What We Stand For
We know the world needs more female leaders and the Girl Scout Mission is just that: to develop girls to be leaders in their own lives and in the world they live in. Because of the dedication and investment of time, care, and energy of all our Girl Scout families and volunteers, that mission comes to fruition and we are grateful for it!
Our focus is - and always will be - the girls. We must raise our collective voices to emphasize the Girl Scout difference, and to uplift all the wonderful things our girls are doing right here in Maine.
THE GIRL SCOUT DIFFERENCE: WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
~ Girl Scouts is contemporary and relevant designed specifically for girls, by girls. Take a look the latest program offerings in STEM and the Outdoors
~ Research shows that both boys and girls benefit greatly from single gender environments where they learn better and do not associate gender bias to activities.
~ Most of a girl's life is coed. Girl Scouts is a unique all-girl, girl-led experience that is available to all girls. Check out this article about the importance of single-gender experiences
~ How a girl spends her time is her and her family's decision. We know that the best choice for a girl to develop leadership is with other girls, and a female role model, who do exciting skill-based activities, go on amazing trips and do community action projects that make their world better.
~ Girls in Girl Scouts CHOOSE from an array of great experiences in:
* STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) with programs like the new badges and journeys
* Outdoors through Girl Scout Camp, Jr. Maine Guides, and Mt. Katahdin climb
* Travel through Girl Scout Destinations and GSME's Girls on the Go, bringing girls around the US and the globe
* Life Skills like financial literacy, business ethics, marketing through the Fall Product Sale and Cookie Sale Programs
* Civic and community engagement action projects
* Gold, Silver and Bronze award achievements
~The Gold Award is the highest award in Girl Scouts. A Gold Award Girl Scout has created a long term, sustainable service project that addresses a community issue or global issue. Check out the 2017 Gold Award Girl Scouts
Girl Scout membership is open to any girl in grades K-12 who has made the Girl Scout Promise, accepts the Girl Scout Law, and pays annual membership dues.
INCLUSION AND NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY
Girl Scouts values inclusiveness and does not discriminate or recruit on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, national origin, or physical or developmental disability.
CELEBRATING SPIRITUALITY AND FAITH
Everything in Girl Scouting is based on the Girl Scout Promise and Law, which includes many of the principles and values common across religions. So while we are a secular organization, Girl Scouts has always encouraged girls to take spiritual journeys via their faiths' religious recognitions.
Girl Scouts works across party lines with Congress and the Executive Branch to educate and raise awareness about issues important to girls and young women. Through our efforts, we demonstrate to policymakers that Girl Scouts is a resource—and an authority—on issues affecting girls and Girl Scouting.
POLITICS AND GIRL SCOUTS
Girl Scouts does not endorse or align itself with political parties or candidates for political office, or intervene in elections in any way. We encourage our members to participate in the democratic process, but not to advocate for a position or a candidate.