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Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. They are 3.2 million strong- 3.2 million girls and adults who believe every girl can change the world.
Girl Scouts Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho (GSEWNI) serves more than 3,800 girls and 1,800 adult volunteers. The council region encompasses 67,000 miles that includes 20 counties in central and eastern Washington and 10counties in northern Idaho.
However, the Girl Scout movement is at a critical place in Yakima and surrounding areas. There are girls on waiting lists to join troops because they don't have the adult leaders to start troops and place the girls. The current girl and adult membership is down, but the community can help. They can't serve girls if they don't have the dedicated adult volunteers.
Girl Scouts of the USA's membership decline mirrored similar declines throughout the nonprofit and youth-serving sectors. Organizations across the country are experiencing residual effects of the 2008 financial crisis, including its lingering impact on the time and resources both girls and parents have to give to Girl Scouts and other activities.
Historically, Girl Scouts in the area had program opportunities around financial literacy, outdoor adventure, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art & math) and healthy living. Due to the membership decline these critical programs are not as available but the council's goal is to bring them back to girls in this community.
Mindy Thorp, who supports Community Engagement efforts for the council, has been diligently working on creating partnerships and community cultivation in the Yakima region- with a specific emphasis on engaging the Latino community. Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and the Yakima Valley Pippins are collaborating together for "A Scout Night Out" to be held on Saturday, July 16th. Thanks to Bill Harris Used Cars in Selah, the first 200 Scouts will receive a hot dog, soda and free entry to the game. Scouts also have the opportunity to sleepover on the field for a small additional charge. For more information, please contact Andy Jones at 509-575-4487 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Girl Scouts is the world's premier personal growth and leadership development experience for girls. They provide programs that help girls identify their own value, learn the power of their individual choices, explore career paths, strengthen their leadership skills, foster self-confidence, teach civic responsibility, community stewardship and much more.
To find out how you can support the girls in your community, please visit www.gsewni.org or call 800-827-9478.