Why should I let my daughter join Girl Scouts?
Girl Scouts helps your daughter realize her dreams and prepares her to take on a complex world with dignity and confidence. We create a safe and nurturing environment where girls can learn to be their best, learn about the world around them, and how to make a difference in their communities.
What happens after my daughter becomes a Girl Scout?
When a girl joins the organization, she becomes a Girl Scout member. All members may choose any one, all, or some of the flexible pathways to participate in during a single year.
How can I support my daughter’s Girl Scout journey?
Parents/guardians should be familiar with the flexible pathways your daughter can experience. Help her identify her interests, and encourage her to participate in various activities.
Where do funds come from to pay for books, pins, and awards?
Through participation in product sales, such as the annual Girl Scout Cookie Program, which provides troops or individual girls with proceeds to help pay for books, earned awards, or uniform pieces. Proceeds may also be used to pay for attendance at camp or to travel, as well as various activities offered by the council. Parents/guardians of girls will often pay some of the costs. If a troop is newly formed, a troop leader may request a small amount from the parents to begin the program year. All of these specific troop details should be discussed at the first parent’s meeting. Limited financial assistance for books, membership pins, and uniform components is available.
Are uniforms required in Girl Scouting?
Uniforms are not required, but are encouraged for visibility and Girl Scout spirit. A girl is always welcome to participate in Girl Scouting whether or not she chooses to have a uniform. The Girl Scout Membership Pin can be worn with or without the uniform. Girls are encouraged to at least purchase (visit the Girl Scout Shop) a sash or vest on which to display earned awards and other official insignia. Financial assistance is available.
Is financial assistance available?
Yes. GSSWT believes no girl should ever be denied the opportunity to participate in Girl Scouts because of financial need. Funds are available to assist girls with council activities, membership dues, books, etc.
Who can be a Girl Scout volunteer?
Anyone over the age of 18 and willing to accept the Girl Scout Promise and Law is welcome to volunteer for the organization. Adults go through the following steps when applying to become Girl Scout volunteers: application with criminal background check, appointment for one year, placement, and required training. GSSWT offers adult learning opportunities online and in a live class format to provide volunteers with a solid foundation for guiding the leadership development of girls.
Who do I contact for information or help?
Contact your Girl Scout staff liaison (call 210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 or click here for the staff directory).