Through Girl Scouts discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together. Whether you’re a girl in the United States or overseas who wants to be a Girl Scout, a college student working on a community service project, a parent ready for an outdoor adventure with your daughter’s troop, or an adult—female or male—looking to make a difference in a girl’s life, there’s something for you in Girl Scouts. The possibilities are endless! Find out more about the different types of membership below.
- Share the Girl Scout Promise and Law
- Follow safety guidelines
- Pay annual membership dues of $12.* Dues enable girls to enjoy every aspect of the Girl Scout program. Additional fees for individual events may apply.
* Many Girl Scout councils offer financial assistance for membership dues and special activities. Contact your local Girl Scout council for details.
Girl Scouts may also choose to purchase uniforms, insignia, and books to enhance their Girl Scouting experience.
Girl Scout Promise and Law
The Girl Scout Promise and Law are shared by every member of Girl Scouting. The Girl Scout Promise is the way Girl Scouts agree to act every day toward one another and other people, and the Girl Scout Law outlines a way to act towards one another and the world.
The Girl Scout Promise
On my honor, I will try:
To serve God* and my country,
To help people at all times,
And to live by the Girl Scout Law.
The Girl Scout Law
I will do my best to be
honest and fair,
friendly and helpful,
considerate and caring,
courageous and strong, and
responsible for what I say and do,
respect myself and others,
use resources wisely,
make the world a better place, and
be a sister to every Girl Scout.
* The word “God” can be interpreted in a number of ways, depending on one’s spiritual beliefs. When reciting the Girl Scout Promise, it is OK to replace the word “God” with whatever word your spiritual beliefs dictate.
Our lifetime members are a cherished part of our family. By making a commitment to Girl Scouts, you will be supporting the Lifetime Membership Endowment Fund, which is used to develop and extend Girl Scout membership to all girls. Lifetime membership as a Girl Scout adult is available to any individual who accepts the principles and beliefs of the Girl Scout Movement, pays the one-time lifetime membership cost, and is 18 years of age or older or is a high school graduate or the equivalent.
You will receive:
- A lifetime membership certificate signed by the Chair of the National Board of Directors
- A lifetime membership card
- Information on how you can purchase a lifetime membership pin
- A lifelong connection with a mission-focused, values-driven organization that helps girls develop as happy and resourceful citizens
The lifetime membership dues are $300.00 (25 times the annual dues). A special lifetime membership, at the reduced cost of $156.00 (13 times the annual dues), is offered to girls who are registered Girl Scouts 14-17 at the time of their high school graduation, provided they apply for lifetime membership before their current annual membership expires.
Becoming a lifetime member is easy. Here’s how:
- Download the Lifetime Membership Brochure and Registration Form (PDF)
- Return the completed form—along with your check, money order, or credit card information—to Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York, 8 Mountain View Avenue, Albany NY 12205 or to Girl Scouts of the USA, 420 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10018-2798
If you are registering at the reduced cost, please send your lifetime membership registration only to your council office and note your graduation month and year. Checks and money orders that are mailed to a local Girl Scout council should be payable directly to the council. Those mailed to Girl Scouts of the USA at the above address should be payable to GSUSA.
Individuals who wish to register as annual members (dues are $12.00 for the membership year) should contact GSNENY at the above noted address.
Are you interested in learning a sport, sampling the arts, preparing for a career, or rafting down a river? Do you dream of publishing stories online, traveling to exotic locales, or speaking on behalf of girls in Washington, D.C.? In Girl Scouting, you can do it all! Girls in grades K-12 can join as girl members. It’s never too late to join in the fun.
Many Ways to Be a Girl Scout
A girl can be a Girl Scout in many different ways. She can:
- Register individually and get regular updates by mail on council-wide events and opportunities.
- Sign up for Girl Scout Camp. Many Girl Scout councils offer day and resident camping opportunities for girls.
- Join a short-term interest group. Many Girl Scout councils offer four-week to six-month long sessions focusing on careers, engineering, sports, theater, and money management, just to name a few!
- Join a troop/group with a group of girls and a couple of adults in your area.
- Attend a drop-in site at a community or housing center. Many councils partner with community groups and other organizations to provide Girl Scouting to girls on an as-needed basis.
Girls can join Girl Scouts at different grade–levels:
- Girl Scout Daisy, grades K-1
- Girl Scout Brownie, grades 2-3
- Girl Scout Junior, grades 4-5
- Girl Scout Cadette, grades 6-8
- Girl Scout Senior, grades 9-10
- Girl Scout Ambassador, grades 11-12
Never been a Girl Scout? It’s not too late. Girl Scouts come in all age groups—all you have to want is to make a difference in the lives of girls. Adults 18 years of age or older can join Girl Scouts to serve as a mentor or speak at a Girl Scout event, volunteer in a troop or group, offer services at the council level, or simply say “I believe in the Girl Scout mission and want to show my support by becoming a member.”
Membership is what you make it. Pitch in your expertise or build a skill you’ve always wanted to develop. Speak any foreign languages? Dabble in Web design? Your Girl Scout council needs your talent! You can spend an hour, a day, or more, depending on your schedule. We’re looking for members who believe in girls and volunteers who represent the diversity of the world we live in—women, men, young adults, senior citizens, people of all racial and ethnic backgrounds, and of course our treasured Alumnae.
Find out more about becoming a volunteer and discover the many ways you can help girls grow strong.
Joining Girl Scouts is simple. Please contact one of our Service Centers for more information.