Girl Scouts of the USA

Girl Scouts of the USA is the largest organization in the world dedicated to girls’ leadership development, with more than 2.8 million active members. Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts’ mission is to develop “girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place” (Girl Scouts, n.d.). The Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI), founded in 2000, serves as an applied research arm of Girl Scouts of the USA, measuring the impact of Girl Scout programming and informing national conversations about girls and their development. The work of the GSRI informs organizational strategy and decision making around the needs of girls, volunteers, parents, alumnae, and communities. This entry describes the role of Girl Scouting in the lives of girls and its impact on ...

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