At Girl Scouts Heart of Central California, we believe every girl deserves the opportunity to experience the lifelong benefits of Girl Scouting, regardless of their financial situation. Each year we invest significant resources to provide access. Our Financial Assistance Fund extends the hand of sisterhood to girls unable to afford the basic costs of Girl Scout membership: uniforms, books and activities that ignite their confidence to change the world.
Financial assistance is carefully considered and the amounts offered are based on available funds in the annual financial assistance budget, supported by generous donors.
Whether you’re new to Girl Scouts or are renewing your membership for the upcoming year, you can request assistance with the $25 annual national Girl Scout membership fee. Requesting financial assistance for membership can be done during the membership process. For the online registration process, there will be a box to check on the payment page. The button in on the Registration Summary page. (It is the second-to-last screen to complete before the registration process is complete.) You can start the registration process here. Once the request is received, you will be contacted to determine if you qualify. For more information, contact Customer Care at 800.322.4475 or email us.
Troop Start-Up Assistance
Each year, Girl Scouts Heart of Central California assists new troops
in specific areas of our Council where participation in our signature
leadership development program is low, and where the primary barrier
to participation is financial. We select communities with families
that have not historically participated in Girl Scouts due to culture
and/or lack of awareness of the inclusive and accessible nature of our
To learn if your community is currently eligible to participate in our Troop Start-Up Assistance program, contact , Customer Care at 800.322.4475 or email us.
Every girl should experience the magic of Girl Scout camp! Financial aid "camperships" are available for campers whose family financial circumstances might otherwise prevent them from attending camp. To apply, complete our financial assistance online form. For more information, contact Customer Care at 800.322.4475 or email us.
With a goal of giving all girls the opportunity to participate in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, we offer financial assistance on a limited basis for Council-sponsored Activities. To apply, complete our financial assistance online form. For more information, contact Customer Care at 800.322.4475 or email us.
Uniforms and Books
Uniforms are a critical component of the Girl Scout experience, and books for new leaders set troops on a successful path to the future. Support is available on a limited basis to offset these costs. To apply, complete our books and uniforms financial assistance online form. For more information, contact Customer Care at 800.322.4475 or email us.
After-School Program Partnerships
Our After-School Program in underserved communities makes participation in Girl Scouts easy and affordable. Through this program, Girl Scouts covers the cost of membership fees, curriculum, offsets the cost of uniforms and badges, and helps girls participate in weekend workshops, camp, and other Council-sponsored programs. After-school providers can work directly with the Strategic and Community Partnerships team to find out how a partnership can make Girl Scouts available on a troop-wide basis to girls in eligible after-school programs:
Julie Rinard, Director of Strategic and Community Partnerships