Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast provides Girl Scouting in the counties of Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura encompassing some of the most beautiful and environmentally significant parts of the country. The council has a growing membership of over 10,700 girls and 5,500 adults.
Girl Scouts was started by Juliette (“Daisy”) Low in Savannah in 1912, making the Movement 100 years strong in 2012. For a century, Girl Scouting has been building the women leaders of tomorrow. It is estimated that there are over 50 million Girl Scout alumnae in the United States including the first women to serve as a Supreme Court Justice, Secretary of State, Space Shuttle Commander, President of Harvard, Network News Anchor and Secretary of Homeland Security. Almost seventy-percent of women Governors and members of Congress are grown-up Girl Scouts.
The Girl Scout Mission is to “build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.” The Movement’s core program is the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE), a portfolio of proven resources and strategies designed to move girls toward 15 Outcomes that research shows are highly correlated with leadership development. Working in partnership with adult volunteers, Girl Scouts participate in activities that develop life skills such as financial literacy, support academic achievement in areas such as science and technology, foster an appreciation of the natural world, encourage healthy lifestyles and promote service. Every year, Girl Scouts contribute thousands of hours to service projects that do, in fact, “make the world a better place.”
Girl Scouting is an inclusive organization open to all girls and adults who subscribe to the Promise and Law. The focus of the Movement is to help each girl find and follow her own unique leadership path within the framework of her family’s religious, cultural and political beliefs.
For more information, visit www.girlscoutsccc.org