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Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania was formed on April 1, 2008, with approximately 36,000 girls and 11,000 adult members. The council is supported by extraordinary leadership, compelling vision, dynamic partnerships and the unlimited potential that exists in all 27 counties of its jurisdiction.

Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania 2013-2016 Strategic Goals:

  1. educate and and inform target audiences of Girl Scouting's benefits purposefully with sensitivity to urban, suburban and rural markets;
  2. narrow the gap between product sale programs revenue and other revenue streams without losing integrity of the product sale programs;
  3. increase girl membership by 2,000 girls and offer support for successful retention;
  4. have girl-led, progressive experiences across all pathways that deliver 15 National Outcomes with volunteer support;
  5. assess our current data collection and reporting to determine key performance measures of mission delivery, as well as develop comprehensive plans for maintenance and growth.

GSWPA supports girls from all backgrounds and beliefs.

While we are a secular organization that refrains from teaching religious or spiritual beliefs or practices, we believe that the motivating force in Girl Scouting is a spiritual one, and we greatly value our longstanding partnerships with religious organizations across many faiths that share the values of the Girl Scout Promise and Law. Learn More.

We encourage girls to develop connections to their own spiritual and religious beliefs by earning recognitions provided by their faith communities and by earning the new My Promise, My Faith pin, which helps a girl deepen the connection between the Girl Scout Law and her faith. We support the right of faith leaders to verify that programming delivered to girls in their places of worship is consistent with their faith’s teachings.

The mission of Girl Scouts of the USA is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. This is not a political mission.

Important Facts:

  • Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania and Girl Scouts of the USA do not have a relationship with Planned Parenthood.
  • 100% of the proceeds from the Girl Scout Cookie Program stay within western Pennsylvania. Learn more
  • For more information on Girl Scouting and social issues, visit GSUSA's website.

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