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A Letter From the CEO: Girl Scouts Is the Girl Leadership Expert


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Dear Membership: 

You may have heard that yesterday the Boy Scouts of America's board of directors voted to begin recruiting girls into their program. Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama (GSNCA) is more committed than ever before to ensuring that girls take their rightful place as leaders in their communities, their country and the world.

Girl Scouting's more than 100-year legacy of research, experience and results prove the success of our focus exclusively on girls. Our approach to developing a pipeline of strong, confident girls and women with amazing leadership skills originates from our expertise knowing the unique needs of girls and understanding the gender gaps that still exist in nearly every facet of business and society. 

GSNCA affirms with confidence that it will remain, as ever, committed to the unique needs of girls. Amazing opportunities are available for girls through our program. Girls challenge themselves in high adventure outdoor activities, compete in robotics tournaments, and earn the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award that make a profound and lasting impact locally and internationally.

We urge our Girl Scout members, alumnae, volunteers, and supporters to speak up on behalf of our exceptional experiences for girls. For too long, we have been reserved in our approach to talking about the benefits of Girl Scouting, rather than proudly and loudly sharing the stories of impact that our girl members and volunteers make in their communities. 

We know that girls thrive in an all-girl, girl-led environment. I invite all members of the Girl Scout family to come together to amplify the incredible power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) in our Movement. Share your story via social media. Join us as a lifetime member. Join hands with us as we reaffirm that Girl Scouts is, and will remain, the scouting program that truly benefits U.S. girls by providing a safe space for them to learn and lead.

We look forward to an outstanding year ahead, and invite all of you to join us as we ensure that even more girls have access to Girl Scouting and that the world understands what a difference it makes in their lives. I hope you'll reach out if you have any questions.

 Karen Peterlin Signature

Karen Peterlin
Chief Executive Officer
Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama

P.S. What to learn more about the time-tested and proven outcomes of Girl Scouting? Check out  The Girl Scout Impact Study.