Sunday, June 19, 2016

Happy Father's Day!

A Father’s Day Message from Andrea Bastiani Archibald, Ph.D., Chief Girl & Parent Expert

This Sunday, we take a moment to honor and celebrate the fathers and father figures who, through their dedication, unconditional love and boundless support, have touched our lives in immeasurable ways.  So, with sincere respect and admiration, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all fathers, especially those within our Movement, a Happy Father’s Day!

While this holiday often does not garner the fanfare it so rightly deserves, we must never underestimate just how influential fathers are in the lives of girls.  We know from our own internal research that a girl’s relationship with her father establishes the foundation for confidence building, for healthy future relationships and for her expectations of men.  The guidance, wisdom and personal investment that truly devoted fathers provide are invaluable in the development of vibrant, fully engaged and well-adjusted children. Their roles as committed providers, caregivers, and role models should never be undervalued or taken for granted, because their presence waters the seeds that blossom into our future leaders.

Of course, so many fathers are an integral and welcome part of the Girl Scout experience.  Several of our volunteers and colleagues are dads whose commitment to our mission is vital, and whose efforts touch countless lives every day, in communities across the globe. The generosity demonstrated by these remarkable men is a testament to the impact one selfless individual can make in shaping the life path of girls.

So this Father’s Day, with tremendous gratitude, let us show the dads in our lives just how much their strength, devotion and encouragement is treasured every day.  And let us also remember those fathers and father figures no longer with us, but who continue to be a source of inspiration – now and always.