Q. How do I become a member, and how much does it cost to join Girl Scouts?
A. Membership is open to girls in grades K-12 and adults 18 and older. If you are interested in enrolling a girl, you can complete a girl interest form or link directly to Register online, or contact Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland Council’s office to obtain a registration form. Annual Girl Scouts of the USA membership dues are $30 for girls and $25 for adults.
Q. When, where and how long are meetings?
A. Troops and groups meet in a variety of locations: schools, churches/synagogues, recreation and community centers, homes and businesses. Meetings are generally one to two hours in length depending on the location and frequency of meetings. Meetings occur during school lunches, after school, during evening hours, and on weekends.
Q. Girl Scouts are known for camping. What else do Girl Scouts do?
A. Plenty of programs are available in which girls can participate. Some examples include programs for career exploration, science, arts, service projects, and much more. Program events are available for both group and individual participation.
Q. What kind of service projects do Girl Scouts do?
A. Troops usually identify a particular need they see within their community. Under leadership guidance and based on the age level, they will determine how they would like to provide service. Service is an important part of Girl Scouting, and troops are encouraged to do service projects throughout the year.
Q. How do I find out about a troop for my daughter?
A. For placement information click here, or call the Girl Scout Council Headquarters or service center and ask to speak to someone. If a troop in your community has an opening, we will place your daughter in the appropriate age level. If a placement isn’t immediately available, she may wish to be involved as a Juliette (individual) member. Volunteers are always welcome and needed, so please consider offering to help.
Q. Can men volunteer?
A. Every volunteer and staff position in Girl Scouting is open to men as well as women. Because we believe that female role models are especially important to young girls during their developing years, men working directly with girls are asked to serve as part of a leadership team that includes women.
Q. Can my daughter join Girl Scouts if she has a disability? Do you put these girls in special troops?
A. Yes, your daughter can join Girl Scouts, regardless of her ability level. If you desire for your daughter to be in a special troop, we will attempt to place her in one that is both conducive and convenient for her. However, we try to mainstream girls into troops whenever possible.
Q. Is transportation provided?
A. No. Transportation is the responsibility of the parent/guardian.
Q. Do I need a uniform?
A. Uniforms are optional and vary in cost depending on the components desired. Shop online, or you may call one of our Girl Scout Resource Stores for prices:
Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland Council Resource Store, Columbus 614-487-8116