Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character,who make the world a better place.
We Are Girl Scouts
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts USA is the world's premiere leadership organization for girls. It provides an accepting, nurturing environment where girls can develop leadership skills, cultivate lifelong friendships, serve their communities and grow through new and exciting experiences. All girls ages 5-17 of every racial, ethnic, socioeconomic or religious background are welcome. Girl Scouts is a non-profit organization that serves more than 3.8 million members. Visit Girl Scouts USA for more information about the history and heritage of Girl Scouts in the U.S. and the world.
San Diego's first Girl Scout troop was founded in Coronado in 1917. Now - with nearly 30,000 girl members, more than 11,000 adult members and over 12,000 volunteers - the San Diego-Imperial Council is one of the nation's largest councils. Read our current Annual Report to learn more about our council and our goals for the future.
What Girl Scouts Do
Through Girl Scout programs, girls can do almost anything! They can learn new sports and hobbies, prepare for college and careers or travel to exotic destinations. In partnership with adult volunteers, girls participate in activities based on their interests, goals and skill levels. They earn badges, awards and "Try-its" as they try new experiences and accomplish their goals. Girls also take on age-appropriate responsibilities. Teenage girls, for example, lead troop meetings and plan events, while younger girls learn to choose activities based on a group vote. Because there are many ways to participate in Girl Scouting, a girl can take part regardless of her schedule or activity preferences. Girl Scouts offers a full range of camps, events, virtual programs and travel opportunities for girls to experience independently or within a troop. Read more about Girl Scout opportunities on our Programs page.