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FAQ for Girl Scout Parents

Do I have to register as a member to participate?

Every participant (girl or adult) in Girl Scouting must register and become a member of Girl Scouts of the USA. GSUSA membership dues are valid for one year. Membership dues are sent by the council to GSUSA; no portion of the dues stays with the council. Membership dues may not be transferred to another member and are not refundable. 

How can my girl become a Girl Scout member?

She registers through her local Girl Scout council. You can call a GSGNY Borough Service Center or attend a recruitment event in your area/school. You will be contacted by a volunteer who will work to register your daughter and to link her to the appropriate volunteer based on how she would like to participate.  Membership registration forms are available HERE.

How much does it cost to be a Girl Scout?

Membership dues for all Girl Scouts are $25 annually. This entire amount goes to the national organization (GSUSA) and pays for accident insurance, program development and resources. Troops may also charge dues. Each troop decides how much and how often troop dues are collected. This money stays with the troop to pay for program supplies, activities, trips, and recognitions

Can my girl become a Girl Scout without being part of a troop?

There are many ways girls can take part in Girl Scouting. Depending on their free time and interests, they can register individually, for camp, for Pathways, as part of an interest group, or join a troop. If a girl registers individually, she may want to take part in one or two group events, like camp or a council-wide event.

Where and how often do troops meet? 

Troops typically meet at schools, churches, libraries, etc.  They typically meet once a week, every other week, sometimes once a month. This depends on the volunteers that will be working with your daughters’ troop, their availability and community resources available.

How old do you have to be to become a Girl Scout?

Girls can register as Girl Scouts from Kindergarten through 12th Grade. Adults can register as Girl Scouts as well.

  • Daisies: Kindergarten or first grade
  • Brownies: Grade 2 or 3
  • Juniors: Grade 4 or 5
  • Cadettes: Grade 6, 7, or 8
  • Seniors:  Grade 9 or 10
  • Ambassadors: Grade 11 or 12

Do I have to buy a uniform for my Girl Scout?

While not a requirement of membership, Girl Scouts at each level have one encouraged element (tunic, sash or vest) for the display of official pins and awards which will be required when girls participate in ceremonies or officially represent the Girl Scout Movement.

Daisies and Brownies have their own full uniform.  Older girls wear their own solid white shirts and khaki pants or skirts in addition to their tunic, vest, or sash, Girl Scouts. Girl Scouts in high school can also wear a scarf that unites their look with the sisterhood of Girl Scouts around the world. 

FAQ for Girl Scout Volunteers/Leaders

How can I become a Girl Scout volunteer?

It’s easy to become a volunteer! Contact us at 212.645.4000, and we'll send you our Volunteer Application and Background Check Authorization.  Complete those forms, send us two reference emails, and complete our online "Getting Started" orientation.  Once complete, our Membership staff will work to connect you to volunteer opportunities in your area. 
  
As a leader, where do I get information and support?

The main ways to get support are through Service Unit Leader Meetings, held 5-10 times a year (a group of volunteers and troops in the geographic area where you do Girl Scouting). Council staff and administrative volunteers are available to answer questions and provide information.

How do I purchase Girl Scout items?

To make an appointment to visit our Shop at Wall Street, email retail@girlscoutsnyc.org. You make also purchase items online.

How can I find out about programs geared toward specific age groups?

Program information is emailed to our members, so be sure to include your email addresses during registration. Information is also sent out by Service Unit Managers on a regular basis. You may also see our upcoming events HERE.

When does the cookie sale begin and where do I get the materials for my troop?

The 2018 cookie sale begins in mid-December. The materials for your troop are given out at your Service Unit Leader Meeting to be held in late November or early December. Please be sure to send your troop's cookie volunteer to that meeting to collect your troop's materials. For more information, click HERE.

My meeting site is requesting a Certificate of Liability – how do I get it?

Ask your meeting site contact who the Certificate Holder should be, as well as their street address, and we will issue them our Certificate of Liability.

FAQ for Girl Scout Leaders Planning a Trip

Do I have to notify Council when I'm planning a trip with my troop?

If you are planning a one day trip within the five boroughs you must notify us least two weeks prior to your trip. Send your Borough Service Center Contact an email with the details or we will send you a form.

If your trip is out of the five boroughs or overnight, you must fill out the Trip Application, which is also located in the Troop Resource Guide. You also must have at least one adult on the trip who has taken the Overnight Adventures and Beyond training and one adult who has had CPR/First Aid training (they can be the same person). These certifications must be included with your trip application.

If you are taking any unregistered people on any trips you need to file for Additional Insurance, at least two weeks prior to your trip. Additional Insurance is 11 cents per person per day, with a minimum due of $5.00. This form is also in the Troop Resource Guide, and must accompany your trip application.

Please review the Trip Application instructions, which are also located in the Troop Resource Guide, for additional guidelines.

How do I apply for a free subway pass for my troop?

Complete the Free Subway Pass Application and send it to Shaquna McQuitter-Johnson.

How do I take my troop to Camp Kaufmann?

Learn about all of the different ways to enjoy Camp Kaufmann by checking out the latest edition of our Get Outdoors Guide, which also includes camp application forms and other information. We offer Traditional Troop Camping, Day trips, Special Weekends, and more. 

Can men go to camp?

Yes, men can visit Camp Kaufmann for day trips, or for our He & Me Days. They may stay overnight, but facilities for men are limited. Contact Peter Delaney for availability.