Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, Inc., serves more than 41,000 girls and 17,000 adult members in 34 counties in the greater metropolitan Atlanta area, northwest Georgia and Polk County, TN. Our administrative headquarters and a volunteer service center are located at 5601 North Allen Road in Mableton, Georgia and our service centers are located in Cumming, Dalton and Griffin.
At Girl Scouts, our mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. We are the largest organization dedicated solely to girls—all girls—where, in a diverse, inclusive, accepting and nurturing environment, girls build skills for success in the real world. In partnership with committed adult volunteers, girls develop qualities that will serve them all their lives, like leadership, strong values, social conscience, and conviction about their own potential and self-worth.
Girl Scouts embraces girls of all abilities, backgrounds, and heritage, with a specific and positive philosophy of inclusion. Each girl—without regard to socioeconomic status, race, physical or cognitive ability, ethnicity, primary language, or religion—is an equal and valued member of Girl Scouts.
Founded in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low, Girl Scouts' membership has grown from 18 members in Savannah, Georgia, to 3.4 million members throughout the United States, including U.S. territories, and in more than 90 countries through USA Girl Scouts Overseas.
Through Girl Scouting:
- Girls actively engage in activities related to science, technology, engineering, and math.
- We empower girls with financial literacy tools. Millions of girls now learn their economic foundations in Girl Scouts: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.
- No university has produced as many female business owners as has the Girl Scout Cookie Program.
- Girl Scouts focus on healthy living, with programs reflecting that physical health, emotional health and self-esteem are all connected.
- Environmental leadership is a high priority in Girl Scouting. In 2009, more than 83,000 girls nationwide worked directly with conservationists and scientists to complete environmental service projects in 43 states.
"I've got something for the girls of Savannah, and all of America, and all the world," an excited Juliette (Daisy) Gordon Low, founder of Girl Scouts of the USA, announced to a friend on a March evening in 1912."
Only two year’s after Juliette Low’s proclamation and the founding of Girl Scouts in America, Lone Troop 429 was organized in Griffin, Georgia, in what was to become the Girl Scouts of Pine Valley Council. In 1915, the minister’s wife at Rock Spring Presbyterian Church in Atlanta organized a Lone Troop, the first we have a record for in what was to become the Atlanta Girl Scout Council. The same scenario was bring repeated all over Georgia as girls heard about Scouting for Girls and wanted to become part of the organization.
||First troop organized within the [future] Pine Valley Council area as Lone Troop # 429 in Griffin.|
||First known troop organized in the city of Atlanta, at Rock Spring Presbyterian Church|
||The Atlanta Girl Scout Council (Fulton and DeKalb counties) is chartered.|
||First summer camp session held at Camp Civitania (now Timber Ridge) in Mableton, Georgia.|
||Chattahoochee Valley Area Council, including West Point, GA and Chambers County, AL, is chartered|
||LaGrange Girl Scout Council chartered.|
||The Floyd County Girl Scout Council is chartered.|
||Spalding County Girl Scout Council chartered.|
||The Whitfield County Girl Scout Council (Whitfield and Murray counties) is chartered.|
||The Bartow County, Cobb County, Coweta County and Upson County Girl Scout councils are chartered.|
||West Georgia Council (Heard, Carroll and Haralson counties) chartered.|
||Pineland Council of West Georgia formed by combining several west Georgia councils.|
||Pine Valley Council chartered.|
||Fayette, Butts, Henry, Pike and Lamar counties join Pine Valley Council.|
||The Greater Atlanta, Floyd Co., Whitfield Co., Cobb and Bartow Co. Councils plus nine and one half lone counties (not affiliated with a council), merge to form the Northwest Georgia Girl Scout Council.|
||First resident camp held at Camp Pine Valley in Meansville.|
||Pine Valley Council grows to 14 counties, adding Coweta County Girl Scout Council.|
||The Girl Scouts of Pine Valley Council, the Girl Scout Council of Northwest Georgia, and Forsyth Co. (former Girl Scouts of Northeast Georgia Council) merge to form Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, Inc.|
Our History/Archives Committee includes Girl Scout Adults, Ambassadors and, Seniors who love Girl Scout history and want to preserve it. As curators of our artifacts, they present nostalgic and educational items on display at the Mableton Service Center. They meet every third Sunday from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Mableton Service Center.
For more information about the History/Archives Committee, please contact Sue Belden at 770.926.4722) or e-mail Sue at firstname.lastname@example.org.