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One girl makes a difference; girls together are changing the world.

Girl Scouts changes the world by supporting the young women who will change it – who are already changing it:

  • Teaching self-defense to battered women in homeless shelters
  • Building after-school reading programs for girls in Tanzania
  • Providing expert testimony on cyberbullying before a congressional panel

In 2009, Girl Scout provided over 75 million hours of direct service to their communities. And this does not count time spent learning, training, traveling, or just having fun.

The contribution to society – from the local to the international level - represents 1.6 billion in girl-led projects with lasting results.


Our Alumnae are living proof on our impact.

For 100 years, Girl Scouts has done more than any other organization to provide leadership opportunities for girls.

At any given point in time, approximately 10 percent are Girl Scouts. Yet:

  • Eighty percent of women business owners were Girl Scouts.
  • Sixty –nine percent of female U.S. Senators were Girl Scouts.
  • Sixty-seven percent of female members of the House of Representatives were Girl Scouts.
  • Virtually evey female astronaut who has flown in space was a Girl Scout.

 America’s most accomplished women in public service, business, science, education, the arts, and community life are Girl Scout Alumnae.

We are the largest girl-serving organization in the United States.


We are more than three million strong:

  • 2.3 million girls, 5 to 17 years of age
  • 16,000 Girl Scouts overseas
  • 888,000 adult volunteers
  • 50 million alumnae
  • 112 councils throughout the United States


The rich diversity of our country is reflected in the multicultural mosaic of our membership:

  • We are urban, suburban, and rural.
  • We are in schools, churches, temples, mosques, public housing, foster homes, and detention centers.
  • We are in virtually every zip code.
  • We are 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.


Girl Scouts was founded in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low. She believed passionately that girls should be given the same opportunities as boys to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually.


Juliette was a true trailblazer, and her visionary leadership created a strong foundation for the organization we would become:

  • Environmental Stewardship  She purchased a camp ten years before she purchased an office building.
  • Diversity and Inclusion   Integrated troops existed forty years before the Civil Rights Act was passed.
  • Global Citizenship   The International Council of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts was formed in 1919, the same year as the League of Nations.
  • Educational Enrichment   As early as 1913, aeronautics, and circuitry programming inspired girls to consider non-traditional careers.
  • Public Service   Young Girl Scouts volunteers in hospitals, grew vegetables, sold bonds, and collected peach pits for use in gas mask filters during World War I.

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.