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Girl Scouts Commit To Kids


by Melissa Langbehn

WAUSAU (WAOW)--There are many organizations and groups throughout North Central Wisconsin which offer programs that make a big impact on young lives. Girl Scouts is one. Girls Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes serves 20 thousand girls in Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

These days the troops still begin their meetings with the traditional, time-honored pledge.

But the focus is all about leadership. To reach that goal troop members are encouraged to discover, connect and take action.

Girls Scout Branding and Marketing Leader, Ann Sirls, says:" Our main focus is helping girl's discover themselves and connect with others.. and then put those things together to take action in the world.

Based on internal research the The Girl Scouts Organization developed a leadership model... aimed at helping girls discover who they are and connect with others by taking part in problem solving activities, doing community service projects and earning badges.

It's hoped the experiences builds  leadership skills at a young age.. which last lifetime.

Ann Sari:"If a girl is a leader in junior high and high school she's going to avoid peer pressure.. she's going to be a leader in her own peer group. And she'll be one of her that her decisions and example will be one that others aspire to follow."

The scouting experience today goes beyond a traditional meeting after school.

To overcome economic and transportation barriers there are virtual troops and outreach programs for students of all ages as well girls housed in the Marathon County Juvenile Detention Center and shelter.

Ann Saris:"The basis is helping them become leaders of their own lives and then long term with their families and their communities."

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