Frequently Asked Questions - 2018 Membership Dues Increase
Girl Scouts is the first and largest girl-led organization in the world, and for over a century has been preparing girls in grades K–12 for every day leadership by providing rich experiences for them to explore new interests, face challenges, form new friendships, and make lasting community contributions.
Now in our second century, as we continue the Girl Scout mission, it is important that we keep pace with an ever-changing world. To ensure we have the resources to support our mission, Girl Scouts of the USA’s National Board has decided to increase the annual membership fee to $25, starting on October 1, 2017, for both girl and adult members.
Every dollar of membership dues is sent to Girl Scouts of the USA to cover the cost of fundamental services supporting the Girl Scout Movement. This includes, but is not limited to, accident insurance for members participating in approved Girl Scout activities, program development, research, resources, training, technology, services to councils, and protection of the Girl Scout brand. Membership dues also help fund the implementation of new technologies to improve the Girl Scout experience for girls, volunteers, and parents.
Why are dues increasing? What is this money being used for?
Does the increase to membership dues apply to girls and adults?
When will the increase take effect?
How will this increase help girls?
How will this increase help volunteers?
Is Girl Scouting still a good value?
Will the membership dues change each year?
Will financial assistance be available?
Will the increase affect the membership dues for lifetime members?
Do I have to be a member to participate in Girl Scouts?