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FAQs


How do I get my daughter into a Girl Scout troop?

There are many ways to become a Girl Scout! You can attend one of our informational meetings, register online, or call 704.731.6500 to speak with the Onboarding Specialist in your area. While our staff will work to connect you with a local troop, troops are led by volunteers. We need volunteers to lead troops to meet the needs of the girls throughout our 19 Service Units. Find your Service Unit Onboarding Specialist here.

 

How often do troops meet?

Depending on the age of the girls, most troops meet weekly or biweekly for 1 – 1.5 hours.

 

How much does it cost to be a Girl Scout?

There is a $20 annual registration fee that goes directly to Girl Scouts of the USA. In addition to the registration fee, most troops have dues of approximately $1 per meeting to help pay for supplies, programs and patches. For the beginning troop materials, the Hornets’ Nest Girl Scout Shop in Charlotte, NC offers a Starter Kit for approximately $60, which includes a Girl Scout bag with the basic uniform pieces, pins and books Girl Scouts need to get started. Once a troop has started, they can earn money through the Fall Product Program and the Cookie Program, and they can use those funds to budget for activities. Financial assistance is available for all aspects of Girl Scouting including registration, dues, basic uniform pieces, books and program events. We never want a family’s financial situation to prevent a girl from participating in Girl Scouts.

 

Where do I buy Girl Scout uniforms, books, etc?

The Hornets’ Nest Girl Scout Shop is the place to go to purchase everything you need for the ultimate Girl Scout experience! You will find everything from uniforms and clothing to gifts, books and novelty items for girls and adults.

You can also visit us in person to see the latest merchandise. Our store is located at 7007 Idlewild Road, Charlotte, NC 28212. Call 704.731.6608 or 800.868.0528 ext. 16608 for more information. Click here to see the store hours.

 

How do I volunteer with Girl Scouts, Hornets’ Nest Council?

Call 704.731.6500 or visit Volunteer Match to search for opportunities.

 

How much time does it take to volunteer?

That’s up to you! We have many volunteer opportunities that range from once a year to once a week. Contact us to discuss your interests, availability and location to match you up with the appropriate opportunity.

 

I’d like to help with a troop, but how will I know what to do?

Strong volunteer training programs are in place to ensure success. GSHNC has adult development programs, manuals, professional support staff and peer volunteer mentors to give new volunteers tools for success. From online courses to the Program Guide (Fall/Winter Edition) or (Winter/Spring) program resource guide to Service Unit teams to our annual adult retreat weekend, volunteers are provided with the resources to make a difference in girls’ lives.

 

What classes/training sessions do troop leaders need to take?
  • Troop leaders need to complete Girl Scouting 101 and Leader 101. More information can be found in our Resources section.
  • Girl Scouting 101 is a 45-minute online course that includes information on the history of our movement, the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, program resources, cookies, and safety tips.
  • Leader 101 is an introduction to the Girl Scout leader’s position that covers council policies, organizing and registering a troop, working with parents and handling troop finances. This course takes about two hours. These sessions are offered in small groups by your Membership Specialist or by someone designated by the Service Unit Team.
  • To register as an adult member, click here to complete the online registration process.
  • Once you have cleared the Criminal Background Check and completed Girl Scouting 101 and Leader 101, you can begin meeting with your troop!

 

How do I start a Girl Scout troop?

Check out our 10 Easy Steps to start a troop.

 

I’m starting a troop – where will my troop meet?

If you’re a member of a religious or community organization, you can start there since many organizations allow troops to meet in their facilities. You can also talk to your Girl Scout’s school or a local school to see if your troop can meet there. While it may be an option, these facilities are typically unavailable in the evenings. If finding a meeting place is a challenge, contact your Membership Specialist or a member of your Service Unit team for help.