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Become a Girl Scout

Are you interested in learning a sport, sampling the arts, preparing for a career, or rafting down a river? Do you dream of publishing stories, traveling to exciting places, or speaking out about the issues you care about? In Girl Scouting, you can do it all! Girls in grades K-12 can join.

The Girl Scout Mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. The Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachian Council exists to Empower Girls.

Most girls join troops and fit the following categories:
Girl Scout Daisy, grades K-1
The First Step in a Lifetime Adventure
Girl Scout Daisies meet in a nurturing, inclusive environment. They go on trips, learn about nature and science, and explore the arts and their communities. Girl Scout Daisies can also earn Learning Petals and receive participation patches.

Girl Scout Brownie, grades 2-3
Going Places, Making New Friends
Girl Scouts Brownies work together, earn Girl Scout Brownie Awards, and explore their community. friendship, fun, and age-appropriate activities begin at the Girl Scout Brownie meeting and move out to the community and wider world.

Girl Scout Junior, grades 4-5
Explorations, Fun, and Best Friends Forever
Girl Scout Juniors earn badges and discover what girl power is all about through new activities and by learning to take charge of their own plans. They gain self-confidence as they explore the world in partnership with their troop/group leaders.

Girl Scout Cadette, Senior and Ambassador
Girl Scout Cadette, grades 6-8
Girl Scout Senior, grades 9-10
Girl Scout Ambassador, grades 11-12
Making the World a Better Place
Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors participate in Girl Scouting in many ways. Under the guidance of a trained adult advisor, girls mix and match activities and resources to suit their needs while giving back to their communities. They connect with each other and build self-esteem and confidence in their skills as they work on a range of projects and gain life experiences.

Enjoy Girl Scout Flexibility

Families are busy, and time is precious. That’s why you decide which type or “pathway” of Girl Scouting is the best fit for your family. Choose from one or several of the following Pathways:

  • Troop: The traditional series of program activities with the same group of girls, typically meeting twice per month and spanning the length of a school year. Troops often choose outdoor and event activities to augment their experience over the year.
  • Series: Participate once or twice a year in a series program with a group of girls who are her age with similar interests.  These programs are short-term, troop-style experiences focused around a particular theme or interest. Led by volunteers, programs in this pathway typically last nine weeks. Blend the series program she chooses with activities from the outdoor and events pathways to give her more to explore.
  • Outdoor: Love everything outside? Participate in camps, cooking, environmental interest programs, special interest events and adventure activities that are outdoor-focused. Often family-friendly, blend this pathway together with series or events programs to add to her experience.
  • Events: Local and council wide opportunities for her education and for fun. Meet girls all over the council, participate in special interest events she’s interested in on a schedule that works for your family. You can easily blend this pathway together with outdoor or series programs to increase the fullness of her experience.

Through Girl Scouts, girls discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together.

All members:

  • share the Girl Scout Promise and Law
  • follow safety guidelines
  • pay annual membership dues of $12. (Dues enable girls to enjoy every aspect of the Girl Scout program). Financial assistance for dues is available. Contact your service center for details.

Join Now

Joining Girl Scouts is simple. Register online. Dial 800.474.1912 for information on area troops and groups.  Not in the Chattanooga, Knoxville or Tri-Cities area? Call toll-free (800) 478.7248 or (212) 852.8000 for more information.