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Girl Scouts offers girls and young women the world’s premier personal growth and leadership development experience. With the help of over 22,000 volunteers and in collaboration with schools and nonprofit organizations, we serve over 40,000 girls in grades K-12. We are the one organization that is inclusive of girls from all walks of life regardless of their economic background.
Today’s Girl Scouts is focused on building leadership and life skills in girls and young women, and providing opportunities to utilize and sharpen these skills through community service.
Girl Scout Levels
Girl Scouts impacts girls by offering a wide variety of programs and activities that meet the developmental, educational, emotional and social needs of girls at six levels:
|Girl Scout Daisy (grades K-1)
Girl Scout Brownie (grades 2-3)
Girl Scout Junior (grades 4-5)
|Girl Scout Cadette (grades 6-8)
Girl Scout Senior (grades 9-10)
Girl Scout Ambassador (grades 11-12)
Program Focus Areas
Five program areas serve as the foundation for the Girl Scout Leadership Experience:
- Business Smarts (our Cookie Program)
- Healthy Living
- Environment & Outdoor Adventure
- Science & Technology (STEM: science, technology, engineering and math)
- Arts and Culture
Our program has 15 age-specific outcomes and as the girls progress, they are offered opportunities to lead whenever possible. Through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience girls discover themselves, connect with others, and take action to make the world a better place.
Girl Scouts offers a variety of Pathways - ways girls and adults participate - to meet the needs and interests of today's girls.
Girl Scout Experience Highlights
The Girl Scout Gold Award – This award is the highest honor a girl can achieve in Girl Scouting. This prestigious award requires hours of leadership development, career exploration and community service, and requires each young woman to select, plan and implement a project that has a lasting impact on a community.
The Business of Cookies - The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the leading business and economic development program for youth in the country. This hands-on leadership development and financial literacy program teaches each Girl Scout valuable entrepreneurial and life skills, like money management, customer service, marketing, goal setting, closing the deal, teamwork and business ethics.
Community Service – A core component of Girl Scouting, girls learn from an early age the value of making a difference in their communities. The Girl Scout Experience gives girls and young women the confidence and the tools to lead and become a citizen who will make a difference in her world.
Nationwide there are over 100 Girl Scout councils. Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles serves more than 350 communities in Los Angeles County and parts of Kern, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. The council operates a headquarters, 7 service centers, 10 program centers, and 4 campgrounds.
Founder Juliette Gordon Low organized the first group of Girl Scouts on March 12, 1912 in Savannah, Georgia. The Girl Scouts of the USA was chartered by the United States Congress in 1950. Since then, through membership in the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, GSUSA has grown to be part of a worldwide family of 10 million girls and adults in 148 counties.
In December of 2008, Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles participated in an historic national business strategy to merge councils together in order to create better economies of scale. This business decision is allowing councils across the country to leverage resources, span media markets effectively, create greater efficiencies, and build high program capacity and community impact. This move is revitalizing the Girl Scout Movement to remain compelling, contemporary and relevant to today's girls.
Through this national “realignment,” Angeles Girl Scout Council, Girl Scout Council of Greater Long Beach, Girl Scouts - Joshua Tree Council (southeastern portion), Girl Scouts - Mt. Wilson Vista Council, Girl Scouts - Spanish Trails Council, and Girl Scouts of the San Fernando Valley became Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles (GSGLA).
With a renewed sense of vision and a consolidated pool of talent and resources, GSGLA became the largest girl-serving nonprofit agency in Los Angeles in 2009. We set out on a path to further enhance the spirit of Girl Scout leadership by inspiring girls, young women, and adults with the ideals of courage, confidence and character.