Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Council.
Overseen by adult volunteers at all levels, our troops participate in a wide-range of activities, from community service to camping and everything in between. While our pursuits are tailored to the ideas and interests of each individual troop, inspiration is always drawn from the Girl Scout Mission, Law, and Promise.
Any girl in Kindergarten through 12th grade can be a Girl Scout. For young girls in particular, scouts is a great opportunity to extend their friendship circle beyond their classroom; so there are more familiar faces in the cafeteria, hallways, and outside at recess! It is also a fun way to learn new things, serve their community, and develop leadership skills.
Adults of all ages, both men and women, are also welcome to join at any time. There are lots of great ways to volunteer with Girl Scouts, with no experience required. There are many training opportunities and you will have a chance to meet active people in your community who share your interest in helping girls develop into leaders.
Daisy Uniform, K & 1st grade
Once there are at least five girls in the same grade (and usually the same school, although you can see on the right that some of our troops include girls from multiple schools) wishing to join a troop, and parents who have volunteered to be part of the troop's leadership team, the Service Unit coordinates the formation of the troop and leader training.
Parent volunteers make up the troop leadership team. Depending on parent interest and availability the team may be led by one or more troop leaders or be run as a co-op, with all parents taking a turn facilitating meetings. Each troop decides what works best for them and this may change from year to year.
Brownie Uniform, 2nd & 3rd grade
While always guided by the Girl Scout Mission, Promise, and Law, individual troops and the interests of their girls determine what specific activities they will pursue. The GS leadership curriculum, published by GSUSA has a wealth of ideas!
No. Girl Scouts is a non-secular organization and the word “God” in the Promise can mean whatever a particular Scout and her family believe it to mean. It can also be omitted during recitation or can be replaced with other terms as desired. We welcome members who represent the diversity of the world in which we live!
This is decided by the individual troops according to the schedules of the girls and the parent volunteers. The earlier you get in on the troop formation process, the more input you give toward such decisions. Most troops meet at least twice a month for 1-1½ hours.
Junior Uniform, 4th & 5th gradeTraining is provided at both the Service Unit (local) and Council (regional) level. Currently this training consists of one on-line tutorial and two workshops. At least one fully trained leader must be present at each meeting. There are many opportunities for on-going training in various areas (i.e. camping, first aid, ceremonies) throughout the year.
Each troop is free to decide its own schedule and activities, but you will never be alone if you need help! The Concord-Carlisle Service Unit has monthly meetings to bring all adult volunteers together to share information and establish connections throughout our Scouting community. More experienced leaders also serve as Girl Scout Gurus to their younger sister troops!
Cadette (6-8th) / Senior (9-10th) / Ambassador (11-12th) Uniform
Girl Scouts USA (GSUSA) requires annual $15 membership dues. Parents are encouraged to also become members so that they can be active in the troop as volunteers, chaperones, or occasional helpers, as their schedule allows. In addition, GSEM charges a $10/girl annual fee to supplement Council programs and facilities.
If you think Girl Scouts sounds right for your daughter, or you’d simply like more information, please click the "Register now" or "Contact Us" link in the left-hand sidebar on this page and fill out the simple form it directs you to. You'll hear from one of our Service Unit team members a.s.a.p.! Hope to hear from you!