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We Can’t Wait to Hear What You Have to Say!


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At Girl Scouts, we care about your experience, good or bad, and we want to hear from you!

Girl Scouts of the USA is conducting a national survey of girls, parents, guardians, and troop volunteers – called Girl Scout Voices Count – to find out what’s working, and what’s not, in Girl Scouts. Your feedback will help us improve our services and programs!

The survey will focus on the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE), our one-of-a-kind leadership development program for girls. The GSLE is the foundation of all Girl Scout programs, guiding what girls do in Girl Scouts, how they do it, and how they benefit from participating.

Your responses will help us understand your girls’ experience in Girl Scouts and if they are using the three “keys” to leadership:

1. When girls lead in their own lives, they Discover their values, skills, and the world around them. This helps them grow more confident and use their abilities to help themselves and others.

2. When girls lead in their communities, they Connect with other people in a multicultural world. This helps them care about, inspire, and team with others locally and globally.

3. When girls lead in the world, they Take Action to make the world a better place. They learn how to identify problems in their community and create solutions to fix them.

We also want to know whether Nebraska Girl Scouts are using the three processes:

1. Girl-led: Girls of every level shape their experience by asking questions, sharing ideas, and using their imaginations. Co-leaders allow girls to take an active role in making decisions and choosing activities. Of course, co-leaders provide age-appropriate guidance, but when girls play a critical role in the planning and implementation of their activities, they are more engaged and become active learners. Engagement is one of the most powerful determinants of success and well-being for people of any age!

2. Learning by Doing: Girls participate in hands-on learning that engages them in a cycle of action and reflection. By actively participating and then reflecting, girls gain a deeper understanding of concepts and are more likely to master new skills. Co-leaders should always provide an opportunity for discussion after an activity. It doesn’t have to be formal – just get them talking and see what happens!

3. Cooperative Learning: Girls learn to share knowledge and skills in an atmosphere of respect and cooperation as they work together on a common goal. Developing great teamwork skills will help girls in school now and on the job later. Co-leaders should help each girl contribute her unique talents and ideas to projects, help girls see how their differences are valuable to the team, and coach girls to resolve conflicts productively.

Finally, tell us if Nebraska girls are benefitting from our proven outcomes:

1. Sense of Self: Girls have confidence in themselves and their abilities, and form positive identities.

2. Positive Values: Girls act ethically, honestly, and responsibly, and show concern for others.

3. Challenge Seeking: Girls take appropriate risks, try things even if they might fail, and learn from their mistakes.

4. Healthy Relationships: Girls develop and maintain healthy relationships by communicating their feelings directly and resolving conflicts constructively.

5. Community Problem Solving: Girls desire to contribute to the world in purposeful and meaningful ways, learn how to identify problems in the community, and create "action plans" to solve them.

The survey opens on April 4, 2018. Please keep an eye on your email inbox for information on how to participate, and make sure to check your SPAM folder, just in case. Girl Scout parents and guardians may receive two survey invitations -- one for themselves, and a second asking permission for their Girl Scout to take the survey.

Thank you in advance for completing this important survey! Because we appreciate your feedback, everyone who completes the survey by April 30, 2018, will be entered in a special, Spirit of Nebraska raffle for a chance to win one of six $50 Visa gift cards! There will be two winners for each survey (parent/guardian, girl, and troop volunteer). There also are national gift card raffles that you will be entered in!

We can’t wait for you to make your voice count!