Since its inception, Girl Scouts has always been an organization that empowers girls to become leaders and provides them with a safe, productive environment in which to develop their leadership skills . There are five program pathways in which Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland girls may participate. Girl Scouting has evolved to serve the changing needs of girls, so girls can choose to participate in one or all of the program pathways of travel, troop, events, camp or series.
The Girl Scout Leadership Experience encourages girls to engage in the process of leadership. By combining fun and friendship with activities and projects designed to meet specific developmental outcomes, Girl Scouting remains the best leadership development opportunity available for girls today. The outcomes of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience are designed to work together to help girls become capable, well-rounded, lifelong leaders.
Girl Scouts of the USA began on March 12, 1912 when Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low organized the first Girl Scout troop meeting of 18 girls in Savannah, Georgia. Fresh from meeting Lord Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scout Movement, in England, Low poured herself into realizing her dream of “something for all the girls.” Her vision was that girls would be brought out of sheltered home environments to serve their communities, experience the outdoors, and have opportunities to develop “self-reliance and resourcefulness.” Within months of that first meeting in 1912, members were hiking through the woods in their knee-length blue uniforms, playing basketball on a curtained-off court, and going on camping trips.
On March 16, 1950, Girl Scouts of the USA was given a Congressional Charter. Today, more than 59 million American women have participated in Girl Scouts.