Quick Start 0.1: We Are Girl Scouts
Girl Scouts was founded in 1912 by trailblazer Juliette Gordon Low. We are the largest girl-serving organization in the United States and the largest member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, a sister-hood of close to 10 million girls and adults in 145 countries.
Our Mission and Vision
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. We strive to be the premier leadership organization for girls and experts on their growth and development.
Girl Scout Promise
On my honor, I will try:
To serve God* and my country,
To help people at all times,
And to live by the Girl Scout Law.
*Girl Scouts of the USA makes no attempt to define or interpret the word “God” in the Girl Scout Promise. It looks to individual members to establish for themselves the nature of their spiritual beliefs. When making the Girl Scout Promise, individuals may substitute wording appropriate to their own spiritual beliefs for the word “God.” Note: This disclaimer appears in the National Leadership Journey adult guides, but not in the girls’ books. It is included here as a reminder to you, as a volunteer, that it’s your responsibility to be sensitive to the spiritual beliefs of the girls in your group and to make sure that everyone in the group feels comfortable and included in Girl Scouting. Please feel free to share this information with girls’ families.
Girl Scout Law
I will do my best to be
honest and fair,
friendly and helpful,
considerate and caring,
courageous and strong,
and responsible for what I say and do,
respect myself and others,
use resources wisely,
make the world a better place,
and be a sister to every Girl Scout.
More than 3 Million Strong
We are urban, rural, and suburban. We are in schools, churches, temples, mosques, public housing, foster homes, and detention centers. We are in virtually every zip code and in 90 countries around the world.
- 2.3 million girls 5 to 18 years of age
- 16,000 Girl Scouts overseas
- 880,000 adult volunteers
- 59 million alumnae
- 112 councils throughout the United States
At any given point in time, approximately 10 percent of girls are Girl Scouts, and it's interesting to know that:
- 80 percent of women business owners were Girl Scouts.
- 69 percent of female U.S. Senators were Girl Scouts.
- 67 percent of female members of the House of Representatives were Girl Scouts.
- Virtually every female astronaut who has flown in space was a Girl Scout.
The Girl Scout Leadership Experience
We have identified Three Keys to Leadership: girls Discover themselves and their values; Connect with others; and Take Action to make the world a better place. At Girl Scouts, everything centers around the girl: activities are girl-led, which gives girls the opportunity to learn by doing in a cooperative learning environment.
Your local council also shares event information, learning opportunities, tips, and advice at www.gs-top.org, www.facebook.com/GirlScoutsTOP, www.twitter.com/topgirlscouts, www.youtube.com/user/GirlScoutsTXOKPL and www.pinterest.com/GirlScoutsTOP.
I Can't Wait To
I Can't Wait To is a multi-year campaign that focuses on getting the fun of Girl Scouts into the lives of young girls (K-5), their parents and caregivers, and you, the volunteer. We are heading into the second year of I Can't Wait To, and the promotions, games, and contests keep coming.
Your council will be in touch with you and other volunteers about what is happening locally with this campaign, so keep an eye out!
At Girl Scouts, we know that when girls are given the opportunity, they change their world. Every girl has an important role to play, and every girl deserves the confidence to achieve anything she sets her sight on. But we need help to ensure that girls in every U.S. zip code develop the confidence that Girl Scouts nurtures. That's why we've launched ToGetHerThere, the largest fundraising campaign for girls in history.
ToGetHerThere is a Movement wide fundraising campaign with the goal of raising $1 billion for girls by 2020. Every gift to every Girl Scout Council counts toward the goal. Together, we will get her there - to help lead her troop, her family, her community, her company, her country, and her world. To learn more about joining the largest campaign for girls visits girlscouts.org/invest.