Council History


The Girl Scouts of the USA is the organization that governs the Movement in the United States. GSUSA charters individual Girl Scout councils to deliver the Girl Scout Program to girls on a local level. Black Diamond Girl Scout Council was formed in 1974 when four councils merged. Click on each council for a history of that council.

  1. Mountain Laurel: Charleston/Huntington West Virginia area.
  2. Upper Ohio Valley: Northern Panhandle of West Virginia and several counties in Southeastern Ohio.
  3. Vandalia: North Central and Eastern West Virginia
  4. Four Rivers: Athens, Ohio and Parkersburg, West Virginia

Originally chartered as Black Diamond Girl Scout Council, the new council's name was chosen through a contest. Girls from throughout the council's jurisdiction were invited to submit their names.  In April 2000, delegates voted to change the council name to Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council as a symbol that girls are always first.

Notable People

NOTE: This history is a compilation of written documents and verbal interviews with long-time volunteers. If you have a correction or something to add, please send it via e-mail to