As the organization equips girls to create positive change and become leaders, it continues to defy national trends and increase membership across central Ohio.
Columbus, OH—Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland announced today that, for the second year in a row, the number of girls participating in Girl Scouts locally is growing. More than 18,850 Girl Scouts within the 30-county service area are exploring STEM, entrepreneurship, the outdoors, and more through Girl Scouting.
Up nearly 2 percent from last year, CEO of Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland Tammy H. Wharton said she believes this increase is due in part to the world’s growing need for female leaders.
“Girl Scouts teaches girls how to tackle some of society’s most pressing needs and our community is recognizing that,” she said. “From STEM to the outdoors, cybersecurity to advocacy, we’re providing essential experiences that prepare girls to take the lead in their own lives, no matter what their path may be.”
Today’s youth are more vocal than ever about issues that matter to them and girls who participate in Girl Scouts are more than twice as likely to exhibit community problem-solving skills than girls who don’t.
“Girl Scouts really shows you that you can do anything,” Samantha, a sixth grade Girl Scout Cadette said. “In Girl Scouts, my voice is always heard. We don’t just sell cookies. We make a difference. We take action. We make friends. We set goals. We shape the future because we are the future.”
Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland’s membership increase means that more girls will be ready to take the lead in their own lives and develop important skills like resilience, confidence, and resourcefulness in a safe, all-girl space designed especially for them. There’s never been a better time for girls and volunteers to join Girl Scouts.
About Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland
Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland Council is the premier leadership organization for girls, serving more than 18,500 girls with more than 4,000 adult members and volunteers in 30 counties across Central Ohio. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. For more information on how to join, volunteer, or donate to Girl Scouts, call (800) 621-7042 or visit gsoh.org.