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what is girl scouting

The Girl Scout program is girl-driven, reflecting the ever-changing needs and interests of today’s girls. In Girl Scouts, girls discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together. Girl Scouting helps girls develop their full potential; relate to others with increasing understanding, skill, and respect; develop values to guide their actions and provide the foundation for sound decision-making; and contribute to the improvement of society through their abilities, leadership skills, and cooperation with others.

Founded in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low, Girl Scouts' membership has grown from 18 members in Savannah, Georgia, to 3.4 million members throughout the United States, including U.S. territories, and in more than 90 countries through USA Girl Scouts Overseas.

what is girl scouting

Positively Impacts Girls

  • Offering girl-led activities in a girl-only environment.
  • Providing girls a physically and emotionally safe space to find their voices and values.
  • Expanding cultural awareness, math, and science skills.
  • Connecting them with other girls, young women, and adults to explore issues that are important to them
  • Developing leadership qualities and a sense of empowerment.

what is girl scouting

As a Girl Scout You Can . . .

  • Earn badges
  • Volunteer in your community.
  • Go to camp and experience horseback riding, arts, and sports.
  • Take field trips to museums, festivals, and theaters.
  • Learn outdoors through nature activities and wilderness trips.
  • Learn real-life business skills through the Cookie Program Activity.

The Girl Scout experience is girl-driven, which means it reflects the ever-changing needs and interests of participating girls. Cookies and camp are just two of the hundreds of programs and activities that help young women develop qualities like confidence, determination, and leadership.

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Girl Scout Grade Levels

The Girl Scout program is progressive, designed to meet the changing needs of girls as they grow toward young adulthood. In Girl Scouting, girls are grouped together in grade levels that best serve their developmental needs at various stages of their lives.

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