The Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA), commonly called in America as simply the Girl Scouts is a youth organization for girls in the United States and American girls living abroad. Founded by Juliette Gordon Low in 1912, it was organized after Low met Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting, in 1911. Upon returning to Savannah, Georgia, she telephoned a distant cousin, saying, "I've got something for the girls of Savannah, and all of America, and all the world, and we're going to start it tonight!"

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  • Every year, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides around the world celebrate February 22 as a day of international friendship called World Thinking Day. But what is World Thinking Day? And how did it get started?It all dates back to 1926 at the fourth World Conference of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts at our very own Camp Edith Macy (now Edith Macy Conference Center) in New York. The delegates at the conferenc...

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  • The Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) has just finished an unforgettable season of robotics competitions. To tell the council’s story, Kelli Cavenah, Girl Scout leadership experience manager, shares some background, reactions from participating Girl Scouts, and how the program has worked at the council. As GSSJC finishes the first decade of our robotics program, the future looks bright! T...

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  • Check out this week’s sampling of go-getting, innovating, risk-taking Gold Award Girl Scouts—young women who know what it means to lead with true G.I.R.L. spirit!Tara, Girl Scouts of Colonial CoastFor her Girl Scout Gold Award project, What Makes Me Tic, Tara took the lead in educating her community on Tourette’s syndrome to reduce instances of related bullying. She held a series of trainings for ...

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  • More than 400 Girl Scouts from across Georgia visited the state capitol in Atlanta on February 6 to learn more about the legislative process and have conversations with legislators about naming the iconic bridge over the Savannah River for Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low. Girls and volunteers attended sessions at the Georgia Senate and House of Representatives and met individually with legi...

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  • That’s right—we’re talking to you, our extraordinary volunteers, who tirelessly give of their hearts and time to help us unleash the leader in every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™. This Valentine’s Day, we want you to know that we see you, we appreciate you, and yes—we love you! We know we don’t say it nearly enough, but we didn’t want today to go by without letting you know ...

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  • Check out this week’s sampling of go-getting, innovating, risk-taking Gold Award Girl Scouts—young women who know what it means to lead with true G.I.R.L. spirit!Sarah, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri A little yarn goes a long way! That’s what inspired Girl Scout Sarah to take action in her community—creating Kids Knitting It Forward for her Girl Scout Gold Award. To complete her project, Sarah re...

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  • Yes, Girl Scout Cookies are absolutely delicious, but there’s so much more to them than that. Selling cookies gives millions of girls across the United States the chance to participate in new, unique, and amazing experiences while also learning crucial life skills and taking the lead (like a Girl Scout!) to change the world—for themselves and for all of us.Creating goals? She sets ‘em and slays ‘e...

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  • Did you know there are five Legacy Athletic badges?  With these badges, girls learn how to be a valuable member of a team by becoming familiar with the rules of the game and how to play so that everyone feels included. The take away is that girls learn what it takes to be a part of a team and support others on and off the field.These badges connect girls to health, leadership, learning, and teamwo...

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  • Check out this week’s sampling of go-getting, innovating, risk-taking Gold Award Girl Scouts—young women who know what it means to lead with true G.I.R.L. spirit!Hanna, Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois By participating in her school’s cheerleading program, Hanna found that she built her self-esteem while getting involved in her community—a win-win! So it was only natural that this ...

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  • It’s National Thank You Month, and this year we want to shout out our amazing lead taking, logistics crushing, mountain moving, make-it-happen-no-matter-what cookie volunteers who work so hard and give so much during Girl Scout Cookie season to ensure girls’ success—you are a BOSS!Because when you support girls as they run their very own cookie businesses (through the largest entrepreneurial progr...

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  • As thrilling as race day is for fans, nothing beats being a Girl Scout with the vision behind a personally designed, hand-built car as it crosses the finish line at the equivalent of 200 mph. And no, this isn’t a professional car race—it’s the Ford Girls’ Fast Track Races!Throughout 2017, Ford Girls’ Fast Track Races brought pine car racing to Girl Scout Brownies and Juniors in Colorado, Florida,...

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  • Check out this week’s sampling of go-getting, innovating, risk-taking Gold Award Girl Scouts—young women who know what it means to lead with true G.I.R.L. spirit!Jane, Girl Scouts of Ohio’s HeartlandPatriotism and Independence Day have always been important in Upper Arlington, a suburb in Franklin County, but up until now, the value was only relayed orally. Thanks to the hard work of Gold Award Gi...

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  • Girl Scouts encourages girls to grow their faith and is based on the Girl Scout Promise and Law, which includes many of the principles and values common to most faiths. Although a secular organization, Girl Scouts has, since the movement began, encouraged girls to explore their spirituality by earning the My Promise, My Faith pin.Throughout this journey, girls open up conversations with women in t...

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  • Last summer, I went on a Girl Scout Destination trip to Costa Rica that changed everything.The group’s first nightly meeting of the trip would affect our entire journey. The saying “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for” was the first quote that we heard from Bailey, our trip leader, and to me, it was the most memorable thing I heard all night. Looking back, I think Ba...

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  • It’s National Compliment Day, and we are PUMPED! Because even though Girl Scouts never need a special occasion to show kindness to others, we love any day that encourages it! Started by New Hampshirites Kathy Chamberlin and Debby Hoffman, National Compliment Day was created in 1998 (that’s two decades of flattery!) and is a great reminder that a compliment a day can go a really long way. Complimen...

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  • Wow—talk about the highlight of my summer! Space Academy, held at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, was an incredible experience. I didn't just learn a lot, I went on the adventure of a lifetime.First of all, I met Girl Scouts and Girl Guides not only from across the United States but also from around the world. We learned about one another’s customs, languages, and so much mo...

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  • Check out this week’s sampling of go-getting, innovating, risk-taking Gold Award Girl Scouts—young women who know what it means to lead with true G.I.R.L. spirit!Brianna, Girl Scouts of North East OhioInspired by her own puppy, adopted after being abandoned in a junkyard, Brianna knew just what to do for her Girl Scout Gold Award. She planned and held the Community Pet Expo to educate residents on...

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  • Check out this week’s sampling of go-getting, innovating, risk-taking Gold Award Girl Scouts—young women who know what it means to lead with true G.I.R.L. spirit!Girl Scouts Hornet’s Nest Council Plastic grocery bags are a part of many people’s lives, but because they can’t easily be recycled (many curbside recycling programs don’t provide the necessary collection system and processing equipment),...

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  • It’s that time of year again! Cookie season is finally upon us, and I can think of no better way to kick it off than with my council’s 2018 Cookie Rally! Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana’s cookie rally was jam-packed with so much to do and see. Walking around Allstate Arena, attendees were able to stop and check out the different booths before the main event. These booths range...

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  • Maureen “Reeny” B. is a 2017 National Young Woman of Distinction from Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland. As part of her Gold Award project, she designed and created fashion accessories she dubbed “Illumicize” that progressively light up in response to increases in heart rate. But that was just the beginning. Maureen went on to host a series of Catwalk Coding camps—instructional courses designed to a...

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  • Today, Girl Scouts enters its second century of Girl Scouts selling cookies! Given that more than half (57 percent) of Girl Scout alumnae in business fields credit the Girl Scout Cookie Program® with developing skills they use today—including money management, goal setting, and public speaking—selling Girl Scout Cookies has helped millions of female entrepreneurs over the past 100 years spark thei...

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  • Every girl has the power to tap into her G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) spirit™, but there are always standout moments in which Girl Scouts exemplify these traits in unexpected ways. Here are a few of our favorite G.I.R.L. stories, which inspired people this year in communities across the United States as well as the globe.Go-Getters Throughout the National Park Service, Girl ...

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  • How high will you climb to reach your true G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, and Leader)™ potential? Thousands of Girl Scouts accepted the challenge and kept right on climbing past their original goal throughout 2017 to make our world a better place through civic action.So how can you support girl-led change today as well as Girl Scouts’ mission to keep building girls of courage, confide...

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  • During Computer Science Education Week, Girl Scouts worked with Toddlewood® to transform five Girl Scouts into female science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) leaders of the past and present, highlighting the fact most people don’t recognize these women in spite of their substantial contributions. Girl Scouts is helping build STEM leaders of the future, announcing this week the developmen...

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  • From the Marines welcoming their first ever female infantry officer to the courageous girls and young women who took a stand by calling out and fighting back against unacceptable harassment at work, school, and in their personal lives, there’s no question that 2017 has been a big year. And when we look back at the year in Girl Scouting, it’s full of colossal wins as well—including the ten importan...

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  • As families across the country gather to celebrate the holidays and ring in the new year together, I invite everyone in our great Girl Scout Movement to join me in recognizing and celebrating the courageous Girl Scout alumnae who serve in the armed forces. These patriotic women make incredible sacrifices to serve our country day after day, and are often unable to be with their families and loved o...

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