide girl-serving family consisting of 10 million girls and adults in 145 countries. More than 59 million American women were Girl Scouts as girls, and through our 100-year-plus history, our mission has remained constant: to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Psst, here’s a tip: if you want to know more about where the money goes, ask a Girl Scout! She would probably love to give you the full scoop.

Why do some people voice concern about Girl Scout Cookies?

In short, it’s because they’ve been fed false information about the Girl Scout Cookie Program, which frankly is nothing new. As such a large organization, Girl Scouts is occasionally a target for outside entities with clear agendas. A fundamental piece you should know is that Girl Scouts does not advocate one way or another with regard to what we perceive as private issues best handled by families. Personal matters are just that—personal and private—and should be addressed accordingly.

And hey, let’s let the girls have fun! We ask that adults keep adult conversations to themselves. Approaching girls with salacious materials at a cookie sale is not acceptable.

Should I buy Girl Scout Cookies?

For all the great reasons above, we certainly think so! Following a diet that looks less than favorably on sweet treats? You should know that Girl Scouts have the option of participating in a council-approved "Gift of Caring" or "Cookie Share" program that allows them to collect cookie box donations for military personnel serving overseas. Ask us more about it!

To drive our point home: when a Girl Scout sells you cookies, she's building a lifetime of skills and confidence. Through Girl Scouting and the Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls learn they can be and do anything they set their minds to. And why wouldn’t you want to be a part of that?
Friday, January 10, 2014

Be a Friend First, Always!

Bullying is bullying, whether face-to-face or online. Take a stance to stop bullying and Be a Friend First.


Thursday, January 9, 2014

Girl Scouts is a Voice for all Girls

As the world’s largest leadership organization for girls, with 59 million alumnae, Girl Scouts is constantly striving to engage our broad base of supporters around issues affecting women and girls today. One of the central goals of our organization is guaranteeing that all girls live in a world where they can make their voices heard and participate in discussions that affect them.

In December 2013, as year-end lists were popping up in media, Girl Scouts of the USA encouraged our followers on Twitter to speak up and share their opinions on which women should be celebrated. We sent out an auto-populated tweet (via Huffington Post) that linked to a HuffPost story featuring a video discussion of a few female media pundits’ choices for “woman of the year.” We wanted to broaden this discussion by taking the question to our Twitter followers: who would be their choice? Oftentimes, remarkable women do not receive the recognition they deserve, and we are always looking to shine a light on outstanding women and girls who make the world a better place, from the CEOs of small businesses to the CEOs of families.

Regarding our tweet, Girl Scouts did not endorse any person or point-of-view. We will continue to engage with our audience and invite respectful discourse around our core initiatives. As our methods of communication evolve with technology, the mission of Girl Scouts remains the same: to continue building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Girl Scouts of the USA joins STEM Mentoring Initiative “Million Women Mentors”

Today Girl Scouts of the USA announced its partnership with the Million Women Mentors (MWM) initiative. MWM will launch Jan. 8, 2014 during National Mentoring Month, in Washington, D.C at the National Press Club. The initiative will support the engagement of one million science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) mentors – male and female – to increase the interest and confidence of girls and young women to pursue and succeed in STEM degrees and careers.

“At Girl Scouts, we will be celebrating National Mentoring Month, and ringing in the New Year, by joining forces with the Million Women Mentors, a group dedicated to supporting girls and young women in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, and exposing them to professional women already doing incredible things in STEM,” said Anna Maria Chávez, CEO, Girl Scouts of the USA. “STEM careers are the fastest growing in the world, yet less than a quarter of working women choose these fields, despite the high levels of interest younger girls show STEM.  I have long believed that you can’t be what you can’t see, and today, too many girls aren’t getting the exposure to female scientists, doctors and engineers who could serve as role models -- proof that women can enter and excel in STEM.”

In the past 10 years, growth in STEM jobs has been three times greater than that of non-STEM jobs. Today 80% of the fastest growing occupations in the United States depend on mastery of mathematics and knowledge and skills in hard sciences. While women comprise 48% of the U.S. workforce, just 24% are in STEM fields, a statistic that has held constant for nearly the last decade. While 75% of all college students are women and students of color, they represent only 45% of STEM degrees earned each year. Too many of these young women begin in STEM degree but leave those degree paths despite their good academic standing, often citing uncomfortable classroom experiences and disconcerting climate. Even when women earn a STEM degree, they are less likely than their male counterparts to work in a STEM field even though STEM jobs pay more and have a lower wage gap: 92 cents on a dollar versus 75 cents in other fields.

According to the Girl Scout Research Institute study Generation STEM: What Girls Say about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, though a majority of today’s girls have a clear interest in STEM, they don’t prioritize STEM fields when thinking about their future careers. The study shows that 74 percent of teen girls are interested in STEM subjects and the general field of study. Further, a high 82 percent of girls see themselves as “smart enough to have a career in STEM.” And yet, few girls consider it their number-one career option: 81 percent of girls interested in STEM are interested in pursuing STEM careers, but only 13 percent say it’s their first choice.

“One of the biggest benefits of Girl Scouts is the opportunity to be exposed to and mentored by women leaders,” said Chávez. “We need more girls to be exposed to more female mentors from all walks of life, volunteers who can truly relate to the interests of girls, and understand the challenges they face, and reach their fullest potential.”

Check out MillionWomenMentors.org for more information!
Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Girl Scouts Forever Green Helps Eliminate More Than 1 Billion Pounds of Carbon Dioxide from Earth’s Atmosphere

Girl Scouts of the USA is proud to announce the results of Girl Scouts Forever Green (GSFG), its signature 100th anniversary “Take Action” project targeting waste reduction, energy conservation, and rain gardens. Alcoa Foundation provided a two-year, $1.5 million grant to expand the program globally to 12 countries. This grant enabled U.S. and international councils to work together and lead their families, schools, and communities in improving the environment and protecting natural resources.

The Girl Scouts Forever Green 100th Anniversary “Take Action” project was created after Girl Scouts’ research found that an overwhelming number of girls deem protecting the environment a top priority.

Harnessing its members' passion for preserving natural resources and focusing on three main projects: Reduce Waste, Earth Hour, and Rain Gardens, Girl Scouts and Alcoa concluded the Girl Scouts Forever Green project after saving 639 million kilowatts of energy, conserving 226 million gallons of water, and eliminating 1 billion pounds of carbon dioxide and 120 million pounds of waste in total.

The other environmental impacts include:
·         409,940 aluminum cans recycled
·         123,753 native plants/trees planted
·         2,462 wildlife fed and sheltered by rain gardens

"Although our girls might be famous for wearing the color green, it's clear that they are enthusiastic about ‘going green’ and working to preserve our natural resources," said Anna Maria Chávez, CEO, Girl Scouts of the USA. "As an organization committed to helping girls becomes leaders who make a difference in the world, we couldn't ignore their passion for the environment, and the generous contribution from Alcoa Foundation provided an outlet for girls to funnel their ecological energies."

Alcoa Foundation also sponsored nearly 700 Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from 12 countries within the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) to "twin" together on local and global environmental projects. All of the projects engaged at least 400 additional youth, and more than 200 Alcoa (NYSE:AA) employees across the world served as volunteers.

“The two-year Girl Scouts Forever Green collaboration led to measurable impacts and impressive environmental projects by girls across the world,” said Esra Ozer, President, Alcoa Foundation. “We are proud that more than 200 Alcoa employees donated their time and expertise to volunteer with the scouts, and that several troops were able to travel to other countries, visit Alcoa facilities, and learn first-hand about our own commitment to environmental sustainability.”

The 12 countries with girls who participated in the Together Greening project are Australia, Brazil, China, Guinea, Iceland, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, Suriname, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
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