Girl leaders have been at the heart of Girl Scouting since its founding in 1912, when Juliette Gordon Low recognized that developing girls’ leadership abilities was critical for ensuring they would be the change-makers of the future. Today’s complex and rapidly changing world requires a new kind of leader – one who values diversity, inclusion, and collaboration and is committed to improving neighborhoods, communities, and the world. Girl scouting remains, as it always has been, the organization best positioned to offer girls the tools they need to be successful leaders now and throughout their lives.
As Girl Scouting celebrates its 100th anniversary it is more important than ever that theGirl Scout program
- Is girl-led: girls determine what they want to do and how they will do it
- Promotes cooperative learning: girls work together to establish their goals and how they will accomplish them
- Fosters learning by doing: girls figure out what works, what doesn’t work, and thebest way to actualize their vision
In Girl Scouting, girls steer the ship of their own adventure, with caring adult guidance and mentoring available. The result is courageous, confident young women with strong convictions and the power to achieve their goals and dreams while making a difference in the lives of others.
Accomplishing our mission requires a great deal of assistance beyond our own dedicated staff. GSCI currently boasts an adult membership of over 5,000 committed and caring volunteers who help us deliver the Girl Scout program throughout central Illinois. By their leadership example and encouragement of teamwork, our volunteers show girls what is possible. We are also grateful to the individual in corporate donors who help us to grow our programs and make sure they are available to any girl who wishes to participate. Our community partners allow us to reach out to girls who do not have the means to reach out to us first. In these ways the mission of Girl Scouting extends beyond schools, family homes, and Girl Scout service centers to enrich and be enriched by all facets of our communities.
One girl can change a life;
a group of girls can change the world.
Click here to learn more about the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.