Financial assistance is provided to individual applicants based on
specific financial need and the applicant’s compliance with the
financial assistance philosophy for membership and programmatic activities.
Financial Assistance- Membership
- Girl Scouts of Western Ohio is committed to ensuring that all
girls and adult volunteers, who want to participate in the Girl
Scout Leadership Experience, that are willing to make the Girl Scout
Promise and accept the Girl Scout Law, are welcome. No girl or adult
volunteer will be prevented from participating in Girl Scouting due
to financial barriers.
- Membership subsidy is provided to
individual girls and adult volunteers based on their specific family
financial need. Financial assistance may only be requested by
caregivers or individual adult volunteers, based on individual
/family need. Troop leaders may not request financial assistance for
“the troop” or on behalf of troop members.
subsidy is available on a limited basis to adult volunteers.
Assistance is available to an adult in a volunteer role that is
needed to meet volunteer requirements or girl/adult ratio (e.g.
troop leader). Financial assistance will be considered for
additional adult volunteers, when there is a specific financial need
and the volunteer has agreed to an active volunteer role with the
troop. See Safety Activity Checkpoints Guidelines for more
information on required adults.
- Each year, Girl Scout
troops/groups are encouraged to designate a portion of their troop
funds for the annual membership dues.
- Renewing Girl Scout
troops with girls or adults must participate in the Cookie Program
to be eligible for financial assistance.
Membership Financial Assistance Guidelines
1. Girls—Caregivers of girls requesting financial assistance
complete the standard online registration process. If the family is
unable to pay for the membership fee, they can select financial
assistance at the payment screen. The person registering the girl will
receive notification when the financial assistance is applied.
2. Required Adult Volunteers (Troop Leaders)—An adult
requesting financial assistance for membership completes the
registration process and may request financial assistance if they are
unable to pay the fee and they are in a role required for the troop or group.
3. Other Adult Volunteers—If the adult volunteer is not in a
required volunteer role, (e.g. troop assistant), she/he may still be
eligible for financial assistance if she/he has a specific financial
need and she/he is committing to an active volunteer role with the
troop. The adult volunteer completes the standard registration process
and requests financial assistance. She/ he will be sent a form where
additional information can be provided, confirming financial need and
volunteer commitment. Decisions about financial assistance for
volunteers in roles that are not required are made on an individual basis.
Financial Assistance—Camp/Program Activities
Philosophy: Girl Scout events and activities will result from
girl-adult planning that allows Girl Scouts adequate time to prepare
troop or group money-earning projects that will support the girls’
choice of activities. Financial assistance is granted to individual
applicants who have a specific and distinct financial need. All
applicants are to contribute some portion to the activity cost.
Camp/Program Activities Financial Assistance Guidelines
- Applicant must be currently registered with Girl Scouts of the
- Requests are to be on current forms.
assistance is available on an individual basis. Troops / groups are
not eligible for financial assistance.
- Individual girls may
request financial assistance for the following opportunities:
council-sponsored opportunities, summer camp opportunities,
Destinations/getaways, troop trips.
- Financial assistance
applications should indicate that the request is based on the
financial need of the individual applicant.
- Requests should
indicate that the applicant has participated in event planning and
money-earning with other troop members over a period of time based
on the guidelines found in the Girl Scout grade level
- Adults are eligible to apply for financial
assistance for troop activities and council-sponsored adult
education opportunities ONLY when the participation of that adult is
required to ensure that Safety Activity Checkpoints are
- If most or all members of a troop must request
financial assistance to participate in a troop activity, it may be
an indication that further troop planning is needed. If a troop does
not meet its financial goals, adjustments should be made to the
activities themselves or the projected timetable.
must have complete information in order to be reviewed. Incomplete
forms will be returned.
- A current Troop Financial Report
must be on file for troop members to be eligible for financial
Girl Scout leaders must review financial assistance philosophy and
guidelines with caregivers and encourage caregivers to submit the
request form directly to their Girl Scout center or online.
Camp/Program Financial Assistance- Responsibilities of Leaders
If individual girls within a troop wish to apply for financial
assistance for a program opportunity, the leader will:
- Ensure that the financial assistance philosophy and guidelines
- Turn in completed application form to the
appropriate Girl Scouts center. Forms must be received one month
prior to the date of the event or activity except for activities
with a budget over $200 per person which must be turned in three
months prior to the event.
- Ensure that caregivers and troop
sections are filled out entirely, including caregiver
- Review financial assistance philosophy and guidelines.
For a troop activity, complete the required sections and return to
the Girl Scout leader; the leader must complete the Girl Scout leader
section of the Financial Assistance Request Form. For girls who are
either registered as individual members or requesting assistance for a
non-troop activity, the caregiver must complete the caregiver sections
of the form including a caregiver signature and mail the form directly
to the Girl Scout center.
Camp/Program Notification of Financial Assistance Status
Girl Scout leaders and/or caregivers will be notified of the
financial assistance amount received or any questions or concerns
within three weeks of their receipt at the Girl Scout center.
Notification letters will indicate:
- Problems/concerns that must be addressed before further action
can be taken
- Action taken regarding financial
- Other individuals receiving a copy of the
Financial Assistance will be made through an electronic transfer of
funds whenever possible, including:
- To the troop checking account for all troop activities
- Directly to the appropriate department for all Girl Scouts of
the USA, Destinations, or Girl Scouts of Western Ohio