Ways to Be a Girl Scout

Today’s Girl Scouts have more choices and ways to participate than ever before. Girls can have the traditional troop experience or mix and match activities to suit their schedule and interests.

A Girl Scout troop

Start or Join a Troop to Build Lifelong Friendships

Troops allow girls to work as a team and build lasting friendships. Girls work with their troops on skill building, leadership and service projects while having fun with their friends.

Start A Troop

Parents like you make a key difference in your girl’s and her friends’ lives by leading them through the Girl Scout experience. Leading a troop is a great time, and we’ll support you all the way. There are big rewards for your time:

Learn more about what it means to lead.

Join An Existing Troop

It’s easier than ever before to join a Girl Scout troop. Just provide a bit of information, and then you can search for local troops online.

A Juliette at an award ceremony

Be a Juliette and Design Your Own Program

Juliette Girl Scouts are Girl Scouts who design their own program and are not affiliated with a troop. Juliettes do all the same things that troops do, but they work independently. Their adult mentor—a parent or a community member—guides them as they complete badges, Journeys, and high awards. Juliettes can choose to attend events and camp to broaden their experience and spend time with their sister Girl Scouts.

As Juliettes move through the Girl Scout program, they and their mentors receive the same support that troop leaders do, including guides that make completing badges and awards easy, online trainings, and a team of Girl Scout staff members to answer their questions.

Learn More about Juliette Girl Scouting

Why Should I Become a Juliette?
There are many advantages to participating in Girl Scouts as a Juliette. Juliettes:

  • Gain leadership experience.
  • Have the opportunity to participate in all Girl Scout activities individually, so they can tailor their experience.
  • Create a well-rounded Girl Scout experience by completing the planning guide for their grade-level, on their own time.
  • Serve their community through individual community service projects and Take Action projects.

What Can a Juliette Do?
Juliette Girl Scouts can do anything Girl Scouts in a troop can do. Juliettes can Discover, Connect, and Take Action when they:

  • Complete Girl Scout Journeys + Badges
    Girls can choose from three different Journey books at each program grade level. Journeys guide girls towards becoming a leader in their community. Juliettes can also earn badges, which include a variety of skill-building activities, many of which compliment the Journeys.
  • Attend Girl Scout Events + Activities
    Juliettes can meet other girls in their area while completing Journeys, earning badges, or learning more about the outdoors at council-sponsored events. Service Units also offer many events and service opportunities, which are great for Juliettes to meet other Girl Scouts in their area.
  • Help Others Through Community Service
    Part of the Girl Scout Law is to “make the world a better place”. Juliettes can work on their own or with their Girl Scout community to carry out this Girl Scout tradition. Juliettes can also pass along what they’ve learned, gain leadership skills, and earn special mentoring awards by helping younger Girl Scouts at troop meetings, events, camp, and more.
  • Participate in the Cookie Program and Snacks + Magazines
    Juliettes can fund their Girl Scout activities while learning great business skills including goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. Learn more about Cookies and Snacks + Magazines.
  • Earn Girl Scouting’s Highest Awards
    The Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards are the highest awards in Girl Scouting. Juliettes can earn these awards by leading a take-action project to improve their local community
  • Travel with Girl Scout Destinations
    Juliettes can experience leadership opportunities and cross-cultural understanding through regional, national, and international travel.

What Is a Juliette Girl Scout Mentor?
A Girl Scout Juliette Mentor is a parent or trusted adult who guides a Juliette through her experience. A Mentor should:

  • Register as an adult member of Girl Scouts.
  • Seek out and relay information and opportunities for their girl.
  • Help their girl plan her Girl Scout year using the Planning Guides.
  • Connect with their service unit team for wider opportunities for their girl.
  • Follow Girl Scout policies, including safety guidelines, to keep their girl safe.
  • Connect with other Mentors in their service unit.

What Resources Are Available for Juliettes?
We provide many online resources to help Juliettes and their mentors plan a great year:

  • Planning Guides
    These grade-based guides outline all Girl Scout Activities available and provide plans for creating a well-rounded Girl Scout experience.
  • Online Trainings
    We provide volunteers with convenient, online trainings to help them give girls the best experience possible.
  • River Valleys’ Events
    Find all of Girl Scouts River Valleys’ events and camps, so you can connect with other Girl Scouts.
  • Additional Volunteer Resources
    Find other resources like field trip opportunities and equipment and tools you can check-out for your activities.
  • Staff Support
    Juliettes and their mentors can also reach out to our Volunteer Support department to reach grade-level experts to help you get started or grow along your way.
  • Juliette Program Credits
    Girl Scout Juliettes earn program credits from participating in the Cookie Program and the fall Snacks + Magazines sale. They can use these credits at River Valleys’ shops, camps, or to register for events.

Join Girl Scouts as a Juliette

It’s easy to become a Girl Scout Juliette! Just visit our registration site, provide a bit of information about yourself, and select “Individually Registered Member” as your troop/activity.

Girl Scouts using power tools

Attend Events and Meet Unique Challenges

Throughout the year, Girl Scouts River Valleys hosts great events on a variety of topics. Whether you are a troop member, a Juliette, or only participate with Girl Scouts through events, you’ll find them to be a great way to have fun, build new skills, earn badges and awards, and meet girls from across our council.

Visit our main site to see all of our upcoming events for girls at all grade levels.

Girls jumping into a lake at camp

Go to Camp and Find Yourself Outdoors

Our summer camps allow girls to explore their interests, learn about the natural world, and make lifelong friends while taking in the breathtaking scenery at our facilities. Girls can attend camp independently, alongside girls from their troop, or even with family. From horseback riding to archery and hiking to swimming, we have camps for girls at all ages and skill levels.

Visit our Camp site to learn more about our offerings and locations.

Girl Scouts hiking on a mountain range

Travel with Girl Scouts and See The World

Girl Scouts offers many different travel opportunities so girls can see new places, meet new people, and learn about different cultures and ideas. Whether exploring their own neighborhoods, their regions, their country, or the world, Girl Scouts are continually expanding their horizons.

Girl Scouts can travel with their troop, and they can join both council-level and nationally sponsored adventures. Learn more about our travel opportunities.