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When you just can’t wait for what you’ll do next, you can do anything!Girl Scouts are always counting down to the next adventure. Maybe it's artistic. Maybe it's an experiment. Maybe it's getting outside or helping the community. With us, you'll make a bunch of new friends—and together you’ll have so much fun experiencing how exciting the world is and how awesome you are, over and over again.
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Girl Scout annual membership dues are $15 and the membership year is from October 1 - September 30. To ensure everyone can participate, financial assistance is available.
Members renewing for the 2014-15 membership year receive fun rewards with Early Bird and Spring Renewal! Learn more about these special, limited-time offers »You should hear from a staff member or local volunteer within two weeks of submitting your new membership registration. If you have questions, please contact email@example.com for support.
Have questions? We have some answers.
- Why is Girl Scouts the right place for my girl?
- Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) is the largest organization for girls in the world. Our mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
- In Girl Scouts, girls develop their leadership potential through activities that enable them to discover their values, skills, and the world around them; connect with others in a multicultural environment; and take action to make a difference in the world.
- Girl Scouting is open to all girls from kindergarten through high school. Our programs and activities are research-based and girl-tested so that we can help girls grow in a developmentally-appropriate way, no matter their age.
- Girl Scouting provides girls with opportunities for fun and friendship while fostering the development of leadership skills and self-esteem.
- How much does Girl Scouts cost?
- Annual membership dues are $15, and our membership year is from October 1 to the following September 30.
- No girl will be denied membership in Girl Scouting due to an inability to pay annual membership dues. Financial assistance is available for girls and adults who are registered or becoming members of GSOSW. Girls and adults may request financial assistance for annual membership dues, and girls may request assistance for components of their uniform and for program-related books.
- Modest troop dues or activity fees are set locally. Please talk with your troop leader to learn more.
- How will you keep my girl safe?
- Our primary concern is always the safety and well-being of the girls we serve. In fact, the physical, emotional, and social well-being of girls is woven throughout everything we do. Girl Scouts of Oregon and SW Washington has clear policies regarding volunteer requirements and screening practices designed to protect girls.
- We have stringent practices in place that include criminal background checks for staff and adult volunteers, adult-to-girl ratio requirements, guidelines regarding where activities take place, permission slip requirements, and training materials outlining safety measures we expect our volunteers to observe.
- What can I do to help?
- Girl Scouting would be impossible without volunteers: adults who give their time, energy, and passion to provide opportunities and leadership skills that enable girls to learn and grow. There are so many ways to share your interests, time, and ideas:
- be a troop leader or co-leader
- teach our eight-week anti-bullying series to middle school girls
- help a Lego™ Robotics team get started
- organize a summer day camp in your community
- share a cultural tradition or teach a new sport
- join other Girl Scout volunteers on a service team that supports local troops
- Volunteering at Girl Scouts begins with our application and background check to ensure girls’ safety. Then a wonderful series of trainings will give you the skills and tools you need to work with girls. At every step of the way you’ll have the support of staff and a team of local volunteers. It couldn’t be more fun or rewarding!
- How can I stay in the loop with GSOSW?
- Our monthly GSOSW eNews is full of useful and fun information about Council events and opportunities—it’s easy to sign up and we will never sell your email address. GSOSW is also on Facebook!
- If your girl is in a troop or group we encourage you to stay in close contact with her leaders and offer to help in any way you can. Our handy GSOSW calendar is another great resource for trainings, events and milestones throughout the year.
- Once a Girl Scout, always a Girl Scout! Connect with our 59-million-strong network of Girl Scout alumnae.
- What about sensitive or controversial topics and partnerships?
- Girl Scouts supports girls from all backgrounds and beliefs. We are a secular organization that refrains from teaching religious or spiritual beliefs or practices, and we believe that the motivating force in Girl Scouting is a spiritual one. We greatly value our longstanding partnerships with religious organizations across many faiths that share the values of the Girl Scout Promise and Law.
- We encourage girls to develop connections to their own spiritual and religious beliefs by earning recognitions provided by their faith communities and by earning the My Promise, My Faith pin, which helps a girl deepen the connection between the Girl Scout Law and her faith. We support the right of faith leaders to verify that program delivered to girls in their places of worship is consistent with their faith's teachings.
- GSOSW does not take a position or promote materials on sensitive issues. Our role is to help girls develop self-confidence and good decision-making skills that will help them make wise choices in all areas of their lives. Parents or guardians make all decisions for their girls regarding sensitive topics or program participation that may be of a sensitive nature. Consistent with that belief, GSUSA directs councils, including our staff and volunteer leaders, to get written parental permission for any locally planned program that could be considered sensitive.