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What is the Girl Scout Leadership Experience?

Our program centers on what we call the Girl Scout Leadership Experience—a collection of activities and experiences you’ll have as you earn badges, sell cookies, go on exciting trips, explore the outdoors, do Take Action projects that make a difference, and more. See more about the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and why it's so important.

What does Girl Scouts cost and how is it funded?

The Cost – The 2018 girl membership dues are $40, and adult registration fee is $25. These dues help cover the cost of insurance, producing materials, as well as GSUSA and GSME’s general operating expenses.

Financial Aid  Financial Assistance for the annual membership fees can be requested when the family and troop are unable to help with the fee. You can request financial assistance during your online registration with just a click of a button.

Troop dues – Troop dues help cover the cost of troop activities. Dues vary by troop; check with your daughter’s leader to find out the amount of her dues.

Cookies – Our famous cookie activity program is the primary source of funding, as it is for most councils. All proceeds remain here in our council to benefit local girls, and a portion of the proceeds go directly to the troops to fund their activities. Our goal is to reduce dependency on the cookie sale and increase our adult-generated funding.

Individual and corporate support – A volunteer fund development committee and the council’s development director work to secure donations from individuals and corporations.

Fundraising events – The council hosts several events throughout the year to raise funds.

United Way – Girl Scouts of Maine receives contributions for the annual operating budget from several United Ways.

Family Partnership – Family Partnership is designed to give parents the opportunity to help cover the costs of delivering the Girl Scout program to their daughters. With the financial support of parents and community members the council can provide quality programming and leadership to today’s girls.

Planned Giving – The council can help donors designate Girl Scouts as part of their estates.

What is expected of me as a parent?

Take an active role – As a Girl Scout parent you will want to take an active role in your daughter’s Girl Scout experience. You can help with refreshments or transportation, make phone calls, or assist with troop meetings. Ask your daughter’s leaders how you can best assist the troop!

Support activities – Along with troop activities, your active role can include supporting product sales. As a parent you can show your support for your daughter and the council by learning about the sale and following all guidelines and procedures.

Respect leader’s time – Girl Scouts would not be what it is if it were not for the dedicated volunteers. However, your daughter’s troop leader cannot be responsible for girls beyond the time of the actual Girl Scout activity. Please respect the leader’s time by having a responsible person drop your daughter off at the appropriate time and pick her up immediately after the activity.

Who leads the troop?

Trained volunteer leaders – Girl Scout leaders are volunteers who give of their time so girls can have a quality experience in Girl Scouts. Without the many wonderful female and male volunteers the program would not be available to the girls. You can be assured that qualified, responsible people are leading your girl's troop.

Becoming a volunteer – It's easy to become a volunteer! All you have to do is join Girl Scouts for a $15 registration fee. Once you fill in your information, you'll be able to search by zip code and select your volunteer opportunity. Then you'll need to complete a background check and any appropriate training for your desired position. You can start this process at the same time you register your girl!

Is my girl safe in Girl Scouts?

Safety Activity Checkpoints – We know that activities are more fun when everyone feels safe! To ensure this, volunteers are introduced to Safety Activity Checkpoints in training and use them with girls while planning and participating in troop activities.

Insurance – All registered Girl Scouts receive basic accident insurance coverage for Girl Scout activities through national membership dues. This insurance covers up to $100 in medical expenses regardless of other coverage. Additional expenses are only covered if personal family insurance does not cover them.

What forms will I be required to fill out?

Membership Registration – Gives girl permission to be a member of Girl Scouts of the USA. This form also collects race and ethnicity data to help Girl Scouts of the USA track how well we are serving all populations.

Health History – Provides accurate and current health information about your daughter.

Permission Slip – Required for all activities that are not held at the regular troop meeting time or site.

Where can I get all the cool Girl Scout stuff?

Uniforms – Although no girl is required to wear a uniform, the council shops in Bangor and South Portland and online offer numerous uniform pieces for all age levels and adults. Your daughter is encouraged to wear something that shows her pride and identifies her as a Girl Scout.

Other items – Check out the catalog or shop for other items with the Girl Scout insignia We carry everything from water bottles, to hair scrunchies, to mess kits. You can call in, fax or e-mail your order as well as visiting our online shop.

How is the Girl Scout council structured?

Girl Scouts of the USA – Girl Scouts of Maine is one of more than 100 councils in the country chartered by the national organization, Girl Scouts of the USA. Each council operates as a totally separate entity, responsible for its own activities and obtaining its own funding.

Girl Scouts of Maine – Within the council there is a volunteer board of directors, a small number of paid staff and about 3,500 registered volunteers. The council is divided into Service Units and within each Service Units are the local troops. Decisions are made through the democratic process. Delegates from each area vote at the annual meeting in the spring.

Channels of communication – As parents, you are welcome to communicate with any council person at any time. However, standard channels of communication would be to contact your daughter’s troop leader first, then, if necessary, you or the leader can go to the Service Unit manager. The Service Unit manager, in turn, communicates with the council staff through Volunteer Support specialists assigned to your area.