Our History

Juliette Gordon Low had a dream.

When she brought that first group of girls together in Savannah, Georgia in early March,1912, she wanted them to explore new possibilities and the wonders of the world around them—and she wanted them to do it together.

Along with Juliette Gordon Low—also known as Daisy, these first Girl Scouts blazed trails and redefined what was possible for themselves—and for girls everywhere. They played basketball. They hiked, swam, and they camped. They learned to tell time by the stars. But most importantly, they shared a sense of adventure and a belief that they could do anything. And just like Girl Scouts do across the country and around the world today, they offered a helping hand to those in need and worked together to make their corner of the world a better place. 

Over the past century, Daisy's small circle of girls has grown to include more than 59 million Girl Scout alumnae—united across distance and decades by lifelong friendships, shared adventures, and the desire to do big things to make the world a better place. 

Read more about Juliette Gordon Low and Girl Scout history.

“Truly, ours is circle of friendships, united by our ideals.” 
 Juliette Gordon Low 


Ten years after Daisy began her troop in Savannah, troops began forming in Austin. In 1922, Austin Girl Scout Troop #1 registered 16 members.

The love of Girl Scouting quickly spread and the Austin troops were granted their first council charter in 1926.  More and more girls began to join and take action in their communities and the Texas councils grew to match the rapid growth.

In 2007, the Lonestar, Bluebonnet, El Camino, and Heart of Texas councils all joined forces to create Girl Scouts of Central Texas (GSCTX). We cover 46 counties, serving over 17,500 girls and almost 13,000 adults. We are dedicated to delivering a fun, high-quality, relevant, innovative and meaningful Girl Scout Leadership Experience to develop Girl Scouts who want to change the world.