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Southern Nevada Council History

Over the years, Girl Scouting in Southern Nevada has been represented by many names:

  • April 14, 1932: First area troops begin in Boulder City, Nevada.
  • 1942: Boulder City Council officially formed and registered with Girl Scouts of the USA.
  • 1943: Henderson Council formed and chartered with Girl Scouts of the USA.
  • 1944: Las Vegas Council formed listing ten Girl Scout troops.
  • 1950: Frontier Council formed.
  • 1952: Officially charted “Frontier Council” consolidating all Southern Nevada councils together.
  • 1999: Official council name changed to “Girl Scouts of Frontier Council”.
  • 2010: Per Girl Scouts of the USA merger, official council name changed to “Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada”.

Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada (GSSNV) currently serves the four Southern-most counties in Nevada: Clark, Lincoln, Nye, & Esmeralda, as well as the Southern California counties of Inyo and San Bernardino (eastern border). Prior to the 2010 national merger of councils, we also served White Pine Council and Needles, California.

The GSSNV council office, shop, and training facility is the result of a Reynolds Building Grant received in 2002. GSSNV moved into our current location at 2941 East Harris Avenue in 2004 continuing the tradition began by Juliette Gordon Low in 1912 of building girls of courage, confidence, and character. 

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GSSNV is proud to provide many outdoor programs throughout our service areas, including Camp Foxtail located in Lee Canyon near Mt. Charleston.  Camp Foxtail, named for a rare Bristlecone Pine with short, bunched together needles (appearing like a “fox’s tail”), has served as a resident Girl Scout summer camp and program site since 1949. Through the National Forestry Service and joint business and service partnerships, we have increased and improved our Camp Foxtail facilities & programs over the years to better serve the needs of our members.  


Rich in history and service to our region, Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada continues to partner with our communities & other organizations to provide service where ever Girl Scouts are needed and can make a difference.

Council history provided by Vanette Christensen, GSSNV archivist