Leader Tips: November 2010 Archives


An idea that has been put forward is to allow councils to charge a membership fee, in addition to the current $12 fee that goes to GSUSA for national membership. The additional membership fees charged by councils would be used by the councils to directly support their council, i.e. to support and develop properties, girl pathway programs, etc.

Should councils be allowed to set an additional fee to support girls in their local areas? Should it be waived for financial need, as is the national membership fee? What do you think? As always, we appreciate your input!

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Currently, delegates to the National Council are elected just in time to review proposals, get feedback from their local council members, and then attend the national council session.

The proposal is that the National Council amend Article IV (The National Council), Section 5 (formula for delegates) of the Constitution of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America to facilitate delegates being elected by local councils two years preceding the National Council, and serving for a term of three years. This proposal supports the idea that if national council delegates are elected earlier they can be better prepared for their roles, and be involved in helping shape the agenda for the National Council Session.

What do you think? Please leave a comment or send an email to communications@girlscoutssa.org. Thank you for your input!


Here's an idea that is being discussed as a possible agenda item for the national conference: rolling memberships.

Rolling memberships would allow memberships to extend for a year from the date of registration. The October 1st membership year concept would no longer exist. This proposal supports the idea that members would always get a full calendar year membership for the fee.

What do you think? Is this a good idea?  Why, or why not?  Thanks for your input!

Many councils believe that the Gold Award has the prestige and deserves the same level of recognition as that of a BSA Eagle Scout. They believe that those who earn the Gold Award need to be consistently called by a single name that is instantly recognizable as one of the highest achievement.  They are proposing that the name Gold Girl Scout be used, and that we no longer use "Gold Award recipient" to describe our Gold Girl Scouts, because they do not receive the award, they earn it.

Let us know your thoughts! Leave a comment or email us at communications@girlscoutssa.org.

Weigh in on ideas that are being discussed in the Girl Scout Community! There are many new ideas circulating.  We don't know which ones may be developed into proposals for the national convention, but we want to open the conversation here in our council so we can be sure everybody's opinion is heard. Over the next few posts, we will write about ideas being passed around and ask for your input.  We look forward to hearing from you!  You can either leave a comment on the blog entry, or e-mail us at communications@girlscoutssa.org.

Thanks for participating!

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