How are girls grouped?
Girl Scouting builds
on a progressive, age-appropriate national curriculum that asserts that girls
benefit from being with other girls who are socially and emotionally similar in
their development. Girls may participate in a number of different pathways, but
our resources generally focus on linking girls to their peers in the following
- Girl Scout Daisy: Grades K-1
- Girl Scout Brownie: Grades 2-3
- Girl Scout Junior: Grades 4-5
- Girl Scout Cadette: Grades 6-8
- Girl Scout Senior: Grades 9-10
- Girl Scout Ambassador: Grades 11-12
Why do all Girl Scouts
pay $12 membership dues each year?
The $12 membership
dues go directly to Girl Scouts of the USA each year so that girls can receive
all the benefits of being a member of a national organization. Currently there
are 2.4 million girl members and nearly one million volunteers who are members.
Membership dues are approved by the National Council which consists of
delegates elected by Girl Scout councils across the country, as well as members
of the National Board of Directors and National Nominating Committee, and
others. Any changes to the national dues must be proposed and approved by the
National Council at a National Council Meeting held every three years.
As members who have paid their annual dues (or paid a lifetime membership),
girls and volunteers receive the benefits of a nationally consistent Girl Scout
Leadership Experience, the opportunity to benefit from program resources
developed by teams of experts (e.g. journey books, Girl Guide to Girl Scouting),
and basic activity insurance that provides coverage during Girl Scout
activities. Girl Scouts of the USA also provides resources that
support volunteer training and enrichment.
Financial support for all other local activities, events, trainings, and
opportunities that benefit girls is provided through a combination of troop
dues, program fees, corporate and foundation grants such as your local United
Way, product program revenue, Family Partnership gifts, and other philanthropic
gifts from individuals and families.
What are service
Service units are organized by specific geographic areas that enable volunteers
and staff to provide localized program delivery and membership support. An
established Service Unit is a minimum of 5 separate Girl Scout Troops and is
lead by administrative volunteers who make up the Service Team.