With summer quickly coming to an end, another school year is just around the corner. Calendars will soon go from lazy, long summer days to chaotic school schedules. The transition to returning to school can be difficult for children. The feelings of excitement and nervousness can stem from entering a new classroom and learning new subjects to making new friends and even thinking about the upcoming workload. Girl Scouts can help girls shake off those back-to-school jitters by providing girls with the courage and confidence they need to start off a new school-year strong.
Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines offers girls K-12 one-of-a-kind leadership development where girls can challenge themselves by trying new things, gain important skills, and take the lead all while building courage, confidence, and character. When a girl joins Girl Scouts she will explore new topics like Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), the outdoors, life skills, and entrepreneurship in a girl-led, girl-only environment. Girl Scouts provides girls with a unique style of learning which puts girls on the path to a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success.
According to the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI), while it is common for a girl’s sense of self to decline in middle school, Girl Scouts exhibit a slight lift in theirs during this time. And whether your girl is in elementary, middle, or high school, it’s never too late to register her for Girl Scouts. Girl Scouts continues to provide girls with the ability to take on challenges and overcome their back-to-school jitters at any age.
Girl Scouts helps girls grow into citizens who are responsible, caring, and engaged—attributes that fewer and fewer girls are developing through formal academic channels. And when a girl is a Girl Scout she can step outside her comfort zone, manage healthy relationships, and be civically engaged in their communities. Research has shown that compared to non-Girl Scouts, Girl Scouts earn better grades and have higher academic aspirations because they are able to discover themselves and their values, try new things and take healthy risks, connect with others to create positive relationships, and take action in their communities on issues they’re passionate about.
Girl Scouts provides girls with newly developed confidence especially at the start of a new school year when challenges can arise. Girl Scouts is here to help girls and their families take on new challenges and shake off those back-to-school jitters by providing helpful tip and tricks and an all-girl inclusive environment that helps each and every girl succeed during a new and exciting school year.
Five ways to help shake those back-to-school jitters
- Bold Streak - Help girls get out of her comfort zone by trying out for the basketball team or running for student council. Girls should get comfortable taking these kinds of risks by talking about the value of trying—and yes, of failing! The most successful leaders in our world take risks all the time. Many of them don’t work out, but the ones that do make it all worthwhile.
- Team Spirit - While it’s vital for girls to feel confident completing tasks on their own, it’s just as crucial that they know how to work collaboratively as part of a team. Girls should learn about the importance of listening to others’ opinions (even if they don’t agree with them) and how everyone has something unique and valuable to add to the team effort. Oftentimes, the most innovative and creative ideas and solutions are reached when a group of diverse people put their minds together!
- Social Smarts - Making friends is easier for some kids than others. Get to get to know classmates. For instance, being observant and noticing characters, animals, or even music groups on other kids’ clothing, backpacks, or school supplies can help girls start a conversation about things they have in common. Asking if they want to join in a game at recess or asking about the books they get at the school library can be good openers, too!
- Energy to Learn - Did you know that the National Sleep Foundation recommends that children aged 5 to 12 get between 10 and 11 hours of sleep each night? It’s true—and following their advice could raise your children’s test scores. A well-rested brain is better at retaining new information and at remembering what it’s already learned. It is also important to make sure girls are getting a good breakfast. Many studies show a link between having a balanced breakfast and good school performance.
- A Supportive Adult - Girls needs adults more than you may know. Get engaged by asking specific questions about the school day and showing interest in the things they learning. When girls know they have a trusting adult on their side it will make them far more likely to discuss any academic or social challenges, if they do arise. Plus, when girls know they have a supportive team cheering them on, it will help their confidence grow.
Is your girl ready to take the lead like a Girl Scout? To learn more and to register your girl for a Girl Scouts, visit www.nccoastalpines.org.