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1.5 Info for New Parents

Information for New Parents

In Girl Scouts, your girl will have a great experience meeting new friends, exploring the outdoors and learning new skills, all in a girl-led and nurturing environment. Our program is designed for girls from Kindergarten - 12th grade, and at every level, Girl Scouts have fun while being challenged to make the world a better place.

Membership

Your Girl Scout is now part of something big! Today, there are 2.7 million Girl Scouts nationwide. Your $25 membership dues went directly to our national organization, Girl Scouts of the USA, to support the development of girl programs and technology. The Girl Scout national program has proven outcomes with Girl Scouts developing their full potential as they learn to take risks, test their skills and develop values that will guide their actions. The $15 Council Service Fee supports the operations and programs at our local council.

What does my new Girl Scout need?

Are uniforms required?
The uniform unites girls as Girl Scouts. Each level has one required element: a tunic, sash or vest, for the display of our U.S. flag, troop number, Council ID, official pins, awards, badges and patches.  

Do I need to buy badges, a Journey book, or other supplies?
Because our program is girl-led and facilitated by the troop leader, check with your troop leader before going shopping.

Where do I purchase Girl Scout supplies?
Our council retail store is full of all the supplies you need to get our Girl Scout started. It is located in Miami at 11347 SW 160 Street. Council Store hours and location information is here. For your convenience, you can also shop online 24/7.

Troop Finances

Troop Money Earning
Girl Scouts can participate in two Council-sponsored financial literacy programs. Our Fall Product Sale includes candy, nuts and magazines and takes place during the fall months. Our Cookie Program is the largest girl run business. It runs from December – March. Parental support is essential for these programs to be successful. Ask your troop leader how you can help.

Troop Funds are earned by the troop through Cookie and Fall Product sales. And, with proper approval, there are other ways troops can earn money to fund their activities. Then with guidance from adults, girls decide how to use the funds to support their Girl Scout journey. Troop leaders are required to keep financial records, and their funds are held in a bank account with two unrelated signers on the account.

Troop Dues may be charged by some troops to assist with start-up expenses, such as field trips and other activities.