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Organizational Structure

Our volunteer structure is based on a cooperative model of leadership. At the center of our model is the girl. A girl first joins the Girl Scout Movement and then chooses to participate in any of the flexible pathway options.

12 geographic communities and 45 service units within the communities support the Girl Scout Pathway experience. This leadership model emphasizes adult support and relies on the strength of volunteers to power the Girl Scout program regionally.

Service Units

Our smallest units of organization are called service units, which specifically support the troop pathway. Each service unit consists of 40 - 60 troops and serves approximately 400 - 700 girls.


Groupings of three to six service units create larger units called communities. Communities have a strong emphasis on local program opportunities and volunteer support. They're responsible for facilitating community-wide leadership opportunities and administrative duties. Community-based experiences ensure that troop-affiliated and independent girls participating in events, camp, series, and travel pathways have an opportunity to participate in local program opportunities.

This service delivery model provides girls with flexible ways to participate in Girl Scouting and engages adults in volunteer roles that are specific, sustainable, and rewarding. It combines all the elements that must be in place to create a sustainable movement that will flourish for the next 100 years.