Who We Are
Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) is the largest organization for girls in
the world. Our mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character,
who make the world a better place. Through activities in science and
technology, business and economic literacy, and outdoor and environmental
awareness, Girl Scouting provides girls with opportunities for fun and
friendship while fostering the development of leadership skills and
Founded by Juliette Gordon Low in Savannah, Georgia, on March 12,
1912—100 years ago—Girl Scouts of the USA was chartered by the United States
Congress on March 16, 1950. Today, there are 3.2 million Girl Scouts: 2.3
million girl members and 890,000 adult members working primarily as volunteers.
What We Do
In Girl Scouts, girls develop their leadership potential through
activities that enable them to discover their values, skills, and the world
around them; connect with others in a multicultural environment; and take
action to make a difference in the world.
Headquartered in New York City, Girl Scouts has 112 chartered councils
nationwide. These councils provide direct services to girls and the volunteers
who work with them, and to the communities they serve. Girl Scouting is open to
all girls from kindergarten through high school.
National Leadership Founder: Juliette Gordon Low
Honorary National President: Michelle Obama
National President, GSUSA: Connie L. Lindsey
Chief Executive Officer: Anna Maria Chávez
Key Alumnae Stats
• Ten of seventeen women (59 percent) in the United States Senate are
former Girl Scouts.
• Forty-five of seventy-five women (60 percent) in the House of
Representatives are former Girl Scouts.
• Fifty-three percent of all women business owners are former Girl
• Seventy-six percent of all Girl Scout alumnae report that Girl Scouts
had a positive impact in their lives.