Girl Scouts, Celebrating 100 Years

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Girl Scouts will be celebrating their 100th anniversary in 2012, so it is a great time to be part of the organization! The fundamentals of Girl Scouting are the same today as they were in 1912, but the way in which girls participate in the program is constantly evolving to stay current with the changing world and interests of girls. The mission of Girl Scouts is to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

Nationally, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls in grades K-12, with 3.3 million girl and adult members worldwide. Curriculum encourages girls to discover more about themselves and the world around them, connect with others, and take action in their community. Local Troops enjoy girl-planned, hands-on learning activities while developing meaningful friendships with other girls. Age-appropriate programs include healthy living, science, technology, engineering and math and outdoor and environmental awareness.

The Girl Scout Leadership Experience identifies three “keys” to leadership:

1. Discover: Girls understand themselves and their values and use their know-ledge and skills to explore the world.

2. Connect: Girls care about, inspire and team with others locally and globally.

3. Take Action: Girls act to make the world a better place.

These three processes promote the fun and friendship that have always been so integral to Girl Scouting.

Photos: Firefly Mobile Studios

Photos: Firefly Mobile Studios

The organization is 99 percent volunteer-run, which means Girl Scouts are constantly in need of adult volunteers. Often there are an abundance of girls who want to join Girl Scouts, but not enough volunteer-led Girl Scout troops to place them in. Adult volunteers who have a special skill they can teach girls, such as bird watching or astronomy are greatly appreciated. All volunteers go through a screening process and become a member of the Girl Scouts of Northern California council. Orientation and training are provided. Some of the local volunteers have been working with the Girl Scouts of Northern California for over 20 years! Adults often learn from the girls as they embrace the perspectives of young minds and grow with them.

A Girl Scout troop is generally 10-15 girls, of similar ages or interests, who meet together regularly and plan activities, work on projects, earn badges and provide community service. Troops are guided by a team of trained adult volunteer Girl Scout Leaders and other supportive adults. Girl Scout troops usually meet during the academic year. Depending on members’ schedules, troops may meet after school, in the evening or on weekends – weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. Generally, troops meet every other week from one to one and a half hours. Girl planning is an essential component of the program, empowering girls to make decisions and build self-confidence. At younger age levels, troop leaders will play a larger part in offering choices to the girls. As the girls grow older, they become the primary planners and leaders of the group.

Currently, there are about 2,500 registered Girl Scouts in 200 volunteer-led troops throughout Siskiyou, Shasta, Tehama and Butte Counties. These counties are part of the Girl Scouts of Northern California Council, which is comprised of 19 counties from the Greater Bay Area up to the Oregon border.

For more information about joining or volunteering for Girl Scouts:

  • Siskiyou County – contact Silvina Parkin,
  • Shasta and Tehama counties – contact Bridgette Jacobsen,
  • Butte County – contact Shawna Murphy
  • OR visit our council website,
Girl Scouts of Northern California
About Girl Scouts of Northern California

Girl Scouts of Northern California, North Central Membership Team: Kristen Pierce, Director of Membership; Bridgette Jacobsen and Shawna Murphy, Community Development Directors and Silvina Parkin, Membership Specialist – Working to bring Girl Scouting to all girls and adults interested in a unique and long-lasting experience fostering friendship, volunteerism and community involvement.


  1. As an employee and most importantly as a parent, I am so proud of how Scouting continues to grow in our area! We couldn’t do it without our amazing volunteers, so huge kudos to all those who lead and help in troops. YOU are making a difference in my daughters’ lives and truly growing them up to be young women of courage confidence and character who WILL make the world a better place. Thank you!

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