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
- 50 million alumnae
- 112 councils throughout the United States
At any given point in time, approximately 10 percent of girls are Girl Scouts, and
- 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.
100 Years Young
We’re celebrating a century of trailblazing, leadership, fun, and friendship—and we’re just getting started. Connect with Girl Scouts of the USA at www.girlscouts.org, www.facebook.com/GirlScoutsUSA, www.twitter.com/girlscouts, and www.pinterest.com/GSUSA. 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 .
What will the next century bring? More of what Girl Scouts is known for, of course! And we’re also rallying the nation around the cause of girls’ leadership.
We know you’ve seen girls back down, opt out, and shy away from leading. You may have seen girls bullied by their peers, pressured by industries that celebrate unattainable beauty, and encouraged not to pursue science and math. You may have even struggled to explain to girls why women are in only 17 percent of seats in the U.S. Congress and 3 percent of the top positions at Fortune 500 companies.
We believe that, together, we can do better for girls, setting in motion a generational change, so that every girl born today blossoms into her full potential, whether that’s running a science lab, running a corporation, or running a household. Together, we can transform the leadership landscape, so that every girl, in every zip code, stands up, stands out, and stands tall. Together, we can get her there.
That’s why we created ToGetHerThere, a cause that partners Girl Scouts with nonprofits and leading corporations under a bold and ambitious banner: achieve gender-balanced leadership—in every industry and every community—in a single generation. Want to learn more? You can find us at www.ToGetHerThere.org, www.facebook.com/ToGetHerThere, and www.twitter.com/togetherthere.