Update from the CEO
July 28, 2021
Dear Girl Scout Members,
Our Girl Scout community is returning to the traditions and programs
that create the quintessential Girl Scout experience with renewed hope
and focus, prioritizing girls’ health and safety in everything we do.
I’ve been thinking about this upcoming school year—and the new Girl
Scout membership year—as a chance to reconnect and recreate community
here at Girl Scouts Heart of Central California.
Girl Scouts is here to serve as a supportive partner for your girl and your family. I encourage you to take a moment to read Girls Are Having a Mental Health Crisis—Some Solutions, Though, Are Simple, from the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI). Highlighting the loneliness and anxiety rates in girls from 2019, this article emphasizes the importance of camaraderie and friendships, and a dedicated social support space, in making a meaningful difference in girls’ lives. And now, as girls transition back to routines and social settings after COVID-19 lockdowns, it is critically important that we focus on girls’ mental and emotional well-being.
Recently a parenting piece in The Washington Post consulted five pediatricians about how to help prepare children as they return to routines. Among the recommendations? Making time for mental health, supporting physical health, and building resilience. Girls have been benefiting in these areas from Girl Scouts for decades, and we are continuing that focus.
Both of our STEM Center + MakerSpaces have re-opened, reconnecting girls to the spirit of discovery through collaborative problem solving and design-thinking activities. Traditional troop meetings have safely returned, with girls reciting the Girl Scout Promise & Law with extra pep and excitement.
It may take a while for some girls to feel truly safe and secure as they transition back to school and other social activities. Girl Scouts gives girls the opportunity to gain confidence and stretch social skills in a safe space.
When your girl continues her journey in Girl Scouts for this new membership year, it helps her create a social and emotional support system as she navigates this transitional and formational time. And, the skills and relationships she’s building now will carry her throughout her lifetime, as a foundation of her successes to come.
Right now, GSHCC is ready to continue serving your girl, and we are excited to return to a “better normal.” Renew your membership today to partner with Girl Scouts in giving your girl the confidence, friendships, and fun she’s been patiently waiting for. Thank you for trusting us as a supportive partner in your girl’s life.
Dr. Linda E. Farley
Chief Executive Officer
Girl Scouts Heart of Central California