In an effort to educate girls and women about the power, impact and fun of Girl Scouting, Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC) is hosting its first-ever PowerUP G.I.R.L.s event Saturday, July 14 at more than 50 locations across the Council’s Central and Northern Arizona footprint. The free events, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at retail locations such as JOANN Fabrics, Blaze Pizza and Kneaders Bakery as well as local recreation and community centers, libraries and churches, will feature a variety of activities for girls from K-12, including interactive STEM projects. Each event will offer a taste of Girl Scouting and its safe, no-limits space designed specifically for G.I.R.L.s (Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers and Leaders)TM.
PowerUP G.I.R.L. is also focused on engaging adult women – and not just mothers of girls! – about the benefits of volunteering for GSACPC to support girls’ experiences, be it as troop leaders, co-leaders, expert resources for troop events or programs, and even general volunteers for special events. Both girls and women will be at each event to share their adventures, talk about how Girl Scouting has positively impacted their lives and how to get involved in ones’ own hyperlocal neighborhood this summer and beyond.
According to a recent national study by the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI), there is compelling evidence that Girl Scouts stand out significantly from non-Girl Scouts, demonstrating more well-rounded lifestyles and a stronger propensity for success. Compared to non-Girl Scouts, Girl Scouts are more likely to:
• Exhibit strong leadership outcomes
• Earn “excellent” grades
• Expect to graduate college
• Aspire to STEM, business, and law careers
• Feel hopeful about their future
“Girl Scouting works! The Girl Scout Impact Study confirms that Girl Scouting has a strong, positive impact on girls, helping them develop into citizens who are responsible, caring, and engaged—and most of all, prepared for a lifetime of leadership,” says Tamara Woodbury, CEO of GSACPC. “The research also shows that girls learn best in an all-girl, girl-led and girl-friendly environment like the Girl Scouts, which is tailored to girls’ needs. We created this event to shout this from the rooftops and help ensure every girl has a chance to be part of our program.”
The Bob and Renee Parsons Leadership Center for Girls and Women at Camp South Mountain will also host an event. Locations for the PowerUp G.I.R.L. events held across Central and Northern Arizona can be found at www.girlscoutsaz.org/powerup.
“We’re not stopping until every girl is prepared to empower herself for a lifetime of success and adventure,” says Woodbury.