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Why Girl Scouts?

A Guest Blog from Lynne Lawson Fugate, GSCSA CEO

Back-to-school means back to early mornings, packed lunches, homework, bus rides, permission slips, friends, parent-teacher conferences, sports, clubs, grade cards, and textbooks. With so much already on your family’s plate, why consider adding Girl Scouts?

The more accurate question is Why not?

To be truly prepared for college and a career, girls need more than access to technology and millions of facts at their fingertips—they need to be able to think critically, communicate persuasively, understand and practice empathy, build healthy relationships, and learn how to learn.

But how do we provide girls with the higher-order thinking and social-emotional skills they need when the school day is only so long, families are busier than ever, and resources are scarce? The answer starts with Girl Scouts!


Girl Scouting offers a 360-degree approach to learning. Our learning and development model is based on Girl Scouts’ historic commitment to leadership, insight drawn from best practices in youth development and education, and our own research and girl expertise.

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 help girls take the lead—in their own lives and in the world. Girl Scouts unleashes the G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ in every girl, preparing her for a lifetime of leadership. The inclusive, all-female environment of a Girl Scout troop creates a place where girls can try new things, develop a range of skills, take on leadership roles, and just be themselves. 


For your family, back-to-school could mean back-to-Girl Scouts. Join today and see your girl thrive this school year!  


Lynne Lawson Fugate is the Chief Executive Officer of the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians. The Council is comprised of 46 counties in eastern Tennessee, southwest Virginia, and northwest Georgia. With nearly 15,000 members, the Council has service centers in Johnson City, Knoxville, and Chattanooga.