The word Sangam means "coming together," and since it opened in 1966, girls and young women have come to share Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting experiences and their cultures. Sangam is located in India, a country which has the greatest diversity of culture, language, and ethnic groups of any in the world. The earliest-known civilization in India dates to 2500 BC. Pune, where Sangam is based, has visible remnants of many past civilizations.
The mission of Sangam is to provide international opportunities for training and self-growth in a cross-cultural environment. The first international session at Sangam was in 1967, focusing on the Asia Pacific Region. International events, focusing on global issues, Indian life and culture, and a broader knowledge of Girl Guiding/Girl Scouting throughout the world are held each year.