About Girl Scouts

Chapter 1 quick links
Mission, Vision, Promise & Law
Organizational structure
Girl Scouts of Colorado
Contact us
Who can join and how?

Girl Scouts was founded in 1912 by trailblazer Juliette Gordon Low. We are the largest girl-serving organization in the United States and a member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, a sisterhood of close to 10 million girls and adults in 145 countries.

Mission

Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Vision

To be the premier leadership organization for girls – and experts on their growth and development.

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.

*GSUSA makes no attempt to define or interpret the word “God” in the Girl Scout Promise. When making the Promise, individuals may substitute wording appropriate to their own spiritual beliefs for the word “God.” Note: This disclaimer appears in the National Leadership Journey adult guides, but not in the girls’ books. It is included here as a reminder to you, as a volunteer, that it’s your responsibility to be sensitive to the spiritual beliefs of the girls in your group and to make sure that everyone in the group feels comfortable and included in Girl Scouting. Please feel free to share this information with girls’ families.

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,
and to
respect myself and others,
respect authority,
use resources wisely,
make the world a better place,
and be a sister to every Girl Scout.

Girl Scouts’ organizational structure

Girl Scouts is the world’s largest organization of and for girls, currently encompassing 2.3 million girl members and nearly one million adult volunteers! Three core structures support all these members: the national headquarters, your council, and your support team.

National Organization, WAGGGS, and worldwide sisterhood

The national office of Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), located in New York City, employs roughly 300 employees. GSUSA is a member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). With 10 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from 145 countries across the world, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) is the largest voluntary movement dedicated to girls and young women in the world.

Visit GSUSA online, where you’ll find a wealth of resources for both girls and volunteers.

Global Girl Scouting ensures that girls have increased awareness about the world, cross-cultural learning opportunities, and education on relevant global issues that may inspire them to take action to make the world a better place. Visit Global Girl Scouting online for additional information.

Since 1925, USA Girl Scouts Overseas (USAGSO), a division of Global Girl Scouting, has helped ease the transition for American families relocating overseas by offering the familiar traditions and exciting opportunities of Girl Scouting to girls abroad. USAGSO now serves thousands of American girls living overseas, as well as girls attending American or international schools. Through Global Girl Scouting, members participate in World Thinking Day on February 22, visit the four WAGGGS world centers, participate in international travel, promote global friendship and understanding by supporting the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund, and take action on global issues.

Your council

Girl Scout councils are chartered by the national office to attract and retain members in a geographic area, provide ways for girls to participate in Girl Scouting, create an environment that reflects Girl Scout values and ideals, manage volunteers’ experience with Girl Scouting, and keep girls and volunteers as safe as possible. The national office provides support materials to all councils to ensure that the Girl Scout experience is nationally consistent.

Girl Scouts of Colorado
Girl Scouts of Colorado is a council chartered by GSUSA to provide ways for girls to participate in Girl Scouting in Colorado and create an environment that reflects Girl Scout values and ideals.

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Girl Scouts of Colorado is divided into seven geographic regions. Each region has a dedicated team to support volunteers. Each team consists of the following positions:

  • Volunteer Support Specialist
  • Customer Care Specialist
  • Recruitment Specialist
  • Placement Specialist
  • Registration Specialist

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Service units

Each GSCO region is divided into small geographic areas, called service units. A service unit consists of Girl Scout volunteers and girl members in that area. Your volunteer support specialist will introduce you to your service unit team. They can provide great local support and advice as you get started.

Your service unit ensures that the following support is available for girls and volunteers:

  • Fun and enriching adult events and meetings for troop leaders and other volunteers.
  • Well-planned, exciting girl events that keep the Girl Scout community connected and visible.
  • Organized volunteer-to-volunteer support throughout the year, including during product sales.
  • A pathway for volunteers to increase their participation and service to Girl Scouts.

Please see your volunteer support specialist for a copy of the service unit manager training manual. We offer service unit manager training periodically.

Membership Connection Committee

The Membership Connection Committee is a select group of highly engaged and experienced volunteers and older girls who support the governance, direction, and influence of major council policy issues. The committee participates in large volunteer events and service unit meetings to gather volunteer feedback for the Board and staff to act upon. Read more information about the MCC.

Contact us

For assistance with registration for girl or adult memberships, events, training or camp: 877-404‐5708, 855‐726-4726 (toll free) inquiry@gscolorado.org.

See regional office locations and contact information.

QUICK LINKS

Events calendar
Forms and Resources
Opportunity Grant Application
Camp & Outdoor Programs
Reserve a GSCO Property
Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards

Who can join Girl Scouts – and how?

Any girl in kindergarten through 12th grade can join Girl Scouts. All girl and adult members share the Girl Scout Promise and Law and pay the annual membership dues of $25. Adults have the option to purchase a lifetime membership for $375.

Join Girl Scouts!

Go to www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/join and join now! The membership year is Oct. 1 -September 30. Memberships are not prorated, transferrable, or refundable.

Every girl should have the opportunity to be a Girl Scout! For financial assistance, simply choose that payment option at the time of membership registration online.

Girls at every grade level

After girls join, they team up in the following program 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)

Note: Girls with cognitive disabilities can be registered as closely as possible to their age. Young women with cognitive disorders may choose to retain their girl membership through their 21st year, and then move into an adult membership category.

Bridging

As Girl Scouts get older, they progress through each new program level. When a girl changes program levels, we recognize it with a special troop ceremony, a Bridging Ceremony! Look in the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting for information about planning ceremonies, and earning special bridging awards.

Ways to participate

There are a number of ways to participate in Girl Scouts

  • Joining a troop
  • Going to camp or participating in outdoor programs
  • Travel
  • Becoming a Juliette

Girls do not need to be in a troop to be a Girl Scout! Individual girl members are often called “Juliettes” after our founder, Juliette Low. Whether they are in a troop or participating individually girls may register and attend any event, camp or activity provided for Girl Scouts in their community. Individual members may also earn badges, complete Journeys, earn Highest Awards, and sell cookies! Read more information.