Lizella, GA (PRWEB) March 22, 2014
A woman recalls how she would watch Girl Scouts pass her rural Georgia home in pairs during daily hikes from a nearby summer camp:
“I would sit on the porch with my head propped on my hands and watch them. I wanted to be a Girl Scout more than anything, but my family just didn’t have the money.”
Not being a Girl Scout meant missing out on fun, friendship and exciting outdoor adventures. It also meant missing out on programs like the traditional Girl Scout Cookie Program, which teaches girls business literacy skills and helps prepare them for successful careers. The Girl Scout Leadership Experience teaches girls the fundamentals of leadership. Through age appropriate programming and positive relationships with caring adults, girls learn to discover, connect and take action.
Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia and Amerigroup Georgia have partnered to help ensure that girls in Amerigroup families across the state can take advantage of all the opportunities and benefits that Girl Scouting provides. Amerigroup Georgia has agreed to pay for annual Girl Scout membership and program materials for girls in kindergarten through fifth grades who are part of their network.
Though an annual membership in Girl Scouts is only $15, the cost can be an obstacle for some families, especially those with more than one daughter. Research shows that an investment in Girl Scout membership can result in lifelong benefits for girls, like improved self-confidence, healthy lifestyle choices, a higher probability of attending college, and a desire to serve the community and vote.
“My daughter LOVES Girl Scouts and has made some great friends. We would not have been able to do this without Amerigroup,” said Crystal, a Girl Scout mom and troop leader for Troop 11424 in Stephens County. Lilyann in Jackson County is enjoying the Girl Scout tradition with her mom, a Girl Scout alumna who is excited to share the experience with her daughter. Later this month, girls in a residential program for abused children in Muscogee County will become Girl Scouts.
Amerigroup Georgia helps improve health care access and quality for more than 288,000 low-income Georgians by developing innovative care management programs and services. Through community outreach and health education, Amerigroup encourages members to become active participants in their health care and empowers them to choose and sustain a healthy lifestyle.
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls with 3.2 million girl and adult members worldwide. Girl Scouts is the leading authority on girls' healthy development, and builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.
Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia serves 16,000 members throughout Georgia, including areas surrounding Albany, Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Savannah, Statesboro, Tifton and Valdosta. For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to Girl Scouts, visit http://www.gshg.org.