More Than Cookies

GirlScouts

The Girl Scouts have gotten a facelift.

Written by Jenny Fauser | Photo by Brittany Miller | Styled by Tammara Kohler

Girl Scouts are known for cookies and camping, but this green-centered, earth-loving philanthropy is way more than tents and Thin Mints. It’s influencing this country’s finest young women.

With a recent national restructure, Girl Scouts of the USA is breaking their stagnant stereotype and becoming more relatable to modern kids and their interests. We like that each troop is completely unique and the young members drive the activities and interests they pursue. Today, scouts go rock climbing, swim with dolphins in the Florida Keys, go white water rafting and even travel abroad through troop or council programs.

Depending on their interests, girls are given the opportunity to gain knowledge and acquire skills in: dance, drama, math, biology, poetry, fashion, problem solving, leadership and handling peer pressure — among countless other relevant topics. A favorite among the tween crowd is a program called “Mean Chicks.” Nope, they’re not being taught to be “ugly,” but rather addressing the rampant problem of gossiping and manipulating at school. The “Couch Potato” interest project gets girls exploring how youth and women are portrayed in
the media.

This organization focuses on personal pride. Its mission: Building girls of courage, confidence and character. The Scouting program encompasses every aspect required to build a well-rounded, dynamic and vibrant woman out of your sassy little diva. Check out www.citrus-gs.org for more info on how to get your daughter (age 5 – 17) in on the fun.

A Few Famous Girl Scouts:
• Dakota Fanning
• Sheryl Crow
• Vanessa Hudgens
• Martha Stewart
• Barbara Walters

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