Girls develop leadership skills through girl-led activities
BEDFORD, NH – We are all doing our best to raise children in a way that helps them become productive citizens of our community. Girl Scouts offers a way to help girls develop their leadership skills in STEM, business, outdoors and life skills – a perfect fit for those learning from home!
Whether she joins a troop or participates as an individual member, homeschooled girls will find a vast array of opportunities for fun and learning. Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains, the council serving nearly 10,000 girls across New Hampshire and Vermont, offers a wide variety of in-person and virtual programs for girls from kindergarten through 12th grade.
Girl Scouts at Home provides engaging, family friendly activities that girls can complete safely at home or outside while social distancing with either no supplies or simple items that you might already have around the house.
The content of all Girl Scout national proficiency badges and journeys have been correlated by grade level to national Common Core Standards, 21st Century Skills standards, financial literacy education standards, and curriculum such as health and PE, language arts, math, science, and social studies learning objectives for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
The Common Core standards, developed and approved in 2010 by a bipartisan group of governors and educators, provide a shared framework for learning and teaching objectives specifically for English language arts and mathematics for most U.S. students. The 21st Century Skills standards focuses on blending subject skills with life and career skills; information, media, and technology skills; and other key skills necessary to develop multidimensional abilities to succeed in the new century. Financial literacy standards correlate to national personal finance education.
Among the current virtual offerings any girl can take advantage of in the new year are an automotive design badge for girls in kindergarten through third grade, entertainment technology for girls in grades 4-5, public speaking for girls in grades 6-8, and cybersecurity basics for girls of all ages. Girl Scouts also gets children outdoors – sledding, building snow forts, and learning bird identification are all planned for January at camp properties. Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains has focused strongly on STEM programming, even equipping a special STEM on-the-go van to bring programming to girls in every community.
As a homeschooler, there’s no need to have experience with the types of activities your girl chooses—at Girl Scouts, both girls and adult leaders learn by trying new things, discovering new skills and interests along the way.
And remember - while she may need your support or guidance, Girl Scouts is specifically designed to work best when your girl takes the lead. Those times when she’s “in charge” of a project or activity—with you there to help if needed—making her own choices and bravely testing new skills? Those are the moments that will give her the independence, resilience, and sense of self she’ll need later in life.
Learn more about Girl Scouts at www.girlscoutsgwm.org.
About Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains: Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains is recognized throughout New Hampshire and Vermont as a leading expert on girls. Our Girl Scout Leadership Experience is a one-of-a-kind leadership development program for girls, with proven results. It is based on time-tested methods and research-backed programming that helps girls take the lead—in their own lives and in the world. Through our exciting and challenging programs, Girl Scouts not only participate but also take the lead in a range of activities—from kayaking, archery, and camping, to coding, robotics, financial literacy training, and beyond! Serving more than 10,000 girls throughout New Hampshire and Vermont, girls discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together. Visit www.girlscoutsgwm.org.