FAQs

How can we afford to go on a trip?

You should start by planning in advance, so you have ample time to save for the trip.The Girl Scout Cookie Sale and Fall Product Sale are the primary money-earning activities in which girls can participate. If additional funds are needed, Troops/Groups must review the guidelines and submit a Troop/Group Money-Earning Permission form at least four (4) weeks prior to the activity to the appropriate Regional Office for approval.

Are courses ever canceled?

Yes. Courses that do not meet the minimum number of participants required will be canceled. The council also reserves the right to cancel courses if the facilitator is ill or unable to make the course (remember, our facilitators are volunteers too!) or in the event of inclement weather. Registered participants will be notified of cancelations.

Category: Adult Learning
Are the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver and Gold Award workshops mandatory?

The workshops are strongly recommended but not mandatory.

Category: Awards
Are there travel limitations on troop trips?

Feel free to travel throughout the world. It should be a place where your troop feels comfortable and safe visiting. Any trip longer than 2 nights and/or outside of new England/Upstate New York is an extended trip which requires paperwork that must be submitted 4-6 months prior to a domestic trip or 1 year prior to an international trip. 

Category: Troop Trips
Aren't a troop trip and a destination the same?

A troop trip is taken and planned by the troop. A destination is offered by GSUSA and provides the opportunity for independent travel.

Category: Troop Trips
Can my daughter choose to participate in more than one pathway at a time?

Yes, all pathways are available to every member. For example: a girl may attend a one day event with her parent, participate in troop meetings and attend summer camp. Learn more about Pathways.

Category: Becoming a Girl Scout
Can my daughter meet the camp staff before camp starts?

Yes, all of our camps offer an Open House. Additionally, we will be offering a Day Camp Pre-Orientation opportunity for parents to come and check  their daughters in early for camp. This option is strongly recommended, as it will save you from having to wait on Monday morning when you come to drop your daughter off. Girls will have an opportunity to meet and greet summer counselors, pick up their camp t-shirt, and visit the Trading Post. Parents will be able to meet with the Camp Nurse to discuss health questions, speak to the Camp Director, and confirm bus transportation plans. This is the only pre-registration event, regardless of which session your camper attends. Please check each individual Day Camp for dates and times.

Category: Camp
Does any of the money from cookie sales go to Girl Scouts of the USA (the national Girl Scout organization)?

Girl Scouts of the USA is paid a royalty by its licensed bakers for use of Girl Scout trademarks based on gross annual sales. Girl Scout councils do not provide any portion of their cookie revenue to Girl Scouts of the USA, and no other revenue from cookie sales goes to Girl Scouts of the USA.

Girl Scouts of the USA provides contractual services and approves all program, marketing, and sales materials developed by the bakers. GSUSA also provides coordination and training for national media activities, safety standards for girls and volunteers, our world-renowned girl-leadership program, and full support during cookie season.

Category: Cookies
Does my camper need to bring a lunch to day camp?

Yes. We recommend that you pack her a lunch larger than what you normally pack for school, as she will be very active throughout the day.  Your camper's unit may cook lunch one day, in that case she would come home with a note the day before letting you know that you do not need to pack her a lunch. Camp Abenaki-Mascoma campers will eat in the dining hall and will not need a daily lunch.

Category: Camp
Does my daughter have to stay for the day camp overnight?

No, the overnights at day camp are optional.  Each day camp runs its overnight differently.  When you receive your parent packet you will get the specific information for the camp your camper will be attending.

Category: Camp
How can I volunteer?

We are a volunteer run organization and always have volunteer opportunities available. Your first step is to complete an application and become a member of the organization. Shortly afterwards, you will be contacted by a volunteer or staff person who will discuss the volunteer opportunities available in your community.

Category: Becoming a Girl Scout
How do I get more information and register?

You can download a PDF copy of our 2014 Girls Guide to Summer which includes locations, dates, and all registration material here or email Ashley to request that one be mailed to you. Specific fees and program descriptions are on each camp's page.

Questions about camp? Contact Karen at 888.4749686 ext. 4114 or email kprovost@girlscoutsgwm.org.  

Category: Camp
How do I get to eBiz/the Online Registration System?

Log in from the Troop Management icon on our homepage, or use the web address below!

https://gsusa.ebiz.uapps.net/VP/Default.aspx?pid=54

Category: Online Registration
How do the proceeds of the cookie sale help girls?

The Girl Scout Cookie Program has a dual purpose: to provide an educational experience for girls and to raise funds to provide Girl Scout activities. Selling cookies gives girls an opportunity to develop business skills, take on new and greater responsibilities, and learn how to work more effectively as members of a team. They learn basic money management and explore sales and marketing techniques.

A portion of the proceeds go directly to the troop of the girl selling cookies. Troops plan activities and set their sales goals accordingly. With money earned from the cookie sale, troops go camping, travel, purchase supplies for service projects and crafts, and many other things. At the council-level, proceeds help subsidize Girl Scout activities, maintain camp properties, liability insurance, training and support for volunteers, financial aid and camperships for girls of limited means, and many other programs.

Category: Cookies
How old does my daughter need to be to join?

Girls can join our organization in grades K-12.

Category: Becoming a Girl Scout
How will I know if I am placed in a class?

You will receive a confirmation when we process your registration form. This does not mean the course has met minimum. You should assume that the course is happening unless you hear otherwise. If your registration is processed and the course is already full, you will be notified immediately. Confirmation and cancelation notices are sent either by letter or email.

Category: Adult Learning
I'm having trouble with the online registration activation. Where do I go for help?

Check out our troubleshooting information here, or the Tip Sheet here.

If you can't find an answer there, contact our help desk via email helpdesk@girlscoutsgwm.org or call 888.474.9686 x4130

Category: Adult Learning
If I completed a Camp Doc File last year do I need to do it again this year?

Yes. Your Camp Doc file will need to be updated- you can access your file with the same email address as last year.

Category: Camp
If I don't show up for a couse, will I get my money back?

You must cancel at least three full business days prior to the day of training to receive a refund of course fees. Failure to show for a course without proper notification will result in loss of payment. If you have registered for a no fee adult learning course and need to cancel, you still must cancel  three full business days prior to the day of the training, so that we can open the training to other volunteers on a wait list.

Category: Adult Learning
Is financial aid available?

Financial aid to cover the annual membership fee is available.

Category: Becoming a Girl Scout
Is financial assistance available?

Yes. An application for financial aid, also called a campership, is available. Camperships are awarded based on need to girls living within our Council geographic borders. Applications are reviewed by a volunteer committee once a month.To apply for financial aid, complete the application, a camp registration form and submit with the $50 deposit. Call the office 888.474.9686 with any questions or for further assistance in applying.

Category: Camp
Is it too late to register?

No. We accept registrations up until two weeks before the start of camp if space is available. There are still spaces in many of our programs. Click on the "Register Online" button to see the online calendar and which programs are still open. See you at camp!

Category: Camp
Is sustainability differentiated at each grade level?

The guidelines give girls tools to examine the underlying root cause of issues, develop a sustainable project plan and measure impact of their project on their community, the target audience and themselves. There is a progression. While Girl Scout Juniors working on their Girl Scout Bronze Award will reflect on how the project could be kept going. Girl Scout Cadettes plan for sustainability. Girl Scout Senior and Ambassadors work to ensure the sustainability of their project in order to meet the Girl Scout Gold Award Standards of Excellence.

Category: Awards
Is there a troop in my town?

There are Girl Scout troops throughout New Hampshire and Vermont. Participation in a troop is not limited to the town you live in. In fact, many troops do have girls participating from their surrounding community. Girls are welcome to participate in troops with schedules that fit their own.

Category: Becoming a Girl Scout
Is there an opportunity for me to visit my daughter while she is at day camp?

Each camp runs a little differently, but some do offer a parent visit day or a Pre-Orientation Day. Check your parent packet for more information.

Category: Camp

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