About Us

At Girl Scouts of Northern California, over 50,000 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)

Our Numbers

Girl Members: 50,000
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.

Our Territory

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.

Each county is further divided into Areas, and Service Units, smaller geographic regions in which our communities participate in Girl Scouting together.

The Girl Scouts Mission Statement

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.

Girl Scouts of Northern California's Vision

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,
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.

Our History

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.