New Research: Girl Scout Camp Builds Female Leaders


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For more than 100 years, Girl Scout camp has brought girls unmatched outdoor adventure full of learning (key skills! life lessons!), challenge (ropes courses! rapids!), and, of course, a whole lot of friendship and fun. At camp, Girl Scouts’ leadership takes center stage as they dive into age-appropriate activities they love—enabling them, at every turn, to discover their values and their passions, connect with others from a range of backgrounds, and take action to make a meaningful difference in their world.

Last summer, the Girl Scout Research Institute collaborated with the American Camp Association (ACA) to explore whether the skills, behaviors, and attitudes youth learn at camp carry over to other parts of their lives. Survey responses from over 700 adults who attended camp as kids—424 alums of Girl Scout camp and 286 alums of non–Girl Scout camps—provide compelling evidence that Girl Scout camp sets girls up for success! 

Read the key findings.