who we are

Welcome to Girl Scouting in Virginia Skyline!

Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline serves close to 8,000 girls and 3,250 adult volunteers in a 36-county area within Central, Southside, Southwest and Western Virginia. Our council’s headquarters is located in Roanoke City, off of Peters Creek Road near the I-581 interchange. The Skyline Girl Scout Shop is also located at our headquarters. We enjoy three camp properties: Camp Icimani in Roanoke County, Camp Sacajawea in Bedford County and Camp Sugar Hollow in Albemarle County.

 

Our Mission
Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

 

Our Vision
Girl Scouts strives to be the premier leadership organization for girls and experts on their growth and development.

 

The Girl Scout Leadership Experience
We have identified three keys to leadership: girls discover themselves and their values; connect with others; and take action to make the world a better place. At Girl Scouts, everything centers on the girl: activities are girl-led, which gives girls the opportunity to learn by doing in a cooperative learning environment.

 

Spiritual Force
The motivating force in Girl Scouting is spiritual. The ways in which members identify and fulfill their spiritual beliefs are personal and private.

 

Open Membership
The Girl Scout Movement is open to all girls and adults who accept the Girl Scout Promise and Law and meet membership requirements.

 

Patriotism, Citizenship & Community Service
Local, national, and global service and action are core elements of the Girl Scout experience.

 

Diversity & Pluralism
Girl Scouts advance diversity and pluralism in our Movement and in the communities in which we live.

 

Responsibility for the Movement & the Democratic Process
The ultimate responsibility for the Girl Scout Movement rests with its members. We govern by an efficient and effective democratic process that demonstrates our leadership in a fast-changing world.

 

Girl Adult Partnership
Adults partner with girls to guide and inspire growth and achievement. Volunteers are essential to the strength and capacity of our Movement.

 

World Association of Girl Guides & Girl Scouts (WAGGGS)
We are active partners in a worldwide sisterhood through our affiliation with WAGGGS. We work with WAGGGS to address the needs of girls and to build a network of global citizens.

 

Community Partners
We take an active leadership role and are collaborative partners in the community.

 

Voice
We are a premier voice for girls and an expert on their growth and development.

 

Girl Scouts Prepare Girls for Today & Tomorrow
Times have changed since 1912; however the foundation of the Girl Scout program has not.  To be successful in the 21st century children and youth need access to experiences… that will help them develop the skills to understand, interpret, and utilize knowledge in the “real world.” Girl Scouts prepare girls for today and tomorrow by providing this type of learning experience. Educators, government and private industry describe the most important skills, knowledge, and behaviors students will need to be successful in the work environment and life.

 

• Good communication skills
• Teamwork
• Building relationships
• Thinking creatively
• Strong ethics
• Thinking critically
• Problem-solving skills
• Application of knowledge
• Ability to innovate
• Positive attitude

 

Girl Scouts: A National Example for 21st Century Learning
Girl Scouts give girls life skills, primarily by engaging girls and teaching them to apply a learning and decision-making process, rather than by directing them to participate in any specified type of activity.  All Girl Scout activities are designed so that girls will:

 

• Decide what activities they want to learn or do (girl-driven).

• Work in small groups and teams to discuss, debate, discover, practice, and teach (cooperative learning).

• Reflect on their activities and use experience to guide further plans and actions (experiential learning).

 

Girl Scouting has a long history of partnering with parents, schools, and the community to prepare girls, both personally and as leaders, to succeed in school and in life. Grounded in the Girl Scout Promise and Law, Girl Scouts’ non-formal, experiential, and cooperative learning program promotes girls’ personal growth and leadership development. These skills areas are congruent with 21st Century Skills: Ready by 21 identified by the Forum for Youth Development and reflected by the efforts of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills.