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Mission & Values

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

At the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta everything we do is based on these core values, which come from the Girl Scout Promise & Law:

On my honor, I will try:  To server God and my country, To help people at all times, and to live by the 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.
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Integrity is the foundation of success for our organization, our members and each of us. We use our mission and values as a guide to make ethical decisions.
We build trust through honest, constructive and courageous communication.We value diversity and treat everyone with dignity and respect.

Commitment to Excellence

We pursue excellence and constantly strive to improve.We focus on our goals and work with energy and purpose. We are creative and innovative in our work.
We have high standards and show personal determination in reaching them.

Shared Accountability

We achieve success when everyone invested in the mission comes together and shares in the responsibility for that success. We take responsibility to establish clear expectations and do what we say we will do. We demonstrate care and concern, problem solving, and flexibility in our interactions. We work as one team, seeking to understand and support each other.


The Girl Scout Sign is made by raising three fingers of the right hand (thumb hold down pinky). This sign stands for the three parts of the Promise. You give the sign when:

  • You say the Promise.
  • You are welcomed into Girl Scouting at an investiture ceremony.
  • You receive a patch or badge.
You greet other Girl Scouts and Girl Guides.


The Quiet Sign

The quiet sign is used in meetings and other gatherings to let people know it is time to stop talking. This sign is made by raising your right hand high. As people in the group see the quiet sign, they stop talking and also raise their hands. Once everyone is silent, the meeting continues.

The Friendship Circle

The friendship circle is often formed at the end of meetings or campfires as a sort of closing ceremony. Everyone gathers in a circle where they cross their right arm over their left in front of them and hold hands with the people on either side. Once everyone is silent, the leader starts the friendship squeeze which is passed from hand to hand.

The friendship squeeze is started by an agreed upon leader. She squeezes the hand on the girl next to her (either to the left or the right, but only one way)  and moves her right foot forward (i.e. towards the center of the circle). The girl who receives the squeeze moves her right foot forward and passes the squeeze on to the next girl. When the squeeze comes back to the first person everyone raises their arms - while still holding hands and turns under their right arm. If this is done correctly, everyone is now facing outward. They release hands and walk away, signaling that the ceremony or meeting is over.

The Girl Scout Handshake

This is a formal way of greeting other Girl Scouts and Girl Guides. You shake hands with the left hand and give the Girl Scout sign with your right hand.

The left handed handshake represents friendship because the left hand is closer to the heart than the right.

The Girl Scout Motto

Be Prepared

The Girl Scout Slogan

Do a good turn daily.

The Girl Scout Litany

The Honor of a Girl Scout is to be trusted.
It knows no guide.

The Loyalty of a Girl Scout is changeless.
It enables the weak.

The Duty of a Girl Scout is service.
It bears burdens for others.

The Friendship of a Girl Scout is universal.
It offers sisterhood to all.

The Courtesy of a Girl Scout is unfailing
It makes bright the walks of life.

The Gentleness of a Girl Scout protects all creatures.
It suffers no cruelty.

The Obedience of a Girl Scout is instant
It knows no rebellion.

The Presence of a Girl Scout is cheerful.
It dispels all gloom.

The Hand of a Girl Scout is clean.
It does not waste.

The Mind of Girl Scout is clean.
It thinks no evil.

The Word of a Girl Scout is pure.
It utters no shame.

The Deeds of a Girl Scout are noble.
For her motive is unselfish


Girl Scout Law with hand motions

Everyone stands in a circle

I will to my best to be:

Honest and fair......palms out

Friendly and you are shaking hands

Considerate and caring......hug self

Courageous and your muscles

Responsible for what I say and do......Girl Scout Sign

And to

Respect myself and others......thumb to self and then hand out, palm up,
as though presenting something

Respect authority......salute

Use resources wisely......rub fingers back and forth like $$$$ while
moving arms back and forth in front of you

Make the world a better place......sweep straight arms from sides to
meet above the head making a world

And be a sister to every Girl Scout......arms around shoulders of girls
in circle.