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Community Development & Outreach

Empowering every girl to discover her best self and change the world.

Girl Scouts of Gateway Council is committed to helping all girls make a positive change in their community and our world, regardless of their backgrounds, locations or financial situations.

Under the mentorship and guidance of our staff facilitators, we are able to provide the Girl Scouting experience to girls and their families in under-served communities throughout 35 counties of north Florida with our Community Development troops.

With the support of grant funding, community partners and individual donors, we are able to champion these girls as they pursue their passions and forge their future. By supporting girls and amplifying their voices, we give them a chance to discover a lifetime of self-assurance, adventure and achievement.



Who do we serve?

The Girl Scouts in our Community Development troops are from under-served communities across the north Florida. 80% of them are on free/reduced lunch or attend a Title 1 school, they make up 200% of the poverty line, are often first- or second-generation immigrants with their native language preferred at home and some are girls with physical, emotional and/or mental disabilities.

How often do Girl Scouts meet?

Community Outreach Troops meet meet for an hour weekly or biweekly.  We offer programming year round by providing fall and summer programming.  

Our programming sites currently include 77 schools from different school systems, community & refugee centers, homeless and domestic violence shelters, Boys & Girls Clubs and recreations centers, and juvenile detention centers.

What do girls do in Community Development troops?

Girl Scouts in our Community Outreach Program learn about STEM, the outdoors, entrepreneurship, and important life skills. They attend council-sponsored events, experience hands-on activities, enjoy overnight and day camp, participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program and more!


Girls can also take place in special series programs throughout the year! Our in-site school and weekend programs cover anti-bullying, STEM, Leadership, Financial Literacy and more, and are age-targeted. Girls can also participate in summer programming through the help of partners at community centers and youth-serving organizations.

How much does this program cost?

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, this program is offered at minimal or no cost to girls and their families. The cost to run a Community Outreach Troop is $390 a girl. This cost includes camp adventures, materials for troop meetings, leadership opportunities and more.


How can I support this program?

You can support our Community Outreach Troops by donating funds or materials, volunteering one-time or on a regular basis, or by becoming a community partner to help us offer Girl Scouts to girls in your community. Contact us to learn more!

What is Get Real?

Get REAL! Program

The Get REAL! Program, exclusively for Cadette Girl Scouts, encourages an increase in skill-building, responsibility, and academic achievement while promoting the development of strong leadership and decision-making skills. Girls engage in a path of self-discovery, through activities focused on self-esteem, character building, and life skills. Sign up here.