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At Girl Scouts, your girl will unleash her inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)!

How? Through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience—a collection of engaging, challenging, and fun activities like earning badges, going on awesome trips, selling cookies, exploring science, getting outdoors, and doing community service projects.

At Girl Scouts, she’ll get to lead her own adventure (it’s her world!) and team up with other girls in an all-girl environment to choose the exciting, hands-on activities that interest her most. Along the way, she’ll gain important skills in four areas that form the foundation of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience:

  • Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)
  • Outdoors
  • Life Skills
  • Entrepreneurship

The Result? A Lifetime of Leadership!

In fact, being a Girl Scout helps girls thrive in five key ways. As a Girl Scout, she:

• Develops a strong sense of self
• Displays positive values
• Seeks challenges and learns from setbacks
• Forms and maintains healthy relationships
• Learns to identify and solve problems in her community

Delivering Fun with Purpose

To bring the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to life, activities are led by girls themselves, feature cooperative learning, and highlight learning by doing. Girls come up with their own ideas, build teams, and experience the joy of making a positive impact. At Girl Scouts, she will:

Discover

Discover
Find out who she is, what she cares about, and what her talents are.
 

Connect

Connect.
Collaborate with other people, both locally and globally, to learn from others and expand her horizons.
 

Take Action

Take Action.
Do something to make the world a better place.

 

FAQs

What are the membership requirements for girls? 
Membership as a Girl Scout is granted to any girl who:

  • has made the Girl Scout Promise and accepted the Girl Scout Law
  • has paid annual or other applicable membership dues
  • meets applicable membership standards.

What are the membership requirements for adults?
Membership as a Girl Scout adult is granted to any person who:

  • accepts the principles and beliefs as stated in the Preamble of the Constitution
  • has paid annual, lifetime, or other applicable membership dues
  • meets applicable membership standards.

What do Girl Scouts do?
Girls in grades K-5 might belong to a troop, learn new skills and earn badges, go on hikes, or head to camp for the first time. Older girls can dig deep into what interests them—they might learn to code, make a PSA, travel to new places, or go on an outdoor adventure. Did we mention the potential for earning college scholarships? Learn more about the different ways to participate.

What Girl Scout activities are most popular?
Girl Scouts offers programs to match almost any girl’s interests. Whether it’s camping and hiking, engaging in awesome science and math activities, exploring the environment, traveling the globe, learning first aid, running a cookie business, or building stronger friendships, girls discover all kinds of activities that stimulate their brains and strengthen their bodies. Looking for something else? Girl Scouts also lets girls build a unique experience around their own specific interests.

What is the best age for a girl to join Girl Scouts?
Any age is a good age to become a Girl Scout! We offer programs for girls from kindergarten to high school, and girls can participate in Girl Scouts from ages 5 to 18. (Girls who are 5 must be eligible for kindergarten; girls who are 18 must be enrolled in high school.) Learn more about Girl Scouts by age group (or grade level).

Were you a Girl Scout? We also have an excellent alumnae network for adults.

When can we join?
Right now! In fact, it's always a good time to join Girl Scouts. Join in time for summer camp, before the new school year, or any time that works best for your family. We’re flexible and can tailor your girl’s experience to her needs.

How much does it cost to join Girl Scouts?
Girl Scouts is a great value! Membership starts at just $15, with additional program fees for some of the activities your girl attends. Of course, we don’t want fees to be a barrier, so definitely ask your local Girl Scout council about financial assistance.

What about safety?
Safety is a top priority for Girl Scouts. All activities are supervised, and we provide our volunteers with top-notch training and program resources. We also follow comprehensive safety guidelines tailored to individual activities and girls' ages.

How do I sign her up?
It's easy! Just click "JOIN NOW" and enter your zip code above and we'll direct you to your local Girl Scout council to find a troop or another opportunity near you.

Can parents and adults volunteer?
Yes! Be her cheerleader, guide, and mentor, helping her develop skills and confidence that will last a lifetime. Imagine all the smiles, the excitement, the memories made. Volunteer today.

What she gets from joining

Girl Scouts are happy and confident, and they thrive on new adventures and experiences.

A Girl Scout knows she's having fun, but you'll know she's also gaining:

  • Important financial literacy skills as she participates in the largest girl-run business in the world—the Girl Scout Cookie Program
  • Healthy relationship skills that will help her navigate through her school years, especially as she moves into middle school and high school
  • Knowledge that will help her in science classes as she builds robots, conducts amazing experiments with her friends, or explores the natural world around her
  • Leadership skills that will make it easier for her to speak up in class and advocate for herself and others

Girls become more empowered as they move through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, a set of activities and challenges designed to deliver specific benefits to girls at every age level.

Underneath the fun, the Girl Scout Leadership Experience is working to help girls:

  • Realize a strong sense of self
  • Develop positive values
  • Gain practical life skills
  • Seek challenges in the world
  • Acquire critical thinking skills
  • Cultivate healthy relationships
  • Promote cooperation and team building
  • Resolve conflicts
  • Advance diversity in a multicultural world
  • Feel connected to their local—and global—community
  • Become resourceful problem solvers
  • Identify community needs
  • Advocate for themselves and others
  • Educate and inspire others to act
  • Feel empowered to make a difference in the world

And it doesn't stop there. In addition to enabling her to enjoy a broad base of benefits that will help her in every area of her life, joining Girl Scouts can help her excel in every subject at school, too.

 

Do you need financial assistance with uniform components, and handbooks? Please complete the Friendship Circle Fund Request Form, and have it signed by Troop Support then send it to the Development & Communications department, jpedrotti@girlscouts-swtx.org.