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April 16, 2013

Having it All: Girls and Financial Literacy

In our ever-changing global economy and world, financial skills are leadership skills. As the premier leadership organization for girls, Girls Scouts helps girls build financial experience, confidence, and independence by providing them with resources focused on everything from saving money, developing strong credit, and minimizing debt, to philanthropic giving and financing their dreams.


Girl Scouts is committing to the financial empowerment of American girls. Our shift from simple fundraising to financial education has been underway for some time and continues to bolster the relevance of Girl Scouting to today’s girls. The current economic recession and resulting awareness of how important financial literacy is for all youth—especially girls—has given our approach a real charge.


Recently, the Girl Scouts Research Institute conducted a study, titled Having it All: Girls and Financial Literacy, to see how this shift from fundraising to financial education has impacted girls. Here are some quick findings:

  • Girls see little difference between genders when it comes to financial capability, with seven in ten saying that both men and women are equally likely to be financially responsible (73 percent) or in a lot of debt (72 percent).
  • The vast majority of girls (94 percent) would rather make their own money than rely on their parents, and 80 percent would rather make their own money than marry someone who would support them financially.
  • Nearly all girls say it is likely that they will have jobs or careers they enjoy (98 percent); be able to provide for their families (96 percent); and own their own homes (95 percent) one day. They are similarly optimistic about obtaining college degrees (96 percent); being able to retire comfortably (92 percent); being able to save a lot of money (90 percent); and making a lot of money (87 percent).
  • Girls primarily say they learn about money and finances from their moms (85 percent), dads (61 percent), teachers or guidance counselors (20 percent), financial classes in school (14 percent), and friends (12 percent)
  • Nine in ten (90 percent) girls say it is important for them to learn how to manage money, and 88 percent say that it is important to set financial goals.

The financial education girls receive through the Girl Scout program empowers girls to become financially sound and successful women. Thank you for your support of these programs; be it through volunteering, by supporting a Girl Scout or by purchasing Girl Scout Products. For a full look into this study visit the Girl Scouts Research Institute.

April 16, 2013

Meet a Camp Director – Laura Bumba

We want to introduce you to GSNI’s Camp Directors! We will be posting these introductions to help you meet our camp staff. Meet Laura “Chai” Bumba, Camp Director at Camp McCormick!

Staff Pics August 2012 - Bumba, Laura

Hi! I’m Laura “Chai” Bumba, Camp Pathway Specialist for Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois and Camp Director for the 2013 resident camp season at Camp McCormick. This will be my second summer as camp director for GSNI and I am truly looking forward to another stellar summer. If you know only one thing about me, remember this: I LOVE camp! Camp combines adventure, independence, responsibility, teambuilding, and so much more in an atmosphere of pure FUN! While I still consider myself a camper at heart, it is my greatest pleasure to have found an occupation that allows me to share this experience with others. Beyond the image of campfires and s’mores, summer camp offers the opportunity for people of all ages to disconnect from technology and reconnect with others in the great outdoors. Nothing compares to the camaraderie of making new friends or the sense of accomplishment after creating your first fire!

Interested in signing up for camp and spending some time at Camp McCormick? Visit our website for more information!