Thursday, March 24, 2016

Girl Scout Membership Information

The CEO of Girls Scouts of America made an announcement this morning that will affect all Girl Scout members.  Starting October 1, 2017 the fee to join Girl Scouts will be $25 for girl and adult members.

Our troop, Troop 6374, will be looking into some fundraising to help the girls who did not meet the 160 boxes of cookies to get a free membership next year.  There is still the application for funding through the Girl Scouts them selves as well.

\Now I am awaiting information from our council to find out if we do the early registration as we have done in years past if we pay the old fee of $15 or the new of $25.  As soon as I have this information I will update this blog.

Here is some information from the press release the CEO released today, this is not the full article:

While this fee increase will impact many families, we know that a Girl Scout membership is one of the most valuable investments anyone can make in a girl’s life. With unique programs for girls from coast to coast and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to explore new interests and face challenges, form new friendships, and make lasting community contributions. Every dollar of membership dues is sent 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 approved Girl Scout activities, research, resources, training, and services to councils.
With the extra funding, we will be able to sustain and develop exceptional leadership programs, implement digital innovations to enhance the girl and volunteer experience nationwide, maintain fundamental services for our 2.7 million members, and better engage our 59 million alumnae. It will enable Girl Scouts of the USA to continue delivering best-in-class service and support to our Movement’s 112 councils, and to provide thousands of volunteers with the relevant resources, tools, and training they need to best serve today’s girls.
Nationally, we are building some amazing programs for girls in the areas of STEM, entrepreneurship, outdoor, and life skills. Locally, girls are empowered with the skills and entrepreneurial know-how to lead and succeed in the industries of tomorrow, as they tackle local and global issues of interest to them, such as poverty, illiteracy, and pollution. The additional funding provided by the upcoming membership fee increase will ensure this important programming endures and thrives.

Yours in Girl Scouting,
Anna Maria Chávez CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA
If you would like to see the full article click HERE

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