The mission of the Girl Scout program is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Membership in Girl Scouts is open to girls Ages 5-17; women and men age 18 and over can join as adult members. Most girls join a local troop or group for fun and friendship, but they also find out about building character and self-esteem and serving their community - the core qualities of Girl Scouting. In Girl Scouts, girls find a safe place to grow and share new experiences, learn to relate to others, develop values, and contribute to society. Girl Scouting's sole purpose is to meet the unique needs of girls by offering activities which address both girls' current interests and their future roles as women.