Girl Scouts of the USA has taken many measures to reduce operational expenses, and is collaborating with councils to focus on developing new revenue streams to support our Movement. The increase in membership dues, along with other efforts to secure external funding, will help GSUSA make important investments in our programming and technology and maintain a strong financial position in order to grow our Movement and continue to deliver our mission for future generations.
Renew your membership
The Girl Scout membership year runs from Oct. 1–Sept. 30.
The next renewal period will be our Early Bird campaign beginning in spring 2017. Be sure to keep an eye on the incentives for renewing during this time! We'll update this page when those incentives are available.
Notice: Beginning in spring 2017, the cost to join Girl Scouts as a girl member in our council will be $35 per year.This price includes:
- the $25 membership fee, all of which goes directly to GSUSA
- a $10 council service fee
Here are some Frequently Asked Questions about the price increase.
GSUSA Membership Fees
Why are Girl Scout membership dues increasing? What is the money being used for?
Does the increase to membership dues apply to girls and adults?
Will the increase affect the membership dues for lifetime members?
When will the increase take effect?
How will this increase help girls?
How will this increase help volunteers?
Will the membership dues change each year?
Girl Scouts of Southern Appalachians Council Service Fee
Does the council service fee apply to both girls and adults?
Will financial assistance be available to cover membership dues and the council service fee?
How will the new council service fee impact adults?
What impact will the council service fee have on lifetime members?
Why is the council service fee being implemented at this time?
Girl Scouts sell a lot of cookies. Why doesn’t that cover the cost of the Girl Scout program?
Don’t my troop dues support Girl Scouts?
Can I use troop proceeds to pay for my troop’s membership dues and council service fee?
How will the council service fee be collected?
Why don’t adult members pay the council service fee?
Does GSCSA anticipate the council service fee will cause a decrease in girl membership?
Will the council service fee amount change each year?
How does the cost to join Girl Scouts compare with other youth-serving organizations?