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Frequently Asked Questions
Parenting

Activities

Camp

Girl Scout Cookie Activities

Membership

Adult Volunteers

Uniforms

 


Activities

Q: Does my Girl Scout need books?

A: Girl Scouts recommends having books because they were designed to enhance the experience—a lot of the information needed to participate fully is included in the books.

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Q: Where can I get the books?

A: You can buy books and awards books through your local Girl Scout council, some council shops, and the online Girl Scout Shop, or by calling GSUSA Customer Service at (800) 221-6707. Sometimes, groups use their funds to purchase books for members, or girls who have moved up in grade-level pass their books down to younger members. Ask your local library if they have copies on hand that can be checked out.

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Q: How can I help my Girl Scout with her experience, including the Girl Scout Gold Award, Girl Scout Silver Award, Girl Scout Bronze Award, etc.?

A: Be a sounding board for ideas and actions, but let her make decisions and take action on her own. Help her by encouraging her to do her best and providing an environment where she feels she can succeed. If she asks you to take a role in the project, you may do so, but only under her direction. Visit Girl Scouts' Highest Awards for additional information.

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Camp

Q: How can I register my girl for Girl Scout camp?

A: Contact your local Girl Scout council and ask for the camp brochure it publishes. The brochure contains an application form to complete and submit to the council. Also ask the council about its registration deadlines. You need to find out this information ahead of the brochure's publication date, which is usually before spring. Your Girl Scout can then sign up on time or even early (some sessions fill up very rapidly). The Council Finder can also help you contact other Girl Scout councils if you or the girl in your life is traveling or visiting relatives for the summer.

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Q: Do camp counselors receive special training?

A: Camp staffs receive extensive training from their council before camp season starts. All local Girl Scout councils must follow Girl Scouts of the USA guidelines, as outlined in its safety publications, as well as comply with applicable state laws. Many Girl Scout camps are also accredited by the American Camp Association. The camps hire staff members based on their skills and job experience.

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Girl Scout Cookie Activities

Q: Does my Girl Scout have to sell cookies?

A: Participation in this Girl Scout program activity is voluntary. However, girls tell us selling Girl Scout Cookies is fun. Girls practice life skills such as teamwork, money management, and entrepreneurship. This activity provides Girl Scout councils with revenue to support Girl Scouting in local communities, including a portion that goes back to the Girl Scout troop/group selling the cookies. Customers purchase great cookies and know they are supporting the girls in their area.

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Q: What role do I have in Girl Scout Cookie activities?

A: A parent/guardian can help her/his girl by:

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Q: Where does the money earned from Girl Scout Cookie sales go?

A: The best way to understand where the money goes is by picturing a cookie. A piece of the cookie goes to pay the baker for making the product. Another piece goes to the local Girl Scout council to support Girl Scouts in its area, and a third piece goes directly to the group selling the cookies.

If you have more cookie-related questions, see the Girl Scout Cookie Program Activity FAQs.

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Membership

Q: Can my girl become a Girl Scout without being part of a troop?

A: There are many ways girls can take part in Girl Scouting. Depending on their free time and interests, they can register individually, for camp, as part of an interest group, or join a troop. If a girl registers individually, she may want to take part in one or two group events, like camp or a council-wide event. Contact your local council for more information.

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Q: How can my girl become a Girl Scout member?

A: She registers through her local Girl Scout council. See Join Us.

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Q: How old do you have to be to become a Girl Scout?

A: Girls can register as Girl Scouts from Kindergarten though 12th Grade. See Join Us.

Adults working with girls can join as well. See Adults in Girl Scouting.

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Q: How do I register my girl if we are moving within the United States?

A: Call Girl Scouts of the USA at (800) GSUSA 4 U, or use the Girl Scout Council Finder to locate the council in the area where you'll be moving. You can also tell your current council staff members where you will be living, and they will help connect you with the local council nearest your new home.

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Q: Our family is moving overseas. How do I find a new troop for my girl?

A: Call USA Girl Scouts Overseas at (800) 247-8319 or (212) 852-8618 or send an e-mail to overseas@girlscouts.org.

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Adult Volunteers

Q: How can I become a Girl Scout volunteer?

A: Contact your local Girl Scout Council. They'll happily talk with you about volunteering. You can also sign-up online.

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Q: What type of learning opportunities are available before working with girls on my own?

A: All Girl Scout Councils offer basic learning opportunities. Additionally, leaders are encouraged to take first-aid training. All Girl Scout Councils offer ongoing training through service units, volunteer meetings, and topic-specific workshops. Some councils have a volunteer mentoring program, which links experienced volunteers with new volunteers.

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Q: What can I do to help the adult volunteer working with the girls directly?

A: Talk with your girl's adult volunteer and see what type of help she needs. Extra adults are always needed for trips and special events, as well as for Girl Scout Cookie activities.

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Uniforms

Q: Do I have to buy a uniform for my Girl Scout?

A: The GSUSA National Board updated the Girl Scout uniform policy as of October 2008 to reflect the changing needs of our members and transformation of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

Girl Scouts at each level have one required element (Tunic, Sash or Vest) for the display of official pins and awards which will be required when girls participate in ceremonies or officially represent the Girl Scout Movement.

For girls in grades Kindergarten through 12th, the unifying look includes wearing a choice of a tunic, vest, sash for displaying official pins and awards, combined with their own solid white shirts and khaki pants or skirts. Girl Scouts in high school can also wear a scarf that unites their look with the sisterhood of Girl Scouts around the world. For adult members the unifying look of the uniform is a Girl Scout official scarf, or tie for men, worn with the official membership pins, combined with their own navy blue business attire. Girl Scouts at the Daisy and Brownie levels will continue to have a full uniform ensemble available.

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Q: Where do I place pins and badges on the uniform?

A: See the Where to Place Insignia on a Girl Scout Uniform. A couple of hints:

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Q: Where do I buy uniform pieces?

A: You can purchase uniform pieces through your local Girl Scout council, some council shops, and the Girl Scout Shop, or by calling GSUSA Customer Service at (800) 221-6707.

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