Dear Girl Scout Community:
As you may know, Boy Scouts of America recently passed a vote to allow girls into the Boy Scout Program. We have been aware of this possibility for some time now, and we feel that it’s important to reach out to you, and let you know exactly where we stand. While we can’t speak for the decisions made by the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts is, and will remain, the scouting program that truly benefits 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 our G.I.R.L. 2017 convention, nearly 8,000 girls and those who support their healthy development—including incredible and inspiring speakers, our dedicated volunteers, alumnae, and leaders from across our Movement, as well as many from the general public—came together from all over our country and across the globe to celebrate and amplify the incredible power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ in our Movement.
The proven long-term benefit of this type of girl-centered environment is more than just convenience. The girl leadership experience has been well-documented and recognized by educators, scholars, and other girl- and youth-serving organizations, as well as Girl Scouts themselves. We are dedicated to ensuring that girls are able to take advantage of a program tailored specifically to their unique developmental needs with proven outcomes from single-gender experiences. Only Girl Scouts has more than 100 years of experience helping girls tap into their leadership potential by reinforcing and extending the skills they learn in school in a supportive, encouraging environment in which they feel safe to just be themselves. At Girl Scouts, we are girl experts, and we work every day to help girls develop the courage, confidence, and character necessary to make the world a better place and join the Girl Scout Alumna ranks of 1 in every 2 women right here in South Carolina.
We understand you may have additional questions. If you feel you need to speak with someone about this development, please call 1-800-849-GIRL, or speak to your professional staff partner. We appreciate your continued support for the Girl Scout Mission, and all you do for our girls.
Rebecca Lever Kim Hutzell
Chair, Board of Directors President/CEO