Girl Scouts of gateway council


About Girl Scouts

The Girl Scout Leadership Experience is designed to challenge and prepare girls for their future.

The Girl Scout Leadership Experience can change the way girls see the world and their place in it. Girls learn the importance of personal responsibility, the value of goal setting, the spirit of teamwork, and the thrill of accomplishment. 

Through a working partnership with adult leaders and advisors, Girl Scouts encourages girls to develop qualities of responsible citizenship, cross-cultural understanding, service to the community and to her own religion, as well as positive interaction with her family and friends. These are used to lay a foundation for responsible action as women.

Girl Scout program is carried out in many different settings in the troop, in the community, in a wide variety of outdoor settings, through service unit events, council sponsored programs, and national and international trips.

The Girl Scout Leadership Experience

The Girl Scout Leadership Experience engages girls in discovering self, connecting with others, and taking action to make the world a better place. Discover, Connect, and Take Action are the three keys to Leadership.

Discover: Girls understand themselves and their values and use their knowledge and skills to explore the world.
Connect: Girls care about, inspire, and team with others locally and globally.
Take Action: Girls act to make the world a better place.

In Girl Scouting, Discover + Connect + Take Action = Leadership. All Girl Scout experiences are intentionally designed to tie to one or more of the 15 national leadership outcomes, or benefits, categorized under the three keys to leadership.

From the very beginning, Girl Scouts has been about developing girls' leadership.

Girl Scouts serves millions of girls each year with a time tested and proven national, outcomes-based program, with activities that give girls the specific knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values that will make them leaders in their own lives and in their communities.

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About Girl Scouts of Gateway Council

Girl Scouts Of Gateway Council, Inc. is a registered 501© (3) organization, chartered by Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA) to deliver the Girl Scout program in North Florida. Our council is led by Chief Executive Officer Mary Anne Jacobs, and Chair of the Board of Directors Nona Jones. To view our most recent tax return, please visit the Girl Scouts of Gateway Council - Form 990 (2012).

With offices in Jacksonville, Gainesville and Middleburg, Girl Scouts of Gateway Council, Inc., serves approximately 18,800 girls and adults in 16 North Florida counties from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean.

Girl Scouts of Gateway Council serves Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Levy, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns, Suwannee and Union counties.

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Our Mission

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