Great question! As a troop leader or parent if you will be leading a troop meeting, handling money, chaperoning girls, attending events or participating in overnight trips in Girl Scouts then you must have a current membership and an eligible background check.
Every dollar of membership dues is sent to Girl Scouts of the USA to cover the cost of fundamental services supporting the Girl Scout Movement. This includes, but is not limited to, accident insurance for members participating in approved Girl Scout activities, program development, research, resources, training, technology, services to councils, and protection of the Girl Scout brand. Membership dues also help fund the implementation of new technologies to improve the Girl Scout experience for girls, volunteers, and parents.