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Girl Scouts of Northern California
Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. is the largest voluntary organization of girls in the world. In our council, the Girl Scouts of Northern California over 49,000 girls and 31,000 adults take part in Girl Scout programs each year. We tailor our programs for the developmental, educational, emotional and social needs of girls at six levels:
Girl Scout Daisy (grades K-1)
Girl Scout Brownie (grades 2-3)
Girl Scout Junior (grades 4-5)
Girl Scout Cadette (grades 6-8)
Girl Scout Senior (grades 9-10)
Girl Scout Ambassador (grades 11-12)
Girl Members: 49,000
Adult Members: 31,000
Staff: Approximately 150
Board Members: 25
Diversity and Inclusion
Girl Scouts of the USA and our council, Girl Scouts of Northern California, value diversity and inclusiveness; our staff and volunteers are representative of the diverse communities that we serve. Girl Scouts does not discriminate on any basis, including age, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.
Nationwide there are over 100 Girl Scout councils. Girl Scouts of Northern California serves 19 counties in Northern California: Alameda, Butte, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Mateo, Shasta, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Tehama, and Trinity Counties.
The Girl Scouts Mission Statement
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.
The Girl Scouts of Northern California Mission Statement
We create opportunities girls want and experiences that change lives.
Girl Scout Promise
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.
(*Girl Scouts makes no attempt to define or interpret the word “God” in the Girl Scout Promise. We look to individual members to establish for themselves the nature of their spiritual beliefs. When making the Girl Scout Promise, individuals may substitute wording appropriate to their own spiritual beliefs for the word “God.”)
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,
respect myself and others,
use resources wisely,
make the world a better place, and
be a sister to every Girl Scout.
Founder Juliette Gordon Low organized the first group of Girl Scouts on March 12, 1912 in Savannah, Georgia. The Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. was chartered by the United States Congress in 1950. Since then, through membership in the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, GSUSA has grown to be part of a worldwide family of 10 million girls and adults in 148 counties.
In October of 2007, The Girl Scouts of Northern California participated in an historic national Girl Scout movement in which Girl Scout councils aligned with other councils to create high-capacity councils across the United States. Through this national “realignment”, the Konocti Girl Scout Council, the Girl Scouts of Napa-Solano, the Girl Scouts of San Francisco Bay Area, the Girl Scouts of Santa Clara County, the Girl Scouts of Sierra Cascade, and a portion of the Girl Scouts of Winema Council became the Girl Scouts of Northern California.
The Girl Scouts of Northern California Strategic Goals (2008-2011)
Goal 1: Sustainable Growth Grow membership at a rate that is consistent with our
success in increasing funding, engaging volunteers and building vibrant programs
and pathways for all girls everywhere. Sustainable growth will fuel our future.
Goal 2: Diversity and Inclusion Our council embraces the diversity of the communities
we serve and is welcoming to all. We will increase participation in Girl Scout
programs by African American, Asian, Hispanic and Native American girls and volunteers, and, through funded programs in our core program areas and expand outreach to underserved communities.
Goal 3: Vibrant Programs Build vibrant programs that are fun and engaging for girls
and relevant to our communities – based on a foundation of fun, adventure and
opportunity for girls, strong community partnerships and pathways, and united by core values of Leadership, Community Service, Diversity and Inclusion, and Variety of Activities.
Goal 4: Engaged Volunteers Simplify and customize the volunteer experience.
Goal 5: Financial Strength Strengthen resources to support the council’s stability, operations, programs, pathways and outreach.