Public Policy and Advocacy
Girl Scouts of the USA first established a Public Policy and Advocacy office in 1952. Since that time, the organization has worked to build strong relationships with Members of Congress, as well as with officials at the White House and federal departments and agencies.
The Girl Scouts Advocacy Network provides a tool for you to become the voice for girls and to make a difference in your community and across the nation. Girl Scout members, volunteers, boards, staff and supporters can educate policymakers and community leaders on issues that directly affect girls and the Girl Scouts. By being an advocate, you will have an impact on girl policy issues that are moving through Congress and state legislatures.
Sign up today at www.girlscouts4girls.org and begin to take action. Through this network, you can use your voice and encourage your Members of Congress to support legislation that will directly impact girls and Girl Scouts.
In the News
In August, a delegation from the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast met with U.S. Representative Robert Scott of Virginia's Third District to discuss the Charitable Pension Flexibility Act (H.R. 2134), introduced by Reps. Susan Brooks (R-IN) and Ron Kind (D-WI). This bipartisan legislation would allow Girl Scouts to opt-in to receive the same treatment as private companies under the Pension Protection Act. This would provide the opportunity to 'smooth' the council pension obligations at more consistent levels. Without Congressional action, due to legislative changes in the way future liabilities are calculated and the current historically low interest rates, local Girl Scout councils will see a 40% increase next year in contributions.
Pictured: CEO Tracy Keller, Advocacy Committee member
DeLevay Minor, U.S. Representative Robert Scott and
Board Chair Melissa Burroughs
The State of Girls
The State of Girls: Unfinished Business is a new study released by the Girl Scout Research Institute. It charts the disparities that cleave the girl experience along racial and ethnic lines. Conducted in conjunction with the Population Reference Bureau, the report contains current national statistical indicators focused on key issues such as health, safety, and educational achievement of girls, as well as demographic trends.
There is promising news for girls regarding their educational attainment; extracurricular, volunteer, and pro-social activities; reduction of risk behaviors; and connection to the digital world. However, the report also demonstrates that many girls are being left behind: they struggle in their everyday lives at school, at home, and in other social environments with issues such as relational aggression, bullying, and depression. Read the report at http://www.girlscouts.org/research/publications/stateofgirls/
What's Happening at GSCCC
This summer, groups of girls who attended Camp Skimino and Camp Darden had the opportunity to meet and hear from local female leaders and legislators.
Delegate Brenda Pogge, who represents the 9th district in the Virginia House of Delegates, and Anne Fitzgibbon, legislative aide to Delegate Daun Sessoms Hester, who represents the 89th district in the Virginia House of Delegates, visited Camp Skimino in July. They spoke to girls in grades 6-12 participating in the Counselor-in-Training leadership program at camp about their careers in government.
Pictured: CEO Tracy Keller, Legislative Aide Anne Fitzgibbon and Delegate Brenda Pogge with girls who participated in the Counselor-in-Training session at Camp Skimino in July.
Delegate Rosyln Tyler, who represents the 75th district in the Virginia House of Delegates, and Irene Darden Field, daughter of former Virginia governor Colgate Darden, spoke to girls at Camp Darden in August.
Delegate Tyler explained to the girls how she got her start in politics and why she continued participating in government - she saw how few women were in public office and wanted to change that.
Irene Darden Field, whose father formally gifted the Camp Darden property to the Girl Scouts in 1979, spoke to the girl Scouts about growing up as the daughter of a governor and what it was like to live in the Executive Mansion.
Photo: Delegate Roslyn Tyler, CEO Tracy Keller and Irene Darden Field visited with girls who live in the areas that Delegate Tyler represents at Camp Darden in August.
Support Healthy Media Images for Girls!
A campaign created in partnership with Girl Scouts of the USA, The Creative Coalition, National Cable & Telecommunications Association, and the National Association of Broadcasters has resulted in the production of Watch What You Watch, a PSA that encourages all of us to pay attention to the media images that are influencing the nation's youth.
Girl Scouts can join the ladies of Kappa Delta at The College of William and Mary for International Girls Day on November 16. This year's focus is "Youth in Media." Workshops will focus on literacy, leadership self-esteem, healthy choices and decision making. Find more information and register here.
Become an Informed Advocate on Issues that Impact Girls
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