In December 2016, the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) surveyed a nationally representative sample of girls to assess the role of Girl Scouts in helping girls attain the five GSLE outcomes (or “leadership outcomes”) above, as well as other specific ways girls benefit from participating in Girl Scouts.
The research provides compelling evidence that Girl Scouts stand out significantly from non–Girl Scouts, demonstrating more well-rounded lifestyles and a stronger propensity for success. Compared to non– Girl Scouts, Girl Scouts are more likely to:
- Exhibit strong leadership outcomes
- Earn “excellent” grades
- Expect to graduate college
- Aspire to STEM, business, and law careers
- Feel hopeful about their future