Being an Indy Girl is a great way to continue your Girl Scout experience (or become a new Girl Scout) when you cannot find a troop.
An Indy Girl does not attend troop meetings. She works on the Girl Scout program with a parent or other adult mentor, and decides what activities she wants to participate in and which badges or journey awards she wants to earn.
Indy Girls may join local service unit and council-wide events, attend resident camp, participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, join other girls on trips, and attend events with friends of their choice.
How do I register my girl as an Individually Registered (Indy) Girl Scout?
You can register your Indy Girl online or by mail:
A service unit is an assigned geographic area, usually a school district comprising troops and volunteers. Each unit has a team, and as the parent of an Indy Girl, you should get to know who these women/men are and ensure you are part of any communications regarding events, cookie booths, and camps.
Indy Girls are welcome to attend service unit and council events. Information can be found on the council website, gsksmo.org, and you will receive emails from the volunteers in your community or membership staff person serving the area. Some service units have Facebook pages where events are listed. When Indy Girls wish to attend an event, they must be accompanied by an adult.
Indy Girls earn credits which can be used for GSKSMO day and resident camp, in-store purchases at our store, GSKSMO Travel, GSKSMO Adventure Programming and GSUSA Destinations. Indy Girls cannot have their own bank accounts; all finances can be handled through council.
The council-sponsored Product Sales Programs should fund all activities, badges, camping, and events. Additional money-earning activities are not permitted for Indy Girls. When Indy GIrls decide to earn a Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award, they should contact GSKSMO to find out our guidelines for money earning.
Yes, Indy Girls are permitted to attend council-sponsored resident and day camps, and they may attend any camping opportunities provided by their service unit or a troop they have previously worked with. Indy Girls are not permitted to rent a GSKSMO camp.
If your Indy Girl is interested in working with other girls to complete badges or participate in field trips, they may do this with existing troops led by GSKSMO-approved volunteers. They may even choose to transfer into a troop in the area. Your service unit manager or membership staff person can connect you with age-appropriate troops for group activities such as field trips, service projects, and badge work.
Girl Scout insurance is a secondary insurance. Your personal health insurance would apply first in case of an accident. Council-approved service unit and troop-sponsored activities fall under the insurance your membership registration covers.