Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes (GSNWGL) is providing the girls of Oshkosh with life-changing programming because of our friends at the Women’s Fund of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation. Their generous support is helping us in so many ways. Our new STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) and Outdoor badges and Journeys, the life-changing Girl Scout Cooking Program, and so many incredible girl-led activities in troops are the direct result of the investments from organizations like the Women’s Fund of Oshkosh Area Community Foundation.
Girl Scouts know that the future will be filled with opportunities and careers in STEM and yet only 1 in 7 women with a degree in STEM actually work in that area.* In response, Girl Scouts launched new badges and Journeys in engineering, computer science, robotics, environmental science, and beyond. These badges and Journeys have girls working together to solve problems, build machines, and find role models for their future. These programs are making a difference – 77% of girls say that, because of Girl Scouts, they are considering a career in technology.
Many women can trace their love of the outdoors back to Girl Scouting. Whether they camped as a troop, went on hikes, or just got outside around their meeting place – Girl Scouts and the outdoors have a special bond. Because of Girl Scouts 71% of girls tried an outdoor activity for the first time. Our new outdoor badges offer troops the groundwork and make getting outside simple – camping, outdoor art, horseback riding, paddling, and more are all offered via a robust catalog of age appropriate badges and Journeys.
When you buy a box of delicious Girl Scout Cookies, you help power new, unique and amazing experiences for every awesome G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) in your community who sells these purpose-filled treats. When girls participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, they get more than life-changing experiences and adventure. They also develop essential life skills – goal setting, decision-making, money management, people skills, and business ethics – all while soaring in confidence and practicing leadership the Girl Scout way to lift one another up and change the world, together. Your favorite sweet treats, including the Girl Scout S’mores cookie, will return January 19.
The investment the Women’s Fund of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation made in GSNWGL is truly changing the lives of girls. Girl Scouts here in Oshkosh are having fun, building confidence, and taking adult supported risks – learning what they need to know to take on challenges, right wrongs, pursue their dreams, and so much more. Your support means everything to us.
*Brookings Institute, Breaking the STEM ceiling for girls, March 7, 2017.
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