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How GS Works

Membership in the national organization is only $15 per year. When a girl registers, her membership fee supports the national research on girl development and the design of the high quality, nationally consistent learning modules that are developed from that research. Annual membership in the national organization (GSUSA) is transportable so if the family moves across the state or across the country, a girl is still registered in Girl Scouting.

There is no typical Girl Scout experience. Girls are matched with an adult volunteer who will serve as a mentor, project advisor or troop leader. For girls in kindergarten through fifth grade, the primary activities are typically facilitated in troops or at camp. However, some girls are ready to expand their world and meet new friends through council-sponsored programs or other pathways in addition to what they try with their troop.

As girls enter higher grades, the progression of their experience is always developmentally appropriate; they gain more independence, try more challenging activities and develop advanced skills.

Based on research and informed by on-the-ground experience, we know that girls at each grade level—no matter what race, ethnicity, income level, or geographic location—have unique preferences for participation. These preferences usually, but not always, follow six distinct types of experiences we call Pathways. Girls may participate in as many Pathways as they like.

Girl Scouts Pathways

The variety and depth of the Girl Scout experience is always up to the individual girl and her family.