Q: How can my daughter become a Girl Scout member?
Q: Can my daughter become a Girl Scout without being part of a troop?
A: There are many ways girls can take part in Girl Scouting. Depending on their free time and interests, they can register individually, for camp, as part of an interest group, or join a troop. If a girl registers individually, she may want to take part in one or two group events, like camp or a council-wide event.
Q: How old does my daughter need to be to become a Girl Scout?
A: Girls can register as Girl Scouts from Kindergarten through 12th Grade. A girl must be in kindergarten to become a Girl Scout. A 12th grade Girl Scout remains a girl member until Sept 30th following her high school graduation. If she registers for the new Girl Scout year beginning Oct 1st she would register as an adult member.
Q: How do I register my daughter if we are moving within the United States?
A: Call Girl Scouts of the USA at (800) GSUSA 4 U, or use the Girl Scout Council Finder to locate the council in the area where you’ll be moving. You can also tell your current council staff where you are living, and they will help connect you with the council nearest your new home and can assist with your transfer of membership if necessary.
Q: Our family is moving overseas. How do I find a new troop for my daughter?
A: Call USA Girl Scouts Overseas at (800) 247-8319 or (212) 852-8618 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Do I have to buy a uniform for my Girl Scout?
A: The GSUSA National Board updated the Girl Scout uniform policy as of October 2008 to reflect the changing needs of our members and transformation of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.
Girl Scouts at each level have one required element (Tunic, Sash or Vest) for the display of official pins and awards which will be required when girls participate in ceremonies or officially represent the Girl Scout Movement.
For girls in grades Kindergarten through 12th, the unifying look includes wearing a choice of a tunic, vest or sash for displaying official pins and awards, combined with their own solid white shirts and khaki pants or skirts. Girl Scouts in high school can also wear a scarf that unites their look with the sisterhood of Girl Scouts around the world.
For adult members the unifying look of the uniform is a Girl Scout official scarf, or tie for men, worn with the official membership pins, combined with their own navy blue business attire. Girl Scouts at the Daisy and Brownie levels will continue to have a full uniform ensemble available.
Q: Where do I place pins and badges on the uniform?
A: See the Where to Place Insignia on a Girl Scout Uniform in Girl Scout Central. A couple of hints:
- Some insignia come in iron-on format, but not all. Check and see before you iron them as non-iron-on awards will melt if they are ironed.
- The insignia tab is a great tool. Membership pins can be placed onto it and then be removed easily when the uniform needs to be cleaned.
Q: Where do I buy uniform pieces?
A: You can purchase uniform pieces through our local council shops
Q: Does my Girl Scout need books?
A: Girl Scouts recommends having books because they were designed to enhance the experience—a lot of information needed to participate fully is included in the books – the Journey books and The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting.
Q: Where can I get the books?
A: You can buy books and awards from your local Girl Scout Store. Troop/Group volunteers can use their troop/group funds to purchase books for all members. Ask your local library if they have copies on hand that can be checked out.
Q: Does my Girl Scout have to sell cookies?
A: Participation in this Girl Scout program activity is voluntary. However, girls tell us selling Girl Scout Cookies is fun. Girls practice life skills such as teamwork, money management, and entrepreneurship. This activity provides Girl Scouts – Dakota Horizons with revenue to support Girl Scouting in local communities, including a portion that goes back to the Girl Scout troop/group selling the cookies. Customers purchase great cookies and know they are supporting girls in theircommunity.
Q: What role do I have in Girl Scout Cookie activities?
A: A parent/guardian can help her/his Girl Scout by:
- Giving permission for her to sell Girl Scout Cookies.
- Attending the cookie activity training for her troop/group.
- Helping her set and meet her personal goal(s) and her groups’ goals.
- Helping her observe all safety rules and guidelines outlined in materials sent home before the program begins.
- Helping her understand that you will be working with her in a supportive role; adults, however, should not assume sole responsibility for selling cookies.
- Helping to network with colleagues so that she can contact co-workers and family members to purchase cookies.
- Providing transportation to cookie events or special sales areas, like those at the mall or outside a grocery store that her troop/group may be participating in.
- Providing a safe place for the money collected, as well as frequent drop-offs of money to the Cookie Sale Coordinator.
- Paying for any cookies eaten at home.
Q: Where does the money earned from Girl Scout Cookie sales go?
A: The best way to understand where the money goes is by picturing a cookie. A piece of the cookie goes to pay the baker for making the product. Another piece goes to Girl Scouts – Dakota Horizons to support Girl Scouts in the area, and a third piece goes directly to the troop/group selling the cookies.
Q: How can I register my Girl Scout for Girl Scout camp?
A: Check the Girl Scouts – Dakota Horizons website for camp information. Complete and submit the Camp Registration Form to the Event Registrar or register online. Your Girl Scout can then sign up on time or even early (some sessions fill up very rapidly) for camp. Resident Camp is especially popular for older girls.
Q: Do camp staff receive special training?
A: Camp staff receives training from the council before camp season starts. All local Girl Scout councils must follow Girl Scouts of the USA guidelines, as outlined in its safety publications, as well as comply with applicable state laws. The camps are run by staff and volunteer members based on their skills and job experience.
Q: How can I become a Girl Scout volunteer?
A: Glad you asked! Any adult having direct contact with the girls needs to be a registered member of GSUSA and Girl Scouts – Dakota Horizons. Complete the Adult Membership Registration Form and the Volunteer Application, submit both with your $12 registration fee and we will take care of the rest. Go to Become a Volunteer for additional information.
Q: What types of training/learning opportunities are available before working with girls on my own?
A: Girl Scouts – Dakota Horizons requires that every volunteer complete GSUSA’s Girl Scouting 101 Online Learning Opportunity. Additionally, troop/group leaders are encouraged to take CPR and First-aid training. Girl Scouts – Dakota Horizons offers ongoing training through service units, volunteer meetings, and topic-specific workshops. Some Service Units have a volunteer mentoring program, which links experienced volunteers with new volunteers.
Q: What can I do to help the adult volunteer working with the girls directly?
A: Talk with your Girl Scout’s adult volunteer and see what type of help she needs. Extra adults are always needed at meetings, for trips and special events, as well as for Girl Scout Cookie activities. Just remember that if you are working with the girls you will need to be an approved volunteer. Become a Volunteer
Q: I am a single father raising my daughter. How can I volunteer?
A: You can be a volunteer and help lead your daughter’s troop, help with product sales, chaperone on field trips, etc. Just be sure that you are registered, have received your appointment letter, and that you follow all GSUSA safety requirements at all times. For the safety of the girl and yourself, an approved female volunteer must always be present when you are with girls.