Miranda Wilcox, Herald Democrat
The Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas have built a reputation on empowering girls to become women who are more active in community service and civic life. More than 27,000 girls in 32 northeast Texas counties participate in girl-led cooperative learning in troop programming and community programs that focus on science, technology, engineering and math. Programs also include financial literacy with their Cookie Program, healthy living and outdoor leadership.
Web Content Specialist for Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas Kory Peal said Girl Scout alumnae reported earning 22.5 percent higher incomes in 2010 than women who had not been in Girl Scouts.
“Girl Scouts is the world’s most successful organization dedicated to creating girl leaders,” Peal said. “We are successful because we provide the hands-on, cooperative, and girl-led learning processes that help girls discover their love of learning as they develop strong character and leadership. To those who think Girl Scouts is just cookies, badges and camping, we say, ‘Think again.’ Two-thirds of women in Congress, every female Secretary of State, and virtually every female astronaut were Girl Scouts. Cookies, badges and camping are some of the vehicles we use to build girls of confidence, courage and character who make the world a better place.”
She cited a fourth grade Junior Girl Scout from Gunter who had lost her grandmother to lung cancer. This girl rem...