The Stand Beside Her Movement culminates each year with National Stand Beside Her Week, October 29 – November 4, 2017 to encourage people to commit to supporting girls and women in their lives, their home, their office and in their community. This week was chosen to commemorate Girl Scouts’ founder, Juliette Gordon Low’s birthday on October 31. Low’s life work was about supporting, developing and mentoring strong girls and women.
Created by Girl Scouts Heart of the South, the National Stand Beside Her Movement is a call to action initiative to mentor, support and develop women and girls; to end comparison and competition and create more collaboration and support for one another.
Girls at every grade level can participate in the patch program individually or as a troop by engaging in activities that highlight a part of the Girl Scout Law. Not only do girls learn how to develop their own strengths throughout the program, but they also gain invaluable experience in combating bullying and lifting others up in the process.
Throughout the program women mentors are challenged to be a role model for all of the girls around them. Mentors are encouraged to reflect on ways that they can create a safe environment for girls to develop their sense of self, discover their talents and interests, and explore their strengths and uniqueness.
The Stand Beside Her Movement truly embodies what it means to be a Girl Scout, and lead a life of courage, confidence, and character in order to make the world a better place.