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, VA. In 1932, the first African American Girl Scout troop in the South was formed in Richmond, VA meeting at Virginia Union University (VUU). Today, there is a historical marker commemorating history-making Girl Scout Troop 34 on VUU'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, what she can do and connects her with a powerful community of girls and mentors to make it happen. With unique opportunities Girl Scouts explore, learn, succeed and take action to make a difference in their community.
With support from dedicated adult volunteers, parents and staff, we deliver the best Girl Scout experience to nearly 16,500 members: 10,750 girls and over 5,600 adults in a 30 county and 6 city area within Central, Northern, Southern and Eastern Virginia (link to council map). Our council's headquarters is located in the City of Richmond. Our Girl Scout Shop is also located at our headquarters. We enjoy 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 Scouts 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, organization or individual that wants to support the good work of Girl Scouts, you've come to the right place!
Girl Scouts in the Commonwealth
Here are just some of the many ways girls in our council engage in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience:
- 89% of girl membership participated in a troop
- 11% of girl membership participated in Series Programming (Be A Friend First and Financial Literacy)
- 5% of girl membership attended 2016 Summer Resident Camp
- 13% of girl membership attended Community Event Provider Programming
- 7% of girl membership attended Outdoor Programming