Does your family know girls who also
want to be Girl Scouts? No problem.
Families may register their girl online at
kansasgirlscouts.org or by calling any GSKH
office. Newmembers are always welcome!
If your family is waiting for your girl to be
placed in a troop, remember that she
may still register for any council event,
participate in the council’s service
activities, and begin badge work.
Wesignedup toparticipate ina troop
experience.Whenwill the troopstartmeeting?
If your girl is being placed in an established
troop, the leader will contact you to let you
know about its next meeting. If your girl
is being placed in a new troop, the leader
will contact you after she has completed
training. Please allow four to six weeks for
the process to happen.
Four tosixweeksseems likea long time.What
During our busiest fall months, we typically
recruit, place, and train thousands of
girls and volunteers within a period of
just a couplemonths. Wemust ensure
that every volunteer receives the training
we require to facilitate the best possible
Girl Scout experience for every girl.
Additionally, we are committed to ensuring
that every girl is placed in the type of
experience she desires, and that also
serves your family’s needs. Sometimes we
might not have an existing troop in your
community and we are seeking volunteers
tomake that experience possible. Again,
proper adult-to-girl supervision ratios and
ensuring a top-notch experience for our
girls are critical factors in placing your girl in
a troop. We know girls are excited and we
appreciate your patience during our busy
Are thereactivitiesgirlscanparticipate inwhile
they’rewaiting tobeassigned toa troop?
Yes! Girls may still register for any council
event, participate in the council’s service
activities, and begin certain badge work.
You will find the information you need on
the Activities and Events Calendar of the
The troopmeeting is set by the leader
and co-leader. Meeting frequency can
vary: weekly, a couple times a month,
or just once a month. If the troop
leader schedules a meeting and it isn’t
convenient for you, please contact our
office and we can place your daughter in a
troop that works better for your schedule.
Remember, a perk of being a troop leader
is that YOU help determine your troop’s
I got anemailwithmygirl’s troopnumber, but I
haven’t heardanything fromthe leader.Why?
This likely means that your girl has been
assigned to a troop, but the leader still
must complete required training in order
for the troop to begin its activities. Once
this occurs, you will be contacted by the
Howdo I get in touchwith the leader for the
We do not distribute personal contact
information for our volunteers unless
they have given us permission to do so.
While troops are sometimes formed
within just one school, they often have
girls participating from several schools
within one community. This facilitates
friendships girls might not otherwise have
the opportunity tomake, and also allows
us to servemore girls.
To be an official Girl Scout, you only need
amembership pin. The official uniform,
which isn’t required, is khaki pants, white
shirt, and a sash or vest based on a girl’s
grade/Girl Scout level and what uniform
components her troop selects. Sashes and
vests are typically the ways girls display the
badges and patches they earn and receive.
These often become keepsake items girls
have for many years as part of their Girl
What if I can’t afford themembership feeand/or
other costs toparticipate?
We provide financial assistance to ensure
that all girls can be Girl Scouts. Please fill
out the Financial Assistance Formonline
for help with uniforms, basic program
supplies, and the cost of certain events.
We encourage girls whose families have
financial need to participate in our
product sales programs, which allow
them to earnmoney to pay for their Girl
Scouting activities and programmaterials.
Some troops ask for a small amount of
dues annually, which is set by the troops
themselves. Financial need for dues
is addressed on a case-by-case basis.
Again, financial need should never be a
stumbling block to a girls participation in
Iwould like tohelp, but I can’t bea leader.What
elsecan I do?
In a troop there are other volunteer roles
besides leading a troop. You can bring the
snack, help out with the cookie program, or
help with the bank account. We havemany
other volunteer opportunities outside of
troop volunteering including helping with
a single event, training other volunteers,
helping coordinate events for girls in your
area, or leading a short-term series of
meetings with girls.
Mydaughter hasaspecial need.Will a troop
Girl Scouts is an all-inclusive organization.
We will make every effort to ensure
that every girl is placed in the Girl Scout
environment and experience that will
meet her needs. It will be helpful for you
to volunteer with the troop, but if you
can’t, you will want to attend the first few
meetings tomake sure that your girl’s
needs aremet and understood.
Willmydaughter get tosell Girl Scout cookies?
It is your family’s choice whether your
girl participates in the Girl Scout Cookie
Program. If she joins a troop, every troop
is offered the opportunity to sell products
as a fundraiser. Girls and troops can use
these funds to participate in events, pay
for membership fees the following year,
and get programmaterials. Girls also learn
valuable life skills through our product
sales programs like goal setting, decision
making, money management, people skills,
and business ethics.
We’ve just joined. Now what?
Most asked questions and
answers for newmembers