On March, 12, 1912, Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low brought 18 girls from Savannah out of isolated home environments and into the open air. Girl Scouts hiked, played basketball, organized community service, went on camping trips and studied first aid.
A year later, Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia began with Troop #1 in Highland Springs. In 1932, the first African-American Girl Scout troop in the South was formed in Richmond, meeting at Virginia Union University. Today, there is a historical marker commemorating history-making Girl Scout Troop 34 on Virginia Union's campus.
Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia believes in the power of every girl. Our leadership program is designed to help a girl discover who she is and what she can do and connects her with a powerful community of girls and mentors to make it happen. Girl Scouts explore, learn, succeed and take action to make a difference in their community.
With support from dedicated adult volunteers, parents and staff members, we deliver the best Girl Scout experience to more than 17,500 members: 12,118 girls and 5,450 adults in a 30-county and six-city area within central Virginia. Our council's headquarters is located in the city of Richmond. Our Girl Scout Shop is also located at our headquarters. We maintain two camp properties: Pamunkey Ridge Girl Scout Camp in Hanover County and Camp Kittamaqund in Northumberland County.
As your local council, we're your partner in all things Girl Scout and we can't wait for you to get started. If you are a girl looking for a place to fit in and have fun, an adult who wants to volunteer to make a real difference in girls' lives or a corporation, foundation or organization that wants to support the good work of Girl Scouts, you've come to the right place!