By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
The goal of the Girl Scouts of Central California South is to help girls develop leadership skills by discovering, connecting and taking action in their communities.
Pam Mann, director of fund development of the Girl Scouts, talked about one of the most important skills scouts learn Wednesday on "First Look with Scott Cox."
"We want our girls to become leaders so through different educational badges, they learn leadership skills," Mann said.
Along with badges, Girl Scouts can also earnthe bronze, silver, and gold awards that require scouts to create a community project that will make an impact and bring change.
Jaime Butow, The Californian's community engagement coordinator, said a local troop had recently brought together a committee to talk about the online dangers of social media. The team invited speakers from law enforcement to talk about the issue and they had to spread the word about the event in the community.
"The Scouts helps them discover who they are in society and among themselves," Mann said. "It makes them a well-rounded person."
So how important is parent involvement in the success of a scout?
Joe Alaniz, product program specialist for the Girl Scouts, said many parents volunteer, but anyone can volunteer.
"We are always looking for volunteers and you don't even have to have a child in the scouts to help out," Alaniz said.
If you've been counting down the days for the yearly fall goodies sale, keep an eye out for the Girls Scouts starting Friday. They will sell treats such as chocolate almonds and gummy bears until after Thanksgiving.