Guest Blogger: The Gift of Girl Scouting

Wendy Wysong, Chair of the SHARE Task-Force and Partner at Clifford Chance, LLP celebrates Girl Scouting at Camp CEO this summer.

“We want to be Girl Scouts, too.” When ten girls at our recreation center asked me to start a troop in a place where there was no money, no parental support, and no trained leaders, I learned quickly how important SHARE is.

Its importance was magnified this year when families caught in the financial crisis applied for camperships for their daughters who had looked forward all year to Girl Scout camp.  It made the difference to a girl last summer who chose to be a member of Girl Scouts rather than take part in neighborhood gang because one of our trained leaders could offer a positive alternative to that life. SHARE makes it possible for all our girls to participate fully in the Girl Scout Program–an amazing experience that you can make reality through your donation.

SHARE contributions support four important aspects of Girl Scouting:

  • Girl Programming,
  • Financial Assistance,
  • Camping,
  • and Leader Training.

Last year, we provided $480,000 in direct financial assistance, that is, dues, uniforms, books, program grants, and camperships.  SHARE also made possible outreach programs such as the Young Leaders Program (which trains college students to be troop leaders), Including All Girls (a program that ensures girls of all abilities are able to participate fully in Girl Scouting), and Encuentro (a 3-day event for our Latina Girl Scouts)

Donations can be made so simply on-line on the GSCNC website: no stamps, envelopes or processing fees, and your money goes directly toward the Girl Scout experience for girls in the greater Washington region. You can also use SHARE envelopes or even payroll deductions.

  • Your donation of $221 would pay the annual expenses for a Girl Scout
  • Giving $300 which would send a girl to camp $600 sends 2 girls to camp (this gift also extends an invitation for you and a guest to the annual President’s Circle Dinner on March 12 at the Four Seasons)
  • Consider giving a major gift of $5,000 or more, which allows you to designate the donation for the program of your choice.

Still don’t think your donation makes a difference? Read Mikayla’s story, a girl who directly benefited from SHARE. This year, more than ever, your gift to SHARE brings Girl Scouting to all girls.

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