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Tell Us What You Think of Girl Scouts


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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 (GSUSA) is conducting its 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.

The Voices Count survey collects feedback from across the country and around the world. This allows GSUSA to understand similarities and differences between groups, regions, and councils, and make Girl Scouts better for everyone! It also allows councils, like Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska, to improve programs and customer service.

To ensure that Girl Scouts is fulfilling its mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, the survey focuses 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, how they do it, and how they benefit from participating.

We Need Your Help

This survey really matters! Our ability to continue as an chartered Girl Scout council depends on the people who respond and the answers they provide. Your thoughtful input will ensure we can continue to offer Girl Scouting to girls in Nebraska.

Your responses help us understand if your girls are using the three Girl Scout “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.

Your answers also let us 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, we need you to 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 is open throughout April 2019. 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.

Do you need assistance right away?
This survey is not the best way to get immediate or local assistance. It’s a survey about national Girl Scouting trends, so your issue may not be addressed in a timely fashion. If you need help with a local matter, such as troop placement, please contact our Member Support team.

Thank you in advance for completing this important survey. We can’t wait for you to make your voice count!

Got questions? Email the survey team.