Your daughter wants to join a Girl Scout troop, but neither one of you knows much about Girl Scouting. Here is some general information to get you started.
For definitions of several terms, visit the official Girl Scout Glossary.
A: Registration forms will be sent home with your daughter early in the school year. You may return them at your school's back to school night. You may also register electronically on our site.
A: When your daughter receives the registration form in school, simply check off how you are willing to volunteer. You may also do the same on the electronic registration form.
A: There are five levels in Girl Scouts: Daisies, age 5 or in kindergarten; Brownies, ages 6-8 or in grades 1-3; Juniors, ages 8-11 or in grades 3-6; Cadettes, ages 11-14 or in grades 6-9; and Seniors, ages 14-17 or in grades 9-12. This was obtained from the Girl Scout Glossary.
A: "The credo of Girl Scouting, the pledge that binds us together as members of
the Girl Scout movement."
The Girl Scout Promise
The Girl Scout Law
I will do my best to be
A: "The four program goals are the framework for Girl Scout activities, along with
the Girl Scout Promise and Law."
The four goals are
For more detailed descriptions of the four program goals, visit this page on the GSUSA site.
A: The uniform pieces are displayed here on the GSUSA page.
A: Uniforms may be purchased online here
at the GSUSA Shopping Mall or at the council shop. The phone number of the council
shop is 856-795-1560 and phone/credit card orders are available. It is located at 40
Brace Rd. in Cherry Hill, NJ.
A. Yes. Our camp is Camp Inawendiwin, located in Tabernacle, NJ. Every
summer, six weeks of camping are available. Your daughter can attend day camp there.
There are three 2-week sessions available. Each session will have a sleepover
on the second Tuesday of the session. Resident camp is no longer available at Camp
A: The Service Unit Team is a group of leaders who also assist in the management and the running of the service unit. For more information about our Service Unit Team and specific jobs, see the Service Unit Team page.
A: This depends on the troop. A troop may meet once a month or twice a month.
A: Some troops meet after school, but others meet in the evening, depending on when the leaders are available.
A: As girls get older, meetings are longer. Daisy Girl Scout meetings would be about one hour long. Junior and Cadette Girl Scouts might meet for about two hours.
A: Troops may meet in a room at their school or at a member's home.
A: Girls and adults pay $7 in national dues per year. There are also troop dues, which vary from troop to troop.
A: The cookie sale is held from mid-January to mid February. It lasts about 4 weeks.
A: Girls sell cookies to help raise funds for their troop and council and also for the National organization. Cookie sales also teach important business and money skills to girls.
A: There are several kind of recognitions. In Daisies, girls study the areas of the Promise and Law to earn Daisy Petals. In Brownies, girls complete four actvities related to a ceratin subject to earn a Try-It. In Juniors, girls complete six activities to earn Proficiency Badges. In Cadettes and Seniors, girls complete seven activities, including a service project, to complete Interest Project Awards. There are other recogntions as well. Juniors can earn Signs, which are combinations of badges and activities, Junior Aide, which is earned through helping other girls, and the Bronze Award. Cadettes may earn From Dreams to Reality, the Cadette Challenge, the Cadette Girl Scout Leadership Award, and the Silver Award. Seniors may earn the Career Exploration Pin, the Senior Girl Scout Leadership Award, the Senior Girl Scout Challenge Pin, and the Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting. There are also Religious Recoginitions for girls.