Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana, Inc. | For Adults | Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently asked questions about Girl Scouts and Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana:
- My daughter doesn’t have time to be in a troop for an academic year. Can she still be a Girl Scout?
The five Girl Scout Pathways enable girls to participate in Girl Scouts in any or all of the following ways: as a member of a troop/group that meets regularly all year, on a travel adventure, at events held throughout the year, in a series of meetings with a group that explores a particular interest, and at day and resident camp sessions.
- What is the value of an all-girl environment?
National research shows that in an all-girl environment girls can relax and feel comfortable expressing their opinions and discussing issues that are important to them. Girl Scouts build the strength to make good life choices by participating in age-appropriate activities in a unique, girl-only place where they develop the courage, confidence and character they need to make the world a better place.
- What if our family cannot pay the fees for programs she is interested in?
Scouterships/Financial Assistance may be available to cover a portion of some of these costs related to Girl Scout membership if there is need. Applications for Scouterships should be made through a girl's troop/group leader or by contacting the council office.
- What kinds of activities do Girl Scouts do?
When your daughter registers as a Girl Scout, an amazing number of age-appropriate opportunities open up for her. Girl Scout Leadership Development activities are powerful learning tools because each has a purpose—to help girls develop and internalize the values of the movement as expressed in theGirl Scout Promise and Law.
Science, math and technology, leadership, sports, etiquette, financial literacy, healthy living, the arts, history, diversity, globalism, outdoor education, and service to the community are just some of the areas she will explore in a safe, all-girl environment that helps her develop her strengths and leadership skills.
- What are Girl Scout Leadership Journeys?
Girl Scouts of the USA offers three series of Leadership Journey books, one for each Girl Scout level, which provide a set of integrated leadership development experiences. Journeys can be completed in 5-8 sessions or more and in a variety of Girl Scout Pathways. Each Journey has a related set of Skill-Building Badges which girls can earn, as well as Journey awards. Journeys are designed to be part of the Girl Scout experience, along with badges girls can earn in the Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting, and other activities like the Girl Scout Cookie Program, service projects, and trips.
- How is the registration fee used?
The registration fee (currently $12, but will increase to $15 for the 2013-2014 program year) goes directly to the national Girl Scout organization in New York, to support the work of the national staff and for training, publishing, marketing , and research at the national level. No portion of the fee remains in GSSI.
* What does every Girl Scout need?
Parents and adult volunteers: What do Girl Scouts at various levels need--membership, uniform components and insignia, and their own resource books--journey and Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting? It's all detailed in a very helpful document, "What Every Girl Scout Needs."