Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama Explains the Girl Scout Difference

Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama (GSSA) commits 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 offers STEM, outdoor, entrepreneurship, and life-skills programming. And thousands
of exceptional Girl Scouts earn their Gold Award each year, Girl Scout's highest award, becoming
Gold Award Girl Scouts by transforming a vision for change into an actionable plan with impact at
the local, national, and global levels.

The benefit of this type of girl-centered environment has been well documented by educators,
scholars, and other girl- and youth-serving organizations, as well as Girl Scouts themselves.

“Girl Scouts is the BEST girl leadership experience in the world, period,” GSSA CEO Karlyn
Edmonds said. “Girl Scouts helps all girls take the lead early and often. And we’re backed by
more than 100 years of experience and expertise in the field.”

GSSA is dedicated to ensuring that girls are able to take advantage of a program tailored to their
unique developmental needs. Girl Scouts is, and will remain, the scouting program that truly
benefits U.S. girls by providing a safe space for them to learn and lead. And, around the world,
the vast majority of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides are in single-gender organizations.

Last week during Girl Scouts G.I.R.L. 2017 convention, nearly 8,000 girls and those who support
their healthy development-including incredible and inspiring speakers, dedicated volunteers,
alumnae, and leaders from across the Girl Scout Movement, as well as many from the general
public-came together from all over the country and across the globe to celebrate and amplify the
incredible power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader). TM

Girl Scout programs are research- and evidence-based and, from this research, we know that Girl
Scouts excel in important aspects of life. In fact, a report that the Girl Scout Research Institute
published this past summer, The Girl Scout Impact Study, shows that participating in Girl Scouts
helps girls develop key leadership skills they need to be successful in life.

Compared to their peers, Girl Scouts are more likely than non-Girl Scouts to be leaders because
· Have confidence in themselves and their abilities (80 percent vs. 68 percent)
· Act ethically and responsibly, and show concern for others (75 percent vs. 59 percent)
· Seek challenges and learn from setbacks (62 percent vs. 42 percent)
· Develop and maintain healthy relationships (60 percent vs. 43 percent)
· Identify and solve problems in their communities (57 percent vs. 28 percent)
· Take an active role in decision making (80 percent vs. 51 percent)

For more information on the Girl Scout Difference or on how to become a Girl Scout, visit or call 800-239-6636.

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