girl-scoutsWith 3.2 million members and 50 million alumnae, Girl Scouts has shaped the lives of 80% of America’s female senior executives and business owners, two-thirds of women in Congress and virtually every female astronaut.

Girl Scouting’s mission of “building girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place,” is the cornerstone of the organization’s timeless values and history of providing relevant programs for girls ages 5-17. Its core principle of diversity was inspired by founder Juliette Gordon Low’s commitment to welcoming all girls.

100 Years of Girl Scouting

During 2012, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) will celebrate its centennial. “Girl Scouts is the premier leadership organization for girls, with a trailblazing legacy of 100 years,” Anna Maria Chávez, Girl Scouts’ new chief executive officer tells Giving Back. “We are embarking on a new century of empowering girls to take the lead in their own lives and make a difference in their communities and the world.”

Thanks to Southwest Airlines, a delegation of San Diego Girl Scouts will be in Washington, DC in June for GSUSA’s 100th Anniversary Sing-Along on the National Mall.

The Promise

As the organization begins its second century, Girl Scouts of the USA promises that every girl in this generation will have the opportunities, tools and access she needs to reach her fullest potential.

The just-released Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting handbook introduces contemporary new badges—financial literacy, public policy, website design—for members to earn, supplementing traditional favorites badges such as cooking, nature, athletics and faith.

Girl Scouts San Diego

Collaborating with nearly 13,000 volunteers plus schools, non-profit organizations and generous donors, Girl Scouts San Diego serves more than 31,000 girls in San Diego and Imperial Counties.

Volunteering with Girl Scouts is simple and rewarding. Girl Scouts San Diego provides the guidance, resources and training for its volunteers to successfully network, build new skills and help girls develop the values and leadership abilities they’ll need as women.

Jo Dee C. Jacob serves as chief executive officer of Girl Scouts San Diego, while Carol LeBeau is the Promise Leader for the local 100th anniversary celebration. They invite former members to join the Girl Scout Alumnae Association at www.sdgirlscouts.org/alumnae. The council’s Legacy Circle honors those who keep Girl Scouting alive for future generations by leaving a bequest to Girl Scouts in their estates.