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Thank you for your interest in joining Girl Scouts. Here is helpful information to know as you prepare to register your girl or yourself.

Registering and "Troop/Other" Participation Options

Click “Join Today” to register your girl as a Girl Scout. Have a credit card ready to pay the annual membership fee ($35 for girls, $25 for adults). Our registration system sends you automated messages once you enter basic information. That allows you to pick up where you left off, if you’re interrupted while registering, and alerts us that you might need more assistance.

To Find a Troop

Click “Join Today”, and enter basic information on the first screen. Click "continue" to see ways to participate. Enter the troop number, if you know it. To search for troop and group opportunities in your area, enter zip code, search radius and your girl’s grade for fall 2017.

Don’t see a troop that works for your girl? You can…
  • Search for an alternative by increasing your search radius.
  • Register her to participate as a Juliette (Girls not registered with a troop). Select INDIVIDUALLY REGISTERED MEMBER. We have hundreds of Girl Scout program events and activities for your girl to love as a Girl Scout who is not in a troop. Your girl can always transfer into a troop later if one becomes available.
  • Register as UNSUREUNSURE lets us know you want to stay on the waiting list. We’ll e-mail you to let you know when an opening becomes available and, until then, we’ll keep you informed on a monthly basis. We’ll do our best to recruit leaders to form new troops, but the troop won’t be able to start until we have at least 2 adult volunteer leaders.
What does it take to form a new troop?

Forming a troop requires a minimum of  2 volunteers and at least 5 girls.  (Troops can have 12 or more girls depending on girl grades and number of volunteers). You can help us recruit by spreading the word at your local schools, sporting events, neighborhood activities, and places of worship. We will also continue to direct girls in your area to troops with openings. 

No troop leaders for the troop you want?

Consider volunteering to be a troop leader yourself and getting a friend to join with you.  It’s the surest way to get a troop started that is convenient for you. 

Considering being a troop leader?

Talk it through with us. Call 413-584-2602 and ask to speak with the membership services specialist for your town. A “yes” is great news for girls, but it is also okay if your answer is “no”.

You can also click “Volunteer today” at the bottom of this page to see more information about leading a troop and to register as a troop leader. The annual membership fee is $25 for adults. 

Can I be a troop helper?

Yes! All adults are welcomed and encouraged to register as a member of Girl Scouts.  Girl Scouts is a membership organization and all adults must be a member of Girl Scouts of the USA. The annual membership fee is $25 for adults. To help with a troop, register as an adult volunteer. Volunteers working directly with girls must also agree to a background check and submit a Criminal Offense Record Information (CORI) form.  

Troop always need volunteer assistance.  Here are some of the ways you can help. 

  • Drivers and chaperones for field trips
  • Troop first aider for Girl Scout activities
  • Product Sales manager for the troop ( Nut and Cookie sale programs) 
  • Helping on an on-going basis at troop meetings and/or events

 

Annual Membership Fee

When you join Girl Scouts, you are a member of Girl Scouts of Central & Western MA (your local council) and a member of our national organization, Girl Scouts of the USA. Your membership provides Girl Scouts with the strength in numbers to provide advocacy and support for girls at the national level. As a member, you will have a voice at the local and national level, and are eligible to receive the benefits and privileges of membership.

What does the membership fee cover?

The annual membership fee is $35 for girls and $25 for adults. It covers one year of membership from October 1 through September 30, or any portion of that year from the time you registered. A small portion of the girl fee is retained locally to provide girl programs, financial assistance to girls, volunteer training, & support for girls in central and western MA.  The rest of the membership fee goes to the national organization to support needed program development and advocacy for girls at the national level, and provides for secondary accident/injury insurance while participating in Girl Scout activities. The membership fee is non-refundable.  

Does purchasing a membership guarantee a troop?

Purchasing a membership guarantees Girl Scout membership. Troop availability is dependent upon on troop volunteer availability. If there is not an open slot in a troop that fits your needs, form a team with other interest adults and start a new troop!  Check out our opportunity catalog for troops that are available for girls to register into at this time.  Check back for updates. There are frequent changes. 

Unable to pay the membership fee?

We offer financial assistance to cover the $35 fee for any girl who is unable to pay. Click the request for Financial Assistance.  Please allow a few days for us to authorize the request before you log back into the system and complete her registration.

 

What girls do in Girl Scouts 

  • daisy
  • brownie
  • junior
  • cadette
  • senior
  • ambassador

Juliettes: Girl Scouts not registered in a troop, all grades

 

Connecting!

Call us for help at 413-584-2602 or email info@gscwm.org. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 9am – 5pm. If you leave a message, we will gladly get back to you.  (Check your spam e-mail and voicemail to be sure you didn’t miss our reply.)

When you provide basic contact information, you’ll be on our mailing list so that you can receive information (typically via e-mail) about happenings and fun opportunities to participate in Girl Scouts. You can unsubscribe to such e-mails at any time.

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