We’re 2.6 million strong—1.8 million girls and 800,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world.
Our extraordinary journey began more than 100 years ago with the original G.I.R.L., Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low. On March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia, she organized the very first Girl Scout troop, and every year since, we’ve honored her vision and legacy, 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 from coast to coast and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success.
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.