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Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is available through Girl Scouts of Utah so that Girl Scouting can be accessible to all girls. Financial assistance is made possible through the generosity of our donors. 

Girls are encouraged to participate in the Cookie Program, where they can earn Activity Credits to help pay for their Girl Scout expenses. If your Girl Scout has earned Activity Credits, we ask that you apply those credits to her Girl Scout expenses prior to requesting additional assistance. 

Purpose

To provide financial assistance for girls who (a) wish to become members of Girl Scouts of Utah, (b) want to purchase a uniform, (c) want to attend Girl Scouts of Utah-sponsored events, programs, or camps, and/or (d) are accepted to participate in a Girl Scout Destinations program.

To provide financial assistance for a Girl Scouts of Utah membership for adults who want to volunteer as a first-year troop leader with Girl Scouts. 

Philosophy

Financial assistance and activity scholarships should fill a specific financial need. It is not a reward for being a "good Girl Scout" nor is it a way to repay volunteer work a parent might have done in Girl Scouting. It is a way for Girl Scouts of Utah to help a Girl Scout participate in an experience in which they would otherwise not be able to because of financial restraints. The decision to grant financial assistance or an activity scholarship, and the amount, is made based on information given on the application form. All information is kept confidential and discussed only by those responsible for allocating the money.

Char Corbit Campership Fund

Activity scholarships for camp programs are funded through the Char Corbit Campership Fund. Char was on staff at Girl Scouts of Utah for 33 years and began her journey as a Girl Scout when she was given the gift of a campership to attend Trefoil Ranch. That gift changed Char's life and she went on to change the lives of thousands of girls and women.

General Guidelines

Below are general guidelines for membership assistance: 

  • Number of memberships granted is based on availability of funds.
  • Families with debts to the council are not eligible for financial assistance.
  • Additional guidelines are listed in the specific membership sections below.

Below are general guidelines for all financial assistance for uniform components and activity scholarships for events, programs, and camps: 

  • Requests must be made using the appropriate form and must be completed in its entirety.
  • Dollar amounts of scholarships granted are based on availability of funds and apparent needs.
  • Award amounts are non-transferable and not redeemable for cash.
  • Financial assistance is available for Girl Scouts of Utah girl members only, not troops.
  • Families with debts to the council are not eligible for financial assistance.
  • Families are expected to pay a portion of the expense, typically paying the deposit for an event, program, or camp. If financial support is needed to help cover a portion of the deposit for a specific event, program, or camp, email info@gsutah.org for support.
  • Additional guidelines are listed in the specific sections below for uniform and program materials, activity scholarships, and destinations. 
Questions?

After reviewing the information on this webpage, if you have additional questions, please contact our Customer Care team at 801-265-8472 or info@gsutah.org


Financial Assistance for Girls

Membership

Description: This type of financial assistance is available to girls who want a one-year Girl Scout membership with Girl Scouts of Utah. The Girl Scout membership year runs October 1-September 30 annually.

Qualifications: 

  • Girls must reside in the state of Utah. 
  • Girls must be in kindergarten to Grade 12. 

Request Assistance: To request financial assistance for membership registration, click “Join Girl Scouts” below. Follow the registration screen prompts and check the box for "Financial Aid" on the payment page; clicking continue to confirm the request. Be sure to follow the registration process to the last page!

Award Notification and Redemption: Once your membership registration has been processed and approved, your Girl Scout membership will be completed, and you will receive a confirmation email.

Uniform Components

Description: This type of financial assistance available to girls who would like a Girl Scout uniform. Girls are eligible to apply once during each program level of Girl Scouts (Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadettes, Senior, Ambassador). 

Girls will receive a certificate for specific uniform pieces and a memory book from the Girl Scouts of Utah Shop. Items are limited to the following:

  • Tunic, sash, or vest
  • American Flag Patch
  • Council ID Strip Set 
  • Troop Numerals 
  • Insignia Tab
  • Membership Pin
  • WAGGS Pin
  • Memory Book

Qualifications: 

  • Must be a registered girl member with the Girl Scouts of Utah council. 
  • Must not have received financial assistance for uniform and program materials previously for the same Girl Scout program level as their current request.

Request Assistance: Complete your financial assistance for uniform components form by completing this form.

Award Notification and Redemption: Girl Scouts of Utah will respond to requests by email within two weeks of receiving your request form. To receive the items, simply bring your certificate into any GSU shop to pick up your items within 90-days of confirmation email. If you are unable to come into a shop or have any questions, give us a call at 801-265-8472 and we will assist you with selecting your items and answering any questions. You may also call to select your items and have a friend or family member pick up the order from the shop. Note: Online orders are not eligible. Certificate only valid with GSU for the items listed on the certificate. Certificates are non-transferable.

Activity Scholarships for Events, Programs, and Camp

Description: Girl Scouts of Utah offers numerous events, programs, and camps led by council staff, community partners, and Girl Scout volunteers. Girls may request up to three activity scholarships per membership year (October 1-September 30 annually). Note: Girls are limited to one activity scholarship for a summer camp (resident camp or troop camping).  

Qualifications: 

  • Must be a registered girl member with the Girl Scouts of Utah council. 
  • Must be registered for the event, program, or camp, including paying any required deposit at the time of registration (no deposit required for Troop Camping). 
  • If financial support is needed to help cover a portion of the deposit for a specific event, program, or camp, email info@gsutah.org for support. 

Additional Guidelines:

  • Activity scholarships are for the event, program, or camp fees only. It does not account for add-on items such as camp trading post, event or program memorabilia, transportation to and from the event, program, or camp, additional meals, etc.
  • Activity scholarships are not granted for troop trips.
  • Events, programs, and camps must be Girl Scouts of Utah-sponsored (includes several service unit-led events and programs such as Never the Same Weekends and day camps). 
  • Resident Camp and Troop Camping Specific: If applying for an activity scholarship for resident camp and/or troop camping, Activity Credits earned from the current year’s Cookie Program will be held and applied directly to your camp balance.

Request Assistance: 

Complete your activity scholarship form online. 

Award Notification and Redemption: Girl Scouts of Utah will respond to requests by email within two weeks* of receiving your request form. Activity scholarship award amounts are applied directly to the program, event, or camp balance. For Service Unit ran events, programs, and camps, the Service Unit will also be notified and the scholarship amount will be given directly to them. 

*Summer camp programs (June thru August): Award notices will be emailed by the first week of May and then ongoing throughout the summer as requests are received. Activity scholarship award amounts are applied directly to your camp balance.

Financial Support for GSUSA Destinations

Description: Destinations are Girl Scouts trips offered by Girl Scouts of the USA. They are the ultimate adventure for individual Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Girl Scouts. Activity scholarships are not available for Destinations; however, Girl Scouts of Utah covers a quarter of the event fee for Girl Scouts of Utah members who are accepted for a Destination (one Destination per Girl Scout per year).

Qualifications: 

  • Must be registered Cadette, Senior, or Ambassador Girl Scout with Girl Scouts of Utah.
  • Must be accepted for the Destination program.
  • Note: Program applications must be received by published program registration deadlines. 

Request Assistance: No action is required.

Award Notification and Redemption: Girl Scouts of Utah will notify girls by email with award information and how the award will be applied to their Destination balance.


Financial Assistance for Adult Volunteers

Membership

Description: This type of Financial Assistance is available to adults who want to volunteer as a first-year troop leader with Girl Scouts. It is a one-year Girl Scout membership with Girl Scouts of Utah. The Girl Scout membership year runs October 1-September 30 annually. Note: After the first-year, troops are encouraged to pay membership dues for troop members, including adult leaders, with troop funds.

Qualifications: 

  • Must by an adult who resides in the state of Utah.
  • Must be a first-year troop leader. 

Request Assistance: To request financial assistance for membership registration, click “Volunteer Today” below. Follow the registration screen prompts and check the box for "Financial Aid" on the payment page; clicking continue to confirm the request. Be sure to follow the registration process to the last page!

Award Notification and Redemption: Once your membership registration has been processed and approved, your Girl Scout membership will be completed, and you will receive a confirmation email. A member from our Membership team may also contact you directly.