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GS History

Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low assembled 18 girls from Savannah, Georgia, on March 12, 1912, for the world’s first Girl Scout meeting. She believed that all girls should be given the opportunity to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually.

JGLWith 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, studied first aid, and much, much more.


Today, girls continue to broaden their horizons by exploring the wonders of science, learning about exciting career options, traveling the globe, and becoming responsible citizens by making a difference in the community through service and advocacy.

Bunk GirlsAfter nearly 100 years, Daisy's dream for a girl-centered organization has been fully realized.

Today, Girl Scouts of the USA has a membership of nearly four million girls and adults and is part of a worldwide family of girls and adults in 136 countries through its membership in the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). More than 50 million women in the U.S. today are Girl Scout alumnae.

From our willingness to tackle important societal issues, to our commitment to diversity and inclusiveness, Girl Scouts is dedicated to every girl, everywhere. Girl Scouting offers girls grades K-12 the premier personal growth and leadership development experience.

About Us

Girl Scouts offers girls and young women the world’s premier personal growth and leadership development experience. With the help of over 22,000 volunteers and in collaboration with schools and nonprofit organizations, we serve over 40,000 girls in grades K-12. We are the one organization that is inclusive of girls from all walks of life regardless of their economic background.

Today’s Girl Scouts is focused on building leadership and life skills in girls and young women, and providing opportunities to utilize and sharpen these skills through community service. 

Girl Scout Levels

Girl Scouts impacts girls by offering a wide variety of programs and activities that meet the developmental, educational, emotional and social needs of girls at six levels:

Girl Scout Daisy (grades K-1)
Girl Scout Brownie (grades 2-3)
Girl Scout Junior (grades 4-5)
Girl Scout Cadette (grades 6-8)
Girl Scout Senior (grades 9-10)
Girl Scout Ambassador (grades 11-12)

Program Focus Areas

Five program areas serve as the foundation for the Girl Scout Leadership Experience:

  • Business Smarts (our Cookie Program)
  • Healthy Living
  • Environment & Outdoor Adventure
  • Science & Technology (STEM, science technology engineering and math)
  • Arts and Culture

Our program has 15 age-specific outcomes and as the girls progress, they are offered opportunities to lead whenever possible.
Through the Girl Scout Leadership Program girls discover themselves, connect with others, and take action to make the world a better place.

Girl Scout Experience Highlights

The Girl Scout Gold Award – This award is the highest honor a girl can achieve in Girl Scouting.  This prestigious award requires hours of leadership development, career exploration and community service, and requires each young woman to select, plan and implement a project that has a lasting impact on a community.

The Business of Cookies - The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the leading business and economic development program for youth in the country. This hands-on leadership development and financial literacy program teaches each Girl Scout valuable entrepreneurial and life skills, like money management, customer service, marketing, goal setting, closing the deal, teamwork and business ethics.

Community Service – A core component of Girl Scouting, girls learn from an early age the value of making a difference in their communities. The Girl Scout Experience gives girls and young women the confidence and the tools to lead and become a citizen who will make a difference in her world.

Benefits & Outcomes

Today’s effective leaders stress collaboration, inclusion, and a commitment to improving the world around them. Girls themselves tell us that a leader is defined not only by the qualities and skills she hones but also by how she uses those skills and qualities to make a difference in the world—to achieve transformational change!

For this reason, the Girl Scouts Leadership Experience (GSLE) the framework for defining what girls do in Girl Scouting, how they do it, and who will benefit that was borne out of years of research and development—engages girls in three key activities: discovering who they are and what they value; connecting with others; and taking action to make the world a better place.

Three Keys to Leadership: The Activities Girls Do

In Girl Scouting, girls discover, connect, and take action as they become leaders. The entire Girl Scout program, regardless of the exact topic, is designed to lead to leadership outcomes (or benefits) that stem from these three keys.

Discover Key

Girls understand themselves and their values and use their knowledge and skills to explore the world. The benefits intended for girls from the discover key include:

Developing a strong sense of self

Developing positive values

Gaining practical life skills and practicing healthy living

Seeking challenges in the world

Developing critical thinking skills

Connect Key

Girls care about, inspire, and team with others locally and globally. Benefits for girls include:

Developing healthy relationships

Promoting cooperation and team-building

Resolving conflicts

Advancing diversity in a multicultural world

Feeling connected to their local and global communities

Take Action Key

Girls act to make the world a better place. Benefits intended for girls include:

Identifying community needs

Working as resourceful problem-solvers

Educating and inspiring others to act

Advocating for themselves and others, at home and around the world

Feeling empowered to make a difference

The most powerful component of the take action key is, not only do Girl Scouts themselves benefit as they grow in their leadership skills, but communities, the nation, and the world benefit as well. Taking action translates to making the world a better place.

Girl Scout Pathway

Across the country, the Girl Scout community is hard at work on a whole new approach to making sure that everyone can participate in Girl Scouting in the ways they want to. Both girls and adult volunteers can choose from flexible ways to participate that meet your needs and interest and fit your schedule and lifestyle.

Through Girl Scout Pathways, girls can choose any one, all, or some of the options—camp, events, series, troop, travel, and virtual— within a single membership year.

  • Camp: Girls participate in day, weekend or resident camps with a focus on the outdoors and/or environmental education
  • Events: Girls participate in events related to a specific theme or purpose (e.g., career day, Family Science Festival, Cookie Kick-Off)
  • Series: Girls participate in a series of programs with the same group of girls relating to a specific theme or purpose (e.g., high-adventure teen group, robotics team)
  • Troops: Girls participate in a series of programs with the same group of girls over the course of an academic year
  • Travel: The travel pathway offers girls leadership opportunities and cross-cultural understanding through local, regional, national, and international travel. Girls prepare, plan, money-earn and participate through group travel, council-sponsored trips, or nationally sponsored excursions.
  • Virtual: Girls participate in interactive, high-quality program activities in a safe, secure, online environment supplemented by live events (Still in development)
Packing List

All Items (except sleeping bag and pillow) must be in a backpack that can be worn on the back (school backpack is fine). We do not want any suitcases as they are harder for the girls to carry with a pillow and sleeping bag!!!!!

Sleeping Bag with sheet – Please make sure that they can carry it and it is completely secure, we do not want it to drag on the ground

Pillow – smaller travel size preferred

Plastic grocery bag for wet items (just to be prepared)


For Saturday and Sunday- underwear, socks, shorts and shirts with sleeves Pants and light jacket – may get cooler at night
One extra pair of socks and underwear in case they get wet.
Tennis shoes
(Sandals, flip flops, Crocs, etc are not allowed at camp)

Tooth brush/Toothpaste
Both in a Ziploc or other toiletries style bag

Hairbrush with scrunchies/rubberbands (something to pull the hair back for the fire ring)

Towel and/or washcloth, soap (we will not be showering, but they may need to clean up)

Hat and/or bandana


Water bottle with name affixed

Mess kit – includes utensils and drip bag

Flashlight with fresh batteries and name affixed

Sit Upon (some girls may not have a sit upon, so please send something for them to “sit upon” the ground, i.e. a cut shower curtain, plastic table cloth, etc. (must be simple enough to roll up in their backpack).

Icon File Name Comment  
Girls Packing List for Camping with Horses.pdf Printable Version  
Girls Packing List for Camping.pdf Camping Oct 2010