Q. How much does Guiding cost?
A. Girl Guides is a great value! Meetings will take place weekly from September to May or June (depending on your unit) and the whole Guiding year will cost under $200. Prices vary based on your region. You can find the exact price of your nearest unit using our unit finder.
Other fees may include your Girl Guides uniform or dues. We want all girls to be able to access Guiding, so financial assistance is available.
Q. When can I register?
A. The Guiding year typically runs concurrent to the school year, but you can register and join at any time! Registration for the fall will open in the spring.
Registration for the 2021-2022 Guiding year is open now! Click to register.
Q. What age can she register?
A. All girls from 5 – 17 are welcome to join Guiding. The age ranges for each branch are as follows:
- Sparks – 5-6 years
- Brownies – 7-8 years
- Guides – 9-12 years
- Pathfinders – 12-14 years
- Rangers – 15-17 years
Q. What do girls do?
A. In Girl Guides, most girls will join a unit made up of girls in the same age bracket led by adult volunteers, or Guiders. In a unit, girls will earn badges for the new skills they learn and activities they complete. There are as many as 32 badges to earn in each age bracket, and girls can choose which areas of interest they want to explore.
Whether your girl is interested in nature and the outdoors, STEM, art, entrepreneurship or giving back to the community, she’ll find something that excites her with our diverse selection! Learn more about our program here.
Throughout the year, there may also be special events for her unit, or for all Girl Guides in her province. These events can include camping trips, visits from renowned women or even travel.
Please note: some activities and events may be virtual or postponed due to COVID-19.
Q. Will meetings be facilitated in person or virtually due to COVID-19?
A. In true Guiding tradition, we’re prepared for whatever 2021 brings. We’re very excited to resume in-person unit meetings and are committed to ensuring every girl in Guiding enjoys her membership all year long. During the 2021-2022 Guiding year, we may be asked to practice physical distancing from time to time, wherever we live. Girl Guides is continuously focusing on a safe, regional approach to delivering the fun, friendship and connection of Guiding all year long! We are working with our amazing volunteers to prepare for whatever your year brings!
For more information, see our safety protocols.
Q. What do girls get from joining Girl Guides?
A. Guiding is a place where girls and young women can challenge themselves, put their ideas into action, take part in an amazing range of activities, and gain the skills to confidently navigate their world.
At Girl Guides, girls will have fun while gaining valuable life skills. Some of the benefits of joining Girl Guides include:
- Learning the importance of healthy relationships and taking part in anti-bullying initiatives.
- Developing a strong sense of self by building confidence in their abilities.
- Exploring their communities, the world around them and how to make a positive impact.
- Gaining important financial, entrepreneurial and leadership skills by taking place in our cookie fundraising program. Girls will learn how to make important business decisions and set themselves up for future successes!
We believe these skills will set girls up for a bright future and give them the tools to become the next generation of leaders.