About Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana

There is only one qualification for being a Girl Scout. You have to be a girl. That’s it.

About Girl Scouts of KentuckianaDiversity was the founding idea of Girl Scouting in 1912. Today we serve girls in over 700 zip codes, from the inner city to the bluegrass prairie. We serve girls in urban community centers and girls whose mothers are in prison. We serve girls in temples, churches and mosques.

Across income and demographic groups, our membership virtually mirrors the U.S. population. We look like America, and we change with America.

Wherever girls live in Kentuckiana, whatever their circumstances, we help them to learn to be safe, think for themselves and lead the way for others.

Leadership experiences are what make Girl Scouting unique

We help every girl discover who she can be and what she can do, wherever she chooses to put her energy.

The journey begins with the Girl Scout environment itself. A girl’s leadership potential blooms among other girls – away from school pressures, social cliques and boys – where she can be herself and try new things. Among Girl Scouts, activities are girl-led. She learns by doing, and the learning is cooperative, not competitive.

To discover who she can be, she needs access to wise adults who both inspire her and respect her. Our 6,500 volunteers do this every day.

To discover what she can do, she needs participation opportunities as varied as the world –so she can “try on” different leadership roles and grow into the ones that fit her best.

Our Council's Membership

Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana serves approximately 14,000 girl members in 64 counties in western Kentucky and southern Indiana. Each of our Kentuckiana girl members participate in a program level:

Girl Scout Daisies, grades K-1

Girl Scout Brownies, grades 2-3

Girl Scout Juniors, grades 4-5

Girl Scout Cadettes, grades 6-8

Girl Scout Seniors, grades 9-10

Girl Scout Ambassadors, grades 11-12

Multi-aged groups/individual girl members

Supporting these girls are 5,000 adult members (women and men). Adults are involved as volunteer leaders, consultants, board members and as staff specialists who serve in such areas as program development, adult education, outdoor education, volunteer management and administration.

To learn more about our council and some highlights of what our Girl Scouts, volunteers, staff and others have been working on, check out our 2012 Annual Report.

 

 

Keeping the Girl Scout Movement Going Forward

Girl Scout girl members pay a national $30 registration fee. This includes a $15 national membership, which goes directly to GSUSA for operating costs, plus a $15 local council service used to support programming and services here in Kentuckiana. Occasional troop and council activities have a small fee that is passed on to Girl Scout families. Financial assistance is available to make sure economic needs do not keep any girl or family from participating in Girl Scouting.

The yearly average cost to the council for program delivery, camp properties, volunteer recruitment and training, and other staff assistance is $362* per girl. This cost is offset by monies raised through product sales, grants, merchandise sales, united funds, planned and deferred giving, and Family and Community Partnership gifts.

Thanks to our large network of donors and supporters, Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana is able to keep Girl Scouting affordable for every girl in Kentuckiana.

* based on 2011 Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana Annual Report

Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana Council Structure.

Organized in 1923, Kentuckiana has grown through mergers to our current size-serving the needs of 29,000 members (girls and adult volunteers). Headquartered in Louisville, the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana council office provides professional staff to oversee the entire council. Five service centers and two satellite offices provide extensive staff services to regional members.

Program and Learning Center Offices

Bear Creek (Cluster 1) .............................Paducah

Pennyroyal (Cluster 1) ..........................Owensboro

Caveland (Cluster 2) ......................Bowling Green

Heartland (Cluster 2) ......................Elizabethtown

Louisville (Clusters 3 & 4 and houses council office) .....................................Louisville

Additional Satellite Offices:

Cluster 1 - 1100 South Main Street, Suite 8 - Hopkinsville KY 42240 (270-887-9390)

Cluster 4 - 113 N. Chestnut, Suite 204 - Seymour IN 47274 (888-771-5170)

The council is governed by a volunteer policy-making board of directors, led by President Vivian Blade. Operations are managed by a paid CEO, Lora Tucker, with a staff of 63 full-time and part-time women and men.

Getting Our Hands Dirty Building Tomorrow’s Leaders.

Today’s girls are acutely aware of environmental issues. They’re determined to play a role – and be role models – in conservation and environmental responsibility. Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana maintains seven camp properties throughout the council. A variety of day, weekend and summer resident camp experiences afford girls the opportunity to learn about nature and wildlife, to contribute as a member of a group and to become more self-reliant.

Our girls see camp as a safe place for them physically and emotionally. It is a chance for them to escape from the pressures and sometimes brutal social environments surrounding them. Our camps give girls the opportunity to recognize skills that they may already possess, but have never had the chance to cultivate. While at summer camp, girls are given the tools to foster their own courage, confidence and character to make world outside of camp a better place.

Barren Ridge (220 acres) .....................................Glasgow, KY

Bear Creek Aquatic Camp (183 acres) .................Benton, KY

Camp Pennyroyal (180 acres) .......................Owensboro, KY

Camp Shantituck (112 acres) ...................Shepherdsville, KY

Camp Whippoorwill (107 acres) .........................Madison, IN

Houchens (12 acres) .................................Bowling Green, KY

Stem Adventure Center (1,400 acres).................Laconia, IN

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