For many of us (including a number of Sassy Mama staffers), early experience with Brownies and Girl Scouts helped make us the women that we are today. As women the world over struggle to fight for equality, it’s crucial that organisations like Girl Scouts can continue to empower girls and young women to teach them important lessons about leadership. We’re happy to welcome Melinda Hiemstra, Chair-elect of Singapore’s USA Girl Scouts Overseas chapter (which welcomes members of all nationalities into over 30 troops across the island!), to tell you more about how you and your daughters can get involved with this wonderful organisation, mama.
Girl Scouts helps today’s girls become tomorrow’s leaders. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Through Girl Scouts in Singapore, your daughter can try things that she’s never experienced anywhere else and make the best friends of her life with girls from more than 25 countries.
It starts with one day, one meeting and one role model that shows her she can accomplish more than she ever imagined. At Girl Scouts, we want every girl to feel so excited about her future that she can hardly wait for it because she knows she can achieve anything she sets her mind to doing.
But if you want your daughter to be a Girl Scout, you may have to be a troop leader. Why? Because Singapore is a transient city and we lose approximately 25% of our leaders every year.
Don’t know what to do? Don’t worry. We’ll teach you. Girl Scouting is a leadership training program not just for girls, but adults, too. The materials are easy-to-follow and USA Girl Scouts Overseas Singapore will help you organize a troop and find a co-leader. As a leader, you set the troop meeting schedule that works best for you.
Some leaders work, some don’t; some are moms, some are dads. Some are Americans, many are not. You don’t have to have a daughter in the program to volunteer. All it takes is a willingness to inspire, cheer and encourage.
Log on to our website to find out more or to register. We also have two information sessions coming up in May, and another one in August. Registration closes September 11, 2015. We hope to meet you soon, mamas!
Singapore Girl Scouts, www.singaporeusagirlscouts.org