Who We Are
Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania (GSWPA) serves approximately 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 12,000 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 2013-2016 include:
- educate and and inform target audiences of Girl Scouting's benefits purposefully with sensitivity to urban, suburban and rural markets;
- narrow the gap between product sale programs revenue and other revenue streams without losing integrity of the product sale programs;
- increase girl membership by 2,000 girls and offer support for successful retention;
- have girl-led, progressive experiences across all pathways that deliver 15 National Outcomes with volunteer support;
- 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.
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.