Girl Scouting Works: The Alumnae Impact Study

By Judy Schoenberg, Ed.M.; Director of Research and Outreach; Kimberlee Salmond, M.P.P, Senior Researcher and Kamla Modi, Ph.D., Research Analyst

(New York, N.Y.: Girl Scouts of the USA, 2012). (Executive Summary, 44 pp.)

Girl Scouting Works: The Alumnae Impact Study is national research report investigating the effects of Girl Scouting on its alumnae population of women. The study was designed to explore questions such as:

In total more than 3,750 women participated in the study, of whom roughly 2,000 were Girl Scout alumnae. The study employed a combination of qualitative and quantitative methodologies in conjunction with Fluent, an independent research firm and reached the following conclusion: Girl Scouting works. Women who were Girl Scouts as girls display positive life outcomes to a greater degree than women who were not Girl Scouts. These outcomes are regarding sense of self, community service, civic engagement, education and income. And this is the case for all Girl Scout alumnae, across age/generations, social class, race, and engagement in other extracurricular activities.


To find out more about the study, download the executive summary. You may also download supplemental material below:



For information about the Girl Scouts Alumnae Association, please visit: alumnae.girlscouts.org