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Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council

Mission: Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Community Need: Last year, the Girls Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council (the Council) received funding to start an outreach troop as part of the after school program at the Boys & Girls Club Kidz Zone in Waynesboro. Often times, girls have barriers that prevent them from participating in traditional troops.  Most often those barriers are the cost to participate and lack of transportation. Partnering with Kidz Zone and receiving funding from the community allows the Council to eliminate those barriers and bring Girl Scouts to an underserved population.

Primary Activities: The Girl Scout Leadership Experience gives girls a one-of-a-kind leadership development program with proven results. Research shows that girls learn best in an all-girl, girl-led and girl-friendly environment. Girl Scouts provides girls a girl-exclusive safe space that fosters collaboration instead of competition and promotes support among girls, enabling them to stretch beyond their limits and transfer knowledge and skills to any environment, now and in the future.  The Council’s program emphasis is on STEM, life skills, outdoors and entrepreneurship, which enables girls to build social and emotional skills, gives them the opportunity to work cooperatively and develop confidence and leadership skills.  Girls can participate in traditional troops, events, camps and travel opportunities.

The council’s goals this fiscal year are to grow membership, offer pillar-focused program opportunities and grow fund development.  To accomplish their goals, the Membership Services Department and Fund Development Department have developed and enacted detailed plans with established benchmarks.

Constituents Served: The Council serves around 5,500 girls, age 5 to 18, and 3,200 adult volunteers in a 36-county area within Central, Southside, Southwest and Western Virginia.  The Council’s headquarters, along with the Skyline Shop, is located in Roanoke City.  The council has three camp properties: Camp Icimani in Roanoke County, Camp Sacajawea in Bedford County, and Camp Sugar Hollow in Albemarle County.  Last fiscal year, they served around 3,600 elementary school girls, 1,000 middle school girls, 600 high school girls and 225 girls who did not identify a school grade.

Program Details:  Virginia Skyline and Boys & Girls Club Kidz Zone have a strong desire to continue the outreach program that is currently in place.  The council intends to again meet weekly with the troop at the site weekly during the school year for girls who register to participate. A trained council staff member will continue to facilitate the program; planning and executing each program session.  Recruitment and registration will take place in September 2018 and weekly sessions will run October 2018 through May 2019.  They anticipate holding 25 sessions. Sessions will focus on Girl Scout traditions, leadership-building activities and cooperative-learning activities.  Kidz Zone reports that Girl Scouts has been a positive addition to their program. The girls look forward to participating each week and have developed a relationship with their staff delivering the program.

Amount Requested: $2,500

Operating Budget: $2,335,028

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