Girl Scout National Dues to Increase
to $15 October 2013
Girl Scouts of the USA National Board of Directors have voted to increase annual membership dues for girls and adults to $15 effective October 1, 2013 for the 2013-2014 membership year.
Lifetime Membership will also be increased to $375. Lifetime Membership for Girl Scout Ambassadors graduating from high school will increase to $195.
The last dues increase was in 2009. Every dollar of the membership dues is sent to GSUSA. This pays for accident insurance covering members participating in approved Girl Scout activities, program development, research, resources, training and services to councils.
At $1.25 per month, Girl Scouting is still a great value. Girls who take part in Girl Scouting graduate high school and go to college in higher numbers. As adults, they are more active in their communities, and they earn more income over a lifetime. For those who stay in Girl Scouting at least three years, these success indicators skyrocket! (Girl Scouting Works: The Alumnae Impact Study, 2012)
Delegates at the 2011 GSUSA National Convention approved a proposal authorizing Girl Scout councils to charge an annual council service fee (CSF) for girl members. As of October 2012, all councils had the ability to charge an additional fee per girl member not to exceed the existing GSUSA membership cost. Girl Scouts Heart of the South decided to not charge a council service fee to ensure that Girl Scouting remains affordable to every girl.
Girls are able to use the Girl Scout Cookie Program troop proceeds to pay membership dues.
Financial assistance will still be available to families who may need to cover the cost of membership. Our council is committed to providing a positive experience to every girl who wants to be a Girl Scout.