Girl Scouts of Western Washington Programs
We provide girls with five flexible “pathways” to benefit from the inspiring opportunities for personal growth and leadership development provided by Girl Scouts:
- Troops, where girls learn and grow together over a school-year with the support of adult volunteers;
- Camps, which provide overnight and daytime programs in the spring, summer and fall;
- Series, Events and 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.
In our current strategic plan, we’ve identified four program initiatives to develop and implement innovative, engaging, high-quality programs. Our four focus areas include:
- Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
- College Readiness
- Environmental and Outdoor Education
- Global Responsibility
For example, in STEM, throughout the year we offer numerous science workshops for girls, including Astronomy, Archeology Adventures, Crime Scene Investigation and a FIRST LEGO League all-girl Robotics team. As part of our College Ready Program, we provide middle and high school girls in low-income public schools and communities with college and career readiness activities, the Girl Scout Leadership Experience program, and academic support to strengthen girls’ study skills and academic success.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
All five of our Girl Scout pathways empower girls to discover, connect, and take action on issues that concern them, and all are tied to the outcomes we’ve identified as critical to their healthy development. Through our programs, a girl has the opportunity to:
- develop practical life skills;
- discover herself as she forms positive values;
- connect with others through healthy relationships;
- learn how to resolve conflicts when needed;
- take action in her community by feeling empowered to make a difference;
- inspire others through her leadership.
To measure how girls change and grow in these areas through their Girl Scout experiences, we administer an annual outcomes survey. In 2010-11:
- 77% of girls reported developing positive values, with 89% indicating that Girl Scouts had an impact in this area.
- 75% of girls reported engaging in constructive community activities either by identifying issues in their community and/or participating in community service projects.
- 83% indicated that their participation in Girl Scouts had made them want to help others in their community more.
- 77% demonstrated leadership and personal responsibility, and 81% said that Girl Scouts had helped them in that area.
Girl Scouts is committed to ensuring that every girl in Western Washington has an opportunity to participate in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, regardless of her circumstances. To accomplish this, we must further expand and diversify our extensive volunteer network and develop new partnerships with schools, peer organizations and donors to provide Girl Scout programs to more under-served, low-income communities.