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Do you have questions on joining, volunteering, or supporting Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc. or questions about Girl Scouting in general? Look no further! We hope to provide the information you are seeking. If you need further assistance, please contact us.

General Questions about Girl Scouting
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What is the jurisdiction of Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc.?

Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc. serves girls in the following ten counties: Manatee, Hardee, Highlands, Sarasota, Desoto, Charlotte, Glades, Lee, Hendry, and Collier.

Who can be a Girl Scout?

Girl Scouts is open to all girls, in grades K – 12, and to volunteers, both men and women, over the age of 18. All members must be willing to make the Girl Scout Promise, accept the Girl Scout Law, and pay an annual membership fee. All girls are welcome regardless of socioeconomic status or racial, ethnic, cultural, or religious background.

How do girls participate in Girl Scouting?

Girls can join a troop or become independent members.

If I do not want to be a member of a troop, can I still be a Girl Scout?

Absolutely! Being in a Girl Scout troop is not the only way to become a Girl Scout. You can be individually registered and participate in any or all Girl Scout events.

How often do troops meet?

Troop meetings are scheduled after school, evenings, or weekends - that's up to the leaders and parents. Depending on the volunteers' schedules, and the age of the girls, troops usually meet every week or twice a month. Typically, troops do not meet in the summer.

How many girls are in a troop?

An average troop ranges from 10 to 25 girls. Additional girls may be added to a troop, as long as the troop meets safety requirements of girl to adult ratio

What are some of the activities that Girl Scouts do?

Girl Scouts still enjoy troop and camp activities, but today they are doing so much more! Girl Scouting strives to offer the best personal leadership program for girls ages 5 though 17. Girl Scouts are earning badges in computer literacy, financial planning, automobile maintenance, fitness and nutrition, and environmental stewardship. In the Girl Scout cookie program, girls learn about goal setting, customer service, money management, marketing, and teamwork. Girl Scouts explore a wide range of experiences in an all-girl environment where they can be themselves.

What are the various grade levels in Girl Scouting?

Girl Scout Daisies (Kindergarten - grade 1) Girl Scout Brownies (grades 2 - 3) Girl Scout Juniors (grades 4 - 5) Girl Scout Cadettes (grades 6 - 8) Girl Scout Seniors (grades 9 - 10) Girl Scout Ambassadors (grades 11 - 12)

What is a Girl Scout troop?

A Girl Scout troop is a group of girls with trained adult leaders, who meet on a regular basis as the troop decides – be it once a week or once a month. Troops are either made up of girls who are all the same age or of mixed ages, who meet either after school, in the evenings, or on the weekends.

What options are available to girls in middle and high school?

Along with all the other programs, pre-teens and teens have special opportunities to participate in Girl Scout “Destinations” trips, teen coffee houses, accept council leadership positions, and join interest groups focused on specific topics of their choosing such as hiking and sailing.

Where do troops meet?

The leader and co-leader decide on the location. Troops meet at safe and convenient locations such as schools, churches, and community facilities.

How can families get involved?

Family involvement insures that your child maximizes the benefits of being a Girl Scout, and you’ll have fun too. Parents and families are encouraged to participate in Girl Scouting. Whether you can take on the role of troop leader, plan activities, drive girls on outings, supply meeting snacks, or share information about your profession with girls, your contribution is valued and vital.

What is Girl Scouts Stand on Social Issues (Relationship with Catholic Church/Planned Parenthood/Religious Values)

Please click here for complete information on Girl Scouts and social issues.

Girl Scouts of the USA CEO Anna Maria Chávez is proud to stand strong with Girl Scouts across the country. CLICK HERE to view a new video where she sets the record straight on recent misconceptions about the organization.

Girl Scout Pension/Retirement Tax Reform Information

Please click here for a statement from Anna Maria Chavez, Chief Executive Officer GSUSA,  to the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee.

Communications Regarding Council Theft & FAQs - September 1, 2016

Please click here for information regarding council theft and FAQs.

Adults and Girl Scouting
How do adults become troop leaders?

Adults interested in becoming a leader will need to fill out a volunteer application form, go through a background screening, become a registered Girl Scout, attend orientation, and complete GS 101 online training.

What kind of volunteer positions do Girl Scouts have?

Volunteers can work with other adults as trainers, work specifically with girls, such as mentors, share career expertise, and many other options. View ways to volunteer.

Will volunteering cost me anything?

Although there are usually some out-of-pocket expenses related to volunteering, it should never be a financial burden to volunteer.

How much time does it take to volunteer?

How much time a volunteer commitment will take is up to you. We have volunteer opportunities that are flexible for any schedule.

Is child care provided?

No. Non Girl Scouts are not covered by Girl Scout insurance at Girl Scout events or at the troop meeting place.

Girl Scout Costs and Finances
What does the $25 annual membership fee cover?

This annual fee goes directly to Girl Scouts of USA, however in registering as a Girl Scout adult or girl member, you are eligible to benefit from programs and services provided by Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc.. The membership fee includes accident and activity insurance.

Are there any other costs associated with Girl Scouting?

Troops generally charge moderate dues to pay for supplies and badges. Special programs such as field trips or workshops are generally paid for individually. Uniforms are encouraged, but not required. There are opportunities for money-earning projects to help offset costs that the troop or individual girl may incur.

2018 Membership Dues Increase

Girl Scouts is the first and largest girl-led organization in the world, and for over a century has been preparing girls in grades K–12 for every day leadership by providing rich experiences for them to explore new interests, face challenges, form new friendships, and make lasting community contributions.

Now in our second century, as we continue the Girl Scout mission, it is important that we keep pace with an ever-changing world. To ensure we have the resources to support our mission, Girl Scouts of the USA’s National Board has decided to increase the annual membership fee to $25, starting on October 1, 2017, for both girl and adult members.

Every dollar of membership dues is sent to Girl Scouts of the USA to cover the cost of fundamental services supporting the Girl Scout Movement. This includes, but is not limited to, accident insurance for members participating in approved Girl Scout activities, program development, research, resources, training, technology, services to councils, and protection of the Girl Scout brand. Membership dues also help fund the implementation of new technologies to improve the Girl Scout experience for girls, volunteers, and parents.