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AGE GROUP - GIRLS 5 - 18

Girl Scouts is a world wide organization that is dedicated solely to girls - just girls!  As a girl scout you child will discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together.  They will enjoy experiences such as field trips, sports clinics, service projects, camping, and cultural  events. Through scouting girls develop leadership and social skills, strong values,  decision making  skills, and respect. Girls learn the importance of personal responsibility, the value of goal-setting, the spirit of teamwork, and the thrill of accomplishment. All of these qualities will teach critical life skills that will build character and help them to succeed in the real world. 

You can join girl scouts at any age starting at 5 years old.  It's never too late to join in the fun.  Girl Scouts are divided into the following categories:

Girl Scout Level Age
Daisy Girl Scouts  5-6
Brownie Girl Scouts  6-8
Junior Girl Scouts  8-11
STUDIO 2B   11-18

I have been a Girl Scout leader since my daughter was a Daisy and she is now a Junior.  Our girls have experienced sleepovers, camping, sports clinics, art classes, dance, theatre, nature tours and many service projects.  It has been a terrific experience for my daughter to be a part of this organization.  The pictures that you see on this page are the members of Pennsylvania Girl Scout Troop 66.

How do I register my daughter?

A girl can become a Girl Scout in many different ways:

  • Register as an independent scout and get regular updates by mail or the internet on council-wide events.

  • Sign up for a Girl Scout Camp.

  • Join a short term interest group.  There are various four-week to six month sessions focusing on topics from careers to sports.

  • Attend a drop-in site at a community or housing center.  Girl Scouts partners with community groups  and other organizations to provide Girl Scouting to girls on an as-needed basis.

  • Finally,  and most common is to join a troop or group of girls who have adult leadership.  To find a troop in your area you can check the official Girl Scouts of America website which is http://www.girlscouts.org.  Once you are on this site select find a council, which will allow you to select the area that you are located.  Many schools allow Girl Scout troops to use their facility so in September flyers will go home with children announcing open registration.

There is a $10 registration fee which covers secondary insurance coverage while your daughter participates in Girl Scout activities.   In addition, individual troops pay for program materials and other costs associated with meeting trips and other activities.  Most troop leaders will charge an activity fee of approximately $25 or $30.  In addition, dues (usually $1) could be charged at each meeting. There are times when trips or activities are arranged and parents are asked to pay a percentage of the cost.  Please note that need based financial aid is available.

What is the commitment?

Girl Scouts can be a year round activity, it really depends on the leader and how much they plan to do in the summer.  Most troops do the majority of their activities from September to June and may have one or two activities in the summer.

If you are involved with a troop meetings can be as frequent as once a week or as few as once per month.  On the average most troops meet twice a month.  In addition, to meetings there could be additional trips or activities.  Keep in mind that activities are not mandatory but they will usually coincide with a badge that the troop is earning, so failure to participate may result in your child not receiving the badge..  The type of badges that the girls earn will vary at each level but will be described in detail in their handbooks.  Troops will earn badges together but your daughter also has the option to earn badges on her own.  Listed below are sample badges/insignias from each Girl Scout level.

Daisy Petals Brownie Try-It Junior Badges 11-17 Awards

Girl Scouts has two major fundraisers.  The first, which is in the Fall, is Be A Reader program.  This is available to Brownies, Juniors, and Scouts 11-18.  This family and friends sale includes a magazine subscription and nut sale.  Orders are taken in September and October for an early December delivery.  This is a great way for troops to earn money at the beginning of the Girl Scout year.

Girl Scouts has two major fundraisers.  The first, which is in the Fall, is Be A Reader program.  This is available to Brownies, Juniors, and Scouts 11-18.  This family and friends sale includes a magazine subscription and nut sale.  Orders are taken in September and October for an early December delivery.  This is a great way for troops to earn money at the beginning of the Girl Scout year.

The second is the Cookie Program which begins in January and continues until the end of February. Everyone knows about and loves Girl Scout cookies.  During this time your daughter will sell cookies to friends and family as well as through cookie shops.  Cookie shops are locations in stores or malls where a table is set up and the girls sell their cookies to the public.  The number of cookie shops the girls do varies depending on the troop leader.

What does my daughter need to get started?

A required uniform must be purchased for each Girl Scout level.  Normally this will be a vest or sash that will hold the badges/patches that your child earns.  However, full uniforms are available and can be purchased if you want one.  In addition, you will need to purchase a handbook, troop numbers, council patches and an insignia tab.

Daisy Brownie Junior Girls 11- 18

 

Interesting facts....

STUDIO 2B is the new place for teens ages 11-18, where they can control what they do, pursue their own interests and set their own time commitments.

Girl Scouts of the USA has more than 300 councils, or local offices.

The Girl Scout Promise and Law are shared by every member of Girl Scouting and it the basis for the way they act on a daily basis.

The Girl Scout Promise

On my honor, I will try:
     To serve God* and my country,
     To help people at all times,
     And to live by the Girl Scout Law.

The Girl Scout Law

I will do my best to be
     honest and fair,
     friendly and helpful,
     considerate and caring,
     courageous and strong, and
     responsible for what I say and do,
and to
     respect myself and others,
     respect authority,
     use resources wisely,
     make the world a better place, and
     be a sister to every Girl Scout.