Girl Scouts equips girls with the courage to be strong, the confidence to lead and the character to make a difference. One girl can make a difference. Together they can change the world.
You can help by making your gift to Girl Scouts today!
$35 will train and support a volunteer troop leader
$100 will offer a year of select Council programs for one girl
$300 will sponsor the complete Girl Scout Leadership Journey for one girl
Donors of $1,000 or more will be recognized as members of our Juliette Gordon Low Society.
Girls need positive role models to help them find their way. Volunteer today.
Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low assembled 18 girls from Savannah, Georgia, on March 12, 1912, for a local Girl Scout meeting. She believed that all girls should be given the opportunity to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually. With the goal of bringing girls out of isolated home environments and into community service and the open air, Girl Scouts hiked, played basketball, went on camping trips, learned how to tell time by the stars, and studied first aid. Within a few years, Daisy's dream for a girl-centered organization was realized.
Today, Girl Scouts of the USA has a membership of over 3 million girls and adults, a significant growth from its modest beginnings nearly a century ago. In fact, more than 50 million women in the U.S. today are Girl Scout alumnae.
In our community, Girl Scouts had its earliest beginnings in 1916 when troops began to meet in the Mid-South area. Word spread quickly throughout west Tennessee and north Mississippi as troops began to take part in this wonderful new opportunity for girls. There were lone troops throughout the area for several years before any local councils were officially chartered. Council records document activities by these varying troops that include summer day camps and overnight camps.
Girl Scout Council of the Mid-South was incorporated in 1935 to serve Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee. By 1954, the council had grown to serve the counties of Fayette, Lauderdale, Shelby and Tipton, Tennessee, Crittenden County, Arkansas; and DeSoto, Marshall, Panola, Tate and Tunica counties in Mississippi. The council office was first located in the Community Center at Second and Madison and in the home of Mrs. R. J. Lilley. The Lee Lumber Company built a model home at the Fairgrounds and the Girl Scouts were allowed to use the house as their headquarters. Of course, when the Fair was held, they moved out and returned when the festivities were over. For 23 years, Bry's Department Store furnished the council with free office space. In 1969, the council office was moved to Dorrie Lane where it remained until December of 2001 when it was relocated to Kirby Parkway. Today's Girl Scouts Heart of the South Council was born from the merger of the Mid-South, Northeast Mississippi, Reelfoot and Northwest Mississippi Girl Scout Councils in 2008. In January of 2011, Girl Scouts Heart of the South purchased a new headquarters building at 717 S. White Station Road in Memphis.
Girl Scouts Heart of the South is proud of the contributions our members have made in the community, the affect the Girl Scout Leadership Experience has on girls, and the integrity of the organization. A few recently highlights include:
Focus on a Customer Engagement Initiative to make the volunteer experience more streamlined, efficient and customer focused.
Develop and implement a financial model for sustainability and capacity building. Focus on diversification of funding streams and reduce reliance on the Girl Scout Cookie Sale.
Girl Scouts Heart of the South is changing girls' lives through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. We teach girls in grades K-12 to take action: for themselves, their communities and the world. And with generations of proactive, passionate women as mentors, girls have access to life-changing experiences and adventures.
The Girl Scout Leadership Experience is offered through age-appropriate activities that focus on being girl-led and girl-driven, involve hands-on and cooperative learning, and take a holistic approach. Whether a girl chooses to participate through a troop, series, camp and/or event pathway, she is in charge of her own experiences. When a girl actively participates in Girl Scouts, she learns life-long skills, gains confidence in her abilities, develops positive values, works with a team towards a common goal, learns to plan and budget, becomes more aware of others, and takes action to make a difference.
Locally, Girl Scouts Heart of the South focuses on four of the 15 National Outcomes for Girls, and sets a goal of 75% of girls will:
Develop a strong sense of self: Girls feel they have confidence in themselves and their abilities.
Develop positive values: Girls form beliefs and values based on the Girl Scout Promise and Law, learn to consider ethical aspects of situations, and seek ways to improve their community.
Gain practical life skills: Girls gain skills that prepare them for a positive, healthy and independent future.
Promote cooperation and team building: Girls recognize the value of working together and learn to make decisions that benefit the whole group.
Advocate for themselves and others: Girls develop the ability to speak out on their own behalf and act and speak on behalf of others.
The Girl Scout Leadership Model identifies 15 outcomes that help girls reach our long-term goal and mission for girls to lead with courage, confidence, and character, and make the world a better place. Activities focus on three keys that impact a girl’s leadership qualities: discover who they are and their values, connect with others and take action to make a difference. Girls may join Girl Scouts at any time; however, the earlier they begin, the longer they stay in, and active involvement in multiple opportunities provides the greatest impact.
Girls are confronted with a number of negative influences, such as cyber-bullying, relational aggression, sexual harassment, low self-esteem, and unrealistic images portrayed in the media. It is critical to provide girls access to resources capable of successfully developing leadership skills and traits so they can make personal choices that include avoiding risky behaviors, challenging themselves in school, seeking higher education options, and become advocates for themselves and others, taking charge of their own futures and encouraging their peers to make better choices.
When a girl actively participates in Girl Scouts, she learns life-long skills, gains confidence in her abilities, develops positive values, works with a team towards a common goal, learns to plan and budget, becomes more aware of others, and takes action to make a difference. The girls we serve now are the business leaders, community stewards and mothers of the next generation. Girl Scouts affords the opportunity for girls to develop good self-esteem, adopt healthy life skills, avoid risky behaviors, stay in school and gain the employable skills they need to make themselves and their families healthy and self-sufficient for generations to come.
The Girl Scout Leadership Experience program curriculum provides the foundation for developing leadership qualities in girls. But, it doesn’t work without caring mentors. Every year, girls miss out on the opportunity to participate in Girl Scouts because there are not enough volunteers or funding to support them. The program model provides flexibility in ways to join, access, and support Girl Scouts. Every girl deserves the opportunity to build leadership skills and traits – it will improve her life and her families’, and possibly the world.
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