Skills today. Success tomorrow.

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Skills today. Success tomorrow.

Success looks different to every girl, but whatever it means to her, we’ll help her get there! At Girl Scouts, your girl will discover who she is, what she’s passionate about, and what she wants to achieve­—both today and in the future, no matter the circumstances.

Right now, when you sign her up for Girl Scouts, she can become a part of something truly special as she:

  • Connects with other girls in her community and across the country, from the safety of home.
  • Takes advantage of our NEW Girl Scouts at Home site to earn badges in just about everything that sparks her interest.
  • Participates in live virtual events.
  • Helps her community.
  • Grows confidence in her outdoor skills—yes, even from home!—and learns to be a champion for the environment.
  • Expands her imagination through hands-on STEM activities.

These are just a few of the possibilities available to her when she signs up. And when it’s time for us all to come together again, we’ll be here to help her make that transition. Because we’re always here for you—adapting to fit her needs and growing with her as life changes.

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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.
  • Is a K-12 student. 

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 the Girl Scout Constitution.
  • Has paid annual, lifetime, or other applicable membership dues.
  • Is at least 18 years old OR is a high school graduate or equivalent. 

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.

NOTE: Programming and activities will differ temporarily in light of COVID-19. We are working hard to adapt to girls’ needs to keep them connected, engaged, and inspired from home and online. Girls can still earn badges; build new skills; participate in (virtual) events; help their communities through safe service projects; learn how to protect the environment; explore science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); and more.

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 environmenttraveling 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.

NOTE: Although outdoor activities are limited right now and travel is suspended because of COVID-19, there is still so much for girls to explore and do as Girl Scouts. Her experience will look different for the time being, but it will remain unique, enriching, and life-changing. We’re here for her—adapting to meet her needs every step of the way. 

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.

NOTE: Programming and activities will vary temporarily because of COVID-19. We will continue to adapt as the situation evolves. 

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

When can we join?
Right now! In fact, it's always a good time to join Girl Scouts. Join 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, even in challenging times like these.

How much does it cost to join Girl Scouts?
Girl Scouts is a great value! For the membership year beginning October 1, 2020 dues start at just $25, plus additional fees for your local council. These optional costs include your girl’s Girl Scout uniform and some program fees for 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 local Girl Scout council 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. And right now, we’re continually adapting our programming and activities to promote the utmost safety and follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s and state recommendations for social distancing. 

We are also working hard to ensure that girls stay safe online. For example, our virtual events use a one-way platform, meaning that girls can see the presenters, but the presenters cannot see the girls. Plus, the names of the attendees are not shared with the audience, and access to registration information is limited to GSUSA staff only. 

How do I sign her up?
It's easy! Just click "REGISTER TODAY" under “Become a Girl Scout!” to fill out a registration form, and we'll direct you to your local Girl Scout council to find a troop or another opportunity near you.

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. Right now, you can volunteer virtually and keep girls engaged and inspired girls in challenging times. 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:

    Girls develop confidence in themselves and their abilities, and form positive identities.
    Girls act ethically, honestly, and responsibly, and show concern for others.
    Girls take appropriate risks, try things even if they might fail, and learn from mistakes.
    Girls develop and maintain healthy relationships by communicating their feelings directly and resolving conflicts constructively.
    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 say about their Girl Scout experience

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 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

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