National Council Session
In October 2020, Girl Scouts from across our country and around the world will gather for the 55th time to conduct the important business of our Movement, using our democratic process to do so.
Juliette Gordon Low said it best: “The work of today is the history of tomorrow, and we are its makers.”
Girl Scouts convened its first National Council Session in 1915, engaging women in a democratic process five years before the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granted American women the right to vote.
For more than a century, delegates have been brought together to represent their collective voices—to discuss and debate topics around the future direction of Girl Scouts, always with the girls we serve as the focus of these meetings.
Girl Scouts have always been trailblazers and this year we will innovate again as we hold our first-ever virtual National Council Session due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Excitement has been growing as we continue to prepare for our 55th National Council Session. Normally, we hold several sessions around National Council Session that are open to all convention participants.
Since we aren’t meeting in person this year, we are offering several opportunities for all Girl Scout members to participate virtually in these sessions.
National Council Session Keynote Speakers Event
See the future of Girl Scouting.
You are cordially invited to keynote presentations by:
- Kathy Hopinkah Hannan, National Board Chair, GSUSA
- Judith Batty, Interim CEO, GSUSA
- Dianne Belk, Founding Chair, Juliette Gordon Low Society
A virtual reception for Juliette Gordon Low Society members follows the Keynote presentations.
Saturday, October 3, 2020
12:00 - 1:30 PM ET
Virtual 55th National Council Session in the NCS Gallery
Due to the impact of COVID-19, the National Board of GSUSA voted to hold a one-time virtual session for our 55th National Council Session. Girl Scouts of the USA invites members to experience the first-ever virtual NCS!
Register for any or all of the NCS sessions by October 14. The registration site provides a detailed agenda.
As this event is for current members of GSUSA (MY 2021), your membership will be validated prior to you receiving access information.
Friday, October 23, 2020 1:00 PM ET – Sunday, October 25, 2020 3:00 PM ET
Delegates will receive a separate invite as participants in the event and should not register via the link above.
Create a collage with other Girl Scouts and share an image of the collage. Take of picture of yourself with your decorated trefoil wherever you are. For example, camping, at a favorite landmark, etc.
Use #BecauseofGirlScouts and tag your local council in your post. And please remember to follow your locally recommended safety precautions!
2020-2023 Board Slate Commitment Statement
The incoming National Board and National Board Development Committee slate has pledged to adhere to this Commitment Statement for the next triennium in their work on behalf of the Movement. These commitments focus on what unites our Movement—starting with our strong belief in the Girl Scout mission and our desire to expand its reach and impact—and communicate how through our shared good governance the candidates for the National Board and National Board Development Committee will serve, engage with, and grow the Movement.