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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.

Mission: Girl scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and characther, who make the world a better place.

Programs: Troup and service unit support: girl scouts offers the best leadership development experience for girls in the world. The inclusive, all-female environment of a girl scout troop creates a safe space where girls can try new things, develop a range of skills, take on leadership roles, and just be themselves. Our girl scout leadership experience is a one-of-a-kind leadership development program for girls, with proven results. It is based on time-tested methods and research-backed programming that help girls take the leadin their own lives and in the world. Girl scouts is proven to help girls thrive in five key ways as they: 1) develop a strong sense of self. 2) seek challenges and learn from setbacks. 3) display positive values. 4) form and maintain healthy relationships. 5) identify and solve problems in the community. Gsneo has more than 9,000 background-checked and fully-trained volunteers that manage over 2,600 girl-led troops serving over 26,000 girls in our 18-county footprint. Troop programs and badges focus on entrepreneurship, life skills, the outdoors and stem. The cost of this program covers the group that recruits, interviews, provides background checks, trains, assists, and mentors volunteers as well as recruits and places girls into troops.

camping programs: camping is a great way for girls to explore leadership, build skills, and develop a deep appreciation for nature. Whether for a day, a week, or longer, girl scout camp gives girls an opportunity to grow, explore, and have fun under the guidance of caring, trained adults. Gsneo maintains three camps: ledgewood in summit county, sugarbush in trumbull county, and timberlane in erie county. At camp, girls might shoot a bow and arrow, paddle a canoe or kayak, take a hike with friends, create art or make a craft, climb on our ropes course and ride on a zip line, or learn about the wonders of our natural world. The length of programs at our camps range from a couple of hours to week-long resident camps.

indoor programs: girl scouts unleashes theg. I. R. L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)in every girl, preparing her for a lifetime of leadershipfrom learning to build and program a robot to accepting a mission on the international space station; from lobbying the city council with her troop to holding a seat in congress; from running her own cookie business today to tackling cybersecurity tomorrow. Through hundreds of council-led programs, gsneo enhances the learning and fun for girls by providing specialized programming and large-scale events for girls to connect to the larger sisterhood of girl scouting. Examples of programs include first aid, scuba diving, robotics, theater workshops, lock-ins, cooking classes, career exploration, and leadership training. Additionally, with such a large footprint, the socioeconomic status of our membership varies. We offer multiple scholarship and financial aid opportunities for membership, travel and camp, that allow girls to fully participate in our program. Grant-funded initiatives seek to serve girls that otherwise would not be able to participate in the girl scout program. Gsneo is committed to investing in leadership experiences for all girls, no matter what her financial situation.

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Girl Scouts of North East Ohio is all about the girls - Leadership experiences, outdoor adventures, STEM, the arts and strong partnerships with organizations throughout NEO. This Council provides quality programs for girls across a diverse 18 county footprint, providing the Girl Scout experience to girls living in metropolitan and rural areas and in between. The engaged Board represents corporate leaders that believe in Girl Scout values that help our girls grow into strong women. This Council is a good steward of resources and they actively support their volunteers and staff. I highly recommend investing in GSNEO - Time, Talent and Treasure.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I personally have seen the benefits of Girl Scouts with my three daughters. It really has brought them a sense of self reliance and confidence to pursue their goals. One works for NASA, the other is a teacher continuing to reach her goal of a principal license, and the youngest is now a Civil Engineer for Marathon Petroleum. Yes, it has a lot to do with the volunteers they are around, and we had lots of them willing to step up and make a super troop for each one. You don't have to be the leader, just be willing to give time helping the leaders and the girls once in a while. So, if you can help form the young girls into strong women please step up to share your knowledge, whatever it may be. Volunteers are what really makes the troops what they are. You will benefit from the time also. I still get thank you's and wonderful stories from the girls that were in my troop many, many years ago. The memories are priceless to all of us.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Girl Scouts do a wonderful job helping girls to be confident and successful. The organization has new leadership which has taken it to new heights. It is so wonderful to know that they are still going strong and have such a wonderful impact on young girls.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 1

It looks like I am not the only one who feels this way. I am a leader and feel so "out of the loop" It is as if we are thrown to the wolves. No direction, real training, just sort of the figure it out for yourself vibe. The troop I have has a great time but, I feel I am just making things up as I go along. I have been involved with the boy scouts for 7 years and can not even begin to compare the girl scouts with them. They are such a well maintained organization. It is sad because the only reason I stay with it is because my daughter has fun. The moment she changes her mind I would stop.

Volunteer

Rating: 1

The CEO and Board of Directors seem to feel as if they can do No wrong and they rule the world. If you express your opinion, and they don't agree, than they find a way of trying to get rid of you. The thing they don't seem to realize is that we don't just disappear and we know more of the membership than they do. They feel as if a Good Volunteer is dispensable and a new one will come along. They, also, don't have any regards for the Girls that are out there making their paychecks.

Volunteer

Rating: 1

It is becoming more difficult to volunteer for an organization that has fled its traditions and values. The Girl Scout Law promotes fairness and honesty and I do not see either with the current administration of GSNEO. There has been a lack of honesty in the presentation of data supporting the decision to sell four more of what, in 2007, was 14 camps owned or leased by GSNEO. That leaves 3 camps to serve a girl membership of 40,000. The failure of the BoD to acknowledge and adhere to a cease and desist resolution passed by the voting membership in October, 2011 is another example of their failure at honesty towards and respect for the membership. The resolution called for stopping the sale of the camps until a re-evaluation could take place. The administration has also failed miserably in treating the girls fairly throughout the council. Those of us in the outlying regions have seen a loss of our camps, reduced programming, and poor customer service overall. Camps and programs need to be available in ALL areas of the council so ALL girls have opportunities to attend the programs and go to camp. We need programs that are not duplicated in the schools, such as financial literacy, which is required in the freshman year in Ohio. STEM is a whole other thing. We already do STEM when we take girls camping. Girl Scouts should be creating its own niche, offering something unique that other organizations do not offer. Camping is one of those unique offerings. That does not mean sitting in a computer lab at a premier leadership center, an idea which appeals to a few, but not to the majority. We need to replace the current CEO with one who has past Girl Scout experience and doesn’t present an attitude that volunteers are a dime a dozen. We need staff that is not constantly turning over. Customer service needs to be improved. We need a BoD who will listen to the membership because it is the membership that has direct contact with the girls. Quite frankly, without the adult membership (volunteers) and the girls, there really is no Girl Scouts.

We need to free ourselves of the corporate structure that has been forced upon us. It is a raging failure, not only here in northeast Ohio but in many councils throughout the country. This council, as many others are, is just too big to be effective and responsive. Disband GSNEO and go back to the legacy councils where volunteers had more personal contact with the council staff. Stop sucking money out of some areas and dumping it into others. Hire council staff that has Girl Scout experience, either as a girl or as a volunteer. If I could see some positive changes in this organization, my answers below could change. Until then, I am hard pressed to support GSNEO either with my time or with my money.

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Volunteer

Rating: 2

Girl Scouts in North East Ohio is in termoil. The Board and the CEO have disregarded the wishes of the majority of the girl and adult membership in regard to selling camp properties. The CEO and board treat their volunteers very poorly. The worst thing is that the kids are not receiving the local programming their parents are led to believe they will receive when they become members. There is tremendous room for improvement before I would recommend donating funds to this organization. The only bright spot here is that individual troop leaders have great opportunities to make a difference in the lives of the girls.

3 Friendsof C.

Volunteer

Rating: 3

My personal experience with GSNEO has been a roller coaster. Generally the paid staff do a great job, but the CEO seems to not really like the Girl Scouts and is there to put a feather in her cap. The Board of Directors is horrible. They do not follow the Code of Regulations. I am a delegate and we are suppose to work in partnership with the Board in determining the general direction of GS in this Council. They voted to sell 5 out of 7remaining camps and the membership does not want that. They say we are in the black but our CEO must need a golden parachute.

Review from Guidestar