How to become a girl scout

Register now! Join us for a new program launching May 6, with a members-only virtual event featuring former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama.

This spring, we’re excited to collaborate with Penguin Random House and former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama to introduce the Becoming Me program, inspired by themes from Mrs. Obama’s Becoming: Adapted for Young Readers.

Through the program, girls will unlock the power of their unique stories and embark on journeys to becoming their best selves.

Join your Girl Scout sisters across the country for a members-only virtual event with Mrs. Obama on Thursday, May 6, to kick off Becoming Me!

Following the event, girls can go on to earn badges, explore who they want to become, and take part in a national service project throughout the six- to eight-week program series.

Don’t miss out! The Becoming Me event with Mrs. Obama is open to members who join or renew by April 30.

Your story is your power—unleash it!

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Currently a Girl Scout? Choose the “Next Year—2022” option when renewing.

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Already a 2022 member? If you’re a lifetime member or if you’ve just joined or renewed, register for the event now!

SIGN UP FOR THE EVENT

After registering for the event, download your free Becoming Me Journal through My Events in your account!

Interested in leading a Becoming Me program for Girl Scouts in your community? Reach out to your local Girl Scout council for details!

Questions? Contact our customer care team or contact us via email. We’ll get back to you shortly!

Be a champion for girls today.

Celebrate girls who are changing the world today and for generations to come as they learn cutting-edge skills, work to protect and preserve the environment, explore new technology, and so much more. Girl Scouts’ essential programming fosters courage, confidence, and character in girls, preparing them for a lifetime of leadership. You can champion the next generation of change-makers by investing in the world’s largest leadership development organization for girls!

Now, when you sign up as a lifetime member, $25 of your dues automatically fund a year of Girl Scouting for a girl in an underserved community in your area.

Who is eligible?

Lifetime membership is available to any individual who accepts the principles and beliefs of the Girl Scout Movement, pays the one-time lifetime membership fee, and is at least 18 years old (or a high school graduate or equivalent).

How to become a girl scout

How to become a girl scout

How to become a girl scout

Adults

Supporters and volunteers who are
18 years or older

10+ Year Volunteer

Current volunteers with ten or more
years of volunteer service

Young Alums

Girl Scout alums who are
under the age of 30

To gift a lifetime membership to someone in your household, renew the recipient as a lifetime member.
To gift a lifetime membership to someone not in your household, please contact your local council for assistance.

Your lifetime membership donation is tax deductible as allowed by law.

Benefits

  • Lifetime membership card and pin

Invitation to join an annual call for
lifetime members hosted by GSUSA’s CEO

Invitations to memorable local and national events

The monthly Girl Scout Network enewsletter

10% off Girl Scout merchandise purchased online

  • Discounts at Joann stores, Trust and Will, and Edith Macy Center
    • From March 25, 2021, to March 24, 2022, 20% off online purchases from the following companies that were founded by women:

    o Dagne Dover (accessories)
    o Ellevest (financial services)
    o GoldieBlox (STEM toys)
    o Miss Jessie’s (hair care)
    o M.M. LaFleur (clothing)
    o Skillcrush (coding classes)
    o S’well (water bottles)
    o Women in Negotiation (negotiation classes)

    See full details about benefits and discounts below.

    Dues Do Good

    Girl Scouts provides girls with programming in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); the outdoors; entrepreneurship; and life skills—areas essential to preparing them for a lifetime of leadership, success, and adventure. Your investment in lifetime membership ensures that girls always have the support they need to reach their full potential and change the world.

    Details on Benefits and Discounts

    BENEFIT DETAILS
    • The lifetime membership welcome package should arrive by mail in six to eight weeks.​
    • Our annual CEO call for lifetime members features updates from across the Movement. Members receive an email invitation with a registration link.
    • The invitations to exclusive local events are based on your area’s Girl Scout council.
    • Our monthly Girl Scout Network enewsletter includes profiles of alums, career advice from those who are paying it forward, and videos.
    • The benefits listed on this page are the current benefits available to lifetime members. These benefits are subject to change at any time.
    DISCOUNTS
    • About that 10% off Girl Scout merchandise:
      • You’ll receive a code in your welcome letter to enter in the appropriate field at checkout. The best part: you can use the code multiple times!
      • The code can only be used at www.girlscoutshop.com and is valid at participating council stores.
      • The discount can’t be combined with other coupons found online and doesn’t apply to tax or shipping/handling charges.
    • Additional discounts that lifetime members have access to as members of the Girl Scout Network and Girl Scouts of the USA include:
      • Joann: register for Girl Scout Rewards to get 15% off purchases. Exclusions may apply.
      • Trust and Will: you get one complimentary, state-specific, legally valid will.
      • Edith Macy Center in Chappaqua, New York: you get a hotel package that includes a guest room, buffet breakfast, to-go lunch in a souvenir cooler bag, and transportation to/from the train station for $175 plus tax. Each additional person in a room is $35.
    • We’re offering 20% off online purchases from the following companies that were founded by women:
      • Dagne Dover: 20% off online shopping, excluding sales. Not combinable with other offers.
      • Ellevest: 20% off any membership tier. Not combinable with other offers.
      • GoldieBlox: 20% off online shopping, excluding sales. Not combinable with other offers.
      • Miss Jessie’s: 20% off online shopping on all products in the Stylers category, excluding sales. Not combinable with other offers.
      • M.M. LaFleur: 20% off online shopping, excluding sales. Not combinable with other offers.
      • Skillcrush: 20% off online classes, excluding sales. Not combinable with other offers.
      • S’well: 20% off online shopping, excluding , excluding S’ip by S’well, S’nack by S’well and sales. Not combinable with other offers.
      • Women in Negotiation: 20% off annual membership and individual products and 30% off monthly membership. Not combinable with other offers.

    All special discounts listed above are available from March 24, 2021, through March 25, 2022, regardless of when you register to become a lifetime member. Discounts can be used as often as you like during this time, and the exclusive codes will be shared with you in an email. Please note: these secret codes are just for Girl Scout lifetime members. We’re asking you—on your honor!—not to share them.

    Disclaimers: When you click through the above companies’ websites, you’re visiting third-party sites. We don’t endorse their products and services, and we are not an investment advisor nor are we providing financial advice. The benefits listed on this page are the current benefits available to lifetime members. These benefits are subject to change at any time.

    Ready to get started as a Girl Scouts of Orange County volunteer?

    Whether you are a new volunteer or if you are adding a new role, begin the process here. You will then be directed to complete the following steps:

    1. Select a Role

    During the registration process, you can browse the volunteer opportunities in your area or for a particular troop. If you’re not sure which opportunity to choose, select “Unsure”, and we’ll help you find the right one for you.

    Click here to learn about the various volunteer roles!

    You can also select your volunteer role through your MyGS Member Profile.

    2. Become a Member

    Next, you will provide some information about you and pay the annual national membership dues of $25 and the annual GSOC Council Service Fee of $10.00.

    Annual dues support the national Girl Scouts organization, covers you under our liability insurance, and supports the research and program development our local council relies upon.

    The council service fee enables local councils to provide additional volunteer support and ensure girls receive the best leadership opportunities available.

    Read more about the Council Service Fee.

    3. Background Check

    If the role you selected works directly with youth or manages finances, this step is required. Once you have chosen a volunteer opportunity, you will receive an email, with further instructions on how to complete the background check process. Please note, this may take a few days to process.

    4. Online Orientation

    This video will provide you with a brief overview of our organization, mission and the tools you will be using as a volunteer.

    Looking for the orientation video? Volunteers who need to complete this step can find this video when they log into the Girl Scout Member Community.

    5. Complete Your Volunteer Agreement

    All volunteers are required to review and sign our volunteer agreement each year. You can access the agreement here.

    6. Participate in Trainings

    We offer a wide range of quality and convenient adult learning opportunities that are essential to helping our volunteers gain the skills and knowledge to deliver the life-changing Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Our adult learning opportunities are an investment in you and the girls you serve.

    To learn more about training offerings and upcoming sessions, select a topic below:

    New Leader Orientation & Level Essentials Training

    Licenses and certifications are completed as needed for an activity. The minimum needed by a troop leader is the Leader License. Others follow like the Overnight License, which includes taking both the Be Safe, Be Ready courses.

    Once you complete a license, don’t stop learning! There are also other non-license courses that are beneficial for everyone!

    To find upcoming trainings, please visit our online calendar. For more information about any of the courses below, please contact your local Volunteer Experience Manager or [email protected]

    Leader License

    Click here for the steps to become a Girl Scout Troop Leader!

    First Aider Certification

    The Safety Activity Checkpoints always tell you when a first aider is required. A first aider is defined as someone with current first aid certification, current adult CPR certification and CPR certification appropriate to the grade level of the girls (for instance, a first aider for Girl Scout Daisies should have child CPR).

    First aid and CPR certification is accepted from several organizations. Doctors, dentists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, paramedics, military medics or EMTs may also serve as first aiders. Copies of current certification should be submitted for inclusion in the volunteer’s personal record.

    Volunteers may attend classes offered by their local American Red Cross, fire departments, rescue squads, hospitals, work places or other agencies. Online classes MUST have a skills demonstration session; a class that is completely online is not acceptable by Girl Scouts of the USA. The council also schedules first aid and CPR classes for volunteers. Classes may be requested for groups of six or more adults.

    Overnight License- Be Safe, Be Ready

    The Overnight License is required for all overnight events. There are two courses for this:

    • Be Safe, Be Ready: Outings and Overnights independent study
    • Be Safe, Be Ready: Girl Planning independent study

    These courses cover safety and procedures, how to incorporate girls of any grade level into the planning process, what to take and what to wear and more. NOTE: You will not be able to build fires, make s’mores or cook over a campfire with the Overnight License.

    Test results for these courses should be submitted to Emily Mails.

    Cook Out License

    To build a campfire, make s’mores and/or cook on the fire, either in your backyard or at camp, the Cook Out License is required. To complete this, you will need to take:

    • Overnight License
    • Fire Building (approximately three hours)
    • Outdoor Cooking (approximately three and a half hours)

    This license allows the girls you train to build fires and cook over a campfire. The license is valid for five years.

    Camp License

    To enjoy a back-to-nature camping experience, complete with tent pitching, fires and outdoor cooking and/or to camp out in your backyard or at a non-council site, you will need to complete the Camp License. The Camp License consists of three pieces:

    • Overnight License
    • Cook Out License
    • Tenting (approximately three hours)

    This course is valuable for volunteers who work with troops and want to help them build independence by learning many useful outdoor skills. It covers tarps, tents, and knots. The license is valid for five years.

    Feel like you want a little extra? Try Advanced Camping Skills. Do your girls want to be camping All-Stars, adept with saws, hatchets, lanterns, water purification, and building camp furniture from just rope and sticks? You will need to complete:

    • Overnight License
    • Camp License
    • Advanced Camping Skills
    Camp License Test Out

    A Camp License Test Out is available for experienced campers and is especially appropriate for volunteers with a Girl Scout camping background. Volunteers complete an application, which documents their experience, and a written test of 81 questions. Upon successful completion, a skills demonstration will be scheduled and the volunteer will be asked to build a fire, use both a charcoal and propane stove, tie required knots, pitch a tent and tarp and demonstrate knife use.

    Successfully completing the Test Out skills demonstration earns the volunteer a Camp License, which will be updated every five years. Submit an to begin the test-out process.

    Backpacking

    Do you girls want to backpack, testing their strength and skill and ability to care for themselves? Complete the following:

    • Camp License
    • Backpacking (four hour pre-trip session, followed by a two-day backpacking trip)
    Camp License Update

    To stay current, camp licenses need to be updated every five years.

    Note: Because of revisions to the Be Safe, Be Ready courses, Be Safe, Be Ready: Outings and Overnights and Be Safe, Be Ready: Girl Planning need to have been taken after 4/15/2014 in order to take the Camp License Update.

    Travel License

    Along with the Overnight License, Extended Troop Trip Training is required for “hotel-camping” or any trips of more than two nights. This training can be used to help girls learn to plan their trips, and the volunteer gets credit for being trained.

    Please note: This training is under revision- the one above is current as of right now. Thank you!

    How to become a girl scout

    How to become a girl scout

    New Leader Troop Checklist

    Congratulations! We’re excited you’ve decided to become a Girl Scout Troop Leader!

    Below you’ll find a checklist with the steps you need to start your Girl Scout troop.

    If you have questions, our Customer Care Team is available to help. You can contact them via email or at 1-855-232-GSHH (4744).

    #1: Get a Troop Number

    Contact our Customer Care team online or call 1-855-232-GSHH (4744) and ask for a Membership Manager.

    #2: Join Girl Scouts in a Leadership Role

    Become a Girl Scout Member. Enter your troop number when prompted to do so and select “leader” or “co-leader” as your role. You will be asked to pay the $25 membership fee.
    **If you are already a registered Girl Scout, go to your Member Profile (under the My GS tab), click Add Role, and select “Troop Leader” or “Troop Co-Leader”.

    #3: Complete a Background Check

    Within 24 hours of your registration, you will receive an e-mail from Asurint with instructions on how to complete your background check. The cost is $6.25 and is valid for 3 years. Please do not share this link with others as it will be customized to you.

    #4: Complete Leader Training

    NOTE: Before you can meet with your troop, the following training must be completed. You may choose to take this training as a live online webinar, or in-person. To take this training register through your member profile activity tab and select a training time and date. To complete the training online, follow the steps below:

    • Read the New Leader’s Guide To Success to learn Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson Policies and Guidelines.
    • Register for a Volunteer Essentials training.
    • Before you plan any activity with the girls check the Safety Activity Check Points

    Become a Girl Scout by registering as an individually registered girl and participate in program events sponsored by the council or in your local community. An individually registered Girl Scout is not affiliated with a specific troop, but she is still able to discover, connect and take action at her own pace.

    Individually registered Girl Scouts are girls who register and participate individually in Girl Scouts. An individually registered Girl Scout does not attend troop meetings. She works on Girl Scout program with a parent or other adult mentor and decides what activities she wants to participate in and which earned recognitions she wishes to earn.

    Individually registered Girl Scouts may join local service unit and council-wide events, attend resident camp, participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program and participate in trips with Girl Scout troops or attend events with friends of their choice.

    Although girls in grades K-12 can participate as individually registered Girl Scouts, the option is especially popular among older girls in grades 6-12, as it allows more flexibility to participate in the activities teens and tweens prefer and within the alotted time they have.

    Who can be an individually registered Girl Scout?
    Any girl who is 5-17 years of age may become an individually registered Girl Scout. Adults who mentor and/or assist an individually registered Girl Scout may also register as an adult Girl Scout.

    Why participate as an individually registered Girl Scout?
    It’s a great way to be in Girl Scouts when there are no available troops in your area. Some girls are too busy to be involved in a troop, but still want to do Girl Scout activities. It’s also a solution for girls who want to participate in council-wide program and choose not to be in a troop. Other reasons a girl might prefer individual participation is that she lives in a rural or isolated area, or she may have difficulty coordinating with other girls’ or adults’ schedules. In some areas, there may be a shortage of adult volunteers to lead.

    How much does it cost to be an individually registered Girl Scout?
    The annual membership fee is $25. The fee provides accident insurance for girls participating in Girl Scout activities. Financial assistance is available. Programs offered throughout the year may have additional costs.

    Thank you for joining the millions of Girl Scout volunteers nationwide who are building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. We couldn’t do it without you!

    Becoming a new leader doesn’t have to be an intimidating process, here we’ve broken down how to start your troop in eight easy steps!

    • Register as a new member.
    • Complete your background check online.
    • Keep a lookout for a welcome email once your background check is approved. (Background check clearance can take as long as two weeks in some counties, however it is typically 24 – 48 hours.)

    2.) Start Your Troop Leader Training

    • In order to become a Girl Scout Leader/Volunteer, Girl Scouts require the New Troop Leader Training (Foundation 1) on gsLearnto be completed online to ensure that girls receive the best possible program.
    • Review your Volunteer Toolkit (VTK)
      The Volunteer Toolkit provides a troop roster, yearly plans, meeting plans, and resources for troop leaders.
    • If you’re interested in additional training, check out our Face to Face Courses, Beyond Meeting Courses, or Stepping Out.

    3.) Meet Your GSCCC Staff Membership Team

    We are here to help!

    • Recruitment Specialists recruit new members and help with troop formation.
    • Placement Specialists assist with registration, background checks, and updating troop information.
    • Volunteer Support Managers provide new leader training and support volunteers with questions or concerns relating to their volunteer role.
    • Customer Care Specialists are our volunteers’ best friend. The can answer most questions and know who the experts are for more complicated questions or issues.

    4.) Meet Your Service Unit

    • Your Service Unit is a local group that supports leaders, made up of other Girl Scout volunteers in your community with support from council staff. They are an amazing source of information for you as a new leader!
    • Service Unit meetings are a great opportunity to meet experienced Girl Scout volunteers and new volunteers such as yourself! Troops should be represented by at least one volunteer at Service Unit meetings. Your Volunteer Support Manager will let you know who is on the Service Unit team for your troop and when and where the Service Unit meetings are held.

    5.) Add Girls!

    • Healthy troops have at least 10-12 girls. You may have girls in your community ready to join the troop, or we have girls waiting to join one! If you need help recruiting girls to join your troop, contact your Recruitment Specialist.

    6.) Schedule a Family Meeting

    • Prep beforehand! This is an opportunity for you to work with the families to decide when and where you will hold troop meetings (public buildings highly encouraged), decide about collecting troop dues (how often and how much), and to make a list of simple troop rules.
    • Invite a member of your Service Unit team or local staff to attend to answer parent questions you may be unsure of.
    • Girl Scouts is a partnership with families, volunteers, and staff working together to provide an amazing Girl Scout Leadership Experience for the girls. Recruit adults to help with the leadership and support of the troop! Encourage each family to register at least one adult as a volunteer. This will help ensure that families are engaged in the success of the troop and will provide leaders with the support they need. The Volunteer Toolkit (VTK)has information about how adults can help under the “Meeting Overview.”
    • After the meeting, send information that was discussed and decided on to each parent, and add your meeting day, time, and location into the MyGS portal.

    7.) Hold Your First Troop Meeting

    • Once you have met with your Service Unit for an introduction meeting, you’re ready to meet with your troop! The Volunteer Toolkit has excellent resources for Troop Leaders, including meeting plans.
    • Looking for more information? Check out this video!

    8.) Set Up Your Troop Bank Account

    • All Girl Scout Troops need to set up a Troop Account with one of the three approved banks: Wells Fargo, RaboBank or Union Bank (formerly known as Santa Barbara Bank and Trust). Troop leaders must have Service Unit approval before setting up the account and use the Bank Account Certificate of Authorization.

    And just like that you are ready to get started as a new troop! Stay in touch by liking us on Facebook and following us on Instagram and Twitter to stay up-to-date on upcoming council events and find other amazing volunteers. Looking for more fun content? Check out our Pinterest, YouTube, or blog!

    Here’s more information presented as a progression chart.

    Licenses and certifications are completed as needed for an activity. The minimum needed by a troop leader is the Leader License. Others follow like the Overnight License, which includes taking both the Be Safe, Be Ready courses.

    Once you complete a license, don’t stop learning! There are also other non-license courses that are beneficial for everyone!

    To find upcoming trainings, please visit our online calendar. For more information about any of the courses below, please contact your local Volunteer Experience Manager or [email protected]

    Leader License

    Click here for the steps to become a Girl Scout Troop Leader!

    First Aider Certification

    The Safety Activity Checkpoints always tell you when a first aider is required. A first aider is defined as someone with current first aid certification, current adult CPR certification and CPR certification appropriate to the grade level of the girls (for instance, a first aider for Girl Scout Daisies should have child CPR).

    First aid and CPR certification is accepted from several organizations. Doctors, dentists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, paramedics, military medics or EMTs may also serve as first aiders. Copies of current certification should be submitted for inclusion in the volunteer’s personal record.

    Volunteers may attend classes offered by their local American Red Cross, fire departments, rescue squads, hospitals, work places or other agencies. Online classes MUST have a skills demonstration session; a class that is completely online is not acceptable by Girl Scouts of the USA. The council also schedules first aid and CPR classes for volunteers. Classes may be requested for groups of six or more adults.

    Overnight License- Be Safe, Be Ready

    The Overnight License is required for all overnight events. There are two courses for this:

    • Be Safe, Be Ready: Outings and Overnights independent study
    • Be Safe, Be Ready: Girl Planning independent study

    These courses cover safety and procedures, how to incorporate girls of any grade level into the planning process, what to take and what to wear and more. NOTE: You will not be able to build fires, make s’mores or cook over a campfire with the Overnight License.

    Test results for these courses should be submitted to Emily Mails.

    Cook Out License

    To build a campfire, make s’mores and/or cook on the fire, either in your backyard or at camp, the Cook Out License is required. To complete this, you will need to take:

    • Overnight License
    • Fire Building (approximately three hours)
    • Outdoor Cooking (approximately three and a half hours)

    This license allows the girls you train to build fires and cook over a campfire. The license is valid for five years.

    Camp License

    To enjoy a back-to-nature camping experience, complete with tent pitching, fires and outdoor cooking and/or to camp out in your backyard or at a non-council site, you will need to complete the Camp License. The Camp License consists of three pieces:

    • Overnight License
    • Cook Out License
    • Tenting (approximately three hours)

    This course is valuable for volunteers who work with troops and want to help them build independence by learning many useful outdoor skills. It covers tarps, tents, and knots. The license is valid for five years.

    Feel like you want a little extra? Try Advanced Camping Skills. Do your girls want to be camping All-Stars, adept with saws, hatchets, lanterns, water purification, and building camp furniture from just rope and sticks? You will need to complete:

    • Overnight License
    • Camp License
    • Advanced Camping Skills
    Camp License Test Out

    A Camp License Test Out is available for experienced campers and is especially appropriate for volunteers with a Girl Scout camping background. Volunteers complete an application, which documents their experience, and a written test of 81 questions. Upon successful completion, a skills demonstration will be scheduled and the volunteer will be asked to build a fire, use both a charcoal and propane stove, tie required knots, pitch a tent and tarp and demonstrate knife use.

    Successfully completing the Test Out skills demonstration earns the volunteer a Camp License, which will be updated every five years. Submit an to begin the test-out process.

    Backpacking

    Do you girls want to backpack, testing their strength and skill and ability to care for themselves? Complete the following:

    • Camp License
    • Backpacking (four hour pre-trip session, followed by a two-day backpacking trip)
    Camp License Update

    To stay current, camp licenses need to be updated every five years.

    Note: Because of revisions to the Be Safe, Be Ready courses, Be Safe, Be Ready: Outings and Overnights and Be Safe, Be Ready: Girl Planning need to have been taken after 4/15/2014 in order to take the Camp License Update.

    Travel License

    Along with the Overnight License, Extended Troop Trip Training is required for “hotel-camping” or any trips of more than two nights. This training can be used to help girls learn to plan their trips, and the volunteer gets credit for being trained.

    Please note: This training is under revision- the one above is current as of right now. Thank you!