Facts at a Glance
Download in PDF format
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA)
Girl Scouts is America’s premier leadership development organization for girls, with more than 3.2 million members. Founded in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low, GSUSA is part of a worldwide family of girls and adults in 136 countries through the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. Membership is open to all girls ages 5-17—regardless of their racial, ethnic, socioeconomic or religious background—who make the Girl Scout Promise, accept the Girl Scout Law, and pay annual dues of just $15. Financial assistance is available.
Girl Scouts San Diego
San Diego’s first Girl Scout troop began in Coronado in 1917. Girl Scouts San Diego now includes about 2,300 troops.
The council provides activities and events for more than 30,000 girl members, offers training for adult volunteers and maintains six camps and program centers. Volunteer leaders, consultants and staff specialists in areas such as child development, adult training and outdoor education are among the council’s nearly 13,000 adult members. These women and men fill a wide variety of roles, from assisting with
camps and fundraising events to serving on the board of directors. The Girl Scout Outreach Program brings Girl Scouting to areas where traditional troops are not likely to form because of language, economic or other barriers.
- One of every 11 local girls ages 5–17 is a Girl Scout.
- 48% of the council’s total membership are girls from diverse cultural backgrounds.
- 28% of girl members are from underserved communities.
Primary sources of revenue are the Girl Scout Cookie Program, product and merchandise sales, program fees, individual and corporate contributions, foundations and the Urban Campout fundraiser. Nearly 85% of revenues supports girl programs, resource materials, equipment, membership support and maintenance of six facilities.
Council leadership is provided by 29 volunteers elected to the Board of Directors by council representatives. The Board appoints the Chief Executive Officer.
Board Chair: Debbie Rider
Chief Executive Officer: Jo Dee C. Jacob
Chief Operating Officer: Gerry Keshka
WHAT WE DO
The Girl Scout Leadership Experience provides contemporary and relevant programs that engage girls to:
- Discover themselves
- Connect with others
- Take action to make the world a better place
FIVE FOCUS AREAS
- Financial Literacy
- STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
- Arts and Culture
- Environment / Outdoor Education
- Health and Wellness
Local Girl Scouts choose from hundreds of opportunities, including:
- Skill building: leadership conferences, travel program, and the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award
- Community service projects and diversity programs
- Science, technology and math workshops
- Sports events, clinics and leagues
- Day and resident camps
- Family events
Balboa Campus (Council Headquarters)
1231 Upas Street, San Diego 92103-5199
North Coastal Service Center (Carlsbad)
5315 Avenida Encinas, Suite 100, Carlsbad 92008
Escondido Program Center (Kit Carson Park)
3050 Las Palmas, Escondido 92025
Camp Winacka (near Julian)
4720 Boulder Creek Road, Julian 92036
Whispering Oaks (near Julian)
4949 Pine Hills Road, Julian 92036
Forty-eight young women earned the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award—the organization’s highest honor—during 2013.