Girl Scout History
“The work of today is the history of tomorrow and we are its makers.”
Juliette Gordon Low – Founder, Girl Scouts of the United States of America
Girl Scouts was born on March 12, 1912 in Savannah, Georgia, when Juliette Gordon Low united 18 girls to form the first Girl Scout troop in America. For almost 100 years, Girl Scouting has been based upon the principles set forth by Ms. Low, that girls develop their character and self-worth from the values we instill, the lessons we teach and the time we invest.
Girl Scouting flourished throughout the nation, establishing itself in Nebraska in 1926 with the formation of troops in Omaha. From there, Girl Scout councils sprung up westward across the state with troops coming together in Fairbury (1932) and Lincoln (1941). Guiding Star was created in Ogallala (1953) and then the Prairie Hills Council of northeast Nebraska (1956) was formed. The Goldenrod Council in Kearney (1976) was created by a later merger.
For 82 years, these original councils have been an essential thread in the fabric of our communities. Hundreds of thousands of Nebraska’s girls grew up with equal access to Girl Scouting – learning about their potential and discovering how to make their mark in the world.
In 2005, Girl Scouts across the country adopted a new mission statement: Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
This new mission statement serves as the foundation upon which our goals are structured and as a reminder that we are here to provide a leadership program for girls of all age levels, races, ethnicities, beliefs, economic status’ and physical abilities.
A New Era for Nebraska Girl Scouts
On May 1, 2008, the five councils–Homestead (Lincoln), Guiding Star (Ogallala), Goldenrod (Kearney), Prairie Hills (Columbus) and Great Plains (Omaha)–merged to become Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska. This merger is part of an organizational restructuring by Girl Scouts of the USA designed to create councils that will more effectively serve girls in our ever-changing world. The newly formed Spirit of Nebraska Council consists of over 18,000 girls and 6,000 adults in 92 Nebraska counties and the community of Carter Lake, Iowa.
Realignment allows us to expand our efforts to reach girls in more areas and to extend resources for programs and activities to girls who have yet to experience Girl Scouting. The organization’s larger geographic span also presents more opportunities for volunteers and girls to work with other girls and adults from diverse backgrounds.
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