Girl Scouts was established on March 12, 1912 by Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low with the goal of bringing girls out of isolated home environments and into community service and the open air. The Girl Scout movement came to north-central Alabama in 1917 to address gaps in school and family education. Today, Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama (GSNCA) is a volunteer-based organization teaching girls to discover their values, skills, and the world around them; connect with others in a multicultural environment; and take action to make a positive difference in the lives of others. As a result of the merger of four legacy Councils, including the Cottaquilla Council in the Anniston area, GSNCA was chartered in 2007 and now serves over 15,000 girls in 36 counties through six outdoor program centers and six regional Girl Scout Service Centers. Girl Scouts has a long history of carrying out our mission to “build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.”
In 2012 we will celebrate our 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting. For nearly a century, Girl Scouts has worked to ensure that girls ages 5 to 17 have the opportunity to develop the leadership skills and self-esteem necessary to reach their full potential. Each Girl Scout program is age-appropriate, challenging and mentored by experienced adult volunteers. However, with each passing day, girls are facing more and more challenges such as illiteracy in households, single-parent households, obesity and unhealthy lifestyles, lack of adult role models, lack of adult support for education and career planning, drugs, and teen pregnancy. GSNCA aims to overcome these barriers and provide stability, community, and friendship through outreach programs, troop activities, camping experiences and much more. We are looking forward to being the premier leadership experience for girls in our second century.