On March 12, 1912, Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low assembled 18 girls from Savannah, Georgia 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 more than 3.2 million girls and adults. Girls at home and abroad participate in troops and groups in more than 92 countries through USA Girl Scouts Overseas.
The Girl Scout Mission
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.
The 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.
The 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,
respect myself and others,
use resources wisely,
make the world a better place, and
be a sister to every Girl Scout.
Girl Scout Councils
There are 112 local Girl Scout councils which offer girls the opportunity for membership across the United States. Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways serves nearly 18,000 girls and over 7,000 adults in 24 counties in New York and two counties in Pennsylvania.
GSNYPENN Vision and Winning Proposition
Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways serves nearly 18,000 girls in a 26-county area spanning New York and Pennsylvania. Volunteers work to provide services and deliver the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to girls. Six regional Girl Scout Centers are located in Cicero, Horseheads, New Hartford, Johnson City, Phelps, and Watertown.
Our council is rich with history! Visit Our Heritage.