FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who can join Girl Scouts?
Any girl in Kindergarten through 12th grade can be a Girl Scout. For young girls in particular, Scouts is a great opportunity to extend their friendship circle beyond their classroom; so there are more familiar faces in the cafeteria, hallways, and outside at recess! It is also a fun way to learn new things, serve their community, and develop leadership skills.
Daisies, K & 1st grade
Brownies, 2nd & 3rd grade
Juniors, 4th & 5th grade
Cadettes, 6th-8th grade
Seniors, 9th-10th grade
Ambassadors, 11th-12th grade
How much does it cost to join Girl Scouts?
Annual Registration fees for Scouts in grades K-12 are $25 ($15 for Girl Scouts USA (GSUSA) and $10/girl annual fee to our GS council).
Adult registration is $15 per member. We encourage each Girl Scout family to have at least one registered adult, which enables them to participate in Girl Scouts activities.
In addition to the council fee, Hopkinton Girl Scouts also collects a town service fee of $15 per Scout per year.
Individual troop dues vary by troop. Uniforms and badges can be purchased separately online or at the local council stores.
Financial aid from both the Council and the Service Unit is readily available for all of these expenses. It is there for the asking and all requests are completely confidential. Cost should never be a reason for a girl not to participate in a Scouting activity!
Who leads the troops?
Parent volunteers make up the troop leadership team. Depending on parent interest and availability the team may be led by one or more troop leaders or be run as a co-op, with all parents taking a turn facilitating meetings. Each troop decides what works best for them and this may change from year to year.
How are the leaders trained?
Training is provided at both the Service Unit (local) and Council (regional) level. Currently this training consists of one on-line tutorial and two workshops. At least one fully trained leader must be present at each meeting. There are many opportunities for on-going training in various areas (i.e. camping, first aid, ceremonies) throughout the year.
Adults of all ages, both men and women, are also welcome to join at any time. There are lots of great ways to volunteer with Girl Scouts, with no experience required. There are many training opportunities and you will have a chance to meet active people in your community who share your interest in helping girls develop into leaders.
How are the troops formed?
In some cases, families come together to forms troops when their girls enter school for the first time. This could be a group of girls who attended a preschool together, live in the same neighborhood, or are just friends! In these cases, one of the parents typically has already volunteered to lead that troop. If there are a large number of girls joining at one time (typically in kindergarten and first grade) without having a set troop in mind, the Organizer will reach out to those parents to encourage them to leader the new troop.
When needed, the Hopkinton Registration Organizer will work with all new members to place new Scouts in existing troops.
What kinds of activities do troops do?
While always guided by the Girl Scout Mission, Promise, and Law, individual troops and the interests of their girls determine what specific activities they will pursue. The GS leadership curriculum, published by GSUSA has a wealth of ideas!
When do troops meet?
This is decided by the individual troops according to the schedules of the girls and the parent volunteers. The earlier you get in on the troop formation process, the more input you give toward such decisions. Most troops meet at least twice a month for 1-1½ hours.
Is each troop completely independent?
Each troop is free to decide its own schedule and activities, but you will never be alone if you need help! Hopkinton's Service Unit has monthly meetings to bring all leaders together to share information and establish connections throughout our Scouting community. More experienced leaders also serve as Girl Scout Gurus to their younger sister troops!
How do I sign up?
If you think Girl Scouts sounds right for your daughter, or you'd simply like more information, you may register online through GSEM. If you have specific questions our service unit team can help answer, drop us a note and you will hear back from us shortly.