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The only thing better than Girl Scouts is more Girl Scouts!

Adult volunteers and troop leaders who attended one of our many kickoff events to celebrate a new year of Girl Scouting heard this message from our membership team. However, these were meant to be more than just words and we’ve got the numbers to prove it.

Jackie Bucsi, Chief Membership Officer with Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan, said several communities are 75 percent or more towards reaching their goal and several more are more than 70 percent towards their goal. Bucsi said she’s especially pleased to highlight Onsted which has reached 99 percent of its goal.

“These numbers are a real testament to the power of Girl Scouting,” Jackie said. “They also are proof that girls are embracing our mission and want to be part of the premier leadership organization for girls.”

However, registrations are continuing to come in which means the bridge we are building to carry us into the next century is strong enough to withhold buffeting winds of change.

Jackie said GSHOM’s incredibly dedicated adult volunteers and troop leaders have created a strong foundation for that bridge.

“We could not do what we do without their support and encouragement and we are very thankful to have them as our partners in this girl-led mission,” Jackie said.

Many leaders have told GSHOM Chief Executive Officer Jan Barker that they learn as much from the girls as the girl learn from them.

“Being a troop leader or an adult volunteer means being an important part of a girl’s life and many of our girls stay in contact with their troop leaders long after they are no longer active Girl Scouts,” Barker said. “At a time when people are more connected to their technology than ever before, having this type of one-on-one interaction is priceless.”

Overall GSHOM has registered almost 500 more girls in comparison to the same time last year. This has given Jan reason to be optimistic about the future of our organization as we head into the next century of building girls of courage, confidence and character.

“For me these are more than numbers, I prefer to look at them as girls who will benefit from the programs and services we offer as they begin or continue their journey to become our future leaders,” Jan said. “The need for the services we are uniquely positioned to provide has never been greater and girls and their parents get that.”

GSHOM has a goal of welcoming 22,103 girls into the world of Girl Scouting by the end of this year and we are 55.7% of the way to that goal. Last year we were 51% of the way there at this time.

Congratulations and thank you to the following:

99% of goal:
Onsted

75% or more towards goal:
Bellevue/Olivet
Chelsea
Clinton
Concord
Freeland
Hanover-Horton
Manchester
Schoolcraft
West Branch

70% or more towards goal:
Canton A
Caro/Reese and Mayville
Climax Scott-Vicksburg
Dexter
Howell South
Mason
Northville
Northwest
Whitmore Lake

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