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Girl Scout Council of Kenosha County

Girl Scouts.  Where girls grow strong.

Fact Sheet

 

History

girl scouts logoJuliette Gordon Low, founder, organized the first group of Girl Scouts on March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia.  Girl Scouts in Kenosha County began meeting in 1918 and the Girl Scout council of Kenosha County received its charter from the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. on June 29, 1922.  The National Girl Scout movement includes 318 councils in the United States.  With 3.7 million members, it is the largest voluntary organization for girls in the world.  It is open to girls ages 5 through 17 (or kindergarten through grade 12) who subscribe to its ideals as stated in the Girl Scout Promise and Law.  Currently, 1 in every 9 girls in the United States is a member of the Girl Scout movement.  In Kenosha County, we serve 1 in every 4.6 girls.

 

Vision

The Girl Scout Council of Kenosha County is dedicated to providing opportunities, support and resources to help all girls explore interests and personal growth in order to become educated, productive citizens.

 

Membership

The Girl Scout Council of Kenosha County currently has a membership of 3,200.  There are 2,500 girls in the five program levels and 700 adult members.

 

Daisy Girl Scouts, ages 5-6 (kindergarten or grade 1)

Brownie Girl Scouts, ages 6-8 (or grades 1-3)

Junior Girl Scouts, ages 8-11 (or grades 3-6)

Cadette Girl Scouts, ages 11-14 (or grades 6-9)

Senior Girl Scouts, ages 14-17 (or grades 9-12)

Structure

The strength of the Girl Scout movement rests in the volunteer leadership of its adult members and in the cooperation and support of the community.  The Girl Scout Council of Kenosha County is governed by a board of directors that consists of 5 officers and 15 members at large.  Its jurisdiction includes all of Kenosha County.  Girl Scout troops and groups are organized into six Service Units which support the volunteer leaders.  Girl Scout age-level troops meet in schools, churches, homes and community centers.

 

President – William Richardson

Executive Director – Claire B. Hiller

Council Offices –  37th Street, Kenosha, WI 53140

Council Office and Shop Hours:

Monday through Friday, 8:30AM – 4:45PM

Additional Council Shop Hours:

Thursday, 4:45 – 7:00 PM

First Saturday of each month, 9AM – 12 noon

Phone (262) 657-7102 or (800) 834-5440 (west of I-94)

FAX: (262) 657-7104

E-Mail: gscout@kenoshagirlscouts.org

Program Emphasis

The following Program Goals are met through Girl Scout Activities:

Develop full individual potential
Relate to others with increasing understanding, skill and respect
Develop values to guide actions and provide the foundation for sound decision making
Contribute to the improvement of society through the use of abilities, leadership skills and teamwork

 

Properties

The Girl Scout Offices, Program Center and Woodhaven Challenge is Course are located at Camp Alford, Kenosha, WI.  This 9.5 acre wooded site is located with the city limits.  In addition to the Council Offices, there is a program room for day and overnight activities.  The facility is used for summer day camp and year-round troop activities.  It is also the site for the Woodhaven Challenge Course, a ropes course that is open to Kenosha community groups on a reservation basis.

 

Camp Pottawatomie Hills, East Troy, WI is a 120 acre property that includes lake frontage for boating and swimming; cabins, tepees and tents for overnight camping; dining hall; lodge; and resident camp ranger.  The camp is used for summer week-long camping sessions and year-round troop/family activities.

 

Funding

The annual $7.00 membership dues is collected by Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. for benefits including the Leader Magazine, insurance, adult volunteer trainings, development of handbooks and conferences.  All donations make to the Girl Scout Council of Kenosha County remain in the community and benefit the girls of Kenosha County.

 

The council operations, programs and properties are funded through:

The United Way of Kenosha
Product Sales
Program Fees
Be Your Best Annual Giving Campaign
Endowment  Fund
Gifts for Girls Family Partnership

 

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.

 

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.