On March 12, 1912, Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low assembled 18 girls from Savannah, Georgia, for a local Girl Scout meeting. She believed that all girls should be given the opportunity to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually. With 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, and studied first aid.
Within a few years, Daisy's dream for a girl-centered organization was realized. Today, Girl Scouts of the USA
has a membership of more than 3.2 million girls and adults. Girls at home and abroad participate in troops and groups in more than 92 countries through USA Girl Scouts Overseas.
Why Girl Scouts—Diversity was the founding idea of Girl Scouting in 1912. Today, Girl Scouts of the USA serves girls in every zip code, from the inner city to the prairie. GSUSA serves girls in urban community centers, churches, mosques and temples. Girl Scouts serves girls across income and demographic groups, and the national membership mirrors the U.S. population figures.
The journey begins with the Girl Scout environment itself. A girl’s leadership blooms among other girls–away from school pressures, social cliques and boys–where girls can be themselves and try new things. In Girl Scouts activities are girl-led. Girls learn by doing and the learning is cooperative not competitive. We also focus on what girls need to thrive in a rapidly changing world.
To discover what she can do, a girl needs to participate in opportunities as varied as the world so she can try on different leadership roles and grow into the ones that best fit her. Girl Scouting provides these opportunities.
The Girl Scout Mission, Promise, and Law speak to the vision we all share for girls and inspire each of us to work on behalf of tomorrow’s leaders. The Girl Scout Promise and Law express the enduring ethical values and spiritual force of the Girl Scout Movement.
The Girl Scout Mission
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.
The 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.
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,
respect myself and others,
use resources wisely,
make the world a better place, and
be a sister to every Girl Scout.
Girl Scout Councils—There are 112 local Girl Scout councils which offer girls the opportunity for membership across the United States.
Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, the fifth largest in the USA, serves nearly 53,000 girls in a 32 county area throughout western Ohio and southeast Indiana. More than 14,000 trained volunteers work to provide services and deliver the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to girls. Four regional Girl Scout Centers are located in Cincinnati, Dayton, Lima and Toledo.
Our council is rich with history, including that in 1917 the first Girl Scout Charter in the United States was issued to the Toledo Girl Scout Council. For information about the history of each region click here