Who We Are
We’re 2.7 million strong—1.9 million girls and 800,000 adults who believe girls can change the world. It began over 100 years ago with one woman, Girl Scouts’ founder Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low, who believed in the power of every girl. She organized the first Girl Scout troop on March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia, and every year since, we've made her vision a reality, helping girls discover their strengths, passions, and talents.
Today, as yesterday, we continue the Girl Scout mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. And with programs for girls from coast to coast and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to do something amazing.
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
Girl Scout Promise
On my honor, I will try:
To serve God and my country,
To help people at all times,
And to live by the Girl Scout Law.
Girl Scout Law
I will do my best to be
honest and fair,
friendly and helpful,
considerate and caring,
courageous and strong, and
responsible for what I say and do,
respect myself and others,
use resources wisely,
make the world a better place, and
be a sister to every Girl Scout.
About Girl Scouts Heart of the South
Throughout the nation, Girl Scouts has 112 regional councils—we’re 2.7 million girl members strong—and last year, Girl Scouts Heart of the South (GSHS) served nearly 6,000 girls, with the help of over 2,000 volunteers, who live by the Girl Scout Promise and Law.
We serve 59 counties in north Mississippi, west Tennessee and Crittenden County, Arkansas, and maintain three camps and four regional service centers. The council’s headquarters is located in Memphis, Tennessee at 717 S. White Station Road.
Girl Scouts Heart of the South is proud to be the creators of the National Stand Beside Her Movement - a national call to action initiative to mentor, support and develop women and girls; to end comparison and competition and create more collaboration and support for one another – that has been adopted by 21 Girl Scout councils, and the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries, Inc.’s 97 chapters across the country. Each year during National Stand Beside Her Week (the last week in October), participating organizations encourage others to commit to supporting girls and women in their lives, their home, their office and in their community.
In addition to participating in meaningful and unique initiatives like Stand Beside Her, GSHS also offers girls of all ages the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors through our robust camp and equestrian programs and gives girls the opportunity to explore their world through our Girl Scouts GO! yearly travel program.
Along with our vast programming for girls in grades K-5, GSHS offers additional unique opportunities for older girls including our SheLeads! self-discovery and leadership experience and several local scholarship opportunities for high school seniors.
GSHS believes that Girl Scouts is for everyone and by engaging the community in meaningful and creative ways, our initiatives for girls – of all ages - can thrive. To this end, Girl Scouts Heart of the South has created Troop 901, a group of young, enthusiastic, and connected professional women committed to supporting GSHS and our endeavors in various ways. And through membership in our Evergreen League, GSHS seeks to engage senior adult women (Girl Scout alumnae and non-alumnae alike) by providing opportunities for fun and friendship, volunteering with youth and financial support of our council.
GSHS also supports our families and volunteers by providing inspiring and informative communications including “Heartstrings,” our monthly council news publication for parents and volunteers, our bi-annual, published magazine, The Promise, and our bi-monthly e-newsletter, “The GPS,” which provides timely and relevant information and articles at each of the Girl Scout program age levels.
Girl Scouts Heart of the South also partners with other local businesses and organizations throughout the year to offer unique programming and events for our girls.
Girl Scouts Heart of the South is a great place to be! Whether you’ve joined a troop or registered as an individual member, please know that we are here to ensure that you have an amazing Girl Scout experience.