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Because each individual troop is organized differently, the cost of being a Girl Scout may vary. Parents are urged to contact the leader for specific questions about financial obligations. Here is a basic overview of what you should expect to spend.


National Membership Registration A membership registration of $15 is collected yearly.


Troop Dues Troop leaders determine the amount of troop dues based on troop activities. Troop dues are used to purchase earned leadership badges and patches, troop supplies and for activities. Dues may be collected weekly, monthly  or quarterly depending on the structure of the troop. Troops are required to have an established checking account, maintain a Detail Cash Record (DCR) and to submit the DCR bi-annually. The troop financial record can be reviewed at anytime by a parent registered with the troop.


Uniforms The decision to purchase uniform components is determined by the individual family. Full uniforms are optional, although sashes or vests are helpful in order to display insignia, badges, pins and patches earned as a Girl Scout. Parents are responsible for purchasing troop numbers, council patch and American Flag Patch, in addition to the uniform components.


Journey Books, Girls Guide to Girl ScoutingEach grade level has three Journey books and one Girls Guide to Girl Scouting. These books comprise the Girl Scout Leadership Program. Girls and troop leaders decide which Journey they will be using. All resources can be purchased through both Bay Shops.


Family Partnership Campaign The Family Partnership Campaign is an organized council-wide request for financial contributions to help underwrite the cost of providing the full Girl Scout program to girls. It is a way that families and adult Girl Scouts can tangibly express their belief in the value of Girl Scouting. Family contributions support volunteer education, camp maintenance, development of exciting programs for girls, financial assistance where needed, publications to keep families informed, the website and much more.

Financial Assistance
In order to provide every girl the opportunity to participate in Girl Scouts, regardless of  financial status, financial assistance may be available. Financial assistance can be requested by anyone involved in our programs. Financial assistance may be available for the following items: membership registration fee, uniform components (sash, troop #, ID strip), girl programs.

Council-sponsored Programs Once registered as a member of Girl Scouts, girls can register to attend any council sponsored program as an individual—even if their troop is not participating. There is a fee for attending the programs and most programs include a patch or badge.


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Camping and Outdoor Programs


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