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I Can't Wait to Be a Girl Scout!

The Girl Scout Program is girl-driven, reflecting the ever-changing needs and interests of today's girls. Girls discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together. Girls learn the importance of personal responsibility, the value of goal-setting, the spirit of teamwork, and the thrill of accomplishment.

Girl Scouting is for every girl, everywhere---where today's girls can become tomorrow's leaders. Membership in Girl Scouts is open to girls ages 5-17; women and men over 17 can join as adult members.

Girl Scouts earn badges, hike and camp, participate in the cookie program, and much more. They improve neighborhoods, protect the planet, design robots, and establish sports clinics. See what a great Girl Scout year can look like for each grade level by visiting Girl Scout GPS!

All Girl Scouts are divided into age levels: Daisy, grades K-1 Brownie, grades 2-3 Junior, grades 4-5 Cadette, grades 6-8 Senior, grades 9-10 • Ambassador, grades 11-12

What Daisies Do (PDF) What Cadettes Do (PDF)
What Brownies Do (PDF) What Seniors Do (PDF)
What Juniors Do (PDF) What Ambassadors Do (PDF)




Girl Scout program starts girls off on a Journey of their choice from the National Leadership Journeys series. They'll earn awards, have fun, and take on projects that change the world.

Girls then add The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting to their program portfolio. The Girl's Guide offers girls national proficiency badges, traditions and history, an awards log, and much more. Let Brownie Elf walk you through a fun video describing the Girl's Guide. For complete information about what girls from kindergarten through high school do in Girl Scouts and the awards they can earn, please see the main Program page.

Girl Scouts in Troops

Most girls join a local troop or group for fun and friendship, but in the process they build character, gain self-esteem and serve their communities---the core goals 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.

Waiting to be Placed in a Troop? Lots of Ways to Be Involved Right Now!

Has your daughter already registered as a member of Girl Scouts but is not yet in a troop? There are many different ways your girl can participate in Girl Scouting even if she is waiting to be in a troop. Click here to find out!

Juliette Girl Scouts

Another option for girls is to become an independent scout, or Juliette Girl Scout. Juliettes can participate in the same types of activities as those in which girls in troops participate, but they are not affiliated with a troop.

How Much Does It Cost?

Annual membership dues are $15. Each troop will decide on any additional troop dues to cover the costs of events and activities. However, no girl will be denied membership because of financial reasons. Financial aid is available to those who qualify; click here to learn more. Girls have opportunities to earn funds during the Cookie Program and Fall Nut and Magazine Sale to use toward program activities, camp, uniforms, and more.

Ready to become a Girl Scout? Join Now!

Start the fun now! Click here to join now!

For general information, please call (800) 447-4475. Girls must get parent or guardian permission first.

History of Girl Scouting

Click here for information on the history of Girl Scouting.

The Girl Scout Promise

In English:

On my honor, I will try:

To serve God* and my country,
To help people at all times,
And to live by the Girl Scout Law

* The word "God" can be interpreted in a number of ways, depending on one's spiritual beliefs. When reciting the Girl Scout Promise, it is okay to replace the word "God" with whatever word your spiritual beliefs dictate.

En Español:

Por mi honor, yo trataré:

De servir a Dios* y a mi patria,
ayudar a las personas en todo momento,
y vivir conforme a la Ley de las Girl Scouts.

* La palabra "Dios" puede ser interpretada de varias maneras, dependiendo de las creencias espirituales de cada uno. Cuando recitas la Promesa de las Girl Scouts, si prefieres, puedes sustituir la palabra "Dios" por otra palabra más acorde con tus creencias espirituales.

The Girl Scout Law

In English:

I will do my best to be
    honest and fair,
    friendly and helpful,
    considerate and caring,
    courageous and strong, and
    responsible for what I say and do,
and to
    respect myself and others,
    respect authority,
    use resources wisely,
    make the world a better place, and
    be a sister to every Girl Scout.

En Español:

Yo me esforzaré a:
    Ser honrada y justa
    cordial y servicial,
    considerada y compasiva,
    valiente y fuerte, y
    responsable de lo que digo y hago,
y a
    respetarme a mí misma y a los demás
    respetar la autoridad
    usar los recursos de manera prudente,
    hacer del mundo un lugar mejor, y
    ser hermana de cada una de las Girl Scouts.

Girl Scouts of the USA Mission Statement:

Girl Scouting builds girls of Courage, Confidence, and Character who make the world a better place!