Girl Scouts of Western Washington Programs
Girls build skills, values, attitudes and behaviors that support their success in school, in work and in life by participating in Girl Scouts through a number of flexible options:
- Troops, where girls learn and grow together over a school-year with the support of adult volunteers;
- Camps, which provide overnight and day options in the spring, summer and fall;
- Series, Events and Global Travel, where girls have the opportunity to participate in fun and challenging activities that take place on a single day or over a series of weeks.
For example, in King County, girls can sign up for 95 science workshops, join one of six all-girl robotics teams, participate in our anti-bullying training or become a trained program assistant for one of our 19 summer day camps.
Girl Scouts is deeply committed to ensuring all girls have access to opportunities, including girls in vulnerable, low-income families. We eliminate barriers by providing financial assistance, removing activity fees and providing transportation. We form troops led by experienced program staff in diverse communities where families live in poverty, students struggle academically and enrichment opportunities are limited. This includes public schools where most students qualify for the free-and-reduced-price meal program as well as public housing sites for low- to very low-income families. In Girl Scouts Beyond Bars, we bring girls together with their incarcerated parent by forming troops that meet monthly in the prisons.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
According to our 2013 outcome-based evaluation of girls who participate in Girl Scouts of Western Washington:
- Over 85% of girls reported that because of Girl Scouts they can find fair ways to solve problems with others, look for ways to make a difference in their community and feel more confident about being a good leader.
- Over 75% of parents reported that Girl Scouts helped their daughter gain confidence, develop social and leadership skills and learn the value of community service.
In addition, a 2012 Girl Scouts of the USA study of women who participated in Girl Scouts for six or more years showed that 63% consider themselves competent and capable, compared to 55% of non-alumnae, and 48% attained college degrees, compared to 28% of non-alumnae. Girl Scout alumnae also report higher incomes ($51,700) compared to non-alumnae ($42,200).
Our Current Needs
As a primarily volunteer-driven organization, one of our greatest needs is for adult volunteers to serve as mentors and guides to girls as they progress through the Girl Scout leadership experience. We offer a variety of flexible ways to get involved to accommodate busy schedules; go to www.GirlScoutsWW.org to find out more.
In addition, one of our strategic priorities is to increase access to the life-changing experiences that Girl Scouts provides to girls in diverse, low-income communities. We are currently seeking contributions to support this effort.