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Make Girl Scouts Part of Your Family

Her Girl Scout Leadership Experience begins with you! Be a part of every inspiring moment as she unleashes her potential to accomplish amazing things. At Girl Scouts, she’ll try new things, face challenges head-on and find creative solutions to the problems she sees—all while building the skills she needs to shine today and tomorrow.

You are an important part of her Girl Scout experience. You are her support system, cheerleader, chauffeur, helper and most importantly—her caregiver.

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Want to meet us—in person or online? Join us for an upcoming event to enjoy the Girl Scout experience.

Discover Events for non-members offer fun for girls and information for families. Current members can check out our Event Calendar to see what kinds of activities are coming up.

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Stay in the know with our monthly Family Connections email newsletter—just for caregivers like you.

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Want to be more involved in her Girl Scout experience?

Volunteer

FAQs

Can parents also be volunteers?
Absolutely! It’s important for you to be involved so that your girl gets as much out of Girl Scouts as possible. We can always use your help at meetings, on trips, at the cookie booth, or wherever works for you and your schedule. Contact GSCCC to get started. Did we mention how much fun you’ll have?

How much time can I commit as a volunteering parent?
You can commit as much or as little time as your schedule allows. Spending high-quality time with your daughter and other Girl Scouts is a fulfilling experience for everyone—and any time you spend participating will have a positive effect.

My schedule is packed—can I still participate?
You don’t necessarily have to volunteer to participate—you can participate one-on-one with your girl. Help shape her Girl Scout experience, and ask questions about what she’s learning. Give her the support she needs to make her time in Girl Scouts the best it can be.

How else does my involvement make a difference?
Many parents tell us that their relationship with their daughter has deepened since participating in Girl Scouts. Bonding over good times and shared experiences is a win-win for everyone.

When can I join as a volunteer?
Why not today? We’re always looking for volunteers, whether it’s during the school year, over summer break, or any time in between.

Why participating is so important

When you volunteer or participate in activities with your girl, you’ll help her:

  • Enjoy amazing new experiences
  • Make new friends and become more confident
  • Discover different skills and interests in a safe, nurturing environment

Your involvement and support will help shape your girl's experience. She'll see your commitment to her growth, and before you know it, you'll be growing too. 

Be supportive of her Girl Scout experience:

  • Make sure she arrives and is picked up on time for all group activities.
  • Ask her about her Girl Scout activities, and really listen to what she has to say.
  • Appreciate and recognize the time, talent, and skills her leader shares with the troop/group. 

Your actions can make a real, positive difference. Here’s proof from our research:

  • Ninety-five percent of caregivers say their girl has made more friends through Girl Scouts.
  • Eighty-nine percent of caregivers say their girl is happier because of Girl Scouts.
  • Ninety percent of caregivers say their girl has grown more confident through Girl Scouts.
Amazing activities to share

Try any of these fun ways to spend high-quality time with your girl. Invite some friends along, too!

  1. Take a nature walk.
    You don’t need to head out into the deep woods—the local park or somewhere you both enjoy will do just fine. Don’t forget to pack your favorite snacks for the road. 

  2. Share your inspiration.
    Talk to her about women you admire, and ask her about the people who inspire her. Family members, friends, famous women in history—they’re all great choices. Encourage her to cut out pictures or draw. This booklet will help you get started and leave her with something that reminds her of your special talk.

  3. Turn your living room into an improv theater.
    What does she want to be when she grows up? You might not need to answer that yet, but let her try some options out for the next five minutes. Get started with the Scene Spinner.

  4. Get your science on in the backyard.
    It’s amazing what wonders even the smallest outdoor spaces hold. Help her discover how much she can find by using our Flower Census or our Bug Census. Don’t forget to hit the computer and put your “field guide” together first. If you want to do more, head for the local nature preserve.

See what events we have coming up >>


Parent and Caregiver Resources

Download the FREE Girl Scout Family Connection for must-know info! Girl Scout Family Connection (PDF)

Download our FREE Girl Scout Magazine for recent girl stories, program details, and more. Girl Scout Winter/Spring 2022 Magazine (PDF)

Raising Awesome Girls

  • Kindness Is Her Superpower

    Kids have heard that bullying isn’t OK, but what about flipping that message and making sure they’re specifically being kind? According to kids aged 9-11, the top reason they gave for not extending kindness to a kid who’s being picked on or left out is that they didn’t know what to do or say.

  • When Scary News Shakes Her World

    We need to have honest, direct conversations with all our children to acknowledge that scary things happen but also to assure them that you and others are working to keep them safe.

  • Teach Your Girl to Ask Smart Questions in a Fake News World

    There's nothing new about not being able to fully trust everything you read, see, or hear. But with huge amounts of information coming to our phones, tablets, laptops, and TVs faster than ever-and with technology making it easier for almost anyone to claim to be an expert on any subject-it's become trickier to sort fact from fiction.

  • Girls Are Having a Mental Health Crisis—Some Solutions, Though, Are Simple

    While we’d like to think of girlhood as a time for carefree fun, friendship, and adventure, the numbers show it’s currently anything but. The bottom line? Girls need to feel a sense of belonging.

Find more articles for parents at girlscouts.org.

Additional Resources
Make Her Experience Memorable (PDF)
Her Girl Scout Growth Chart (PDF)
Bring the Magic of Girl Scouts Home (PDF)
Family Tip Sheet (PDF)