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Who We Are

Who We Are

Our extraordinary journey began more than 100 years ago when our courageous founder Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low began working to empower girls. On March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia, she organized the very first Girl Scout troop, and every year since, we’ve honored her vision and legacy. When Juliette Gordon Low brought that first group of girls together, she wanted them to explore new possibilities and the wonders of the world around them—and she wanted them to do it together. Over the past century, that small circle of girls has grown to include more than 59 million Girl Scout alumnae—united across distance and decades by lifelong friendships, shared adventures, and the desire to do big things to make the world a better place. 

Girl Scouts is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. Our program provides girls of varying backgrounds and abilities the opportunity to discover adventure, gain new skills, and change the world. By focusing the Girl Scout program on the core initiatives of Entrepreneurship, Outdoors, Life Skills, and STEM, girls will become self-sufficient, courageous, and ready to tackle what lies ahead.

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Every Girl

The Girl Scout organization has always welcomed girls with disabilities, health conditions, and other special needs. At Girl Scouts, we strive to provide camaraderie, fun, and inclusion to every girl. An estimated one in five girls in the United States has some kind of disability. Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouts, was partially deaf — and when she started our organization, she was determined to make it work for all girls. 

Including everyone is the foundation on which we build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Communication between leaders and parents can make a world of difference in understanding and working with every girl, regardless of age, background or any disabilities. 

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Our 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, 
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.