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New Parent Guide to Girl Scouting

Positive parental support is an essential part in unleashing your girl’s inner Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader! By choosing Girl Scouts, your future leader is a part of a larger, girl-led community of adults committed to her success -- including YOU!

Through Girl Scouting, you’ll help shape your girl’s Girl Scout Leadership Journey as she faces her fears, tries new things and tackles challenges head-on.

Your dedication to her growth won’t go unnoticed -- you’ll be growing too! Parents who engage and volunteer have the opportunity to make a positive impact on their community with their girl!

Whether you’re new to Girl Scouting or a veteran volunteer, Girl Scout of Eastern Missouri is here to provide resources, support and opportunities for all Girl Scout families.

Join Girl Scouts Step by Step
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Select Girl or Adult Registration

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Enter your contact information

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Enter “Troop” in the troop number field

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Fully complete the process, including payment, to secure your spot!

Can’t find the troop? You can either select “Unsure” or “I want to...” options, or contact the Answer Center.

The Basics
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Membership Dues
A $25 annual membership fee, due at the time of registration, goes directly to Girl Scouts of the USA and pays for the various services it provides to Councils, development of program materials and activity insurance.


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Supplies
Your Girl Scout’s troop might collect dues to pay for activity supplies, field trips, uniforms, service projects and more. Participating in the Fall Product and Girl Scout Cookie Program can help finance her troop’s activities! Girls can wear a sash, vest, tunic or official Girl Scout T-shirt as her uniform. Uniforms can be purchased at the Girl Scout Shop!


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Grade Levels
Any girl in grades K–12 can join the fun at Girl Scouts. Whether you want to be part of a troop, sign up for exciting series or events, explore the outdoors, or travel the world, each age level has something for you. Girls are placed in the appropriate grade level according to her school grade.

 

Financial Assistance

Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri is committed to providing every girl, everywhere with the opportunity to participate in Girl Scouting, regardless of financial background. Financial assistance is available to cover membership dues, camping fees and Inspire Discovery program costs of $15 or more.

Financial Assistance Guidelines:

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Camp: Applicants will need to complete the Activity Scholarship Application and the Camp Program Application.

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Programs: Applicants will need to complete the Activity Scholarship Application and the Individual Activity Form.

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Applications must be completed and received by Girl Scouts at least three weeks prior to the camp or program


Unleash her inner leader -- and yours!

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Ultimate Adventure at Girl Scout Camp

Start your G.I.R.L.'s (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) Girl Scouting Journey with an outdoor adventure! She’ll explore nature, develop problem-solving skills and make lifelong memories. See different ways your Girl Scout can camp!

Girl Scout Summer: Staying Safe and Healthy Throughout the Fun

It’s that time of the year again: dips in the pool, bike rides along the trail, s'mores around the campfire. Your G.I.R.L.(Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ is unleashing her powers in the great outdoors; meanwhile, we’re making sure she is safe, healthy and happy.

With the rising temps, more time spent in the sun and increase in pesky bugs, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri understands the importance of providing a safe environment where your Girl Scout can explore and grow! Our members’ health and safety is our top priority, which is why we incorporate strategies to ensure girls and adults stay hydrated and cool in the heat, use proper skin protection, and wear bug repellent. We’re dedicated to making sure nothing hinders your G.I.R.L.’s summer adventure!  

Camp

At Girl Scouts we believe the value of the outdoor experience in a girl's life is beyond measure. When a girl spends time in nature she learns cooperation and team building as she develops the skills needed to grow into a leader of courage, confidence and character. Girls can attend camp programs with or without their troop.

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Girl Scout Camp
Girl Scouts operates three campgrounds in eastern Missouri:

  1. Camp Cedarledge (Pevely, MO)
  2. Camp Tuckaho (Troy, MO)
  3. Camp Fiddlecreek (Labadie, MO) 
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Camp Programs
There are three ways girls can participate in a camp program:

  1. Troop Camp
  2. Resident Camp
  3. Day Camp
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Registering for Camp
Registering for a camp is easy! Visit www.girlscoutsem.org/register. If you have not purchased a program before you will need to create a new account using the same email address you used when purchasing a membership for your Girl Scout. Need more help? Contact the Answer Center.

Know the Facts About Camping
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90% of campers tried something new that they hadn’t done before

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83% of parents would recommend Girl Scout Resident Camp to other girls and families

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95% of campers made new friends at camp

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88% of campers gained confidence in themselves and their abilities while learning new skills

Her Girl Scout Experience

Every year, you’ll receive two publications that highlight all the cool opportunities Girl Scouts offers!

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Look for Inspire Discovery in your mailbox each August and January, with info on upcoming programs and events. Girls can attend programs with or without their troop.

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The Camp Adventure Guide hits mailboxes in November and showcases Girl Scouts’ exciting camp opportunities.

Registering for Programs
Registering for a program or camp is easy! If you have not purchased a program before you will need to create a new account using the same email address you used when purchasing a membership for your Girl Scout. Need more help? Contact the Answer Center.


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Raising Awesome Girls: In a World of Boys' Clubs, Give Her One of Her Own

Get straightforward, realistic and proven parenting advice from G.I.R.L. expert Andrea Bastiani Archibald, Ph.D., Developmental Psychologist. Read on to learn how an all-girl environment prepares your Girl Scout for a lifetime of leadership.