The Girl Scouts has been an influential nonprofit organization dedicated to girls and women since 1912. This institution features a concentration on girl-focused development to cultivate skills for the real world.
Regardless of the title of the organization, the organization does not have an age limit for its members and members even can remain a scout for life. Additionally, membership is available overseas in 90 countries through the Girl Scouts Overseas program.
Through this article, "How to Become a Girl Scout," I will discus the various methods to join the organization, along with its separate divisions, making it easy to become a part of this unique group.
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Perspective members can join the Girl Scouts through a variety of divisions that are delineated by age. This is broken up into categories of girl membership (grades K-12), adult membership (18 years of age or older) and a lifetime membership (18 years of age or a high school graduate).
One of the most renowned divisions of the Girl Scouts is their girl membership. Girls are placed in troops wherein they are active members of the organization taking part in activities, service projects and community outreach. This begins with registration, either by completing an application on line or visiting a local council. An application filled out on line is automatically sent to the Girl Scouts main office, where perspective members will receive electronic information about the location of their local troop and chapter, where they can attend their first meeting.
Prospective members can also visit their local chapter in person to register. The Girl Scouts website provides a tool to locate local chapters, including contact information. Prospective members can contact their local chapter to set up a meeting to discuss the girl scouts and fill out an application. Local chapters can also be found by calling (800) GSUSA 4 U [(800) 478-7248] or (212) 852-8000. Prospective international members can find information about the Girl Scouts Overseas program by calling (800) 247-8319 or (212) 852-8618. Once an application is completed girls are a member of the organization and placed in a troop based on their grade age. This is established as follows:
Grades K and 1--Girl Scout Daisy
Grades 2 and 3--Girl Scout Brownie
Grades 4 and 5--Girl Scout Junior
Grades 6 through 8--Girl Scout Cadette
Grades 9 and 10--Girl Scout Senior
Grades 11 and 12--Girl Scout Ambassador
The Girl Scouts also offers an adult membership, for women 18 years of age or older. These members service the Girl Scouts as mentors and volunteers to the organization.
Perspective adult members will need to contact their local council, which can be found on the Girl Scout website. They can also find their local council by calling, (800) GSUSA 4 U [(800) 478-7248] or (212) 852-8000. Once in contact with a council, the Girl Scouts will work with adult members to place them in a variety of programs such as volunteering, based on their skills and capabilities.
The lifetime membership is available to individuals who are 18 years of age or older or a high school graduates who were members of the Girl Scouts and would like to continue being a part of the organization for life.
To join perspective members pay a one-time lifetime membership cost of $25 that is used to support the Lifetime Membership Endowment Fund. This fund finances many projects for girl members. Members of the lifetime division are also expected to pay annual dues of $250. The Girl Scouts also offers current members between the ages of 14 and 17 the opportunity to join the lifetime division at the reduced rate of $130.
Perspective members can become lifetime members by:
Obtaining a registration form online that can be printed and mailed to the Girl Scouts of the USA, located at: 420 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10018-2798. Individuals who register for the reduced cost option should send their application materials to their local council. Locations for the local council can be found by searching the Girl Scouts website.
Once a member, all individuals will have to follow the regulations established by the Girl Scouts. This includes:
• Adhere to the Girl Scout Promise and Law. This is the organization's credo that states that all members should treat each other and other people in the world with respect, care and consideration.
• Follow the safety guidelines established by the organization
• Pay an annual membership fee of $10. This money is used towards programs within the organization. Additionally, there may be separate fees for special activities and events.
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