Girl Scouts was founded in 1912 by trailblazer Juliette Gordon Low. We are the largest girl-serving organization in the United States and a member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, a sisterhood of close to 10 million girls and adults in 145 countries.
Our Mission and Vision
Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. We strive to be the premier leadership organization for girls, and experts on their growth and development.
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 Scouts of the USA makes no attempt to define or interpret the word "God” in the Girl Scout Promise. It looks to individual members to establish for themselves the nature of their spiritual beliefs. When making the Girl Scout Promise, individuals may substitute wording appropriate to their own spiritual beliefs for the word "God.” Note: This disclaimer appears in the National Leadership Journey adult guides, but not in the girls’ books. It is included here as a reminder to you, as a volunteer, that it’s your responsibility to be sensitive to the spiritual beliefs of the girls in your group and to make sure that everyone in the group feels comfortable and included in Girl Scouting. Please feel free to share this information with girls’ families.
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,
respect myself and others,
use resources wisely,
make the world a better place,
and be a sister to every Girl Scout.
More than 3 Million Strong
We are urban, rural, and suburban. We
are in schools, churches, temples, mosques, public housing, foster homes, and
detention centers. We are in virtually every zip code and in 90 countries
around the world.
2.3 million girls 5 to 18 years of age
16,800 Girl Scouts overseas
888,000 adult volunteers
59 million alumnae
112 councils throughout the United States
At any given time, approximately 10 percent of girls are Girl
Scouts, and it’s interesting to know that:
80 percent of women business owners were Girl
69 percent of female U.S. Senators were Girl
67 percent of female members of the House of
Representatives were Girl Scouts.
Virtually every female astronaut who has flown
in space was a Girl Scout.
Girl Scouts of Louisiana – Pines to the Gulf, a chartered council with Girl Scouts of the USA, supports nearly 12,000 girls in partnership with more than 5,000 volunteers through council-sponsored girl program and activities, local resources and support, and adult learning opportunities. The council serves 42 parishes in Louisiana west of the Mississippi River. The headquarters is in Lafayette and a Service Center located in Shreveport. Satellite offices are located Monroe, Lake Charles and Alexandria.