Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania (GSWPA) serves more than 36,000 girls in grades K-12 in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Potter, Somerset, Venango, Warren, Washington and Westmoreland Counties. Through the efforts of 15,000 registered adult volunteers, members and staff, girls are served in a variety of pathways and achieve the outcomes or benefits of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.
To achieve its vision, GSWPA has dedicated itself to being the organization of choice providing the premier leadership experience for girls in grades K-12 through girl-driven progressive pathways which empower them to excel in the ever-changing world.
The strategic goals for 2010-2013 include:
- Create and/or strengthen governance and organizational structure
- Increase and diversity funding and identify sustainable revenue sources
- Identify and develop volunteer model
- Develop quality, consistent and diverse pathways that are girl- driven
- Develop a strategic marketing model
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.
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.
Still have questions? Read through the Girl Scouting and the Church Q and A's to learn more.
Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania was formed on April 1, 2008 as part of the GSUSA CORE Business Strategy. The council is supported by extraordinary leadership, compelling vision, dynamic partnerships and the unlimited potential that exists in all 27 counties of its jurisdiction.