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United States Code
TITLE 36 - PATRIOTIC AND NATIONAL
OBSERVANCES, CEREMONIES, AND ORGANIZATIONS
Subtitle II - Patriotic and
Part B - Organizations
CHAPTER 803 - GIRL SCOUTS OF THE
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
80303. Governing body.
80305. Exclusive right to emblems, badges, marks, and
80307. Annual report.
- Federal Charter. - Girl Scouts of the United States of America (in
this chapter, the ''corporation'') is a body corporate and politic of
the District of Columbia.
- Domicile. - The domicile of the corporation is the District of
- Perpetual Existence. - Except as otherwise provided, the corporation
has perpetual existence.
The purposes of the corporation are -
to fix and maintain standards for the movement
that will inspire the rising generation with the highest ideals of
character, patriotism, conduct, and attainment.
- to promote the qualities of truth, loyalty, helpfulness, friendliness,
courtesy, purity, kindness, obedience, cheerfulness, thriftiness, and
kindred virtues among girls, as a preparation for their responsibilities
in the home and for service to the community;
- to direct and coordinate the Girl Scout movement in the United States
and territories and possessions of the United States; and
- National Council. -
- There shall be a National Council of Girl Scouts. The number,
qualifications, and term of office of members of the Council are as
provided in the constitution of the corporation, except that members
of the Council must be citizens of the United States.
- The Council may adopt and amend a constitution and bylaws and
elect a board of directors, officers, and agents.
- The constitution may prescribe the number of members of the
Council necessary for a quorum. That number may be less than a
majority of the entire Council.
- Meetings of the Council shall be held as provided in the
constitution to hold elections and receive reports of the officers
and board of directors. Special meetings may be called as provided
in the constitution.
- Board of Directors. -
- To the extent provided in the constitution and bylaws, the board
of directors shall have the powers of the Council and manage the
activities of the corporation between meetings of the Council. The
number, qualifications, and term of office of directors are as
provided in the constitution.
- The constitution may prescribe the number of directors necessary
for a quorum. That number shall be at least 20 or two-fifths of the
- Executive and Other Committees. - The bylaws may provide for -
- an executive committee to carry out the powers of the board of
directors between meetings of the board; and
- other committees to operate under the general supervision of the
board of directors.
- Location of Meetings and Records. - The Council and the board of
directors may hold meetings and keep the seal and records of the
corporation in or outside the District of Columbia.
The corporation may -
acquire, own, lease, encumber, and transfer
property, and use any income from the property, as necessary to carry out
the purposes of the corporation;
sue and be sued within the jurisdiction of the United States; and
do any other act necessary to carry out this chapter and the purposes of
- adopt and amend a constitution, bylaws, and regulations, including
regulations for the election of associates and successors;
- adopt and alter a seal;
- have offices and conduct its activities in the District of Columbia
and in the States, territories, and possessions of the United States;
The corporation has the exclusive right to use all emblems and badges,
descriptive or designating marks, and words or phrases the corporation
adopts, including the badge of the Girl Scouts, Incorporated, referred to in
the Act of August 12, 1937 (ch. 590, 50 Stat. 623), and to authorize their
use, during the life of the corporation, in connection with the manufacture,
advertisement, and sale of equipment and merchandise. This section does not
affect any vested rights.
- Profit. - The corporation may not operate for profit.
- Political Activities. - The corporation shall be nonpolitical and
Not later than April 1 of each year, the corporation shall submit a
report to Congress on the activities of the corporation during the prior
fiscal year. The report shall be printed each year, with accompanying
illustrations, as a separate House document of the session of the Congress
to which the report is submitted.
Approved March 16, 1950
NOTE: Chapter 309, Sections 80301-80307 were formerly Chapter
2A, Sections 31-39.