Girl Scouts was founded in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low. We are the largest girl-serving organization in the United States. We will celebrate our 100th anniversary in March, 2012.
Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland serves 80 Kansas counties, approximately the western two-thirds of the state. We have more than 17,000 members: 12,500+ girls (grades K-12) and 4,500+ adult volunteers.
Our Mission is to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.
Our Vision is to be the premier leadership development organization for girls.
Girl Scout Facts
• 80 percent of women business owners were Girl Scouts.
• 69 percent of female U.S. Senators were Girl Scouts.
• 67 percent of female members of the House of Representatives were Girl Scouts.
• Virtually every female astronaut who has flown in space was a Girl Scout.
We have more than 60 talented, full-time employees, with an operating budget of $5 million. We are headquartered in Wichita, KS with offices in Emporia, Garden City, Hays and Salina.
The Girl Scout Leadership Experience engages girls in discovering self, connecting with others, and taking action to make the world a better place. All Girl Scout experiences are tied to one or more of the 15 national leadership outcomes categorized under three keys to leadership.
The Three Keys to Leadership:
- Discover: Girls understand themselves and their values and use their knowledge and skills to explore the world.
- Connect: Girls care about, inspire, and team with others locally and globally.
- Take Action: Girls act to make the world a better place.
Girls can participate in different ways through Girl Scout Pathways. They can choose one, all, or several of these pathways (depending on her interests and age).
Troop- a continuing program with the same group of girls over the course of an academic year
Camp- programs with a focus on the out-of-doors and/or environmental education
Events- one day activities
Series- a series of programs relating to a specific theme or purpose
Travel- plan, earn money, prepare, and participate in regional, national, and international trips
Virtual- (in development)
We provide over $500,000 in financial assistance to girls and adults to participate in programs, attend camp, start troops and purchase uniforms.
On average, there are more than 50,000 unique visitors to kansasgirlscouts.org yearly. The Council also has a strong social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and a blog.
The 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.
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,
Respect myself and others,
Use resources wisely,
Make the world a better place, and
Be a sister to every Girl Scout