Girl Scouts of the USA is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated solely to girls—all girls—where, in an accepting and nurturing environment, girls build character and 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.
Founded in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low, Girl Scouts' membership has grown from 18 members in Savannah, Georgia, to 3.7 million members throughout the United States, including U.S. territories, and in more than 90 countries through USA Girl Scouts Overseas.
At St. Michael the girls in the Cadette Troop are working on their Silver Awards, which is the highest award available to this level of Girl Scouts. The award process begins with leadership, career and personal exploration, culminating in a 40 hour project to benefit the community and help the individual girl develop leadership skills. "The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest national earned award for 11-14 year old Girl Scouts. As a girl completes the steps to earn the Silver Award, she develops her leadership potential, communication skills, and a sense of communityinvolvement, self-knowledge and information on carers." (Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council--www.gssjc.org/about.cfm)