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What Girl Scouts Do - Hero

Building the next generation of leaders, one girl at a time

Welcome to the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. Thank you for taking the time to learn a little bit more about us and our passion: helping girls become leaders. We are 19,000 girls, 5,000 volunteers and 70 employees strong with five offices, four camp facilities, and one program center.  Girl Scouts is in schools and neighborhoods – from inner cities to rural communities – throughout our 38 counties. GSEIWI Council Boundaries (7-2013) We encourage girls to discover, connect and take action through hundreds of programs offered each year, teaching leadership skills to last a lifetime. Our initiatives are centered on lessons in:

  • Leadership
  • Financial literacy
  • The environment
  • Healthy living
  • Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)

Our Mission, Vision, and Values

Our mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Our vision is to provide every girl the opportunity to join Girl Scouts, and when she does, we will exceed her expectations. The values of the Girl Scout Promise and Law are at the heart of our leadership program. Through these values, girls form their own beliefs and values, learn to consider ethical aspects of situations, and are committed to social justice and community service and action. Girl Scout Promise On my honor, I will try, To serve God* and my country, To help people at all times, And to live by the Girl Scout Law. *The word “God” can be interpreted in a number of ways, depending on one’s spiritual beliefs. When reciting the Girl Scout Promise, it is okay to replace the word “God” with whatever word your spiritual beliefs dictate. Girl Scout Law I will do my best to be honest and fair, friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, courageous and strong, and responsible for what I say and do, and to respect myself and others, respect authority, use resources wisely, make the world a better place, and be a sister to every Girl Scout.

Our Goals and Process

The foundation of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience is the 15 outcomes, or measurable benefits, we expect the girls to derive from their participation in Girl Scouting.   Discover Girls understand themselves and their values and use their knowledge and skills to explore the world.

  • Girls develop a strong sense of self.
  • Girls develop positive values.
  • Girls gain practical life skills.
  • Girls seek challenges in the world.
  • Girls develop critical thinking.

Connect Girls care about, inspire, and team with others locally and globally.

  • Girls develop healthy relationships.
  • Girls promote cooperation and team building.
  • Girls can resolve conflicts.
  • Girls advance diversity in a multi-cultural world.
  • Girls feel connected to their communities, locally and globally.

Take Action Girls act to make the world a better place.

  • Girls can identify community needs.
  • Girls are resourceful problem solvers.
  • Girls advocate for themselves and others, locally and globally.
  • Girls educate and inspire others to act.
  • Girls feel empowered to make a difference in the world.

Learn more about our process.