Mission: The girl scouts of gateway council, inc. Serves as central headquarters for sixteen counties in northern florida. The council serves 12320 girls and 5650 adult volunteers in girl scouting activities. See schedule o the mission of the organization is stated as follows: girl scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
Programs: Leadership services - girl leadership developmentgirl scouts is the worlds preeminent organization dedicated solely to the leadership development of girls. Together with committed adult volunteers, girls discover their personal best and prepare for a positive future, connect with others in an increasingly diverse world, and take action to solve problems and improve their communities. In the early days of girl scouting, girls learned gardening and first aid skills. They also learned about childcare, morse code, camping, and cooking. Although some of these activities are still part of girl scouting, technological advances have changed society and girls needs and interests. Today, the girl scout program includes a myriad of educational experiences, including field trips, sports skill-building clinics, community service projects, and environmental stewardship. Additionally, girl scouts of gateway council has offered pregnancy, smoking, and substance-abuse prevention programs for many years. Other issues current today are obesity prevention, anti-bullying and conflict resolution, and forming healthy relationships.
membership servicesgirl scouts of gateway council serves 18,000 girl members by providing the girl scout leadership experience. Approximately 70% of our membership experiences this program in traditional girl scout troops led by adult volunteers. These volunteers are supervised by membership and program staff. The girls also participate in council-sponsored program activities, primarily large-scale events that are more appropriately offered by the council rather than in the troop setting. The other 30% of our membership experiences the girl scout leadership program through in-school or other group settings, short-term series activities or other settings. These innovative girl scout programs are delivered by membership staff and usually funded by the council.
propertyproperties in gateway council exist to serve the needs of the girl scout program. These included offices, where staff and volunteer meet and work; little houses, where troops and small groups meet and sometimes hold overnight events; and camp properties, where residential and day- camping activities, environmental learning, team building, etc. Are held. There are three little houses, three service centers and three camp/learning centers.
adult servicesgirl scouts of gateway council maintains a staff that is skilled, competent, well-trained and diverse. In addition, we recruit, train, support and recognize a large corps of several thousand volunteers each year. Because the girl scout program depends so heavily on volunteer leadership, significant financial and staff resources are devoted to adult services. The safety of the girls is our primary concern; therefore, we make significant investments in the screening and training of these adult volunteers. Product salesthe product sales program in girl scouts of gateway council includes the cookie campaign and the fall product sale. Each program event helps underwrite program opportunities such as camping, program center activities, and training for adults and girls. The girl scout cookie program is the largest girl-led business in the country and generates immeasurable benefits for girls and our local communities. Through participation in the product sales programs, girls develop five key business and leadership skills that last a lifetime: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. While monies earned through the product sales programs are important to girl scouts of gateway council and our troops, the intangible benefits to our girls such as building self-confidence, learning the importance of teamwork, financial and budgeting skills, realizing the importance of personal responsibility and the value of hard work are equally important.