Hillary Clinton girl scout

Hillary Clinton with Girl Scouts

The Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA) is a youth organization for girls who live in the United States of America. The Girl Scouts of the USA was founded by Juliette Gordon Low in 1912. She came up with the group after meeting with Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of scouting.

GSUSA's goal is to empower girls and help teach values, such as honesty, fairness, courage, compassion, character, sisterhood, confidence and citizenship through activities such as camping, community service, learning how to preform first aid, and earning badges and patches by learning practical skills.

Membership to the Girl Scouts is organized according to grades K-12, with special activities designed for each level. The memberships are Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador.


Girl Scouting in the United States had officially begun on March 12th, 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low organized the first Girl Scout troop meeting, consisting of around 18 girls in Savannah, Georgia. It now has 3.7 million members. Juliette Gordon Low, who met Baden-Powell in London while she was living in the United Kingdom, had dreamed of giving the United States, and the world "something for all the girls".

Girl Scouts of the USA was originally called "Girl Guides of America". In 1913, it was changed to the Girl Scouts of the United States. The name was finally change to Girl Scouts of the United States of America in 1947.

GSUSA had begun with 18 members in 1912. In 1920, there were about 70,000 members. In 1930, there were over 200,000. As of 2013, there are over 3.2 million Girl Scouts in North America. Through its membership in the WAGGGS, there are over 10 million members in 145 countries.

The aim of the Girl Scouts is to help girls by pursuing four goals; developing their full potential; relating to others with increasing understanding, skills, respect, developing a meaningful set of values to guide their actions and make sound decisions, and contributing to the improvement of society.

List of Girl Scout CouncilsEdit

See List of Councils for more information


Main article: Girl Scout levels (USA)


The Girl Scout Promise can be made in English, Spanish, and American Sign Language. The promise is as follows:

On my honor, I will try:

To serve God and my country,

To help people at all times,

And to live by the Girl Scout Law.


I will do my best to be

Honest and Fair,

Friendly and Helpful,

Considerate and Caring,

Courageous and Strong, and

Responsible for what I say and do,

And to

respect myself and others,

respect authority, use resources wisely,

make the world a better place, and

be a sister to every Girl Scout


"Be Prepared."


"Do a Good Turn Daily"


Girl Scouts have several customs and traditions: camping, community service, singing, and money earning to support their activities.

World Thinking Day and "Girl Scouts' Own" are traditions throughout the world of Girl Scouting. World Thinking Day has occurred annually since February 22, 1926 (the birthday of Robert Baden-Powell and Olave Baden-Powell). On World Thinking Day, Girl Scouts and Guides around the world think about their sisters in other lands. Councils or local service units (associations) hold a celebration on, or near this day, in which each participating troop gives a presentation of the culture, and customs of a country selected by the troop. Many Girl Scouts celebrate Juliette Gordon Low's birthday on October 31. The parties often include Girl Scouts dressing up in Halloween costumes, and also serving cake.

A "Girl Scouts' Own" is a special ceremony that expresses the spirit of Girl Scouting when the girls reflect upon their feelings about Girl Scouting, and the world around them. A Girl Scouts' Own can have any theme, or may have none at all.

Awards and badgesEdit

Members can earn awards appropriate for their age level. Daises earn Learning Petals, Brownies earn Try-Its, Juniors earn Badges, and Charms and Interest Project awards for GS Cadettes, Seniors, and also Ambassadors.

Current badges Edit

Name Level Category Letterboxer Brownie Adventure
Letterboxer Brownie Adventure
Pets Brownie Animals
Outdoor Art Creator Brownie Art in the Outdoors
Painting Brownie Artist
Fair Play Brownie Athlete
Celebrating Community Brownie Citizen
Snacks Brownie Cook
Meet My Customers Brownie Cookie Business I
Give Back Brownie Cookie Business II
Potter Brownie Craft
Making Games Brownie Creative Play
Computer Expert Brownie Digital Arts
Household Elf Brownie Do It Yourself
Money Manager Brownie Financial Literacy I
Philanthropist Brownie Financial Literacy II
Brownie First Aid Brownie First Aid
Brownie Girl Scout Way Brownie Girl Scout Way
My Best Self Brownie Healthy Living
Inventor Brownie Innovation
Senses Brownie Investigation
Making Friends Brownie Manners
Leap Bot Design Challenge Brownie Mechanical Engineering
Fling Flyer Design Challenge Brownie Mechanical Engineering
Race Car Design Challenge Brownie Mechanical Engineering
Bugs Brownie Naturalist
Outdoor Adventurer Brownie Outdoor Explorer
Hiker Brownie Outdoor
Dancer Brownie Performance
My Great Day Brownie Practical Life Skills
Programming Robots Brownie Robotics
Designing Robots Brownie Robotics
Showcasing Robots Brownie Robotics
Home Scientist Brownie Science and Technology
My Family Story Brownie Storytelling
Cabin Camper Brownie Troop Camping
Geocacher Junior Adventure
Animal Habits Junior Animals
Outdoor Art Explorer Junior Art in the Outdoors
Drawing Junior Artist
Practice with Purpose Junior Athlete
Inside Government Junior Citizen
Simple Meals Junior Cook
Cookie CEO Junior Cookie Business I
Customer Insights Junior Cookie Business II
Jeweler Junior Craft
Playing the Past Junior Creative Play
Digital Photographer Junior Digital Arts
Gardener Junior Do It Yourself
Business Owner Junior Financial Literacy I
Savvy Shopper Junior Financial Literacy II
Junior First Aid Junior First Aid
Junior Girl Scout Way Junior Girl Scout Way
Staying Fit Junior Healthy Living
Product Designer Junior Innovation
Detective Junior Investigation
Social Butterfly Junior Manners
Flowers Junior Naturalist
Horseback Riding Junior Outdoor Explorer
Camper Junior Outdoor
Musician Junior Performance
Independence Junior Practical Life Skills
Programming Robots Junior Robotics
Designing Robots Junior Robotics
Showcasing Robots Junior Robotics
Entertainment Technology Junior Science and Technology
Scribe Junior Storytelling
Eco Camper Junior Troop Camping
Night Owl Cadette Adventure
Animal Helpers Cadette Animals
Outdoor Art Apprentice Cadette Art in the Outdoors
Comic Artist Cadette Artist
Good Sportsmanship Cadette Athlete
Finding Common Ground Cadette Citizen
New Cuisines Cadette Cook
Business Plan Cadette Cookie Business I
Marketing Cadette Cookie Business II
Think Big Cadette Cookie Business III
Book Artist Cadette Craft
Field Day Cadette Creative Play
Digital Movie Maker Cadette Digital Arts
Woodworker Cadette Do It Yourself
Budgeting Cadette Financial Literacy I
Comparison Shopping Cadette Financial Literacy II
Financing My Dreams Cadette Financial Literacy III
Cadette First Aid Cadette First Aid
Cadette Girl Scout Way Cadette Girl Scout Way
Eating for You Cadette Healthy Living
Entrepreneur Cadette Innovation
Special Agent Cadette Investigation
Netiquette Cadette Manners
Trees Cadette Naturalist
Archery Cadette Outdoor Explorer
Trailblazing Cadette Outdoor
Public Speaker Cadette Performance
Babysitter Cadette Practical Life Skills
Science of Happiness Cadette Science and Technology
Screenwriter Cadette Storytelling
Primitive Camper Cadette Troop Camping
Traveler Senior Adventure
Voice for Animals Senior Animals
Outdoor Art Expert Senior Art in the Outdoors
Collage Senior Artist
Cross-Training Senior Athlete
Behind the Ballot Senior Citizen
Locavore Senior Cook
My Portfolio Senior Cookie Business I
Customer Loyalty Senior Cookie Business II
Textile Artist Senior Craft
Game Visionary Senior Creative Play
Website Designer Senior Digital Arts
Room Makeover Senior Do It Yourself
Financing My Future Senior Financial Literacy I
Buying Power Senior Financial Literacy II
Senior First Aid Senior First Aid
Senior Girl Scout Way Senior Girl Scout Way
Women's Health Senior Healthy Living
Social Innovator Senior Innovation
Truth Seeker Senior Investigation
Business Etiquette Senior Manners
Sky Senior Naturalist
Paddling Senior Outdoor Explorer
Adventurer Senior Outdoor
Troupe Performer Senior Performance
Car Care Senior Practical Life Skills
Science of Style Senior Science and Technology
Novelist Senior Storytelling
Adventure Camper Senior Troop Camping
Outdoor Art Master Ambassador Art in the Outdoors
Photographer Ambassador Artist
Coaching Ambassador Athlete
Public Policy Ambassador Citizen
Dinner Party Ambassador Cook
Research & Development Ambassador Cookie Business I
P & L Ambassador Cookie Business II
On My Own Ambassador Financial Literacy I
Good Credit Ambassador Financial Literacy II
Ambassador First Aid Ambassador First Aid
Ambassador Girl Scout Way Ambassador Girl Scout Way
Water Ambassador Naturalist
Ultimate Recreation Challenge Ambassador Outdoor Explorer
Survival Camper Ambassador Troop Camping

100th AnniversaryEdit

The Girl Scouts of the USA celebrated the 100th anniversary of its founding by Juliette Low with a "Bridge to the Second Century" event on November 13th, 2011, at the GS National Convention in Huston, and other sites around the country.

United States president Barack Obama signed the "Girl Scouts of the USA Commemorative Coin Act" for the 100th Anniversary celebration. This act authorized the minting of 350,000 silver dollar coins in honor of Girl Scouts and the achievements of over 50 million women influenced by Girl Scouting during the last 100 years.