Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana, Inc. | Who We Are | Who Can Join Girl Scouts?

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Who Can Join Girl Scouts?

Any girl who is 5-17 years old, or in grades K-12, who agrees to abide by the Girl Scout Promise and Law, and pays the $15 registration fee may become a Girl Scout. Adults can become members of Girl Scouts, also for $15.

 Girl Scout Age Levels  

  • Girl Scout Daisy – grades K-1
  • Girl Scout Brownie – grades 2-3
  • Girl Scout Junior –grades 4-5
  • Girl Scout Cadette –grades 6-8
  • Girl Scout Senior –grades 9-10
  • Girl Scout Ambassador –grades 11-12

How Can I Join the Girl Scouts?

For girls: If you are in grades K-12 in school and would like to be a part of Girl Scouts, register online or call the council office and ask for a Membership Recruiters.. She will give you the details and send you the paper work you need to register as a member. She will also talk to you about which Pathways will be best for you. Note: Your parent/guardian will be asked to give written permission for you to join.

For adults: If you are 18 years old or more and would like to volunteer with Girl Scouts, register online or call the council and ask for a Membership Services Specialist. You will be provided with information about how to join and what volunteer opportunities are available. Note: Girl Scouts conducts criminal background checks on adult volunteer candidates who will be involved in direct service to girls.

How much does it cost to be a Girl Scout?

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Registration dues for girl and adult members is $15. 

Registered members have activity insurance coverage through Mutual of Omaha while participating in all Girl Scout activities, access to professional program resources and publications on a national and local level, workshops, and training.

NOTE: Membership dues are sent to the national organization—Girl Scouts of the USA, in New York. None of the membership fee finances local program or operating costs. Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana is funded by the annual Girl Scout Cookie Program (60%); United Way organizations in Daviess, Warrick, Gibson, Vanderburgh, Perry, Posey, Knox, and Pike counties contribute 2%; and support also comes from businesses, foundations, members, families, and friends.

National Girl Scout membership dues are not refundable or transferable to another person.

What Every Girl Scout Needs:

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."

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Who pays?

The girl and her family pay her personal expenses—membership dues, uniform (optional), insignia, transportation, and camp/special event fees.

Adult volunteers pay personal expenses—membership dues, uniform (optional), materials/fees for some education courses and transportation.

The troop pays for program supplies, troop equipment, service projects, and troop activities. All troops maintain their own treasuries, set their own dues, and collect them. Selling Girl Scout Cookies also helps troops build their treasuries. If a program event/activity costs more than the troop treasury can finance, the family may be asked to provide additional support.

The council pays for staff, event underwriting, maintaining and operating camps, communication materials, training support and promotion for Girl Scouts.

Scouterships—Scouterships/Financial Assistance may be available to cover a portion of some 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.