Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
Who We Are
We're 2.5 million strong—1.7 million girls and 750,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world.
We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. And with programs from coast to coast and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success.
Girl Scout Mission
Girl Scout Promise
Girl Scout Law
For All Girls
Diversity and inclusion have been core values of Girl Scouts since its founding in 1912. Girl Scouts River Valleys and Girl Scouts of the USA value diversity in all its forms and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, alienage or national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, disability, gender, marital status, familial status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, public assistance, local human rights commission activity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws.
At Girl Scouts River Valleys, we are committed to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for every girl and her family.
No Economic Barriers
Racial and Ethnic Diversity
Spirituality and Faith
All Girl Space
How We Work
Our Local Council
Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys (as we fondly call “GSRV,” “River Valleys,” or “council”) is one of 111 Girl Scout councils in the United States. We operate as Girl Scouts, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization—learn about our finance, accountability, and fundraising practices.
We serve 28,000 girls in southern Minnesota, western Wisconsin, and a single (yet important!) county in Iowa. Our work is supported by more than 9,000 volunteers. Girl Scouts River Valleys provides training and resources for volunteers, programming for girls, scores discounts for our members, fundraises for Girl Scouts, runs the retail shops and service centers, and manages the product programs (Cookies and Snacks & Magazines), and much more.
Girl Scouts of the USA
Our council works hand-in-hand with Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), our parent organization. Annual membership dues are paid directly to this national organization to cover the cost of fundamental services supporting the Girl Scout Movement. GSUSA provides service and support to councils, providing volunteers with the relevant resources, tools, and training they need to best serve today’s girls.
Girl Scouts' Relationship with WAGGGS
Advocacy and Non-Partisanship
Girl Scouts believes civic engagement to be a key aspect of building girls of courage, confidence and character, who will make the world a better place.
With a focus on preparing girls to be active and informed members of their communities, Girl Scouts offers Citizen badges for all grade levels (including Daisies!). In addition to this programming, Girl Scouts of all ages have the opportunity to participate in the G.I.R.L. Agenda—a nonpartisan initiative to inspire, prepare, and mobilize girls and those who care about them to lead positive change through civic action.
Elections and Campaigns
Addressing Social Issues