Frequently Asked Questions
What is Girl Scouts?
Girl Scouts has the mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Girls are engaged in activities related to science, technology, engineering, math, financial literacy, healthy living, and environmental leadership. Activities can be centered around individual girls, a small group, an entire troop, or service unit. As a non-profit organization we are dependent upon the assistance of adult volunteers. Our volunteers bring their experience and expertise to make the scouting involvement better for all girls.
What are the requirements to join Girl Scouts?
We welcome any and all girls that are in grades K-12 (includes home-schooled girls). For more than 100 years, Girl Scouts has prided itself on being an inclusive organization serving girls from all walks of life. If a child identifies as a girl and the child's family presents her as a girl, she will be accepted into girl scouts.
What will my daughter get out of Girl Scouts?
Girls will develop a sense of self, learn positive values, learn practical life skills, develop critical thinking, and feel connected to the community. Girls will also make friends, earn badges, participate in field trips and camping trips, and organize service projects.
What is the time commitment involved in Girl Scouts?
Girls are assigned to a troop by community troop organizers. Wherever possible, troops are formed according to schools and/or churches a girl attends. Troop leaders decide when, where, and how often a troop may meet. Many troops meet at least twice a month and work with families to find a good time and place to meet.
What are the responsibilities of a parent/guardian?
Take scout to meetings and events
Help your scout fulfill troop responsibilities- dues, permission slips, snack, and uniforms
Communicate with the troop leader
Consider volunteering as a:
Troop leader, co-leader, coordinator of the fall product sale or cookie sales, provide transportation or chaperone for outside events, assist with service projects, share a hobby or special talent
Training is available through Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland council and with the Wooster Service Unit.
How much does it cost to be part of Girl Scouts?
There is an annual fee of $20 per scout paid to Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland. These fees help council and the service unit provide activity insurance, training, and activities to all girls. Each troop may also charge dues to enable the troop to fund activities.
Adults volunteering with Girl Scouts must also register and the fee is $15 per adult.
Where can I buy the Girl Scout uniform and patches?
You can purchase the required uniform at any Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland store. You can access the store through their website at www.girlscoutshop.com/OHIOS-HEARTLAND-COUNCIL. You may have items shipped to you or you can work with your leader to have the items brought to Wooster for you.
Do Girl Scouts go camping?
Yes, Girl Scouts do go camping but it is a gradual process that can include an entire troop, service unit, or family.
What other activities are available to Girl Scouts?
The Wooster Service Unit offers a variety of events for the girls. Troops also participate in smaller group events. Girls can participate at the troop level or individually. See the Events page for more information about Wooster Service Unit Events.