Raleigh — When Girl Scouts join the largest girl-led Movement in the world, they embark on an adventure that will build skills and create memories for a lifetime. Each troop meeting, badge earned, and service project completed provides girls with the courage and confidence they need to unleash their inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) and make the world a better place.
With programs in STEM, the outdoors, life skills, and entrepreneurship, the opportunities for girls are endless. There are 30 new badges that explore areas like computer science, environmental stewardship, and outer space, and girls have more chances than ever to take risks by challenging themselves and trying new things. By doing so in a safe, all-girl environment, girls learn that it is okay to fail, and that if they have the confidence to never give up, they can break glass ceilings and achieve their dreams. Another way that girls learn independence and leadership skills is through the Fall Product Program and Girl Scout Cookie Program, where girls must channel their inner Innovator to devise an entrepreneurial plan so that they can reach their goals. Strengthening skills like financial literacy, communication, and teamwork, the product programs encourage girls to step outside of their comfort zone, grow as leaders and become their best selves.
Every day, Girl Scouts in Johnston County are unleashing their inner G.I.R.L.—just ask Ava Barnes, a Girl Scout Junior from Kenly. Barnes was an innovator when she decided that she wanted to be an animator when she grew up, she started bringing a sketchbook to school to practice. This allowed her to doodle between lessons so that her creativity could continue to flow and her artistic skills could develop. Other students noticed, and many were inspired to start bringing their own sketchbooks to school. Barnes was excited to bond with fellow students over their drawings, and make new friends who shared her passion for art.
Girl Scouts gives girls like Barnes the opportunity to build valuable new skills, and then use those skills to help others develop confidence while increasing their own as well. Being a G.I.R.L. is in the Girl Scout DNA, and all girls have the potential to be Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers, and Leaders. At Girl Scouts, they are able to tap into that potential in a safe and supportive environment, while creating meaningful memories and relationships along the way.