Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
Geographic areas served: 22 counties in the Upstate and Midlands area of South Carolina
Girls ages 5-17 participate in troops and groups led by trained and screened adult mentors to experience the Girl Scout Leadership Development program. Leaders and girl use the program resources based on national research on girls and their leadership development needs. The program centers around three keys to leadership: Discover (themselves and their values); Connect (with others and the world around them) and Take Action (to make the world a better place). It emphasizes being girl-led, learning by doing and cooperative learning. Currently, over 900 troops are active in our 22-county service area. Girls take an active role in planning the troop's activities including travel, community service, and gaining new skills and experiences.
This is a well run and smart organization. In 2007 three G. S. councils merged into a brand new council consisting of half the state. The merger was successful because the three councils did research and made the hard decisions before they merged, not after they were together. Everyone knew what was expected. They also created an entirely new entity, not just putting themselves into one of the three councils. The way this merger was done created a tradition of doing things thoughtfully and for the long term. That tradition is being carried on today.