Who We Are
Our mission is simple:
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.
Girl Scouts is the best leadership development program for girls, empowering girls to believe that one girl can make a difference and that together girls can change the world.
Girl Scouting has offered girls ways to discover, connect and take action for 100 years!
Today there are 3.2 million Girl Scouts, including 2.3 million girls and almost 1 million adult members/volunteers. That’s more people than in all of Chicago!
Today’s girls are joining a legacy of more than 59 million American women who were once fellow Girl Scouts.
Western Washington is home to more than 26,000 Girl Scouts and nearly 13,000 volunteers. We’re proud to count girls from Kindergarten to 12th grade as part of our family, representing communities from across Western Washington.
To learn more about what we’ve been up to, you can check out our 2012 Report to the Community.
What We Do
While Girl Scouts are well-known to some, you might not know what we do besides our annual cookie sales! (And you might not know that our Cookie Sales Program is the largest girl-led business in the country!)
Beyond cookies, you might know about our camp programs or our troops, but did you know there’s even more? Girl Scouting has evolved to fit the action-packed lifestyles of today’s girls and there are new ways to get involved whether it’s for a few hours or a few days.
No matter what a girl chooses, every experience is designed to be:
- Girl-led. Girls take charge of their own experience, establishing the what, where, when, how and why of their activities.
- Learning by doing. Girls don’t just listen to someone tell them about something, they get in there and do it themselves! This means they ask questions, share ideas, gain skills and take time to reflect.
- Cooperative learning. Respect and collaboration is key and girls work towards shared goals.
Our Strategic Plan
The Girl Scout mission and program goals have laid the foundation for Girl Scouting in Western Washington. Additionally, we have created a Strategic Plan (taking us through 2015) to focus our work on building leaders. You can read the entire plan here, but there are four program initiatives to which we’ve committed:
- Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM): We are committed through our programming for girls to increase their access to STEM to gain increasing proficiency through hands-on activities like building robots, making rockets, investigating fossils and more.
- College Readiness: Simply being a Girl Scout sets girls on a path to develop behaviors, values and skills that support academic success. Through our Girl Scouting in the School Day and Girl Scouts Skills for Life programs we are able to bring these key skills to girls who otherwise may not have had support or access.
- Environmental and Outdoor Education: Girl Scouts have always had strong ties to environmental stewardship. Today we renew our pledge to protecting and preserving our environment as part of the Forever Green Challenge.
- Global Responsibility: Girl Scouts’ dedication to their community is clear; our girls learn they are integral parts of both their local and global communities. Our programming builds personal responsibility and often includes service learning tied to girls’ passions and interests.
Girl Scout Law
The Girl Scout Law is a key part of girls’ experiences in Girl Scouting and informs all that we do. We all learn (and try our best to abide by) this:
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.
Want to learn more about us? Get in touch today!