Girls and adults involved in Girl Scouts pay annual membership dues of $15 (for the 2014 Membership year – Oct 1, 2013- Sept 31, 2014). The dues for membership are paid to the Girl Scouts of the USA for program development and activity insurance. No portion of the $15 stays with Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland. Membership dues and the registration forms are submitted to volunteers in charge of troop registrations, other group volunteers or directly to the council.
Fees vary depending on the program opportunity and the supplies needed. Girl costs are kept as affordable as possible, and typically reflect only 40 percent of the actual cost to participate. The true cost of programs would include salaries and other indirect costs such as the offices, support staff salaries and insurance. These indirect costs are supplemented by grants, contributions and the council-sponsored product sales. Girl Scout members can also use credits earned through the product sales to help pay for their Girl Scout activities.
Uniforms and Books
Uniforms are not required to participate in Girl Scouts, but we do recommend girls have a sash or a vest to display their pins, awards, badges and patches. There are grade level books called Journeys and grade-level Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting that provide detailed information on the program, awards and activities to help girls discover, connect and take action in their lives and communities.
Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland sponsors two product sales each year, the Fall Opportunity Sale and the Cookie Sale. Each of these provides an entrepreneurial component to Girl Scouting and helps to provide funding at the girl, troop and council level. All girl members can participate in the product sales.
Most troops and groups charge dues to cover the cost of their activities. Girl Scout members who participate in the council-sponsored product sales help to earn money for their troop and individual costs for activities. If the planned activities require multiple funding sources, the troop/group can request approval for additional money earning projects such as car wash, bake sale, dinners and etc. Volunteers are responsible for maintaining accurate records of troop/group funds and to share this information with parents and girls.
Individual Girl Member Costs
Girls who are not in a troop or group pay the $12 membership dues and any fees for the specific pathways/programs they choose to participate in.
Council Cares awards are available to Girl Scout members who need financial help in order to participate in the Girl Scout program. Council Cares awards are available for membership dues, troop/group dues, uniform components and insignia, events, series, travel and camp opportunities. Click here to apply for a Council Cares award.
All money earned in Girl Scouts, whether through product sales or other projects, is never the property of individual Girl Scout members and is always to be used for Girl Scout purposes.