Girl Scouting in Detention Centers

Females represented more than one in four arrests in 2010, according to the FBI's Uniform Crime Report. Of those, 14.5 percent were under the age of 18. Girl Scouting in Detention Centers (GSDC) is a program established in the 1990s that serves girls in all areas of the juvenile justice system, including those in secure detention, in residential treatment, on probation, at alternative high schools, and in community troops after their release. The only national gender-specific program that serves girls in detention, GSDC encourages girls ages 12−17 to embrace new ways of viewing themselves: as leaders full of potential. GSUSA's 2012 GSDC National Evaluation found that the program helps girls regulate their emotions and manage their anger, while fostering their ability to develop healthier relationships overall.

Girl Scouting in Detention Centers - Learning to LeadGirl Scouting in Detention Centers - Learning to Lead (PDF)

This brochure was created to provide a comprehensive overview of GSDC's history, operational structure, and evidence-based impact on participants.


Girl Scouting in Detention Centers - From Labeled to LeaderGirl Scouting in Detention Centers - From Labeled to Leader (PDF)

This brochure provides a condensed summary of the GSDC program.



Girl Scouting in Detention Centers—A Facilitator's GuideThis Is a Story You Have to Tell: Women, Girls and the Criminal Justice System—
A Facilitator's Guide for Girl Scouting in Detention Centers Programs

This resource was originally created by ITVS Community Classroom to address the challenges and needs of women and girls impacted by the criminal justice system. The resource has been blended with the national Girl Scout program, resulting in a unique GSDC facilitator's guide utilizing both organizations' programming expertise.

See a full listing of Girl Scout councils who operate a GSDC program. If a program does not exist in your community, please reach out to the council in your area to inquire about future plans to start or renew the program.