Girl Scouts Louisiana East, is the newly realigned Girl Scout council formed from combining Girl Scouts - Audubon Council and The Girl Scout Council of Southeast Louisiana in April 2008. GSLE is responsible for both organizing and maintaining the quality of Girl Scouting in 23 parishes in southeast Louisiana. Chartered by Girl Scouts of the USA, in 2012 Girl Scouts Louisiana East served nearly 16,500 girls, with 7,000 committed adults serving as volunteers.
While the geographic area has expanded, our mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place, remains unwavering. Volunteers are the strength of Girl Scouting, and our volunteers are the greatest support team for girls, bringing their talents, energy, and dedication to Girl Scouting. Women and men interested in volunteering in a variety of capacities are encouraged to contact us today.
The Council is governed by a volunteer policy-making Board of Directors, led by Chair Robyn Merrick. Operations are managed by a paid chief executive officer, Jackie Alexander, with a staff of about 40 full- and part-time women and men.
The GSLE headquarters is in New Orleans, and a regional service Center is located in Baton Rouge. Girl Scouts Louisiana East serves the parishes of Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Washington, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana.
Among its properties are three camps: Camp Marydale in St. Francisville, Camp Whispering Pines in Independence, and Camp Covington in Covington; McFadden Cabin, located in New Orleans’ City Park; a Regional Service Center in Baton Rouge which houses regional offices and a program/training center; and the Council Service Center in New Orleans, which houses the Council's corporate headquarters and a training center.We are an EEO/AA organization. Underrepresented racial and ethnic populations and those with disabilities are encouraged to join. Council services are funded by voluntary philanthropic contributions, the cookie and fall product sales, fees for events, troop and resident camps, and United Way allocations in selected parishes. Girl Scouts is open to all girls ages 5 to 17 and adults who accept the Girl Scout Promise and Law.