Special to the
Opelika Observer

As parents and caregivers start preparing for the school year, Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama (GSSA) is inviting girls starting kindergarten-12th grade to discover their inner G.I.R.L.: go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, and leader by joining a local Girl Scout Troop.
Girl Scouts gives girls a supportive all-girl, girl-led space to take chances, try new things, and learn to succeed through failure—improving all aspects of their lives.
The Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) found that the variety of activities offered through Girl Scouts—from planning and leading projects to participating in community service, STEM, and outdoor expeditions—allows girls to gain skills and confidence that also help them do well in school.
“It’s not just a girl’s confidence and attitude that improve through Girl Scouts-they also become better students,” said CEO of GSSA Karlyn Edmonds. “Through Girl Scouts, girls learn not to avoid difficult tasks and they become stronger challenge-seekers who are more likely to feel academically engaged and competent as a result.”
GSRI reports that at least 75 percent of girls who experience the fun of “learning by doing” and are part of a girl-led program become better at conflict resolution, problem-solving, team building and cooperation, and developing self-confidence.
For more information on how to join or volunteer, visit girlscoutssa.org or text GIRL to 33222.