Girl Scouts Heart of Central California is making its back-to-school push for girls and adult volunteers.
Nationwide results of a summer 2014 pulse poll conducted with more than 3,500 volunteers and parents of Girl Scouts in the kindergarten through fifth-grade age range show positive effects on members of all ages:
• 97 percent of parents agree that Girl Scouting has been a positive activity for their daughters.
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• 95 percent said the girls have had fun and exciting experiences.
• 96 percent have learned or tried something new.
• 94 percent say that because of Girl Scouts, their daughters feel special, have more friends (95 percent) and are happier (89 percent).
The data show it is not just girls who benefit: 94 percent of volunteers have made new friends, 88 percent believe their life is better because they volunteer with Girl Scouts, and two-thirds believe their volunteer experience has helped them professionally.
Ninety-five percent of Girl Scout volunteers say they are happy knowing they are making girls’ lives better.
Girl Scouts is open to all girls from kindergarten through 12th grade. Anyone older than 18 may become a volunteer. To do so, visit http://girlscouts.org.
Those interested also can attend a local Girl Scouts information night. There’s one – “Let’s Start a Girl Scout Troop” – coming up Sept. 4 at 6 p.m. at Enslen Elementary School, 515 Coldwell Ave., Modesto.
Another event, “Enjoy a Girl Scout Sampler,” will be held Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. at Turlock’s Donnelly Park, 600 Pedras Road.
See the full schedule of information nights at www.girlscoutshcc.org/join.asp#infonights.