Girl Scout numbers show increase
by Paisley Boston
Aug 27, 2013 | 2753 views | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Girl Scouts of the United States of America's most recent internal report listed the Girl Scouts Heart of the South Council as one of only seven nationwide to see an increase in membership this fiscal year.

The organization has reached 13,500 members, which is a 10 percent growth since last year.

There are 165 Girl Scouts in kindergarten through eighth grade with 25 volunteers in Bolivar County.

"We're so ecstatic that we were able to reach so many girls. We worked year round to reach our goal," said Jenny Jones, director of Girls Scouts Heart of the South.

The organization began recruitment last year around October. “The increase in membership shows that our volunteers are motivated, passionate and love what they are doing,” said Venus Chaney, director of Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

"It shows that our girls are truly enjoying the Girl Scout program, making friends, inviting friends and just having fun.

"It shows that the community believes in us, and that parents trust we are helping to develop their daughters into current and future leaders," said Chaney, director of Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

In an effort to reach its goal, the membership team developed various recruitment plans that were specifically suited to reach girls in certain parts of the south.

"Our outreach programs went into various schools in Mississippi, during activity time, such as physical education, to deliver programs to girls that are normally offered outside of school," said Jones.

The council contributes its success to offering flexibility to Girl Scouts.

In order to strive to meet, and ultimately exceed its goals, the local council focused on taking its programs and activities directly to the girls and volunteers in each community by becoming more flexible with program delivery options.

Through its outreach program, the council focused on serving girls and building stronger relationships in underserved communities, and sought partnerships with other youth-serving organizations to add variety to the program offering.