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About Girl Scouts of the USA

Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls, with the mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. At Girl Scouts, in an accepting and nurturing environment, girls develop a strong self-identity, positive values, and skills for success in the world.

Seeking to build tomorrow’s leaders, one girl at a time, Girl Scouts ensures girls of all races, ethnicities, religions, and abilities, as well as from all socioeconomic levels and locations, become the change-makers of the future.

The Girl Scout organization was founded in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low. Since then, membership has grown from 18 members in Savannah, Georgia, to 3.7 million members throughout the United States, including U.S. territories, and in more than 90 countries through USA Girl Scouts Overseas.

Every year, Girl Scouts of the USA finds more innovative ways to build upon the foundation laid in 1912. In an approach relevant to the 21st-century girl, Girl Scouts sends girls on innovative “Leadership Journeys” designed to benefit each of America’s 2.7 million girls and their communities, the nation, and the world. The powerful model engages Girl Scouts in discovering themselves, connecting with others, and taking action to make the world a better place. And it’s based on a definition of leadership that girls agree on: a leader is defined not only by the qualities and skills one has, but by how those qualities and skills are used to make a difference in the world.


The benefits of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience are many:

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Girls embrace diversity, work collaboratively, advocate effectively for themselves and others, and become leaders now and throughout their lives.
 

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Girls acquire critical skills and take Leadership Journeys in a carefully developed curriculum with concrete and measurable outcomes.

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Girls help transform their local communities through diverse projects that they themselves develop, aimed at improving the quality of life of those around them.
 

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Girls work together to create national and global projects that harness the combined energy and leadership of Girl Scouts from many places.