The Girl Scout Leadership Experience-Advocacy
Honorary Congressional Girl Scout Troop
In 2001, Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. convened the first Honorary Congressional Girl Scout Troop on Capitol Hill, comprised of women members of Congress. Members of Girl Scout Troop Capitol Hill have made a commitment to help Girl Scouts substantially address issues important to girls and Girl Scouting on a national level. They also serve as role models for 2.8 million girls nationwide.
Virginia Honorary Girl Scout Troop 1924, Capitol Square
Virginia Honorary Girl Scout Troop Capitol Square 1924 – named for the year (1924) that the first women were elected to the Virginia legislature --Helen Timmons Henderson representing Buchanan County and Russell County, and Sarah Lee Fain, representing Norfolk– is a bipartisan delegation of women members of the Virginia State Legislature established by The Virginia Girl Scout Legislative Coalition to educate our great state’s legislative body about issues affecting girls and young women.
In 2005, the Virginia Honorary Girl Scout Troop Capitol Square, a derivative of the national Girl Scout initiative launched with the following focus:
Virginia Girl Scout Legislative Coalition
Annually, the Virginia Girl Scout Legislative Coalition, comprised of board presidents and CEOs of the seven (7) Girl Scout Councils in Virginia, invite female state legislators, legislative aides and members of the Governor’s Cabinet to join the Virginia Honorary Girl Scout Troop 1924, Capitol Square as “The Promise” a special investiture and rededication ceremony. During the reception at this event, Girl Scout executive and governance leadership network with legislators to discuss the Virginia Girl Scouts’ Legislative agenda. Girl Scouts can lend expertise to policymakers combating a host of related and overlooked issues that affect girls’ healthy living including; relational aggression and bullying; cyber-bullying; healthy media images; and eating disorders. The Girl Scouts welcome the opportunity to work with legislators on these four issues which are informed by Girl Scouts’ own research and extensive programmatic expertise:
The Girl Scouts has a long-standing commitment to the well-being of girls and serves more than 75,000 girls and adult volunteers throughout Virginia. For almost 100 years, Girl Scouts has been engaged in girls’ lives and a resource and expert on their growth and development. To advance our mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place, and ensuring that all girls have the opportunity to be successful, Girl Scouts can serve as a resource for information, advice, and support. We welcome the opportunity to work with you on these four issues of particular interest to us. These issues are informed by Girl Scouts’ own research and extensive programmatic expertise:
In partnership with local schools, the Girl Scout program compliments the state’s Standards of Learning, assisting students in the fields of reading, math, science and technology in addition to self-esteem, relationship aggression and healthy living. Some of the programs include:
Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia partners with non-profits, schools and other organizations on a variety of initiatives that include community service, outreach, diversity, advocacy and educational and leadership programs for girls. Below is a partial list of organizations that partner with us to bring about positive change for girls, Girl Scouts and the greater community:
Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia extends a warm thank you to the many corporations, foundations, government agencies and affiliates for their continued support of our mission: building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.
The following is an ever growing list of some of our valued partners that offer a variety of activities and events for Girl Scouts of all ages:
|Central Virginia Food Bank|
|Children’s Museum of Richmond||www.c-mor.org|
|James River Bus Line||www.onetransportationsolution.com|
|Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens||www.lewisginter.org|
|Little Brownie Bakers||www.littlebrowniebakers.com|
|University of Mary Washington||www.umw.edu/|
|Martins Grocery Stores||www.martinsfoods.com|
Randolph Macon College
|Rappahannock Astronomy Club||www.raclub.org/|
|Richmond Friends of the Homeless||www.richmondfriendsofthehomeless.org|
|Richmond Lady Riders Arena Football||www.richmondraidersprofootball.com/|
|Science Museum of Virginia||www.smv.org|
|State fair Of Virginia||www.statefair.com/|
|The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar||www.tredegar.org|
|The Richmond Flying Squirrels||www.minorleaguebaseball.com/|
|The Virginia Historical Society||www.vahistorical.org|
|The Virginia House Museum||www.vahistorical.org/vh/virginia_house|
|United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg||www.yourunitedway.org|
|University of Richmond||www.richmond.edu|
|Virginia Aviation Museum||www.vam.smv.org|
|Virginia Fish and Inland Game||www.dgif.virginia.gov/|
|Virginia Museum of fine Arts||www.vmfa.state.va.us|
|Virginia State University||www.vsu.edu|
|Women in Science/VCU/MCV||www.medschool.vcu.edu/wims/student_org/wis.html|
Girl Scout Mission, Promise & Law
The Girl Scout mission, promise and law are shared by every member of Girl Scouting and define the way Girl Scouts agree to act toward one another, other people, and the world on a daily basis.
Girl Scout Mission:
Girl Scouting 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 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.
About Girl Scouts
Welcome to Girl Scouts, the world’s premiere organization dedicated solely to all girls.
Girl Scouts is a "girl-led" organization where girls take charge, in partnership with committed volunteers, to make decisions and discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls teaming together in a supportive, nurturing environment.
Through an amazing array of enriching experiences, girls are encouraged to express themselves freely, try new things, and experiment in various leadership roles. The process of leading, learning by doing, and collaborating develops character, strong values, social conscience, confidence in one’s potential and self-worth, as well as skills for success in the real world – qualities that will serve girls all their lives.
Every Girl Scout is part of a worldwide family of girls and adults in 145 countries. Today, there are 3.7 million Girl Scouts in the U.S., 2.7 million girl members and 928,000 adult members working primarily as volunteers. More than 50 million women in the U.S. today are Girl Scout alumnae.
Board members are elected by the corporate membership and are accountable to the membership for governance of the council and stewardship of the council's critical resources, to the National Board of Directors of GSUSA for compliance with charter requirements, and to the state of Virginia. The board of directors is accountable to the federal government in matters affecting nonprofit corporations. For the 2014 Slate, click here.
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GSCV Board of Directors
|Chair, Annette Cousins|
Vice Chair, Barb Bailey
Secretary, Giovonni Hargraves Smith
Treasurer, Scott Merithew
|Claire Guthrie Gastañaga|
|Phebe Prescott Greenwood|
|Mark D. Hasty|
Sarah Beth Neal
Jill Avery, Staff
Girl Scout History
Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low assembled 18 girls from Savannah, Georgia on March 12, 1912, for a local Girl Scout meeting. She believed that all girls should be given the opportunity to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually. With the goal of bringing girls out of isolated home environments and into community service and the open air, Girl Scouts hiked, played basketball, went on camping trips, learned how to tell time by the stars, and studied first aid. Within a few years, Daisy's dream for a girl-centered organization was realized.
Based on policy decisions made by the board of directors, the CEO establishes councilwide operational procedures and provides guidelines and ways of work that are used by volunteers and staff in carrying out their responsibilities of delivering the Girl Scout program to girls.