What does it cost to join?
Membership dues are $15 for the Girl Scout year which runs from October 1 through September 30. In addition, the troop may set a dues amount to be collected on a regular basis, usually weekly or monthly. Girls, along with their leaders and parents, decide how much and how often they will pay dues to the troop treasury. Troop dues typically cover supplies, badges, patches and field trips.
What do the $15 Membership dues cover?
Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) annual membership dues are $15. GSUSA, the national organization uses the $15 to pay for accident insurance for members, program research, new resources, training and limited services to local councils.
Does my daughter need a uniform?
Girls are NOT required to have uniforms, however all registered members are entitled to wear them. Girl Scouts wear uniforms show their pride in belonging to the preeminent organization for girls.
Where do I buy uniforms and other Girl Scout merchandise?
We have three convenient ways to shop! Visit one of our three council shops, order by mail, phone or fax.
Of all of the activities available to my child, why Girl Scouts?
Girl Scouts understands that girls have unique needs that are best met in a program designed specifically for them and delivered in an all-girl setting. Research tells us that a girl's leadership blooms when she's among other girls, away from school pressures, social cliques and boys. It's then that she is in a place where she can be herself and take on new challenges. All Girl Scout activities are girl-led, where each girl learns by doing, and the learning is cooperative, not competitive. Adults mentor girls and model skills, behaviors, relationships and careers that girls can emulate.
Girl Scouts has developed an exciting model that meets every one of this needs-it's called the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE). Everything girls do in Girl Scouting is infused with the GSLE, which shows girls how to discover who they are and what they stand for, connect with vibrant and diverse peers in their own neighborhoods and around the globe, and together take action to make a difference in the world, inspiring and advocating for others along the way. The GSLE identifies fifteen exciting outcomes/benefits for girls, all of which propel girls toward becoming the exceptional women they were born to be.
I want my child to have the very best Girl Scout experience. How can I help make this possible?
There are many ways you can help. Sure, the girls are first in Girl Scouting, but as the adult members can attest, there's fun in it for adults, too! A successful Girl Scout year depends on involved parents. Here is a list of ways you can help. Don't limit yourself to this list. If you see a way you can be helpful, let your troop leader know. We encourage dads to get involved too! Volunteer opportunities with Girl Scouts grow adults that are strong and wise.
If your daughter is part of a troop you can:
Sponsor a troop through your business, church, school or civic organization. Sponsors can provide almost anything, from a meeting place, money or a van for a field trip. Attend one or two field trips and help with the transportation.
Buy groceries for camp outings or agree to bring a meeting snack once a year. Talk to other parents about doing the same. Help organize donations to offset the troop expenses. Offer to do the troop phone calls, copy or translate materials. Any skills you have can help the troop!
Help with a Girl Scout cookie booth sale. Be a parent helper at one or two meetings a year. You can help provide activities, serve as a consultant on try-it’s or badges or volunteer to be a program resource for the troop. Attend all parent meetings.
Help by being the cookie parent (a job many dads enjoy!), treasurer, or take the council's outdoor training and be the camp-certified person for your daughter's troop. Talk to your troop leader and let her know you're willing to help and find out how you can contribute to the troop (for example, offer special skills you may have such as first-aider or lifeguard).
Just do it. Join the troop leadership team! Take an hour a week and you will enjoy watching her grow as a leader, as a member of the team and as a girl. Sure, the girl comes first in Girl Scouting, but as the adult members can attest, there is a lot of fun in it for grown-ups, too.
If your daughter is not part of a troop, choose one or more pathways for her to participate in: Girl Scout Pathways
My daughter has a friend that is not a Girl Scout, but wants to come to summer camp with her. Is that ok?
Yes, all girls are welcome to participate in Girl Scouting in whatever pathway suits them. Girls do not have to be in a troop or be involved in Girl Scouting in any other way to come to camp.
My daughter is no longer in a troop, can she still sell Girl Scout cookies?
Yes, contact Connie Frederick at the LLC for more information on how to be a part of our Cookie Program.
I got a letter saying that I owe money to the Council for a product program (cookies or nuts). However, I gave my leader or deposited all the money that was owed. What should I do?
Please call Connie Frederick at the LLC. If you got this letter, then our records do not match. Please contact Connie right away to work out the situation.
How is Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana funded?
GSNI-M receives funding from United Ways; grants, corporate and individual donors; special events; and the Girl Scout Cookie Program.
How can I donate?
Click here to donate online or send your donation to any one of our service centers in Fort Wayne, Logansport, or South Bend.