Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Our Mission
The Girl Scouts programs hold a warm spot in our hearts. We were Brownies, Junior Girl Scouts, went to the local camps, earned our badges and yes, sold lots of cookies.
The programs have come a long way from those days, but the commitment to the mission of encouraging and supporting girls in growth and character around the world continues. The majority of cookies are sold from January through April. We think that’s a good time to celebrate their achievements, with a Samoa and a glass of milk.
Juliette Gordon Low founded Girl Guides in 1912, eight years before women could vote. She had recently met Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Boys Scout Association and was inspired by the Scouting program. She became involved with the Girl Guides in Scotland. She came home to Savannah and started the first American Girl Guides troop which later became the Girl Scouts in 1915. Her goal was to “prepare girls to meet their world with courage, confidence and character.”
Girls can start in Kindergarten as Daisies, become Brownies in 2nd and 3rd grades and Juniors in the 5th and 6th grades. These girls are busy earning badges, getting to know new friends, spending time outdoors, selling cookies and learning about the 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.
The girls become Cadettes in middle school. Still earning badges and exploring the outdoors, Cadettes are encouraged to go on a Journey, where they focus on a problem they want to solve, come up with creative solutions, implement them and then share the results with their troop.
Girls in high school are Seniors and Ambassadors. There are programs for these young women to become good role models for the younger girls, and to prevent bullying. They learn about other cultures and might get to travel to places like Costa Rica, Japan and India. They are supported to maintain their education and given the opportunities to get scholarships to college.
The 21st Century Girl Scouts
The Girl Scouts of America have embraced STEM, focused education in Science, Technology, Education and Math, giving girls the opportunity to excel in the job markets and industries of tomorrow. In July of 2017, the Girl Scouts announced 23 badges that align with STEM, including learning to design robots and websites, and explore the science of style. The Ford Motor Company has teamed up with the Girls Scouts in many areas of the USA, to provide support and opportunities within the STEM mission.
There continues to be a strong focus on outdoors and nature, opportunities for Girls Scouts and the Environment. The National Parks Service has joined forces with the Girl Scouts, and created the Girl Scout Ranger program. There are organized educational programs for the girls, volunteer opportunities and they can create their own projects that work with their Journeys.
From making friends and earning skill based badges to learning how to become leaders beyond their communities, the Girl Scout programs reach around the world to strengthen girls, and encourages them to embrace opportunities experiences to improve their futures.
Girls Scouts have remained true to their mission and promises. They have encouraged and supported girls around the best that they can be. We think they are a great organization and are proud to have been involved with them.
I found these statistics to be interesting;
“50% of female business leaders, 76% of female Senators, and100% of Secretaries of State have been Girls Scouts.”
Find out how you can help a troop near you. Of course, buying cookies from your local Daisies and Brownies is a great start.
“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.”
Girls at home and abroad participate in troops and groups in more than 92 countries through USA Girl Scouts Overseas, and over 100 local Girl Scout councils offer girls the opportunity for membership across the United States.
Through its membership in the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), Girl Scouts of the USA is part of a worldwide family of 10 million girls and adults in 146 countries.