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Girl Scouts is the premiere leadership organization for girls where they build character and skills for success in the real world. As a Girl Scout, your future leader will have fun while gaining financial literacy skills, healthy relationships skills, skills to help her break the glass ceiling and more.

We want every Girl Scouts’ experience to be the best it can be and by partnering with committed adults, girls develop qualities that will serve them all their lives, including strong values, social conscience and a conviction of their own self-worth.

Learn more about the journey your future leader can embark on today. 

Why Girl Scouts?

Nationally Accredited
Girl Scouts allows girls to earn badges while working on Journey books. As the constant bridge throughout Girl Scouting, badge opportunities change as girls progress through grade levels.

Mentoring Leadership
High-quality mentoring leads girls through the Girl Scout experience by preparing them to face a variety of situations. Our leaders have walked in the girls’ shoes and serve as positive role models committed to helping girls gain the most from their Girl Scout experience.

Benefits Of Girl Scouting
Girls who participate in Girl Scouts for over three years are more likely to be leaders, have a greater sense of self, are more successful, and are more active in volunteer work than non-alumnae.

For a complete discussion of the many benefits of Girl Scouts, download The Alumnae Impact Study.


How do I get my daughter into a Girl Scout troop?
Great news! There are many ways to become a Girl Scout! You can attend one of our informational meetings, email us, or call 704.731.6500 to speak with your Onboarding Specialist.

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?
The $25 annual fee goes directly to Girl Scouts of the USA. In addition, most troops have dues of approximately $1 per meeting to help cover supplies, programs and patches. For the beginning troop materials, the Hornets’ Nest Girl Scout Shop offers a Starter Kit for approximately $60 including a Girl Scout bag with the basic uniform pieces, pins and books to get started. Once a troop has started, they can earn money through the Fall Product Program and the Cookie Program. Financial assistance is available for all aspects of Girl Scouting including registration, dues, basic uniform pieces, books and program events.

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! Please visit us to see the latest merchandise (7007 Idlewild Road, Charlotte, NC 28212), or call 704.731.6608 to learn more.  

How do I volunteer with Girl Scouts, Hornets’ Nest Council?
Call 704.731.6500, email, visit our Ways to Engage page, or visit Volunteer Match to search for opportunities.

How much time does it take to volunteer?
That’s up to you! We have several opportunities that range from once a year to once a week. Contact us to discuss your interests, availability and location.

I’d like to help with a troop, but how will I know what to do?
Strong training programs ensure success and we have great adult development programs to provide volunteers with tools for success. From online courses to our Program Guide (Winter/Spring), volunteers are provided with resources to make a difference in girls’ lives.

What classes/training sessions do troop leaders need to take?
Girl Scouting 101 is a 45-minute course including information on the history of our movement, program resources, cookies and more.

Volunteer Essentials is an introduction to the leader position that covers council policies, organizing and registering a troop, and handling troop finances.

Once you clear the Criminal Background Check and complete the above courses, you can begin meeting with your 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 check availability. While it may be an option, these facilities are typically unavailable in the evenings. If finding a meeting place is a challenge, please contact us.