How much does it cost for a girl to be a member of Girl Scouts?
A: For the 2013-2014 membership year, girls will pay $15 for the GSUSA annual membership dues and $15 for the GSHNJ Council Service Fee (CSF) for a total registration cost of $30 for the 2013-2014 year (begins Oct. 1, 2013 - Sept. 30, 2014).
How much does it cost for an adult to be a member of Girl Scouts?
A: Adults pay only the GSUSA membership fee of $15. They do not pay the CSF.
Who determines the CSF?
A: Girl Scout volunteer delegates from across the country overwhelmingly approved the use of a Council Service Fee at the 52nd GSUSA National Council Session in November 2011. In addition, the GSHNJ Board of Directors approved the implementation of this fee. The delegates recognized the financial realities of operating a Girl Scout Council in today’s economy and felt strongly that adding the CSF was necessary given the substantial value of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.
Is there a maximum amount that can be charged as a CSF?
A: Yes. The amount cannot exceed the GSUSA membership dues.
Can we expect the CSF to increase again in the near future?
A: No. Since the fee cannot exceed the GSUSA membership dues, the GSHNJ Board would need to re-evaluate the fee amount if the GSUSA membership dues increased.
Can we expect the GSUSA membership dues to increase again in the
A: GSUSA membership dues were last increased five years ago.No additional increase in fees is expected in the near future.
Is financial assistance available for families who may need it to cover the cost of
A: Yes. GSHNJ is committed to ensuring all girls can participate in Girl Scouts, regardless of socioeconomic status and provides confidential, need-based financial assistance to individuals seeking Girl Scout membership.
Why is the CSF necessary?
A: All membership dues are submitted directly to GSUSA. The CSF is kept in our local council for our own programming and operations to help us better serve our girls.
We already pay individual program fees, so how is the CSF used?
A: Here are some of the ways in which the CSF supports the operation of our local GS council:
- General operating expenses for all council properties, service centers, and camps including utilities, insurance, maintenance, and capital expenses
- Support of technology initiatives such as online registration, e-newsletters, websites, event calendars, and support of other technological advances
- Provides quality customer care and service necessary to manage a membership of over 25,000 girls and 11,000 adult members
- Provides background checks of volunteers and staff to ensure the safety of girls
- Protects girls and adults through the provision of liability insurance coverage for all Council approved events, activities, and non-Girl Scout facility use
- Subsidizes year-round turn-key outdoor experiences for girls; and
- Processes and places girls in various membership pathways
How is the cost of troop dues determined?
A: Troop dues are determined by the girls; therefore, girls set goals and determine what money will be needed to achieve those goals. The cookie sales program, the nation’s largest financial literacy program, is an excellent way for girls to earn money to subsidize the costs associated with Girl Scout activities. Girls can also participate in the nut/candy sale and the collection of troop dues. Troop dues are determined by the girls, therefore, it is important that families partner with the troops’ leadership to choose the amount of dues that reflect what the troop can afford and what will be needed for the 12 month Girl Scout year.