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Juliette Gordon Low

"I have something for the girls of Savannah, and all of America and all of the world, and we are going to start it tonight!"
-Juliette Gordon Low, March 12, 1912

We are Girl Scouts
Girl Scouts of the USA was founded in 1912 by trailblazer Juliette Gordon Low. We are the largest girl-serving organization in the United States and a member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, a sisterhood of close to 10 million girls and adults in 145 countries.

Our Mission and Vision
Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. We strive to be the premier leadership organization for girls, and experts on their growth and development.

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.

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 to be a sister to every Girl Scout.


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Lansing Sing-along March 10, 2012

In 2012, we celebrated 100 years with five fabulous events.

Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan History

1916
In Kalamazoo, troops were active and in 1918 received Charter #49 from Girl Scouts of the USA, signed by Juliette Gordon Low.

1925
Jackson Girl Scouts received their charter.

1927
The Lansing Girl Scout Council was chartered.

1920's
Troops were active in the Saginaw, Midland, Bay City, Washtenaw and Livingston Counties.

1957
Michigan Capitol* Girl Scout Council was formed joining Clinton, Eaton and Ingham Counties.

1958
Huron Valley Girl Scout Council was formed, joining girls in Livingston, Washtenaw and Western Wayne Counties.

1960
Girl Scouts Irish Hills Council was formed, joining girls from Jackson, Lenawee and Hillsdale Counties.

1962
Mitten Bay Girl Scout Council formed, bringing together girls from Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, Iosco, Isabella, Midland, Ogemaw, Roscommon, Saginaw and Tuscola Counties and Oscoda in Alcona County.

1964
Girl Scouts of Glowing Embers Council was formed to serve Allegan, Barry, Branch, Calhoun and Kalamazoo Counties and communities in Berrien County.

2008
Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan was formed as a merger of five Girl Scout Councils: Ann Arbor, Girl Scouts of the Huron Valley Council; Jackson, Girl Scouts Irish Hills Council; Kalamazoo, Girl Scouts of Glowing Embers Council; Lansing, Girl Scouts of the Michigan Capital Council*; Saginaw, Mitten Bay Girl Scout Council; and St. Joseph, Shiawassee and Van Buren Counties.

2012
The former council headquarters (and a center at Cornwell's Turkeyville USA in Marshall) are now regional centers, serving 24,000 girls and 6,000 adult volunteers in 34 counties in southwest, central and northeast lower Michigan.

*The spelling changed from Capitol to Capital in the 1990's.