Tuesday, December 04, 2012
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Girl Scouts are looking to give the gift of Girl Scouting

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[December 04, 2012]  SPRINGFIELD -- You have an opportunity to give the young girls in your life a unique gift this year. While it may not be the traditional item on a child's wish list, the gift of Girl Scouting will last long after all the presents have been unwrapped.

This holiday season, Girl Scouts of Central Illinois is launching a new effort to recruit Girl Scout members and enlist the help of additional volunteers. Many people think that the only time to sign up for Girl Scouts is at the beginning of the school year, but the organization wants everyone to know that it's not too late to join.

Girl Scouting has changed tremendously over the years, turning the focus from the stereotypical "cookies and crafts" to programming that concentrates on building courage, confidence and character to help shape tomorrow's leaders. Girls have the opportunity to work on STEM projects in science, technology, engineering and math; enjoy the outdoors through camping programs; experience new cultures through travel opportunities; and learn leadership skills.

By signing up for Girl Scouts, girls can have all these great experiences and also participate in the largest financial literacy program in the world -- the annual Girl Scout cookie program that kicks off later this winter. The cookie program provides girls with opportunities to set goals, make decisions, learn about money management, improve their interpersonal skills and build business ethics.

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Adults are also encouraged to "join" Girl Scouts by becoming a volunteer -- making a difference in the lives of young girls in just four hours a month by volunteering with the Girl Scouts. Volunteering gives adults the opportunity to empower and mentor young women while sharing their time, interests and skills. Volunteer opportunities are tailored to fit busy schedules, and the organization provides all the necessary tools to get started.

Anyone interested in joining Girl Scouts can call 888-623-1237 or visit www.getyourgirlpower.org to register.



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