Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana, Inc. | Who We Are | History of Girl Scouts
In 1912, Juliette Gordon Low founded Girl Scouts, an organization that helps girls expand their horizons, build courage and character, and learn skills that prepare them for playing an important role in society as leaders and professionals. Born into a wealthy family, Juliette Low broke with the traditions followed by most society matrons of her time. Although she lived nearly one hundred years ago, she was very modern in her vision for girls and in the active role she played in public. She sensed growing opportunities for women to assume leadership in the community, government, and the professions, and she believed that all girls should be given the opportunity to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually. Girl Scouting introduced the girls of the early nineteenth century to many new kinds of activities--they hiked, played basketball, went on camping trips, learned how to tell time by the stars, and studied First Aid.
Girl Scouts was incorporated in Washington, D.C., June 10, 1915 and chartered by the United States Congress, on March 16, 1950. Since 1912, more than 50 million women have benefited from involvement in Girl Scouts.
Girl Scouts of the USA is part of the largest voluntary organization for girls in the world. It is a member of the World Association of Girl Guides and girl Scouts (WAGGGS), with 10 million girl and adult members in 145 countries.
GSUSA has 2.7 million members--1.9 million girl members and 800,000 adult members. Adult members (women and men) include volunteer leaders, consultants, board members, and staff specialists in such areas as child development, adult education, outdoor education, and administration. Employed executives account for less than one (1) percent of total adult membership.
There are more than 236,000 troops, including 18,000 members of USA Girl Scouts Overseas groups whose members come from United States military and civilian families living abroad in approximately 90 countries.