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a community publication DISCOVER SPRING 2013 GIRL SCOUTS OF WISCONSIN SOUTHEAST The impact of Girl Scouting Ten troop members from Waterford going for Girl Scout Gold Awards From day one the approach of Troop 5726 of Waterford has been community service that makes a difference. So it’s no surprise troop leaders Kelly Klein and Tracey Catarozoli expect their troop members to focus on helping others. “Girl Scouting isn’t just about arts and crafts, but about making a difference in the community,” said Kelly. It’s exciting to know that for the past 100 years, Girl Scouts has provided girls with more ways to learn and lead than any other organization. The Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) identifies three keys to leadership and Girl Scout activities: Discover: girls understand themselves and their values and use their knowledge and skills to explore the world. Connect: girls care about, inspire and team with others locally and globally. Take Action: girls act to make the world a better place. These leadership experiences for girls make Girl Scouting unique. In 2012, Girl Scouts of Southeast Wisconsin (GSWISE) had more than 29,300 girls proceed on their path to leadership. This represents the largest total membership since GSWISE was formed five years ago. Every year GSWISE asks girls about their Girl Scout experience and how their membership in Girl Scouting has impacted their lives. This information was published in the GSWISE 2012 Impact Report. The report highlighted several ways GSWISE helped girls become trailblazers as they make a difference and change the world. The report shows that girls: Leadership is defined not only by the qualities and skills a girl has, but also by how those qualities and skills are used to make a difference in the world. At Girl Scouts everything centers on the girl: activities are girlled and give girls the opportunity to learn by doing. To accomplish this Girl Scouts focuses on 15 short-term goals (outcomes) that help girls gain specific knowledge, skills, attitudes, behaviors and values. Tying the program experience to outcomes serves three vital functions: measuring the impact of the experience, determining what modifications may be needed, and communicating how girls are benefiting. • developed a stronger sense of self (93%). • learned how to cooperate and work better in a team environment (87%). • learned how to use the resources around me to problem solve (89%). • feel empowered to make a difference in the world (94%). • learned to advocate for myself and others (85%). To read the full agency-wide outcomes report, go to and click on 2012 Impact Report. “I would not be who I am today without Girl Scouts. Girl Scouts has made me more confident, a better leader, more creative, able to communicate better with others, and has changed my life.” - Graduating Girl Scout Senior All the girls agreed. “I don’t just sit around and make lanyards, I go out and change my community,” said troop member Kayla. Together since second grade and now in high school, all ten girls are going for their Girl Scout Gold Awards. The Gold Award is the highest award Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors can earn and symbolizes outstanding accomplishments in leadership development and advocating for others. Cat, who is furthest along with her project, is building a dock on a pond at a senior center. “I want the residents to be able to fish for blue gill, watch ducks swim, and happily live out their golden years,” said Cat. The other projects include literacy programs, workshops in health and wellness, self-respect and inner beauty projects. As older girls in Girl Scouting, the girls have a message to younger Girl Scouts. “Stick with it even if people in school don’t see it as the coolest thing to do, because it is and you and your community get a lot out of it!”

Discover Spring 2013 - Kenosha & Racine Counties

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