There’s only one requirement for being a Girl Scout. You have to be a girl. That’s it!
Membership in Girl Scouts is open to girls ages 5-17. Women and men age 18 and over can join as adult members. Most girls join a local troop or group for fun and friendship, but they also find out about building character and self-esteem and serving their communities—the core qualities of Girl Scouting. In Girl Scouts, girls find a safe place to grow and share new experiences, learn to relate to others, develop values, and contribute to society.
The mission of Girl Scouting is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. The Girl Scout Program is based on the needs and interest of girls. All members:
- Share the Girl Scout Promise and Law.
- Pay national dues of $12.00.
- Follow safety guidelines.
Girl Scouts is the largest girl-serving organization in the country. We are more than 3 million members strong. We are the premier leadership organization for girls, and we are in every zip code in the United States. Girl Scouting’s sole purpose is to meet the unique needs of girls by offering activities which address both girls’ current interests and their future roles as women.
Today, there are more female leaders in our society than ever before—but still far too few at the top. The leadership gap begins in girlhood. That’s where Girl Scouts can help. Girl Scouts makes a direct effect on girl’s leadership development on a national scale. We work together with girls and skilled volunteers to help girls discover what they can do, learn how to connect with others and take action together to transform their world.
In society where girls’ schedules are busier and busier, young women need positive role models. The Girl Scout organization provides adult volunteers with valuable training and skill development, as well as program materials and resources to help these role models be prepared to make a real impact in the lives of girls.
Recent studies reveal that when compared to non-Girl Scouts, Girl Scouts have higher levels of respect for others, better decision-making skills, and have a greater sense of belonging. Girl Scouts also demonstrate increased leadership and teamwork skills, a greater desire to be helpful to others, and a higher appreciation for diversity. Girl Scouts builds leaders, one girl at a time.
So, why should girls become Girl Scouts? Maybe you should ask yourself.