About Girl Scouts

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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 and Vision

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

We are the premier leadership development 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.

More than 2 Million Strong

We are urban, rural, and suburban. We are in schools, churches, temples, mosques, public housing, foster homes, and detention centers. We are in virtually every zip code and in 92 countries around the world.

  • 1.8 million girls 5 to 18 years of age
  • 14,400 Girl Scouts overseas
  • 800,000 adult volunteers
    • Over 50 million alums
    • 112 councils throughout the United States

At any given time, approximately 7 percent of girls are Girl Scouts, and it’s interesting to know that:

  • 50 percent of women business owners were Girl Scouts.
  • 73 percent of female U.S. Senators were Girl Scouts.
  • 57 percent of female members of the House of Representatives were Girl Scouts.
  • Virtually every female astronaut who has flown in space was a Girl Scout.

The Girl Scout Leadership Experience

Girl Scouts are all about practicing everyday leadership, preparing girls to empower themselves, and promoting G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ experiences. At Girl Scouts, everything centers around the girl: activities are girl-led, which gives girls the opportunity to take on leadership roles and learn by doing in a cooperative learning environment.

The Girl Scout Difference:  Girl Scouts offers the best leadership development experience for girls in the world—one that is designed with, by, and for girls.

 

Girl Scouts unleashes the G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)TM potential in every girl, preparing her for a lifetime of leadership— from taking a nighttime hike under the stars to accepting a mission on the International Space Station; from lobbying the city council with her troop to holding a seat in Congress; from running her own cookie business today to tackling cybersecurity tomorrow.

 

Our Girl Scout Leadership Experience is a one-of- a-kind leadership development program for girls, with proven results. It is based on time- tested methods and research-backed programming that help girls take the lead—in their own lives and in the world.

 

Girl Scouts is proven to help girls thrive in five key ways as they:

  • Develop a strong sense of self
  • Display positive values
  • Seek challenges and learn from setbacks
  • Form and maintain healthy relationships
  • Identify and solve problems in the community

The inclusive, all-female environment of a Girl Scout troop creates a safe space where girls can try new things, develop a range of skills, take on leadership roles, and just be themselves.

Girl Scouts takes the potential of girls, combines it with robust skill-building programming, and adds caring adult mentors and strong female role models.

Our Program

Everything a Girl Scout does centers around STEM, the outdoors, development of life skills, and entrepreneurship, and is designed to meet her where she is now and to grow along with her.

Whether she’s building a robotic arm, coding her first app, building a shelter in the backcountry, or packing for her first hike, a Girl Scout has an exciting array of choices to suit her interests at every age.

 

Connect Online

Girl Scouts of Colorado shares event information, learning opportunities, tips, and advice at www.gscoblog.org and  www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org, www.facebook.com/girlscoutsofcolorado, and www.twitter.com/gscolo.

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Connect with Girl Scouts of the USA at www.girlscouts.org, www.facebook.com/GirlScouts, https://www.youtube.com/user/girlscoutvideos, www.twitter.com/girlscouts, https://www.instagram.com/girlscouts/ , www.pinterest.com/GSUSA and https://www.linkedin.com/company/girl-scouts-of-the-usa/ .

Who can join Girl Scouts – and how?

Girl Scouts is about sharing the fun, friendship, and the inherent power of girls and women together in an inclusive, supportive, girl-led environment. Any girl—from kindergarten through 12th grade—can join Girl Scouts. Girl Scout volunteers are also a diverse group—you may be a college volunteer working on a community-action project, a parent volunteer ready for an outdoor adventure with your daughter’s troop, or any responsible adult (female or male, who has passed the necessary screening process) looking to help prepare girls for a lifetime of leadership—whatever that might look like for them.

What all members share are the Girl Scout Promise and Law, as well as our common characteristics as go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, and leaders. Each member also agrees to follow safety guidelines and pay the annual membership dues of $25. (Adults have the option to purchase a lifetime membership for $400). Young alums (former girl members ages 18-29) have the option to purchase a lifetime membership for $200.

Opportunity Grants are available for families in need.

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

Adding New Girls to your Troop

Congratulations on your new troop! We’re excited you’re here. As you’ll find out, Girl Scouts is always more fun with friends!

Here are some quick tips on how you can recruit girls for your new troop:

  • Hang posters at your girl’s school.
  • Send home invitations or fliers with girls from school inviting them to join. (You can find recruitment resources right here.)
  • Ask parents you may know in your girl’s class if they would be interested in joining.

Don’t forget to ensure your troop is listed on the opportunity catalog. This is the listing of all the available troops within a certain zip code. Interested new girls will only be able to find your troop and register for it it’s listed. The Recruitment and Placement Specialists  and  Volunteer Support Specialists for your area can help you recruit new girls into your troop.

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.

Girl Scouts’ organizational structure

Girl Scouts is the world’s largest organization of and for girls, currently encompassing 1.8 million girl members and 800,000 adult volunteers! Three core structures support all these members: the national headquarters, your council, and yoursupport 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).  You’ll find a wealth of resources for both girls and volunteers on the GSUSA website.

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.

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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Your Support Team

A team of volunteers and staff provides you with local support, learning opportunities, and advice. As a volunteer, you will have the most contact with your Girl Scout support team, which will include your service unit and your regional staff. If you have questions about the Girl Scout program, working with girls, resources in the National Program Portfolio (National Leadership Journeys and The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting), or selling Girl Scout cookies and other products, you can always go to your team for answers and ongoing support in all things Girl Scouting.

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.

Training

Girl Scouts of Colorado provides learning opportunities for volunteers through our eLearning portal and at in-person trainings, including fall Leadership Summits and Super Saturdays. These are wonderful opportunities to get the required training you need, take a few enrichment courses to enhance your experience and network with other volunteers.

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.

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