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FrequentlyAskedQuestionsTellmeaboutGirlScoutsoWesternOhio.GirlScoutsoWesternOhioservesnearly50000girlsina32countyareathroughoutwesternOhioandsoutheasternIndiana.FourteenthousandtrainedvolunteersworktoprovideservicesanddelivertheGirlScoutprogramtogirls.FourregionalGirlScoutCentersarelocatedinToledoLimaDaytonandCincinnatiseebackcoverorcontactinormation.WhyshouldmydaughterjoinGirlScoutsAtGirlScoutsgirlsarealwayscountingdowntothenextadventurewellgoontogether.Maybeitsartistic.Maybeitsanexperiment.Maybeitsgettingoutsideandhelpingthecommunity.WithGirlScoutsgirlswillmakenewriendsandhaveatononewexperiencesthatwillshowthemhowexcitingtheworldisandhowawesometheyareoverandoveragain.HowcanmydaughtergetinvolvedGirlscanbecomeinvolvedinGirlScoutinginavarietyowaysthesearereerredtoastheGirlScoutpathways.PathwaysincludetheollowingTroopsSeriesoprogramactivitieswiththesamegroupogirls.CampDayandresidentcamps.SeriesGirlsparticipateinaseriesoprogramactivitieswiththesamegroupogirlsrelatingtoaspecifcthemeorpurpose.EventsGirlsparticipateinlocalorcouncilwideevents.TravelGirlsplanearnmoneyprepareandparticipateinregionalnationalandinternationaltrips.AreuniormsrequiredinGirlScoutsUniormsarenotrequiredorparticipationinGirlScouting.GirlsareencouragedtowearauniormorvisibilityandtodemonstratetheirGirlScoutspirit.BasicGirlScoutsasheswithinsigniaarepricedat17andup.Additionaluniormpiecesareavailable.SometroopschoosetopurchaseuniormsothersmakegroupT-shirtsstillothersalloweachgirltodecideorherselwhatheruniormwillbe.AgirlisalwayswelcometoparticipateinGirlScoutingwhetherornotshechoosestowearauniorm.HowotenshouldIexpectmydaughterstrooporgrouptomeetHowotenatrooporgroupmeetsdependsonavarietyoactorsincludingtheavailabilityothemeetingplaceandtheschedulesotheleadersandgirls.Usuallygroupsmeetoranhourortworomonceaweektoonceamonth.Manytroopsmeeteveryotherweek.Occasionalactivitiesmayinvolvelongertimecommitmentssuchasfeldtripsandcampouts.IyourdaughterisinaseriesorparticipatesinGirlScoutDuringtheSchoolDayactivitieshergroupwillmeetorsixtoeightweeks.DoesmydaughterhavetoearnbadgesAGirlScoutisnotrequiredtoearnbadgesbutmostgirlsenjoyitBadgesareonewayagirlcandemonstratetheprogressionoskillsshehasattainedinGirlScouting.WherecanIpurchaseGirlScoutapparelbadgesandotherGirlScoutingitemsAllGirlScoutmerchandisecanbepurchasedattheGirlScoutShopslocatedineachoourGirlScoutCentersoronlinethroughourwebsite.Mydaughterhasadisability.WillshebeallowedtojoinGirlScoutsGirlScoutingdoesnotdiscriminateonanybasisincludingdisability.GirlsovaryingabilitiesenjoyparticipatinginGirlScoutingandwehavealonghistoryoadaptingactivitiesorgirlswhohavespecialneedsincludingthosewhohavephysicalormentaldisabilitiesandthosewhoarechronicallyill.DoesGirlScoutshaveaparticularreligiousafliationGirlScoutsdoesnotendorseorpromoteanyparticularphilosophyorreligiousbelie.OurmovementissecularandisoundedonAmericandemocraticprinciplesoneowhichisreedomoreligion.WewelcomeGirlScoutsromdiversebackgrounds.Ihavequestionsaboutmydaughterstroop.WhodoIaskYourfrststepistocommunicatewiththetrooporgroupleader.AskhertosharethegoalsothetroopandhowthesegoalsftintotheGirlScoutLeadershipExperience.Askhertoexplainhowpoliciesandproceduresareputintoplace.TheleaderisagreatresourceoryousheisvolunteeringhertimetoensurethatyourdaughterandtherestothetrooporgroupmembershavetheopportunitytoparticipateinGirlScouting.IyouhaveconcernsthatthetrooporgroupleadercannotaddresspleasecontactyourregionalGirlScoutCenter.HowcanIgetfnancialassistanceTorequestfnancialassistancepleasespeakwithyourdaughtersleaderorcontactyourregionalGirlScoutCenter.Financialassistanceisavailabletoensurethateverygirlisabletoparticipate.Nogirlisdeniedmembershipbecauseoinabilitytopay.7