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Who We Are

Message from the CEO
I want to welcome you to the Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest website where you can learn more about the Girl Scout Leadership Development Experience. We are all about Girls and providing outcomes-based programs that give them the tools they need to succeed. Programs come and go but   Girl Scouting has served communities throughout    our country for nearly 100 years. With the help of dedicated community volunteers and role models, girls are learning to set and achieve their personal goals, and learning to make choices that will have a positive impact on their futures. For those   who are new to Girl Scouting, I hope this website inspires you to get involved, join our Girl Scout family and make a difference in the lives of girls in our community. For those who are already involved in Girl Scouts this website provides the resources you need to mentor and provide a quality leadership experience for girls. Whether in direct service or in a support role, we are all here to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.


Service Area
Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest brings together Girl Scouts of the Permian Basin, Girl Scouts   of the Rio Grande and Girl Scouts - Zia Council. The merger on May 1, 2009 is part of the realignment of Girl Scout councils nationwide.

GSDSW provides programs and services for girls who live in the West Texas counties of Andrews, Brewster, Crane, Crockett, Culberson, Ector, El Paso, Gaines, Glasscock, Howard, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, Loving, Martin, Midland, Pecos, Presidio, Reagan, Reeves, Terrell, Upton, Ward and Winkler. New Mexico counties include Chavez, Dona Ana, Eddy, Grant, Hidalgo, Lea, Lincoln, Luna, Otero and Sierra. Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest currently serves approximately 12,000 girls and over 4,000 adult members.

What We Do

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Girl Scouting is a unique place where a girl can learn valuable leadership skills for the benefit of her future, her community and her country. Through Girl Scouting, girls build the courage to grow strong physically, mentally and spiritually, the confidence to pursue their dreams, and the character to serve their communities and fellow Girl Scouts.

Benefits of Girl Scouting include:
-          Leadership skills
-          Courage
-          Confidence
-          Character
-          Community Service
-          College & career prep
-          Travel, culture & diversity
-          Friendship & sisterhood
-          Traditions & values
-          Adventure & fun!

Our Structure

Girl Scouting is open to all girls ages 5-17 who accept the Girl Scout Promise and Law. Girls participate through approximately 200,000 troops and groups in the United States and 90 countries through Girl Scouts Overseas. Through local Girl Scout councils, the opportunity for Girl Scout membership exists in every corner of the U.S.A. More than 50 million women in the U.S. have enjoyed Girl Scouting during their childhood. Women and men interested in volunteering in a variety of capacities are encouraged to contact us today.
Click here to learn how you can become a Girl Scout today!