History of Girl Scouts

A Girl Scout Timeline.

Girl Scouts of the USA began its journey on March 12, 1912 in Savannah, Georgia, when Juliette Gordon Low brought 18 girls together for the first ever Girl Scout troop meeting. For more than 100 years, Girl Scouting has stayed true to the principles established by Ms. Low on that memorable day in the organization’s history—that girls develop their character and self-worth from the values we instill, the lessons we teach and the time we invest.

Girl Scouting Comes to Nebraska.

Girl Scouting flourished throughout the nation, establishing itself in Nebraska in 1926 with the formation of troops in Omaha. From there, Girl Scout councils sprung up westward across the state with troops coming together in Fairbury (1932) and Lincoln (1941). Guiding Star was created in Ogallala (1953) and then the Prairie Hills Council of northeast Nebraska (1956) was formed. The Goldenrod Council in Kearney (1976) was created by a later merger.

For many years, these original councils have been an essential thread in the fabric of our communities. Hundreds of thousands of Nebraska’s girls grew up with equal access to Girl Scouting – learning about their potential and discovering how to make their mark in the world.

In 2005, Girl Scouts across the country adopted a new mission statement: Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

This new mission statement serves as the foundation upon which our goals are structured and to remind us that we are here to provide a leadership program for girls of all age levels, races, ethnicities, belief systems, economic statuses and physical abilities.

Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska is formed.

In 2008, there were five thriving Girl Scout councils in Nebraska–Homestead (Lincoln and southeast), Guiding Star (Panhandle), Goldenrod (central), Prairie Hills (northeast) and Great Plains (Omaha and surrounding). In May of that year, these five councils merged to become one: Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska. This merger was part of an organizational restructuring by Girl Scouts of the USA designed to create higher-capacity councils that could more effectively serve girls in this ever-changing world. The newly formed Spirit of Nebraska Council consists of more than 17,500 girls and 5,500 adults, spans 92 Nebraska counties and includes the community of Carter Lake, Iowa.

Realignment has allowed us to expand our efforts to reach girls in more areas, both rural and urban. We have extended resources for programs and activities to many more girls, who can now experience all that Girl Scouting has to offer. Spirit of Nebraska’s larger geographic span also presents more opportunities for volunteers and girls to work with girls and adults from diverse backgrounds and explore parts of the state they have never seen.