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 sisterhood of close to 10 million girls and adults in 145 countries.

 
Our Mission
Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

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, 
And to 
respect myself and others, 
respect authority, 
use resources wisely, 
make the world a better place, 
and be a sister to every 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 on the girl: activities are girl-led, which gives girls the opportunity to learn by doing in a cooperative learning environment. (see Chapter 2: Girl Scout Program - What Girls Do!)
Girl Scouts of Western Ohio Values Statement
United by our commitment to the Girl Scout mission and movement, Girl Scouts of Western Ohio volunteer and paid staff live by these core values:
  • We are champions for girls
  • We honor the legacy of Girl Scouting
  • We build open and honest relationships
  • We embrace differences
  • We work together as one team
  • We are committed to excellence
  • We have fun
  • We are adventurous and open-minded
  • We inspire imagination, creativity and wonder

 
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
  • 16,800 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
  • 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.