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FAQ

What are the membership requirements for girls?
Membership in Girl Scouts is granted to any girl who:

  • Has made the Girl Scout Promise and accepted the Girl Scout Law
  • Has paid annual or other applicable membership dues
  • Meets applicable membership standards

What are the membership requirements for adults?
Membership in Girl Scouts is granted to any adult who:

  • Accepts the principles and beliefs as stated in the preamble of theGirl Scout Constitution
  • Has paid annual, lifetime, or other applicable membership dues
  • Meets applicable membership standards

What do Girl Scouts do?
Girls in grades K–5 might belong to a troop, learn new skills and earn badges, go on hikes, or head to camp for the first time. Older girls can dig deep into what interests them—they might learn to code, make a PSA, travel to new places, or go on an outdoor adventure. Did we mention the potential for earning college scholarships? Learn more about the different ways to participate.

What Girl Scout activities are most popular?
Girl Scouts offers programs to match almost any girl’s interests. Whether it’s camping and hiking, engaging in awesome science and math activities, exploring the environment, traveling the globe, learning first aid, running a cookie business, or building stronger friendships, girls discover all kinds of activities that stimulate their brains and strengthen their bodies. Looking for something else? Girl Scouts also lets girls build a unique experience around their own specific interests.

What is the best age for a girl to join Girl Scouts?
Any age is a good age to become a Girl Scout! We offer programs for girls from kindergarten to high school, and girls can participate in Girl Scouts from ages 5 to 18. (Girls who are 5 must be eligible for kindergarten; girls who are 18 must be enrolled in high school.) Learn more about Girl Scouts by age group (or grade level).

Were you a Girl Scout? We also have an excellent alumnae network for adults.

When can we join?
Right now! In fact, it's always a good time to join Girl Scouts. Join in time for summer camp, before the new school year, or any time that works best for your family. We’re flexible and can tailor your girl’s experience to her needs.

How much does it cost to join Girl Scouts?
Girl Scouts is a great value! For the membership year beginning October 1, membership starts at just $25, plus additional program fees for some of the activities your girl may want to participate in. Of course, we don’t want fees to be a barrier, so don’t hesitate to ask your about financial assistance.

What about safety?
Safety is a top priority for Girl Scouts. All activities are supervised, and we provide our volunteers with top-notch training and program resources. We also follow comprehensive safety guidelines tailored to individual activities and girls' ages.

How do I sign her up?
It's easy! Just click "JOIN TODAY" and fill out the form to start her on a path to a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. We’ll show you available troops in your community and provide the opportunity to register her to become a Girl Scout today!

Can parents and adults volunteer?
Yes! Be her cheerleader, guide, and mentor, helping her develop skills and confidence that will last a lifetime. Imagine all the smiles, the excitement, the memories made. Volunteer today.

What she gets from joining Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts are happy and confident, and they thrive on new adventures and experiences.

A Girl Scout knows she's having fun, but you'll know she's also gaining:

  • Important financial literacy skills (math, anyone?) as she participates in the largest girl-run business in the world—the Girl Scout Cookie Program
  • Healthy relationship skills that will help her navigate through her school years, especially as she moves into middle school and high school
  • Knowledge that will help her in science classes as she builds robots, conducts amazing experiments with her friends, or explores the natural world around her
  • Leadership skills that will make it easier for her to speak up in class and advocate for herself and others

Girls become more empowered as they move through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, a set of activities and challenges designed to deliver specific benefits to girls at every age level.

Underneath the fun, the Girl Scout Leadership Experience benefits girls in five important ways:

  • STRONG SENSE OF SELF
    Girls develop confidence in themselves and their abilities, and form positive identities.
  • POSITIVE VALUES
    Girls act ethically, honestly, and responsibly, and show concern for others.
  • CHALLENGE SEEKING
    Girls take appropriate risks, try things even if they might fail, and learn from mistakes.
  • HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS
    Girls develop and maintain healthy relationships by communicating their feelings directly and resolving conflicts constructively.
  • COMMUNITY PROBLEM SOLVING
    Girls desire to contribute to the world in purposeful and meaningful ways, learn how to identify problems in the community, and create “action plans” to solve them.

And it doesn't stop there. Joining Girl Scouts helps her excel in every area of her life, including at home and at school.

What girls are saying about their Girl Scout Experience

I got to dig holes to plant trees. They taught the right way to do it and why. We also planted flowers and it was neat to see them bloom this spring.
—10-year-old Girl Scout, Oklahoma

My experience as a Girl Scout made me a better, more confident person and showed me ways to make the world a better place.
13-year-old Girl Scout, Massachusetts

It’s really important for girls to stay engaged with science and engineering since it’s such a large part of our world. Girl Scouts showed me it was okay for girls to be interested in STEM. I need to know about these technologies to help me in my future career.
16-year-old Girl Scout, Florida

Without Girl Scouts I would not be where I am today. I think I’ve earned better grades than I would have otherwise. Now I’m looking forward to college, and Girl Scouts has made me more competitive when it comes to applying for the scholarships I’ll need to be able to afford my education.
—15-year-old Girl Scout, Ohio

I used to feel weird because I liked science and math and a lot of my friends were more interested in girly things. After we did some STEM activities in Girl Scouts, I know I can actually be a scientist when I grow up.
—11-year-old Girl Scout, Colorado

School is so much stress and hard for me. Girl Scouts is where I can be good at stuff. Teaching arts and crafts or leading games for younger scouts makes me feel good about myself, like I can do something good. Camping and travel with my friends and no boys around is the best part of Girl Scouts.
13-year-old Girl Scout, Texas

I really like the Girl Scout cookie sale because it teaches me to be more social and to have good eye contact with people.
10-year-old Girl Scout, Texas

My leaders are the best. I used to be very shy, in Daisies, but now I’m not, and it’s because of joining Scouts, getting to know them, and making friends and learning.
12-year-old Girl Scout, Pennsylvania

I started camping with my troop when I was a Brownie and have since improved my skills... I have learned how to cook outside, hike, lead, do archery, tie dye, and so much more just from going camping. Everything that I learn during camping with my troop will help me later in life.
12-year-old Girl Scout, Illinois

 

When you unleash your inner G.I.R.L., you can accomplish anything!
At Girl Scouts, the next opportunity to stand up, speak up, and take the lead is never far away. With us, you’ll discover the G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, Leader)™ in you, and watch her shine, again and again.

Will you find a sustainable solution to a problem in your community? Will you explore the great outdoors? Build a robot? Learn to code? Conduct an experiment?

With us, the possibilities are truly endless. Discover all you can be and everything you can accomplish when you have the right tools and a safe space to shine—and work together to change the world. 

So what are you waiting for?

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And now, when you join between May 1 and July 31, 2018, you can take advantage of our extended-year membership offer. That’s almost 17 months of membership versus 12 for one low promotional price—sweet!

 

    

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