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Girl Scouts is for Every Girl

Friendship, adventure, and making a difference—it all starts now.

Whether they’re sleeping under the stars, creating the most colorful work of art yet, or teaming up with their new best friends to build a robot, Girl Scouts grow into their strongest, kindest, most resilient selves—with moments of joy every step of the way.

Watch them make a difference in the world—and in themselves. Join Girl Scouts today.

         


Kristen Bell and Girl Scouts: Paint Your World Purple 

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Girl Scouts who join between April 1 and May 13, 2022, through the extended year membership option are eligible to attend our special virtual event Thursday, May 19, with actor, producer, parent, and Girl Scout alum Kristen Bell. Author of #1 New York Times bestseller The World Needs More Purple People, Bell will chat about what it means to be a Purple Person and completes fun activities to show off those Purple People skills.

Don’t miss this opportunity—registration is open now!


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You’re invited!

Experience Girl Scouts through one of our free, fun parties and see what the adventure is all about! We can’t wait to meet you and your girl! 

 

What Girl Scouts Do

Anything they set their minds to.

She’s doing more than navigating a rocky trail; she’s learning to problem solve and take a closer look at the world around her.

She’s not just selling a box of Thin Mints; she’s gaining the confidence to pitch the first investor in her small business.

And the giggles she shares with her fellow troop members? She’s building a support squad that will boost her mood and have her soaring above peer pressure or tough times in school. 

Everything Girl Scouts do builds their curiosity, kindness, and can-do spirit. And as they earn badges, help their community, and deepen their friendships, they’ll also have a blast along the way. It’s what Girl Scouting is all about.

         

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Click the appropriate drop-down to find answers to frequently asked questions regarding joining Girl Scouts.

Girl Scout Membership Questions

What is Girl Scouts?
Girl Scouts is more than an activity—it’s a Movement dedicated to building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.

Why do girls love being Girl Scouts?
Girl Scouts is a way of life that brings out the best in your girl, even in the most challenging of times. While they’re learning about STEM, the outdoors, entrepreneurship, and important life skills, Girl Scouts are also discovering new ways to make their family and community stronger, kinder, and better for everyone.

How does it work? What’s a “troop”?
Groups of Girl Scouts, called troops, typically meet weekly or every other week for an hour or two. Guided by adult volunteers, troop members choose the hands-on activities and projects that excite them, try new things, and cheer each other on. Together, they earn badges to reflect their successes and show the world what they’re made of.

What’s the goal?
Making sure girls see and have opportunities to reach their potential isn’t just about helping them earn better grades, make better decisions, and lead happier lives (though it helps with those things too!). It’s about creating a more fair, equal, and compassionate world where every girl has a seat at the table and can make her dreams come true. Check out our values in the Girl Scout Promise and Law.

When can I get started?
If your girl is ready to let her best self shine and start creating the world she wants to see, she’s ready to be a Girl Scout today.

How much does it cost to join Girl Scouts?
A Girl Scout membership is $25—plus any applicable council fees. A typical Girl Scout year begins October 1, and the fun keeps going through May. Of course, we don’t want fees to be a barrier, so please reach out to us about financial aid assistance.

What are the membership requirements for girls?
Membership in Girl Scouts is granted to any girl who:

  • is currently enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade;
  • has made the Girl Scout Promise and accepted the Girl Scout Law;
  • has paid annual or other applicable membership dues.

What are the membership requirements for adults?
Membership in Girl Scouts is granted to any adult who:

  • is at least 18 years old OR is a high school graduate (or equivalent);
  • accepts the principles and beliefs as stated in the preamble of the Girl Scout
  • Constitution; and
  • has paid annual, lifetime, or other applicable membership dues.

When will I get placed in a troop?
Girls who become members and participate in a troop that is already formed, meaning it has the minimum required number of girls and volunteers, can likely start meeting as soon as the next troop meeting. If the troop is newly formed, there may be a short waiting period for the troop leader to complete orientation.

Will I hear from my troop leader?
If a girl joined an existing troop, her troop leader will likely reach out within 48 business hours by phone or email. Caregivers have access to the troop meeting details and troop leaders’ contact information in MyAccount under MyTroops.

How do I register as a troop leader?
When looking to become a troop leader please follow the prompts for adult membership and select a troop that has open positions for Troop Leaders.

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 as well as require all volunteers to have an up-to-date background check on file.

 

Our Customer Care team can provide additional support. Please email us at customercare@girlscouts-swtx.org.

Kristen Bell and Girl Scouts: Paint Your World Purple

What is an Extended Year membership?
A Girl Scout annual membership is valid from October 1 through September 30 of the following year. An Extended Year membership allows girls and adults to join starting April 1 and remains valid through September 30 the following year. A current Extended Year membership will be valid from April 1, 2022, through September 30, 2023.

Who can participate in the Paint Your World Purple virtual event?
The Paint Your World Purple virtual event is open to any Girl Scout member (girl or adult) who does the following between April 1 – May 13, 2022:

  • Joins for the first time by purchasing an Extended Year membership.
  • Renews their current membership by purchasing a 2023 membership.
  • Has already purchased or purchases a Lifetime Membership by May 13.

When does event registration open?
Event registration will open on April 1, 2022. Visit girlscouts.org/purple for more details.

What time does event registration close on May 13?
Event registration will close at 11:59pm ET on May 13, 2022.

Do I need to be a Girl Scout to register for the event?
Yes. This special event is just for Girl Scouts who renew their membership for next year or join for the first time through extended year between April 1 - May 13, 2022.

Do I have to register for Girl Scouts before I register for the event?
Yes, but you can do both at the same time! Go to girlscouts.org/purple and click on “Sign Me Up.” You can register for Girl Scouts or renew your membership all at the same time.

I requested financial assistance. How can I register for the event?
The council will need to approve your financial assistance request before you register for the event. As soon as you receive approval, simply go back to girlscouts.org/purple and click on “Sign Me Up.” When you add the event to your cart, you will be prompted to log into your myGS account. If your membership has been approved, you should then be able to complete your event registration for free.

Is there any purchase necessary?
The Paint Your World Purple event is available at no additional cost to any girl or adult member enrolled for the 2022-2023 membership year.

Can Girl Scouts sign up for either time, no matter where they live?
Yes. You can choose which time works best for you.

What does this collaboration entail?
Our collaboration with Kristen Bell and Penguin Random House will include a national virtual event with Kristen Bell and Girl Scouts along with programmatic and promotional materials—a free activity book for all girls and meeting resources for Girl Scouts and volunteers—which will be available at no additional cost to any girl or adult member enrolled for the 2022-2023 membership year. An optional, low-cost patch will also be available for purchase.

Is participation mandatory?
No. Like all Girl Scout programming, the Paint Your World Purple event is optional.

Will I receive an email confirmation?
Yes, you will receive a confirmation email after you complete your membership purchase and register for the event.

I registered. How do I know I am confirmed?
You will receive an emailed receipt confirming your membership purchase and/or event registration.

Can I get a refund?
There is no additional cost for the Paint Your World Purple virtual event so there is no refund available. Membership dues may not be transferred to another member and are not refundable.

How do I obtain the patch?
The patch will be available online at the Girl Scout Shop and our council’s shop.

Can my parent or caregiver join this event?
We encourage everyone who plans to join to be a Girl Scout member. Parents and caregivers are welcome to join alongside their girls.

Can Lifetime Members register for the event?
Yes! Lifetime Members just need to go to girlscouts.org/purple and click “Sign Me Up.” Add the event to your cart and you’ll be prompted to log into your myGS account. Then you can complete your event registration!

Do Lifetime Members need to renew a role before they can register for the event?
No. Lifetime Members just need to log into your myGS account and then they can register for the event.

 

Our Customer Care team can provide additional support. Please email us at customercare@girlscouts-swtx.org.


Do you need financial assistance with uniform components, and handbooks? Go to our Forms page under the section Fund Development Forms and fill out the appropriate Friendship Circle Request.