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The Girl Scout Leadership Experience-Advocacy

Honorary Congressional Girl Scout Troop

In 2001, Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. convened the first Honorary Congressional Girl Scout Troop on Capitol Hill, comprised of women members of Congress. Members of Girl Scout Troop Capitol Hill have made a commitment to help Girl Scouts substantially address issues important to girls and Girl Scouting on a national level. They also serve as role models for 2.8 million girls nationwide.

 

Virginia Honorary Girl Scout Troop 1924, Capitol Square

Virginia Honorary Girl Scout Troop Capitol Square 1924 – named for the year (1924) that the first women were elected to the Virginia legislature --Helen Timmons Henderson representing Buchanan County and Russell County, and Sarah Lee Fain, representing Norfolk– is a bipartisan delegation of women members of the Virginia State Legislature established by The Virginia Girl Scout Legislative Coalition to educate our great state’s legislative body about issues affecting girls and young women.

 

In 2005, the Virginia Honorary Girl Scout Troop Capitol Square, a derivative of the national Girl Scout initiative launched with the following focus:

  • Serve as role models for 75,00 Girl Scouts in Virginia
  • Connect Girl Scouts to policy issues important to girls and Girl Scouting
  • Attend Girl Scout Gold Award Ceremonies or special Girl Scout event in respective councils
  • Assist the Girl Scouts in appropriation efforts to ensure top quality programming for girls.
  • Sponsor Girl Scout Legislative Day during the General Assembly session.

 

Virginia Girl Scout Legislative Coalition

  • Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay
  • Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of VA
  • Girl Scouts of Colonial Coast
  • Girl Scouts of the Nations Capital
  • Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline
  • Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians

 

Annually, the Virginia Girl Scout Legislative Coalition, comprised of board presidents and CEOs of the seven (7) Girl Scout Councils in Virginia, invite female state legislators, legislative aides and members of the Governor’s Cabinet to join the Virginia Honorary Girl Scout Troop 1924, Capitol Square as “The Promise” a special investiture and rededication ceremony. During the reception at this event, Girl Scout executive and governance leadership network with legislators to discuss the Virginia Girl Scouts’ Legislative agenda. Girl Scouts can lend expertise to policymakers combating a host of related and overlooked issues that affect girls’ healthy living including; relational aggression and bullying; cyber-bullying; healthy media images; and eating disorders. The Girl Scouts welcome the opportunity to work with legislators on these four issues which are informed by Girl Scouts’ own research and extensive programmatic expertise:

  • Promoting Girls’ physical, social and emotional Health;
  • Increasing girls involvement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM);
  • Girls and leadership; and financial literacy.

 

Advocacy Strategies

The Girl Scouts has a long-standing commitment to the well-being of girls and serves more than 75,000 girls and adult volunteers throughout Virginia. For almost 100 years, Girl Scouts has been engaged in girls’ lives and a resource and expert on their growth and development. To advance our mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place, and ensuring that all girls have the opportunity to be successful, Girl Scouts can serve as a resource for information, advice, and support. We welcome the opportunity to work with you on these four issues of particular interest to us. These issues are informed by Girl Scouts’ own research and extensive programmatic expertise:

  1. Promoting Girls’ physical, social and emotional Health;
  2. Increasing girls involvement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM);
  3. Girls and leadership; and
  4. Financial literacy.

 

In partnership with local schools, the Girl Scout program compliments the state’s Standards of Learning, assisting students in the fields of reading, math, science and technology in addition to self-esteem, relationship aggression and healthy living. Some of the programs include:

  • Choose Respect supported by the Virginia Department of Health for middle school and court services girls, focusing on self esteem and relationship aggression.
  • Challenge and Change –supported by USDA to implement programs for girls 11-17 in King and Queen and Charles City Counties
  • It’s Electric III in collaboration with Dominion, is a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math retreat for older girls.
  • It’s Your World, Change It *educates girls in Charles City and Northumberland County Schools on environmental education through the Journey Books – It’s Your Planet, Love It.*
  • Robotics -FIRST LEGO® League (FLL), created through a partnership between FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and The LEGO Group, inspires future scientists and engineers. Girls at Richmond’s Peter Paul Development Center learned hands-on problem solving, teamwork skills, programming experience, real-world application of science and math concepts. The Girl Scout Robotic team competed against 60 other teams on November 6th at Maggie Walker High School *Girl Scout Journeys.