Who We Are
We’re 2.7 million strong—1.9 million girls and 800,000 adult volunteers who believe girls can change the world. It began over 100 years ago with one woman, Girl Scouts’ founder Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low, who believed in the power of every girl. She organized the first Girl Scout troop on March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia, and every year since, we've made her vision a reality, helping girls discover their strengths, passions, and talents.
Today, as yesterday, we continue the Girl Scout mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. And with programs for girls from coast to coast and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to do something amazing.
DNA of a Girl Scout
Girl Scouts are more likely than non-Girl Scouts to embrace new experiences and overcome failure, to self-identify as leaders and take on leadership roles, to practice resiliency and persist through challenges, and have stronger female networks of all ages, just to name a few.
Our founder, Juliette, was an everyday leader---She was entrepreneurial and assertive, independent and inspiring, purpose driven and imperfectly perfect. She could sew a button and shoot a gun. She valued tradition but thrived in the face of innovation. She had vision like Jane Goodall, endurance like Simone Biles, inspired a following like Taylor Swift, and practiced empathy like Oprah. She never made things look easy, but always made it worthwhile.
It’s fair to say this attitude—these traits, this DNA—represents not just Juliette but all of us here today.
Our DNA, like Juliette’s, shows the world who we are as Girl Scouts, who don’t stand by, but step up to make a difference and take the lead.
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character,
who make the world a better place.
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.
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.