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Girl Scouts of Northern California

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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 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.

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,
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.

Girl Scouts of Northern California Strategic Goals

Our Winning Proposition:

Girl Scouts empowers girls, their families and caring volunteers to create safe and inspiring opportunities for fun, friendship, leadership and adventure, while building skills, courage, confidence and character.

Our Strategic Priorities:

  • Mission Delivery: Align recruiting, troop development, program and outdoor experiences, volunteer resources and communications to achieve the national program outcomes and sustainable membership growth goals.
  • Volunteerism:  Make Girl Scouts of Northern California a great place to volunteer, and increase the number of effective and satisfied volunteers with an emphasis on recruitment and resources, including training and support.
  • Diversity and Inclusion:  Engage all parts of the Girl Scout community to deliver a relevant, sustainable Girl Scout Leadership Experience for girls in Northern California’s diverse communities.  Focus on Latina girls and their families as one of the largest and fastest growing populations within our council’s jurisdiction. 
  • Alumnae:  Leverage Girl Scouts’ 100th Anniversary to establish Alumnae as an engaged and growing source of volunteers and financial support. 
  • Financial Health:  Establish a strong financial foundation with prudent liquid assets (cash and investments) and growing revenue sources, with operations and properties aligned with strategic priorities.