FAQs of Joining Girl Scouts

September is a time for a fresh start and new beginnings. Children head back to school, and  life eases back into a routine. At Girl Scouts, fall is a time of welcoming returning and new Girl Scouts to this phenomenal leadership program. Here are answers to some of the burning questions of those new Girl Scouts.

How much does it cost?

It costs $15 a year to be a Girl Scout. That $15 open the doors to a year’s worth of leadership growth and amazingly fun opportunities!

What if there’s not a troop?

Being a Girl Scout does not mean she is a part of a group of other Girl Scouts (also known as a troop). There are numerous ways for Girl Scouts to be a Girl Scout! She can be an individually registered Girl Scout (also known as a Juliette- after our founder Juliette Gordon Low) doing all the awesome things a troop would do on her own time. She can attend Girl Scout camp! She can be a part of a Girl Scout series focusing on an interest of hers. A Girl Scout can attend events planned by volunteers, staff and Girl Scout community partners. Did you know we have over 400 events planned for this Girl Scout year?! Check them out at www.GirlScoutsToday.org/Calendar!

When is my troop going to meet?

Girl Scout troops are run by volunteers. The volunteers work together to plan a day and time to meet consistently through the year. This could be once a week to once a month. It all depends on the availability of the girls and the troop volunteers.

For new troops, there is a lag period of when they can start. Before they can meet with the girls, their background check must come back clear and they have some trainings to complete.  This can take 4-6 weeks to accomplish.

What other questions do you have about joining Girl Scouts? Ask us in a comment and we’ll answer!

About Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois

We build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.
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6 Responses to FAQs of Joining Girl Scouts

  1. Christine says:

    How old do you have to be to start? I have a 4yr old that will be 5 in Feb and a 2yr old that will be 3 in Jan..

    • Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois says:

      Christine, a girl can start as a Girl Scout when she turns 5 years old. Give us a call at 800-798-0833 or email us at info@girlscoutstoday.org when your daughters turns 5 and we’ll discuss her and your options at a Girl Scout!

  2. Tricia says:

    My daughter is six. I know there is a troop connected with her elementary school but I am not sure if they have Daisies. If I pay the membership fee and fill out the papers, may she attend camp and events this summer, or does she need to wait until fall until after she connects with a troop?

    • Meredith Mulford says:

      She only needs to be a registered Girl Scout to go to camp. No troop needed!

      • Tricia says:

        Thanks!

      • Meredith Mulford says:

        You’re welcome =) I encourage you to look into Camptastic at Camp Tahigwa (http://m.camptastictahigwa.org). Sessions are only offered one week this summer, but prices are highly discounted and all staff (including myself) are volunteers that were long-time camp counselors. It’d be great for a girl so young to experience such an inviting environment with dedicated people!

        They also have a family weekend at Tahigwa June 21st, if you wanted to experience things together first, and Paltastic for a scout and one adult the weekend before Camptastic in July. Take care!

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