At Girl Scouts, we are always thinking about the future and how we can best prepare the next generation of girls to take the lead every day. Our Movement has a rich history of forward thinking and innovation—and now in our second century, as we advance the Girl Scout mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place, it continues to be important that we keep pace with an ever-changing world.
As the first and largest girl-led organization in the world, we continue to evolve our unique leadership program and implement new technologies and ways of work to enhance the Girl Scout experience for girls, volunteers, and parents. To ensure we have the resources to support this work, the National Board of Girl Scouts of the USA made the decision to increase the annual membership fee to $25 for both girl and adult members beginning with the 2018 membership registration year. Every dollar of this membership fee is sent directly to Girl Scouts of the USA to cover the cost of fundamental services supporting the Girl Scout movement including; accident insurance for members participating in Girl Scout approved activities, research, building programs for girls in the areas of STEM, entrepreneurship, outdoor, and life skills. GSNC will continue to charge an additional $15 council service fee for girls. This brings the total cost to $40 per girl.
Our Council, along with many others across the country are making investments to improve and advance the resources, training, and technology provided to help deliver an exceptional girl and volunteer experience. In 2017, we will launch a new, digital Volunteer Toolkit which will include tools that can be used by volunteers to make their experience better and more successful. Leaders will be able to plan and manage Troop activities for the year, email parents directly from the Toolkit, have access to resources to deliver the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, and manage Troop finances, all from a cell phone, tablet or computer. Parents will have the ability to register their daughter and place her in a Troop or step up to volunteer, all online!
At Girl Scouts, we remain grounded in the core principles of our founder Juliette Gordon Low—of being an organization that is inclusive, accessible, and innovative—and we are committed to providing a positive and meaningful experience to every girl who wants to be a Girl Scout.
Thank you for continuing to support our mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.