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Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa And Western Illinois

Who We Are

Girl Scouts builds Girls of Courage, Confidence & Character who make the world a better place.

What We Do

Girl Scouts provides comprehensive experiences that promote positive personal and social development including: community service, educational programming, and activities that give girls important life skills and address their interests. They explore many diverse topics such as STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), outdoors and the environment, financial literacy, healthy living, art and culture, and more. The program is based on a model engaging girls in discovering themselves and their interests and talents, connecting with peers, mentors, and the community, and taking action to make the world a better place. The progressive nature of our leadership program allows girls to assume age-appropriate increased independence in planning, implementing, and evaluating their own activities. Girl Scouting benefits all girls regardless of race, religion, or socio-economic background. Alumnae credit Girl Scouting with preparing them to face life?s challenges and opportunities with resourcefulness, ingenuity, and discipline. Many alumnae named teamwork among the most valuable skills gained in Girl Scouts, as well as having the opportunity to try new things and make mistakes in a supportive environment. An alumnae also noted the real benefits she received from the program: ?Girl Scouts helped me develop skills for working with others. Sharing, teamwork, caring about others and their strengths and weaknesses, looking at the big picture, caring about feelings: these have made me a good employee, a good boss, and, most importantly, a good parent.? Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low assembled 18 girls from Savannah, Georgia, on March 12, 1912, for the first Girl Scout meeting. She believed that all girls should be given the opportunity to develop physically, mentally and spiritually. A few years later, this dream became a reality as Girl Scouts was incorporated in 1915. By this time, Girl Scouting was already spreading across the United States and soon into our region. The first Girl Scout troop in the Quad Cities was established in 1917, with help from the Women?s Club. By 1930 the Davenport Girl Scout Council was formed, the first formal Girl Scout council in the Quad Cities. As times changed, the Girl Scout program evolved to continue meeting girls? ever changing needs and interests while keeping true to its time honored traditions. During World War I, girls learned about food production and conservation, sold war bonds, worked in hospitals, and collected peach pits for use in gas mask filters. Girl Scouts led community relief efforts during the Great Depression by collecting clothing, making quilts, carving wood toys, gathering food for the poor, assisting in hospitals, participating in food drives and canning programs, and providing meals to undernourished children. During World War II, Girl Scouts operated bicycle courier services, invested more than 48,000 hours in Farm Aide projects, collected fat and scrap metal, and grew Victory Gardens. In 1973 Girl Scouts of the Mississippi Valley was formed through the merger of the River Bend and Shabonee councils. The Girl Scout program evolved to continue meeting girls? ever changing needs and interests while keeping true to its traditions. Through the years Girl Scouts has impacted millions of girls and women, making it one of the largest organizations serving girls worldwide. Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois was formed in 2007 as four legacy councils merged through a national realignment process. Today we serve more than 19,000 girls in a 38 county region spanning eastern Iowa and western Illinois with the premier leadership and character building program for girls. Girls engage in our year-round program in a safe, nurturing environment with their peers and positive adult mentors supporting their personal growth. Our program is designed to build their leadership and self-confidence through progressive activities which become more challenging over time. By building their courage, confidence, and character, we are preparing our future female business and community leaders to make our world a better place.

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Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley

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