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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.

In its 100th year, Girl Scouts of the USA has a membership of over 3.2 million girls and adults, a significant growth from its modest beginnings a century ago. Girl Scouts aims to empower girls and to help teach values such as honesty, fairness, courage, compassion, character, sisterhood, confidence and citizenship through activities including camping, community service, learning first aid, and earning badges by acquiring other practical skills. From our willingness to tackle important societal issues, to our commitment to diversity and inclusiveness—Girl Scouts is dedicated to every girl, everywhere.

Locally, the first troops were started in 1917, with the Nashville Girl Scout Council receiving its charter in 1926. Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee currently serves 39 counties that include 7,130 volunteers and 14,031 Girl Scouts. Where else can you learn new dance moves, go camping, take care of the planet, develop your leadership skills, contribute to your community, learn business skills, experience art, stay healthy and active, become independent and work together as a team in one place? Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee prepares girls for their future by educating them in the areas of leadership, STEM, healthy living, financial literacy and the arts. Join us as we continue Juliette Low’s mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Girl Scouts Law, Mission, and Promise

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,
and to respect myself and others,
respect authority, use resources wisely,
make the world a better place,
and be a sister to every Girl Scout.

* The word “God” can be interpreted in a number of ways, depending on one’s spiritual beliefs. When reciting the Girl Scout Promise, it is okay to replace the word “God” with whatever word your spiritual beliefs dictate.

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.

Our Beliefs

We, the members of Girl Scouts of the United States of America, united by a belief in God, hold that the Girl Scout Promise and Law is the cornerstone of our Movement, and inspired by the Founder of the Girl Scout Movement in the United States, Juliette Low, and by the aims of the Founder of the Scout Movement, Lord Baden-Powell, attest to the following:

Girl Scout Mission

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Spiritual Force

The motivating force in Girl Scouting is spiritual. The ways in which members identify and fulfill their spiritual beliefs are personal and private.

Open Membership

The Girl Scout Movement is open to all girls and adults who accept the Girl Scout Promise and Law and meet membership requirements.

Patriotism, Citizenship and Community Service

Local, national, and global service and action are core elements of the Girl Scout experience.

Diversity and Pluralism

Girl Scouts advance diversity and pluralism in our Movement and in the communities in which we live.

Responsibility for the Movement and the Democratic Process

The ultimate responsibility for the Girl Scout Movement rests with its members. We govern by an efficient and effective democratic process that demonstrates our leadership in a fast-changing world.

Girl Adult Partnership

Adults partner with girls to guide and inspire growth and achievement. Volunteers are essential to the strength and capacity of our Movement.

World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS)

We are active partners in a worldwide sisterhood through our affiliation with WAGGGS. We work with WAGGGS to address the needs of girls and to build a network of global citizens.

Community Partners

We take an active leadership role and are collaborative partners in the community.

Voice

We are a premier voice for girls and an expert on their growth and development.

 

1917
1926
1929
1938
First Girl Scout troop meeting in Nashville.
Nashville Girl Scouts receive charter.
First Nashville cookie fund raiser.
Mrs. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, national honorary Girl Scout president, visits Nashville.
1942
1952
1965
1977
Josephine Holloway forms Nashville’s first African American Girl Scout troop.
Camp Holloway is established for African American Girl Scouts.
Camp Piedmont is purchased in Murfreesboro.
Mrs. Jimmy Carter, national honorary Girl Scout president, visits Nashville.
1989
1991
1994
1996
The first Cookie Program to reach one million packages sold.
Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee moves to its current headquarters on Granny White Pike in Nashville.
One out of nine girls experienced Girl Scouts in the Council’s region.
Spearheaded first community-wide discussion and symposium on girl issues.
2000
2003
2004
2007
Gold Award luncheon featured speaker Rev. Bernice King, daughter of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee CEO Kathy Cloninger became CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA in New York.
Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee named new CEO Agenia Clark.
Girl Scouts celebrates 95 years of making the world a better place.
2008
Camp Sycamore Hills turns 50 years old.

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