Girl Scouts is the world’s largest organization of and for girls, currently encompassing 2.3 million girl members and nearly one million volunteers! Three core structures support all these members: the national headquarters, Manitou Council, and your support team.
The national office of Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), located in New York City, employs roughly 300 employees. GSUSA is a member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). (Visit GSUSA online, where you’ll find a wealth of resources for both girls and volunteers.)
Global Girl Scouting ensures that girls have increased awareness about the world, cross-cultural learning opportunities, and education on relevant global issues that may inspire them to take action to make the world a better place. Visit Global Girl Scouting online for additional information.
Since 1925, USA Girl Scouts Overseas (USAGSO), a division of Global Girl Scouting, has helped ease the transition for American families relocating overseas by offering the familiar traditions and exciting opportunities of Girl Scouting to girls abroad. USAGSO now serves thousands of American girls living overseas, as well as girls attending American or international schools. Through Global Girl Scouting, members participate in World Thinking Day on February 22, visit the four WAGGGS world centers (see the “For Travel Volunteers” appendix), participate in international travel, promote global friendship and understanding by supporting the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund, and take action on global issues.
Girl Scouts of Manitou Council is a chartered member of Girl Scouts of the USA. Girl Scouts is a membership organization open to all girls, kindergarten thru high school, and to women and men over the age of 18, who make the Girl Scout Promise, accept the Girl Scout Law, and pay annual membership fee. All registered adult volunteers are subject to a background check prior to appointment.
Girl Scouts of Manitou Council impacts more than 7,000 members in seven counties: Dodge, Calumet, Fond du Lac, Manitowoc, Ozaukee, Sheboygan and Washington.
Girl Scouts of Manitou Council maintains two camp properties in its service area: Camp Evelyn (Plymouth) offers summer resident camp and is available during the other months for troop camping adventures. Camp Manitou (Two Rivers) sites are available all year. Camp Evelyn and Camp Manitou are closed during deer hunting season.
Geographic areas called “service units” have been established to facilitate strong local support of each Girl Scout troop. In each service unit there is a group of volunteers in place to guide and support each troop advisor. This group of people is called the “service team.”
Service Unit Manager: Coordinates all of the Girl Scout troops in the community or geographic area
Troop Organizer: Recruits, trains, and supports advisors
Depot Manager: Manages equipment such as flags, candle boards and bridges for ceremonies and parades
Community Cookie Sale Manager: Coordinates the cookie sale process in an assigned geographic area
Service Unit Meetings provide excellent opportunities to learn from other volunteers and provide you with vital information about upcoming activities, new resources and ways to network