In celebration of 100 years of Girl Scouting, the Girl Scout Research Institute conducted a large-scale study to assess the impact of Girl Scouting on the lives of adult women today. There are an estimated 59 million living alumnae; nearly one in every two adult women in the United States was a member of Girl Scouting as a girl.
Girl Scouting Works: The Alumnae Impact Study finds that women who were Girl Scouts as girls display positive life outcomes to a greater degree than women who were not Girl Scouts.
These positive outcomes include:
- Self of self
- Community service
- Civic engagement
This is the case for all Girl Scout alumnae, across age/generations, social classes, races, and engagement in other extracurricular activities.
In addition, women who were in Girl Scouts for three or more years had more positive outcomes, including the outcomes above as well as life and relationship satisfaction, and leadership.
The study engaged more than 3,750 women, of whom roughly 2,000 were Girl Scout alumnae, through various qualitative and quantitative methods including focus groups, in-depth individual interviews, an online community, online chats, a national random digit dial (RDD) telephone survey, a mobile phone survey, and an online survey. Check out the GSRI webpage for the full report, summary, highlights, and a video featuring stories from Girl Scout alumnae.