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2014 National Council Session & 53rd Convention - open to everyone!

October 16-19, 2014 • Salt Lake City, UT

Every three years, Girl Scouts gather together at the National Council Session and Convention to reinvigorate our Movement, celebrate our accomplishments, and chart our future. Our 2014 National Council Session/53rd Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, promises to honor our cherished traditions and, at the same time, propel the Movement forward into the next 100 years of leadership for girls and young women.

We hope you will join us in Salt Lake City on October 16-19, 2014. In addition to conducting the business of the Movement, we will engage in important strategic conversations about the future and provide exciting educational opportunities for adults and girls. Stay tuned for more information.

Click here for convention updates from GSUSA.

Click here to learn how about the Girl Scout Leadership Institute.

Registration Information

Online registration for the 2014 National Council Session & 53rd Convention is now open.

Register here:

GSGLA National Council Delegate Slate

National Council Delegates are selected by the Council’s Selection Committee to represent GSGLA at the National Council Session in November, every third year.

Congratulations to your Delegates for the 2014 National Council Session!

Melinda Canny (Alternate) Carol Cunningham Maya English
Liisa Froggatt Laura Garvin Natalie Gold
Laura Gordon Julia Habeger Sharon Hager
Gloria Halfacre Linda Haverman Annika Horvath (Alternate)
Katie Jimenez  Priscilla Jow Barbara Karpp (Alternate)
Jillian Kaufman Lynn Mack-Costello Julie Miller
Melissa Pepe Joyce Santillan Alyssa Schwantner
Emily Sermeno-Guzman (Alternate)

Patricia Tsjosaas

Kristine Wiscarson

Lois Young (Alternate)    

Including pre-event trainings and meetings, the selected Delegates will reach out to the GSGLA membership and gather opinions and comments regarding the proposal decisions at the National Council Session. If you would like to have a Delegate speak to your service unit, troop, or group, click here and provide your name, contact information, and the date of the meeting you would like one of the Delegates to attend.

Selected delegates from all councils have the ability and may at the Council Session amend GSUSA’s Constitution, establish requirements for credentials, discuss and vote on proposal, and influence the strategic direction of the Movement by providing guidance to the National Board.

Post-event duties include sharing personal/group experiences as well as decisions that were made at the National Council Session.

2014 Girl Scout Leadership Institute

The 53rd Convention of the Girls Scouts of the U.S.A will be held October 16-19, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Girl Scout Leadership Institute (GSLI) is designed to challenge and engage girls 14 and older. This experience will show girls how they will impact the world, and be a positive role model for their peers and younger girls. It will inspire them to do great things for others while continuing to be in leadership roles in their school, church, community group, or Girl Scout council.

GSLI participants will be included in the National Convention Opening Ceremony on Thursday evening as well as other scheduled events. Some of the session concepts include innovation in technology, marketing, leadership and culture.

All applicants must provide their own chaperone. Chaperones will work with the girls before, during and after GSLI to support each girl's Take Action project plans for when they return home. Adult chaperones will have their own adult sessions on the girls' planning processes, the issues, and Take Action projects. Additionally chaperones must follow all GSGLA policies and procedures for teen travel.

How to Apply


  • You must be a registered member of Girl Scouts to attend National Convention.
  • Must be 14 years of age or older.
  • Must attend Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles preparation meeting.
  • Must attend and fully participate in GSLI and the Girl Scout Convention from October 16-19, 2014. This means missing school and paying for registration, lodging, and airfare (limited financial aid is available).

Download the 2014 GSLI Application.
Download the 2014 GSLI Financial Aid Application.

Deadline to apply is June 20, 2014.