Join GSWPA to inspire tomorrow’s leaders

For thousands of girls in western Pennsylvania, that butterflies-in-the-stomach feeling they get at the end of summer isn’t back to school jitters. It’s the excitement they feel as another great year in Girl Scouting is about to begin.

For Girl Scouts in the GSWPA council, the next year will bring a variety of fun adventures. More than 135 programs are available throughout our council that will help girls try new things, make positive friendships, go on great adventures, and find their confidence in a supportive, all-girl environment.

Any parent knows that what was last year’s best-thing-ever can become “so last year” quickly-meaning girls have moved on to something new. Girl Scouts moves at the speed of girls, so GSWPA is always adding programs and opportunities to match their changing interests. Recent Girl Scouts research shows the work to stay relevant to today’s girls is paying off: 94 percent of Girl Scout volunteers and 97 percent of girl members believe Girl Scouts provides them with new, fun, and exciting experiences.

The staff at GSWPA wants to reach more girls than ever before, but in order to do that, more volunteers are needed. Many Girl Scout volunteers lead troops, but mentors, coaches, camp volunteers, program partners and members of the business community all play an important role in improving girls’ lives through Girl Scouts.

Girls aren’t the only ones who benefit from Girl Scouts. Ninety-four percent of volunteers have made new friends, 88 percent believe their life is better because they volunteer with Girl Scouts, and two-thirds believe their volunteer experience has helped them professionally. Ninety-five percent of Girl Scout volunteers are happy knowing they are making girls’ lives better.

New troops for girls in grades K-3 are starting at Warren Area Elementary Center, Youngsville Elementary Middle School, Sheffield Elementary and Eisenhower Elementary this fall. Girls are seeking energetic, fun and dedicated adults to be their volunteer troop leaders. No special skills are required to volunteer and GSWPA provides training for all new leaders.

Learn more during an open house on Tuesday, Sept. 9, at the Warren Girl Scout office, 589 Hospital Drive (Curwen Building). Stop by between noon and 8 p.m. to find out how you can help get more girls in the Warren area exploring, imagining and amazing.