Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
We Are Girl Scouts
Girl Scouts bring their dreams to life and work together to build a better world. Through programs from coast to coast, Girl Scouts of all backgrounds and abilities can be unapologetically themselves as they discover their strengths and rise to meet new challenges—whether they want to climb to the top of a tree or the top of their class, lace up their boots for a hike or advocate for climate justice, or make their first best friends. Backed by trusted adult volunteers, mentors, and millions of alums, Girl Scouts lead the way as they find their voices and make changes that affect the issues most important to them.
Girl Scout Mission
Girl Scout Promise
Girl Scout Law
Girl Scouts River Valleys Purpose
For Every Girl
At Girl Scouts River Valleys, we are committed to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all Girl Scouts and their families.
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.
Girl Scouts River Valleys strives to ensure its members have safe spaces to learn, grow, take healthy risks, and make new friends, all while being themselves and feeling affirmed and respected for who they are.
We invite parents and caregivers to reach out with any questions about how to ensure their child has a positive, respectful, and inclusive experience in Girl Scouts.
No Economic Barriers
Racial and Ethnic Diversity
Spirituality and Faith
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 nearly 18,000 girls in southern Minnesota, western Wisconsin, and one county in Iowa. Our work is supported by more than 6,500 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!). The Girl Scout Advocacy Center provides tools for you to become a voice for girls and to make a difference in your community, both locally and nationally. Together we can educate policymakers and community leaders on issues that directly affect girls and Girl Scouts. By being an advocate, you’ll influence policy issues moving through Congress and state legislatures.
Elections and Campaigns
Addressing Social Issues