- About Girl Scouts
Join Girl Scouts today!
At Girl Scouts, girls are always counting down to the next adventure they'll go on together. Maybe it's artistic. Maybe it's an experiment. Maybe it's getting outside or helping the community. With us, you'll make a bunch of new friends and have a ton of new experiences that show you how exciting the world is, and how awesome you are, over and over again.
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You can also see answers to frequently asked questions or read about how the special girl in your life can benefit by joining Girl Scouts.
What are the membership requirements for girls?
Membership as a Girl Scout 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
- meets applicable membership standards.
What are the membership requirements for adults?
Membership as a Girl Scout adult is granted to any person who:
- accepts the principles and beliefs as stated in the Preamble of the Constitution
- has paid annual, lifetime, or other applicable membership dues
- meets applicable membership standards.
What do Girl Scouts do?
Girls in grades K-5 might belong to a troop, learn new skills and earnbadges, 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.
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 environment, traveling 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.
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.
When can we join?
Right now! In fact, it's always a good time to join Girl Scouts. Join in time for summer camp, 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.
How much does it cost to join Girl Scouts?
Girl Scouts is a great value! Membership starts at just $15, with additional program fees for some of the activities your girl attends. Of course, we don’t want fees to be a barrier, so definitely 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.
How do I sign her up?
It's easy! Just click "JOIN NOW" and enter your zip code above 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. 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 is working to help girls:
- Realize a strong sense of self
- Develop positive values
- Gain practical life skills
- Seek challenges in the world
- Acquire critical thinking skills
- Cultivate healthy relationships
- Promote cooperation and team building
- Resolve conflicts
- Advance diversity in a multicultural world
- Feel connected to their local—and global—community
- Become resourceful problem solvers
- Identify community needs
- Advocate for themselves and others
- Educate and inspire others to act
- Feel empowered to make a difference in the world
And it doesn't stop there. In addition to enabling her to enjoy a broad base of benefits that will help her in every area of her life, joining Girl Scouts can help her excel in every subject at school, too.
See 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