Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.
Below edited from a statement by Kathy Cloninger, past CEO of Girl Scouts USA
Why does Girl Scouts need a new Mission statement? Because, if we're going to be girl, best choice to face tough challenges and achieve grand dreams in this fast-changing world, we need a clear, memorable statement that inspires girls all over America to join Girl Scouts and grow strong in our sisterhood.
Our new Mission, which is easy to remember, is the ninth Mission statement in our 93 years. Some examples:
1912. To train girls to take their rightful places in life, first as good women, then as good citizens, wives and mothers.
1917 The purpose of this corporation is to promote, through organization and co-operation with other agencies, the virtues of womanhood, by training girls to recognize their obligations to God and Country, to prepare for the duties devolving upon women in the home, in society and the state, and to guide others in ways conducive to personal honor and the public good.
1924 The purpose of this organization is to help girls to realize the ideals of womanhood as a preparation for their responsibilities in the home and service to the community.
1953 The Girl Scout organization is dedicated to helping girls develop as happy, resourceful individuals willing to share their abilities as citizens in their homes, their communities, their country and the world.