Girlguiding will be setting up camp with female CEOs this summer following a £100,000 boost thanks to players of People's Postcode Lottery. The initiative will see young women from across the UK develop their confidence and leadership skills at the camp.
This year Girlguiding is focusing its attention on leadership and entrepreneurship. The aim is to tackle the chronic lack of women in leadership positions and counterbalance the effect this deficit can have on young women's aspirations.
Girlguiding's Girls' Attitude Survey 2013 found that 66% girls aged 11 to 21 think that there are not enough women in leadership positions in the UK and more than half feel that more female leaders would mean a better deal for women in general.
As a charity, Girlguiding gives girls and young women a space where they can be themselves, have fun, build brilliant friendships, gain valuable life skills and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities.
Linzi Simants, Assistant Accountant at People's Postcode Lottery and former Girlguide, said, "I would definitely suggest all Guides try to stay a member for as long as possible. I stopped going at around age 12 but wish I had continued because of the leadership opportunities."
Jo Hobbs, Director of Guiding Services, is responsible for overseeing Camp CEO. She said, "We are extremely grateful to the players of People's Postcode Lottery for this funding. Projects like this enable young women to have access to some rare and amazing opportunities. It is experiences such as these that really shape a young woman's life and ensure that she becomes a powerful force for good in her community and in her workplace."