Since 1922, Girl Scouts in Houston have strived to become young women of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Chartered 10 years after Juliette Gordon Low founded Girl Scouts of the USA in 1912, our Houston-based council has an amazing history full of proud accomplishments – all of which are showcased in the Goodykoontz Museum of Girl Scout History.
The museum, named for lifetime Girl Scout, historian, and philanthropist Dorothy Goodykoontz, opened in 2007 at GSSJC’s Program Place for Girls in Houston.
Museum visitors are invited to take their own self-guided tour. Begin your exploration with an introduction to Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low or view the 1918 film “The Golden Eaglet”, one of the first promotional silent movies ever produced.
Work your way through the large timeline panels and glass display cases that include old photos, a series of Girl Scout dolls, and dozens of other artifacts collected from all over the world, representing the evolution of the Girl Scout brand. In addition, visitors can try on vintage clothing, play games old and new, and imagine what it was like to be a Girl Scout in decades past or pull out a Discovery Box to learn a new activity.
The Goodykoontz Museum of Girl Scout History is free to all visitors and open to the public.
Our scope of collections is as follows: "[Our purpose is] to
collect and preserve objects of an historical nature related to Girl
Scouting and its members, especially in the area now comprising the
Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council; and to promote interest in and
disseminate information about the history of Girl Scouting within the
The Goodykoontz Museum of Girl Scout History is happy to accept objects that fit our scope of collections. These object may include, but are not limited to, the following: uniforms (sashes, vests, dresses, shirts, hats, socks, etc.), badges/patches/pins, Girl Scout memorabilia (hats, cups, plaques, dolls, etc.), pre-2000s resources (leader books, Girl Scout magazines, badge books, handbooks, etc.) or photographs illustrating girl activities, historical moments, prominent individuals or other special moments. (We ask that with all photographs, please include a piece of paper detailing the date, location, who is featured and a brief description.)
If you are interested in donating items to the museum, please review our donation policy here:
Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council’s Goodykoontz Museum of Girl Scout History has archival information available for research purposes upon request. The Council History Committee is entrusted to care for these resources and is happy to assist researchers.
Depending on the information requested, several weeks may be needed to locate the applicable material. Once the Council History Committee has secured the requested resources, they will contact the requester and arrange to either send information digitally or set up a viewing time.
To submit a request for archival/historical research, please contact us. Be sure to include your contact information and the date the information is needed, and as much detail as possible about the research requested, including the historical date range and geographic area.