Q: At what age can a girl join Girl Scouting?
A: Girl Scout membership is based on grade level rather than age: Daisy (grades K-1), Brownie (grades 2-3), Junior (grades 4-5), Cadette (grades 6-8), Senior (grades 9-10) or Ambassador (grades 11-12). Girls attending summer camps or programs are considered to be at the grade level they will be entering in the fall.
Q: How can a girl participate in Girl Scouting?
A. Girl Scouting offers several “pathways” in which girls and adults can participate. Some girls participate in one pathway, while others may select any combination of the four:
- Troop – Girls meet regularly in their community with the same group of girls and adults on a year-round basis.
- Events – Different girls and volunteers at one-day programs sponsored locally or even over a series of days statewide or nationally.
- Camp – Girls attend day or resident camp programs to meet new friends and learn new skills over a series of days or even weeks!
- Travel – Regional, national or international trips are available to girls and travel chaperones, guides, or host volunteers.
Q: My daughter’s schedule doesn’t permit her to belong to a troop.
Can she still earn badges or awards?
A: Yes! In our council, Girl Scouts who don’t belong to a troop are Indie Girls (short for Individually Registered Girls.) An Indie Girl can participate at any grade level and in any of our pathways. If she’s an Ambassador, our Girl Scout Gold Award Committee can also help mentor her, monitor her success and provide her with the advice she needs to receive the highest award in Girl Scouting.
Q: What does it cost to join?
A. Annual membership dues are $25; and most troops charge minimal dues per girl for materials and activities in the meeting place. Typically, parents or guardians also pay for a girls’ uniform (components) or insignia, Journey books or handbooks, and Girl Scout pathway opportunities that a girl wants to do in addition to troop planned and budgeted activities. Troop families often provide refreshments or transportation.
The Girl Scout Cookie Program and MagNut Program are designed to allow each troop to raise the monies they need to pay for field trips, events, troop camping, ceremonies, workshops, service projects, etc. These experiences also provide girls with five essential skills, like money-handling and goal setting.
Financial assistance is available so that every girl can benefit from the Girl Scout experience.