GSUSA Plans Membership Dues Increase in 2017/2018 Membership Year

As the first and largest girl-led organization in the world, Girl Scouts has spent over a century preparing girls for every day leadership by providing rich experiences for them to explore new interests, face challenges, form new friendships, and make lasting community contributions.

As the Girl Scouts continues its mission, it is important that we keep pace with an ever-changing world and ensure that they have the resources to support our mission.  Girl Scouts of the USA’s National Board has decided to increase the annual membership fee to $25, starting on October 1, 2017, for both girl and adult members. Every dollar of membership dues is sent to Girl Scouts of the USA to cover the cost of fundamental services supporting the Girl Scout Movement. This includes, but is not limited to, accident insurance for members participating in approved Girl Scout activities, program development, research, resources, training, technology, services to councils, and protection of the Girl Scout brand. Membership dues also help fund the implementation of new technologies to improve the Girl Scout experience for girls, volunteers, and parents.

Last year, GSNWGL introduced a $5 council service fee. Membership dues are sent by the council to GSUSA; no portion of the dues stays with the council. The council service fee provided vital, additional revenue to assist our Council with the increasing costs to deliver Girl Scout programming locally and will remain in place, bringing the total cost of membership to $30. The adult membership dues will be $25. Our Council does not now and will not in future add service fees to adult membership dues.


Leadership Conference and Annual Meeting a huge success!

Last weekend our Council hosted the Leadership Conference and Annual Meeting. The Leadership Conference brought together older girls and adult volunteers for a day of learning, networking, and, of course, fun in Eau Claire, Wisconsin! We heard inspirational words from Kerry Kincaid, the Eau Claire City Council President, as well as past Gold Award recipients. Girls and adults took part in fun sessions ranging from learning to play Kubb (a Nordic lawn game), to belly dancing; as well as educational sessions about Girl Scouting’s highest awards, trip planning, team building, and more.

At the Annual Meeting stewardship and finance reports were presented, adult volunteers were recognized and received awards, and the new GSNWGL board of directors were elected. This year’s Annual Meeting was themed “Girls Change the World” in honor of the Gold Award centennial. Make sure to check out this video about the history, impact, and future of the Gold Award!