Friday, April 17, 2015

Scott Taylor is Man Enough to be a Girl Scout

Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast has recently launched a campaign to attract a whole new group of supporters to the organization—men! The campaign, Man Enough to Be a Girl Scout, is focused on engaging more men to see themselves as part of the Girl Scout movement and discover how they can make a positive impact on girls.

One of the first men to step up and proudly say that he’s man enough to be a Girl Scout is Scott Taylor, owner of Taylor Construction, and a member of the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast board of directors. As a board member, Scott helps set the direction for how Girl Scouts in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina will offer opportunities to give girls the skills and confidence they need to have a successful future.

Since joining the board in 2013, Scott has dedicated countless hours and shared his expertise to improve Girl Scout properties. Last year, when the Girl Scouts were in need of a new boathouse at one of their largest properties, Camp Skimino, they turned to Scott for advice and to build the new structure. Scott is currently working on another project at Camp Skimino to help waterproof the block foundations of several buildings around camp to prevent further deterioration and moisture damage. Girl Scout camps, including Skimino, are used year round by hundreds of girls, and Scott’s contributions are vital to maintaining the properties so that girls can continue to explore and discover in the outdoors.

With two years of Girl Scouting experience now, Scott has learned that there’s a lot more to the organization than camping and cookies. “Girl Scouts is doing important work building future leaders,” Scott said. “The world is a better place with women in leadership roles giving input and making decisions. Girl Scouts is key to preparing girls to step into those leadership positions.”

In his profession, Scott regularly sees how women are underrepresented not only in leadership positions and entrepreneurship, but throughout entire workforce areas as a whole. While women represent nearly half of the country’s labor force, a report released last year by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that only 8.9 percent of people working in construction are women. Women are also left behind when it comes to entrepreneurship— women-owned businesses make up just 28.7 percent of businesses across the nation.

It’s statistics like these that reinforce Scott’s commitment and dedication to Girl Scouts. He continuously gives his support, expertise, and skills to help Girl Scouts build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

Scott Taylor is man enough to be a Girl Scout—are you?

For more information about joining the Man Enough to Be a Girl Scout campaign, visit Your $75 Man Enough membership will include your 2015 Girl Scout membership, a T-shirt and admission to a Girl Scout Cookie and beer pairing event that will be held on Sunday, June 28 at Smartmouth Brewing Company in Norfolk.