Girl Scouts plan signup events

As families start thinking about their children returning to school, girls 5-17 years old and those who want to volunteer are invited to join the fun of Girl Scouting. Parents and girls should attend the following event or contact the local volunteers listed.

Girls at Fairview, Horizon, and Parkview, St. John the Baptist and St. John Lutheran can join Girl Scouts on Wednesday, September 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the Horizon Elementary Cafeteria or contact Chris at (715) 610-2378 or or Jill at (920) 565-4575 or

Girls in Elkhart Lake can join Girl Scouts on Tuesday, September 22 at 6:00 p.m. at the Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah Elementary School or contact Diane at (920)838-4620 or

Girls in Sheboygan Falls can join Girl Scouts on Thursday, September 10 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Sheboygan Falls Elementary Cafeteria or email

Developed in partnership with the Harvard Family Research Center, the Girl Scout program gives girls opportunities for making friends, trying new things, learning to set and achieve goals, and reinforcing positive values like honesty, service, independence and self-responsibility.

A national study from the GSRI Institute shows it’s not just what girls do in Girl Scouts, but how they do it that makes the program effective. Girl Scouts learn by doing in a girl-led environment. Girls choose their activities, decide which topics they want to explore, and determine how they want to go about exploring them.

The GSRI reports that 75 percent of Girl Scouts become better at conflict resolution, problem solving, team building and cooperation, and developing selfconfidence. In addition, 3 in 4 Girl Scouts say that because of Girl Scouts they’ve become a leader in activities in their school and community.

“Girl Scouts learn to take charge of their own future,” said Denise Schemenauer, CEO of Girl Scouts of Manitou Council. “Girls who love rollercoasters might invite an engineer to join them at an amusement park to learn about what makes their stomach drop in real time, while another group of girls might be interested in preserving marine life. They may find out what they can do in their community to encourage plastics recycling. By deciding how to learn more and more about what they are interested in, they are developing goal-setting and planning skills that aren’t offered by any other extracurricular activity.”

Girl Scouts’ maintain a 3-girlsto 1-adult-volunteer ratio to give girls more chances to learn by doing. The GSRI Institute report documents that girls who experience learning by doing and are part of a girl-led program are more likely to develop confidence, healthy relationships, critical thinking, problem solving and positive life skills.

Anyone over the age of 18 who is a good role model can become a Girl Scout volunteer. Each adult who volunteers has the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of girls. Girl Scout volunteers come from all walks of life; they are women, men, young professionals, retirees, college students, and parents.

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