mission and goals
Girl Scout Mission
Girl Scouts build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. GSCM is committed to continuing the legacy of Girl Scouts’ founder: Juliette Gordon Low who organized the first Girl Scout troop in Savannah, Georgia on March 12, 1912; her mission was to help girls and young women realize their full potential outside of the home. Today, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland continues that legacy by ensuring that all girls –regardless of ability, ethnicity, income or circumstance—have the opportunity to develop leadership skills that allow them to make a difference in their schools, communities and the world.
One of the most powerful results of living the Girl Scout Law is the ability to exercise and recognize true leadership. Being honest and fair, courageous and strong, using resources wisely, respecting yourself and others, and making the world a better place are values that our staff and volunteers teach, model, and reinforce.
The Girl Scout Leadership Experience
In Girl Scouting, Discover + Connect + Take Action = Leadership. The three keys of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience are:
Discover: Girls discover and understand themselves and their values and use their knowledge and skills to explore the world;
Connect: Girls care about, inspire, and team with others about issues locally and globally; and
Take Action: Girls act to make the world a better place.
All Girl Scout experiences—programs, activities, destinations, camp, Journeys, badges and awards– are intentionally designed to tie to one or more of the 15 national leadership outcomes, or benefits, categorized under the three keys to leadership.
The Girl Scout Research Institute
Run by GSUSA, the Girl Scout Research Institute publishes reports about current issues affecting our girls and volunteers.
GSCM Signature Programs
Beyond Bars and Waxter Center
Girl Scout Silver & Gold Award
Distinguished Woman Shadow
Council-wide Events & Activities, i.e. Maryland Girl Scout Legislative Day, Women’s Leadership Forum, the BIG Outdoors Event, World Thinking Day, Girl Scout Cookie program.
Girl Scout Pathways