Why Girl Scouts?
Girl Scouts was founded in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low, who believed passionately that girls should be given the same opportunities as boys to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually.
Juliette was a true trailblazer, and her visionary leadership created a strong foundation for the organization we would become.
Environmental Stewardship – She purchased a camp 10 years before she purchased an office building.
Diversity and Inclusion – Integrated troops existed forty years before the Civil Rights Act was passed.
Global Citizenship – The International Council of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts was formed in 1919, the same year as the League of Nations.
Educational Enrichment – As early as 1913, aeronautics and circuitry programming inspired girls to consider non-traditional careers.
Public Service – Young Girl Scouts volunteered in hospitals, grew vegetables, sold bonds, and collected peach pits for use in gas mask filters during World War I.
For more than 100 years Girl Scouts has been building girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. We are the premier leadership organization for girls, helping them discover their potential to change the world. Did you know that 69% of female US Senators were Girl Scouts? They’re not alone. About 80%of women executives and business owners have participated in Girl Scouts. And today, there are more than 50 miilion alumnae across the United States who developed their foundation for leadership in Girl Scouting.
Girl Scouts has designed age-appropriate programs that meet the needs of today’s girls. Girls may register individually or as members of that explore everything from camping to careers. The Girl Scout program is flexible and offers many ways to participate in Girl Scouting.
Who can join and how?
Membership is open to all girls and adults who accept the Girl Scout Promise and Law.
Girls age 5-17 can register as Girl Members. Girls are grouped by grade levels as follows and participate in programs developed specifically for their grade-level.
- Daisy Girl Scouts (Grades K-1) can include girls in VPK who are age 5, but were not enrolled in Kindergarten
- Brownie Girl Scouts (Grades 2-3)
- Junior Girl Scouts (Grades 4-5)
- Cadette Girl Scouts (Grades 6-8)
- Senior Girl Scouts (Grades 9-10)
- Ambassador Girl Scouts (Grades 11-12) Girls who turn 18 while in the 12th grade can continue to participate in girl programs through September 30 of the year she graduates.
Adults age 18 and over can register as adult members.
How to Participate
Girls (and adults!) have many choices as to how they can participate in Girl Scouting. GSSEF offers program activities and events in the following entry-points or Pathways. You can participate in one or more at any time – depending on what fits best with your schedule and lifestyle.
- Camp: day, weekend or resident camps with a focus on the out-of-doors and/or environmental education
- Events: Large, Council-wide events serving more than 500 participants
- Series: a set of programs with the same group of girls relating to a specific theme or purpose, usually lasting 6-12 weeks
- Travel: plan, earn money, prepare, and participate in regional, national, and international trips including college campus tours and other Girl Scout Councils
- Troops: a series of programs with the same group of girls and adult volunteers (troops can start at any time of the year!)
- Virtual: Girls engage in interactive, high-quality program activities in a safe and secure online environment.
Annual membership dues for the 2014-2015 membership year, October 1 – September 30, are $30 each for girls and $15 for adults. Membership dues can be paid online here or at one of the Council’s many recruitment and registration events. Financial Assistance is available to help cover annual dues, uniform components and program fees. Click here to view the Financial Assistance Guidelines. Download the Financial Assistance application here.
Effective with the 2015 membership year, read here.
Other costs associated with Girl Scout activities may include the purchase of a uniform and pins, The Girls Guide to Girl Scouting and Journey Books, patches and badges as they are earned, program activity fees and troop dues. Visit one of our Council Stores for more information.