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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,
and to
respect myself and others,
respect authority,
use resources wisely,
make the world a better place,
and be a sister to every Girl Scout.

What Level of Girl Scout
Will I Be?

Daisy - grades K-1

Brownie - grades 2-3

Junior - grades 4-5

Cadette - grades 6-8

Senior - grades 9-10

Ambassador - grades 11-12

FAQs for Girls

There is so much to do and enjoy in Girl Scouting -- so there are bound to be questions!

How do I become a Girl Scout?

It’s easy! Just ask your parent or guardian to contact a field executive in your area. They will be happy to get you started!

When does Girl Scouts begin each year?

You can sign up to be a Girl Scout at any time. Most troops are formed during the fall, but you are welcome to join any time. Memberships, however, are renewed on a yearly basis and run from Oct.1-Sept. 30.

What age are Girl Scouts?

Girls can participate in Girl Scouting from kindergarten until they graduate from high school. They are divided into grade-levels, so activities they participate in are age appropriate. Girls can also join on their own, as Individual Girl Members or they can participate as Pathways members. As Pathways members, girls participate in council events and activities of their own choosing, independent of a troop.

What is a Girl Scout troop?

A Girl Scout troop is generally 10-15 girls, of similar ages or interests, who meet together regularly and plan activities, work on projects and provide community service. Troops are guided by a team of trained adult volunteer Girl Scout Leaders and other supportive adults. Girl Scout troops usually meet during the academic year. Depending on members’ schedules, troops may meet after school, in the evening or on weekends—weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. Girl planning is an essential component of the program, empowering girls to make decisions and build self-confidence. At younger age levels, leaders will play a larger part in offering choices to the girls. As the girls grow older, they become the primary planners and leaders of the group.

Do I have to wear a uniform?

Girl Scouts are not required to have a uniform, but many girls wish to purchase a sash, vest or tunic to display the many badges and patches they earn.

Can I go to camp if I’m not in a troop?

Absolutely! You simply join Girl Scouts, pay the annual membership dues, and the world of Girl Scout camping will await you. Since Cookie Sales fund a good part of our camp programs, there may be an additional Camp fee for girls who did not participate.

Can I go attend events if I’m not in a troop? Can I sell cookies if I’m not in a troop?

Sure thing … you can do both! Once you pay your annual membership to become a Girl Scout, you get to choose how and when you want to participate in Girl Scouts. There are six Pathways open to all members who join and you can participate in as many Pathways as you want.

The Pathways include:

  • Camp – members sign up to attend one or more sessions of summer camp
  • Individual - members blaze their own trail to adventure
  • Virtual - members stay connected online to network with other Virtual Girl Scouts
  • Events – members sign up to attend a special event, like Disney on Ice
  • Troop - members participate regularly with a group
  • Series – members participate in a series of special programs with a theme, like Summer Slam or Sailing
To sell cookies, simply have your parent/guardian contact the council office about your desire to sell cookies as an individual or Pathways member, and they will be happy to assist you.

What recognitions and awards are available for Girl Scouts?

There are many ways for a girl to be honored or commemorate the things they are doing, places they are going and things they have learned. Girls can also earn awards through their commitment to community service. The Gold Award, Silver Award and Bronze Award are awarded to girls who go above and beyond to make the world a better place. The Gold Award is the highest honor that a Girl Scout can achieve. Learn more on our Earned Awards page.

Where can I buy Girl Scout merchandise?

At Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama’s stores, located at the Montgomery and Mobile service centers, or online at our Council Shop. There you will find everything from basic Girl Scouting necessities, such as uniforms and badges, to cool Girl Scout apparel and merchandise. If you can’t find something at one of our stores, we will order it for you and take all the hassle out of your Girl Scout shopping experience.

How are adults involved?

The Girl Scouts organization is 99% volunteer-run, which means the girls depend on caring adult volunteers to serve on troop and service unit leadership teams to provide transportation, to help identify community resources and more. Volunteers may choose to work directly with girls, with adults or behind the scenes!


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