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New Parent Guide to Girl Scouting

Thank you for choosing Girl Scouts! Our mission is to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. Our program is designed for girls from kindergarten through 12th grade and at every level, Girl Scouts have fun while being challenged to make the world a better place.

When you're a Girl Scout, you're also a  G. I. R. L. (Go-getter, Innovater, Risk-taker, Leader). Read on to discover what it means to be a G. I. R. L.

Join Girl Scouts Step by Step
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Select membership for girl or adult.

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Enter your contact information.

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Find a troop near you for your girl's grade level and fits with your family's schedule. Can't find a troop? You can either select "Unsure" or "I want to . . ." options or contact our Customer Care at 888-623-2137.

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

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 councils, development of program materials and activity insurance.

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Supplies
Your Girl Scout 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 Trefoil Boutiques located at every GSCI service center

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Grade Levels
Any girl in grades K-12 can join the G.I.R.L fun at Girl Scouts. Whether you want to be a part of troop, event or activities, explore the outdoors and spend the summer at camp, or travel the world, each grade level has something for you. Girls are place in the appropriate grade level according to her school grade.

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Learn more with our Family Guide to Girl Scouting Quick Start guide.

Be a Role Model - Volunteer
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You can be her role model! It starts with one day, one meeting as you show her she can accomplish more than she ever imagined. At Girl Scouts, we want every girl to feel so excited about her future because she knows she can achieve anything she sets her mind to. It begins with YOU!

Our volunteer opportunities are numerous, from troop leader to troop support. Whatever time you can give to the girls is appreciated. Girl Scouts provides a wide range of resources and trainings to make volunteering easy and convenient.

Her Girl Scout Experience

We provide two publications filled with awesome opportunities for troops and girls. Our adventure guides are published in August for programs and activiites from September to May, and December for summer camp programs beginning May through the summer.

Registering for Programs
Registering for a program or camp is easy. On our website is an events calendar that lists all the events for the year. Our summer camp programs are for resident camp, day camp, travel, and community day camps.

Summer 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 of Central Illinois operates four camp properties:
 


Camp Kiwanis
This 55-acre wooded site sits adjacent to Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve near Champaign and is bordered by the Sangamon River. It is perfect for first-time campers as it includes three winterized lodges.

Camp Peairs
Enjoy 88 wooded acres situated on Lake Bloomington. This site is ideal for camping, events and cookouts.

Camp Tapawingo
Explore the forested, rolling hills of this 640-acre camp, located in Metamora. This site is ideal for camping, events and outdoor picnics.  

Camp Widjiwagan
Located on Lake Springfield, this camp is a 67-acre, wooded haven used for camping, events and trainings. Accommodations include three heated lodges, Conestoga wagons, and platform tents.

 

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Camp Programs
There are many ways girls and troops can participate in camping year-round:

 

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Registering for Summer Camp
Registering for a camp is easy! Visit our website and learn all about our summer camp offerings. 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 Customer Care at 888-623-1237.

Financial Assistance
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Girl Scouts of Central Illinois is committed to helping all girls participate in Girl Scouting. Membership assistance must be completed on a yearly basis for the current membership year. (October 1 - September 30). 

Questions

Our Customer Care offers you assistance with registration, general questions, tips, guidance, resources, links and information about all Girl Scout subjects.

Contact
Customer Care at customercare@girlscouts-gsci.org or call us at 888-623-1237.