!!!Welcome to the Girl Scouts Rambling Heights
Service Unit Website!!!
What’s Stopping You?
1. I am only free on weekends
– Though the majority of troops meet on weekday evenings, there are many troops
who have chosen to meet on weekends. Only have Saturday afternoons available? No
problem. As a Leader, you set the troop meeting time to fit within your
I work full time – Over half of the Leaders we
polled have full time jobs. Only have time available once or twice a month? No
problem. A troop does not have to meet every week to be successful.
I am Male – Though traditionally Girl Scout
Leaders have been female, there are a growing number of men who have chosen to
work with Girl Scouts. If you want to have a positive impact in the lives of
young women, we have a place for you.
I wasn’t a Girl Scout; I wouldn’t know how –
Though many of our Leaders enjoyed Girl Scouts as children, it is not a
requirement for leading a troop. Girl Scout Councils offer free training on
troop management, working with the age level of girls you choose, and many
others to help you become a successful Leader.
I don’t know any songs or games – Over half of
the Leaders we polled said they didn’t know any games or songs when they became
leaders. There are numerous resources available to teach you and your troop.
GSUSA offers several song books for troop use. There are various games and songs
included in the handbooks and badge books for each level. Many Girl Scout
Councils make song and game trainings available for new leaders to meet, play,
and learn. Most public libraries also have song and game books available with
material for all ages.
I don’t know how to do crafts – Though many
people think of Girl Scouts as Crafts, Camping, and Cookies, there is much more
to the Girl Scout program. Girl Scouts teaches Math, Science, Writing/Public
Speaking, and many more life skills. Crafts are a fun, but small part of the
whole Girl Scout experience.
I do not have any teaching experience – One
third of the Leaders who responded to our poll didn’t have prior teaching
experience when they became Leaders. If you are willing to learn with your
troop, you can be a successful Leader.
I do not like camping/nature – Camping is not a
required Girl Scout activity. Troops choose whether or not to participate in the
camping opportunities that Girl Scouts offer. Some troops love camping, others
prefer not to. Camping is not necessary to have a successful troop.
I have other children to take care of – Over 80%
of the Leaders who responded to our poll have other children at home. Girl Scout
activities can be family friendly and flexible enough to include your younger
I don’t have any children in Girl Scouts –
Having a child in the Girl Scouts is not a requirement of Leading. If you like
to work with children, you can be a Girl Scout Leader.
I do Boy Scouts instead – Girl Scouts and Boy
Scouts share many of the same principles and goals. In fact, the founder of Girl
Scouts, Juliette Gordon Low, considered Lord and Lady Baden Powell great
friends. Without their influence and help, there would be no Girl Scouts of the
I am too old/I am too young – Girl Scout Leaders
are all ages. If you are over 18, and have the desire to learn and share your
experiences, you can be a Leader.
I am a single parent – You do not have to be
married to be a Girl Scout Leader. If you have a desire to work with girls, and
some time to share, you can be a Leader.
I am disabled – Girl Scouts is for EVERY girl,
including those with disabilities. What better role model for them than a leader
who shows everyday how to overcome obstacles?
New Bridging Requirements
Volunteer Essentials (.pdf format)
Essentials Troop Module (.pdf format)
For questions about joining Girl Scouts, please
the Girl Scout Council Office at 501-758-1020.
Girl Scouting reaches one in every nine girls age five through seventeen in the
Did you know that for every 100 girls who join Girl Scouting . . .
earn the Girl Scout Gold Award--the highest award for girls.
will have their first contact with a church.
earn their church religious award.
rarely will one be brought before juvenile court.
enter the clergy.
will develop hobbies used during their adult life.
will enter a vocation that was learned through the badge or patch program.
will be future Girl Scout volunteers.
use her Girl Scouting skills to save a life.
One will use her Girl
Scouting skills to save her own life.
A recent study proved that Girl Scouting
positively impacts girls:
72% more Girl Scouts than non-Girl Scouts will
resist negative peer pressure.
76% of girls try new things in Girl Scouting that otherwise they would not have
71% of Girl Scouts nationwide will achieve A's and B's as compared to 50% of
81% of Girl Scouts are more likely to attend college.
61% of women who have been Girl Scouts believe their membership influenced their
64% of women in Who's Who of American Women were Girl Scouts.
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