mission statement

what is girl scouts?

what is girl scouts?

Girl Scouting is fun, but it’s much more than that. It’s an opportunity for girls in grades K-12 to develop important life skills, discover themselves, and make a difference in the world around them. Through engaging programs and activities, we help today’s girls become tomorrow’s leaders.

Girl Scouts positively impacts girls by:

  • Fostering healthy behaviors and practical life skills
  • Offering girl-led activities in a girl-only environment
  • Providing girls a physically and emotionally safe place to find their voice and values
  • Expanding cultural awareness, math, and science skills
  • Connecting girls, young women, and adults to explore issues that are important to them
  • Developing leadership qualities and a sense of empowerment

As a Girl Scout, you can:

  • Earn awards & badges
  • Volunteer in your community
  • Go to camp
  • Take field trips to museums, festivals, and theaters or travel across the country or around the world
  • Learn real-life business skills through the Cookie Sale Program


The Girl Scout experience is girl-driven, which means it reflects the ever-changing needs and interests of participating girls.  Girl Scouting helps girls develop their full individual potential; relate to others with increasing understanding, skill, and respect; develop values to guide their actions and provide the foundation for sound decision-making; and contribute to the improvement of society through their abilities, leadership skills, and cooperation with others.

About Girl Scouts of the USA
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls, with 3.2 million girl and adult members worldwide. Girl Scouts is the leading authority on girls’ healthy development, and builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. The organization serves girls from every corner of the United States and its territories. Girl Scouts of the USA also serves American girls living overseas in 90 countries.