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Our Council

Who We Are:
As the leading authority on girls' healthy development, Girl Scouts provides the premier leadership development program for girls in grades K-12, inspiring them to achieve personal and academic success now while preparing for the careers or life journeys they choose in the future. Our mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.

What We Do:
Through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida provides the premier leadership development program for girls in grades K-12, allowing girls to discover themselves and their values, connect with others, and take action to improve their communities.

The Girl Scout Leadership Experience is delivered through a national program portfolio consisting of “Journeys,” which are project-based, multidisciplinary learning adventures that help girls team up to identify and solve problems in their communities. Girls try new things and develop specific skills, from camping and first aid to financial literacy and STEM, while earning program awards and badges. Because the Girl Scout Leadership Experience curriculum is correlated to national and state learning standards, educators and parents can be confident that girls are having fun, active experiences that reinforce what they are learning during the school day.

Our Structure:
The council has a membership of nearly 6,500 girls in grades K-12, and nearly 2,700 adult members. Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc. is chartered by Girl Scouts of the USA and serves girls in ten counties including: Manatee, Hardee, Highlands, Sarasota, DeSoto, Charlotte, Glades, Lee, Hendry, and Collier. The council is governed by a volunteer board of directors who represent the geographic, ethnic, and social demographics of the council’s jurisdiction.

Our Funding:
The council is funded through allocations from local United Way organizations, annual product sales, gifts and donations, grants, bequests, investment income, and fees for programs and events.