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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

As a new member of the Girl Scout family, we're sure you have some questions! Here are the answers to some of the most common questions we get from new Girl Scout parents.

Don't see the answer you're looking for? As always, you can contact the Customer Care Team at 888.350.5090 or customercare@gswo.org! We're happy to help.

What should I do if I haven't heard from my girl's troop leader?
If you haven't yet been contacted by your girl's troop leader, please contact the Customer Care Team at 888.350.5090 or customercare@gswo.org so our staff can follow up with them!

What is the cost of Girl Scouts?
The yearly membership fee for Girl Scouts is $25, which you paid at registration. That is the only required cost. However, there are other variable costs that you may wish to pay as well.

Many troops choose to charge dues to help cover the costs of supplies and activities, and this varies from troop to troop. Typically they range from $20-60 per year, but check with your troop leader for the specific amount for your troop, if there is one.

You may also choose to purchase uniforms, badges, patches, and other insignia, which are encouraged but not required. There is one uniform for each grade level, so one uniform could be used for at least two years. These typically cost $33-46 per year, but may be included in your troop dues. Check with your troop leader before purchasing a uniform.

A variety of Girl Scout books are available to support programming in troops, which typically cost $7-22 per year. In addition, you may wish to attend special programs throughout the year with or without your girl's troop. Those costs vary per event.

What uniform or books do we need, and where can we purchase them?
Uniforms and books are encouraged, but not required to be a Girl Scout.  Many troops choose to have uniforms, and you can purchase them online or at our Council shops.

Is a uniform required?
No, uniforms are not required. Each troop decides indiviually what uniform items they will purchase.

When will our troop meet?
Troop meetings vary from troop to troop. Most troops choose to meet once or twice a month, for 60-90 minutes, and may have an occasional outing on the weekend. Troop leaders and volunteers, usually with parent input, choose when and where the troop will meet.

Can my daughter participate without a troop?
Yes she can! While it is encouraged to join in a troop setting, this may not always be possible depending on a girl's schedule. Juliette Girl Scouts are individually registered girl members in grades K-12, who are not affiliated with a troop and are able to complete Girl Scouts activities with the guidance of a parent or adult mentor. They participate in a way that fits their schedule, attending events and participating in activities that meet their needs and interests.

Is there financial assistance available?
Yes! No one is denied the experience of Girl Scouts due to inability to pay. Girls and adults are welcome to request financial assistance to help cover the cost of membership and offset the cost of council-sponsored program events, including summer camp. We do ask that you pay for a portion of the fee, if able.

What are the different Girl Scout program levels?
There are six program grade levels: Daisy (K-1), Brownie (2-3), Junior (4-5), Cadette (6-8), Senior (9-10), and Ambassador (11-12).

How can I help my girl's Girl Scout troop?
You can help with your daughters troop in many ways! You can take a volunteer role or help in other ways outside of the traditional volunteer roles. We recommend talking with your troop leader to find out where they need the most help.

Are parents required to stay during Girl Scouts?
It depends on the troop, but most of the time parents aren't required to stay.  Any parent who wants to stay or help with the troop is required to become a Girl Scout volunteer, which includes purchasing a Girl Scout membership and completing a background check.

How will I know if my girl got in the troop we requested?
If you registered online you should know if your girl was able to join your requested troop once you received your confirmation email. Because of safety ratios troops are required to maintain, some troops aren't able to add more girls.  If your girl isn't able to join your requested troop, we will help you find another troop near you that fits with your schedule.

Does she have to participate for a full year?
Girls have many different ways they can be involved in Girl Scouts beyond the traditional troop setting. She can join in a series or short program, go to camp, travel around the country or even around the world…the possibilities are endless!

We understand that sometimes a full troop commitment may not work with her busy schedule, but she still wants to have Girl Scout experience. Our programs are girl-led, so she can choose to blaze her own pathway!