Summarized by Denise Bodman
Girl Scout Program in Utah Is Still Growing
Salt Lake Tribune 18May99 C1
By Jon Ure: Salt Lake Tribune
Marsha Johnson Evans, retired rear admiral and now executive director for
the Girl Scouts of America, visited Utah recently. She described the goals
of the scouting program and recent studies that have cited the influence of
girl scouts in the lives of successful women.
Today, scouting provides girls with opportunities from sports to service and
even reaches out to untapped communities, such as immigrant girls who are
supported through a partnership program along the Mexican border. Not very
many (approximately 14,000) Utah girls belong to the Girl Scouts of America
due to participation in the LDS advancement days program for 8 to 12 year
old girls. This Primary program parallels girl scouting by providing weekly
activities for girls. However, Ms.Evans is supportive of any girls programs
that help in the healthy development of young women.