What Girl Scouts Does

Who We Are

We serve more than 10,500 girls throughout New Hampshire and Vermont. With the guidance of more than 4,000 dedicated and trained volunteers, girls discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together. Through hundreds of programs offered each year, girls develop their leadership potential through activities that enable them to discover their values, skills and the world; connect with others in a multicultural environment; and take action to make a difference in the world.

Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains…

Is one of 112 councils chartered by Girl Scouts of the USA, the world’s leading organization dedicated solely to girls, where, in an accepting and nurturing environment, girls build character and skills for success. In partnership with caring adults, girls develop qualities to serve them all their lives: strong values, social conscience, and conviction about their potential and self-worth.

Our Vision

Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains is recognized throughout New Hampshire and Vermont as a leading expert on girls. Our innovative leadership programs help girls discover, connect and take action as they develop strong values, a social conscience, and a deep sense of self and their potential.

Our Structure

Membership is open to all girls 5-17 who subscribe to the Girl Scout Promise and Law. We are part of a worldwide family of 10 million girls and adults in 145 countries. Girl Scouting was founded in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low.

Adult members volunteer as troop leaders, community administrators, organizers, public relations coordinators, adult learning facilitators, board members, and specialists in child development, adult and outdoor education, and administration.
Our annual budget of just over $5 million is supported by gifts from individuals and corporations, grants from foundations, investments, program fees, and the annual Girl Scout Cookie sale.
The Council owns 9 properties, six of which are used for camp and program activities.

Addressing Critical Issues

Girl Scouts works to address the critical issues facing girls today through discussion, research, and advocacy. Learn more about these efforts through the topics below.

Issues Facing Girls: Girl Scout experts offer brief articles on issues facing girls, such as bullying, body image and stages of development.
Research: Girl Scouts studies girls' attitudes, behavior and opinions on a broad range of topics.
Advocacy: Girl Scout members, volunteers, boards, staff and supporters can educate policymakers and community leaders on issues that directly affect girls and the Girl Scouts. We are the experts on girls!

Building Leaders

Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains is committed to building future leaders who make the world a better place. Through Girl Scout programs, girls make choices and decisions on what they will do and what they will accomplish, set goals as a team, and participate in hands-on activities that allow them to think critically. Girl Scouts develop skills that support success in school, while also enjoying additional opportunities to learn about problem-solving, collaboration and how to actively engage in their communities.

Girls credit Girl Scouting with helping them to:

  • Develop positive values: 89%
  • Make better decisions and positive choices in their life: 74%
  • Develop healthy relationships: 86%
  • Resolve conflicts fairly and positively: 87%
  • Develop leadership skills and demonstrate personal responsibility: 81%
  • Participate in community service and believe their actions make a difference in the world: 85%


What We Do

Girl Scouts gives girls access to life-changing experiences that inspire them to do something big.

Each Girl Scout designs fun and challenging activities that empower her to discover her world and herself, connect with others, and take action to make the world a better place. Girl Scouting offers flexible ways to participate, called Pathways, that allow girls to engage in one or more programs that work with her schedule.

Girl Scouts develops leaders who value diversity, inclusion, and collaboration and are committed to improving neighborhoods, communities and the world. Girls learn to be environmental stewards so that they and their environments can thrive. They get the fun, positive challenges they need to try out leadership roles in an encouraging environment and make decisions that help them learn and grow.

Every experience in Girl Scouting is designed to be:

Girl-led: Girls play an active part in figuring out the what, where, when, how and why of their activities.
Learning by doing: Rather than listening to someone tell them about it, girls get in there and do it! They ask questions, share ideas, gain skills and take time to reflect.
Cooperative learning: Girls work together toward shared goals in an atmosphere of respect and collaboration.