Sign Up & Registration

Who is eligible to enroll in USA Girl Scouts in Singapore?


All girls who attend English-speaking international schools (regardless of nationality) and all girls holding US passports are eligible to enroll in USA Girl Scouts Overseas. Moreover, all girls holding foreign passport who attend local schools are also eligible to enroll in USA Girl Scouts in Singapore. Currently, we have girls from more than 30 countries involved.




What if my daughter is not in one of the eligible categories?


In this situation we need to get permission from Girl Guides of Singapore to enroll your daughter. Please contact the Registrar so we can gather some information and submit the request on your behalf. As each girl’s situation is unique, we cannot guarantee the outcome. However, we have obtained permission for girls in the past.




How old does my daughter have to be?


Participation in USA Girl Scouts is divided into several ‘Levels’ by the girl’s grade-level in school. Girls can join at the Daisy level in Kindergarten (typically age 5-7), right up to the Ambassador level in High School (typically age 16-18). Any girl can join at any age and will be placed in a Troop that is appropriate for her grade-level and age. While the USA Girl Scout levels correspond to the typical USA public school system, please don’t worry if you don’t know the corresponding “USA grade level” for your daughter’s school program. Girls are always placed in Troops that are appropriate for their age.




What schools have Troops?


At this time, there are Troops that based at the Singapore American School (SAS), Stamford American International School (SAIS), Canadian International School (CIS), International Community School (ICS), Overseas Family School (OFS) and the Winstedt School. And, we are working to bring the USA Girls Scouts program to other international schools as well. Girls from other schools can join these troops, but this can be difficult if the troop meets on campus immediately after classes end.




What if there isn’t a Troop at my daughter’s school?


We have girls participating from more than 20 different schools throughout Singapore, and we are growing each and every year. We have many "Community Troops" that are not affiliated with a school and have girls from several different schools. Girls can actually join ANY Troop in Singapore that fits their age level. In fact, many girls from schools that have affiliated Troops choose to join Troops at other schools or Community Troops due to schedule, location or other reasons. You can indicate your preferences for days, times and locations on your sign up form. The Registration Committee takes these into account and works hard to find a good match for every girl. While there are no guarantees of a perfect match to everyone's criteria there are very few situations where we can't find any reasonable options.




How do I find a Troop for my daughter?


The first step is to get her signed up on our roster for the upcoming school year (see “How do I sign up my daughter?” below). After the sign up period closes, the Registration Committee meets to match girls on the sign up roster with existing Troops as well as form new Troops with new Leader Volunteers. By the end of September (Semester 1) or January (Semester 2) parents are notified of their daughter’s Troop assignment. While the Registration Committee works hard to honor requests for matching girls by school, schedule and/or location, it is not always possible. In past years, we have been able to offer a Troop space to nearly every girl who signed up, although for some it was not their first choice of school, schedule or location. If finding a Troop is important to your family, please consider volunteering to be a Troop Leader and forming a new Troop. Not only will your daughter have a guaranteed place, you determine the meeting schedule and location(s) AND you will be helping other girls looking for troops as well! We can help you find a co-leader if need be. For more information about becoming a Troop Leader, please contact us.




What day and time will my daughter’s Troop meet?


Troop Leaders set the schedule for their own individual Troops. Some meet on a weekday after school, others meet on weekends. Depending on the age-level and what projects or badges they are working on, Troops may meet weekly, twice monthly, or monthly. And, these schedules often change from year-to-year as new Troop Leader volunteers join, and new Troops are formed. When filling out the sign up form, you can let us know what time works best for her in the "Special Requests" section. Troop assignments are completed in September & January and we make every effort to match girls to Troops by requested schedule and location. However, we cannot guarantee a match for every girl’s requests.




How do I sign up my daughter?


How she gets signed up depends on her past experience with USA Girl Scouts and when you are signing her up. USAGSO-Singapore conducts sign up entirely online from our website during three annual periods: Early Bird Registration (April through May) is for only girls who participated in USA Girl Scouts in Singapore during the prior school year. Early Bird registrants receive a limited edition patch for their uniform vest. In late September, parents are notified of their daughter’s Troop assignment. Semester 1 Registration (July through August) is for all new girls starting the school year in Singapore or returning Girl Scouts who missed Early Bird Registration. In late September, parents are notified of their daughter’s Troop assignment. Semester 2 Registration (December through mid-January) is for girls who want to join for the just second half of the school year. Troops that have space available can welcome new girls. In late January, parents are notified of their daughter’s Troop assignment if space is available. A program participation fee is collected as part of the sign up process.




How much does it cost?


Like many kids activities, partipating in Girl Scouts has a number of different costs associated with it. Participation Fee This is charged as part of the online sign up process and covers two important things:

  • Approximately $65 SGD goes to the USA Girl Scouts membership office for insurance coverage to participate in Girl Scout activities and covers program development costs.
  • The remainder goes to the USAGSO-Singapore local program fund which covers the supplied materials for each Girl Scout (badges, local insignia, awards, member T-shirts, etc.) and all operating costs for the local non-profit organization (training, first aid equipment, meeting space, website, etc.) .
Uniforms & Insignia If your daughter is joining Girl Scouts for the first time or is moving up to a new age level, she will be given a set of insignia items for her uniform as part of her registration fee by the council. The only thing she will need to purchase is a uniform vest and troop numerals, which can be ordered directly from the USA Girl Scouts online store and typically cost between $40-$50 SGD (not including shipping). We provide complete Uniform Ordering Information for each Girl Scout age level and many Troops work together at the beginning of the scouting year to place large orders to save on shipping costs. Be sure to check with your troop leader before placing an order yourself; it can save you a lot on shipping costs! Troop Dues Troops typically also collect dues that are used for their own programs, such as badges, field trips, fun events, etc. Each Troop determines the amount of their own dues, so amounts vary from Troop to Troop. Events Some of our major events (i.e. Father-Daughter Dance, Camps, etc.) charge a fee to cover the cost of venue rental, food and materials. Costs for these vary each year and are charged separately since not every girl or family can participate in every event. Financial aid is available, if needed; contact the Overseas Committee Chair and confidential arrangements can be made.




How do I pay the program participation fee?


Payment is expected at time of sign up. Our preferred methods of payment are PayNow, bank transfer and PayLah, although we also accept other forms of payment. Please refer to our Payments Policy for detailed information. Payment is due by the last day of the sign up period. All unpaid sign ups are automatically cancelled at the deadline to ensure fairness when placing girls in Troops.




Can I sign up "in person" and talk to someone first?


The USAGSO-Singapore organization is run 100% by unpaid volunteers and has no permanent office location. We support hundreds of families across Singapore and our membership is growing every year. In order to better serve everyone, several years ago we ceased running a single-day "in person" sign up event with paper forms and switched entirely to multi-month online sign up periods and we have never looked back. At the beginning of every new school year we have information booths set up at Open House and Parent/PTA Coffee events at several international schools. We also hold a few informal information meetings/coffees at local restaurants. These events are announced on our website over the summer and are an opportunity to meet some of our committee members and Troop Leaders to ask questions about Girl Scouts before signing up. And, you can always contact us at any time with any questions and we will respond promptly.




Is there a priority system for placing girls in Troops?



Yes, there is. The priorities are as follows:

1. Girls whose parents volunteer for an official role in USAGSO-Singapore as a Troop Leader or Executive Committee member
2. Eligible Girls who complete Early Bird Registration and were enrolled in USAGSO-Singapore in the previous year
3. Eligible Girls who complete Early Bird Registration and are new to USAGSO-Singapore.
4. All other girls on the sign up roster.
Girls are also placed in "first-come, first-served" order each category. We cannot guarantee a space in a Troop as it depends entirely on the number of parents who volunteer as Troop Leaders each year. So signing up as early as possible is a good way to improve the chance your daughter will be placed in a Troop. And if you want to guarantee a spot for her, why not consider volunteering to be a Troop Leader yourself!




What if my daughter doesn't get matched with a Troop?


The Registration Committee works hard to find space for every girl. However, we cannot guarantee the space offered will exactly match her requested schedule and location. In the case where you turn down the space offered within seven days of the close of registration, all collected program fees will be refunded in full. Please don’t worry; the vast majority of girls interested in Girl Scouts in Singapore ultimately find a Troop. Please consider volunteering to be Troop Leader and forming a new Troop. Not only will your daughter have a guaranteed place, but you will be helping other girls looking for Troops as well!




What if we are leaving Singapore and want to joint Girl Scouts in our new home country?


If your daughter is an actively registered member of USA Girl Scouts Overseas in Singapore and you are moving to another country, her membership and records can be transferred in full to another council in your new home country. However, USAGSO-Singapore cannot perform the transfer; a parent/guardian on record with USA Girl Scouts must initiate it. The transfer process varies depending on what country you are moving to/from, so please visit the USAGSO Membership Moves and Transfers webpage and follow the instructions for your specific situation. We will certainly be sad to see her go, but we're happy she will continue on in Girl Scouts!





Participation

What will my daughter do in Girl Scouts?


What she does in her Troop really depends on her Troop Leader and the other girls. Some choose to focus more on earning badges and awards, while others plan more field trips and family events. And as a USA Girl Scout Overseas, she can earn awards that are not available elsewhere. Regardless of what Troop she is in, her experiences here in Singapore will be unlike anywhere else. In addition to Troop meetings and events, USAGSO-Singapore holds several council-wide events every year. From the Father-Daughter Dance in the fall, to Camps in the springtime, she will have plenty of opportunities to have fun with the many Girl Scouts throughout Singapore.




What level of family commitment is required?


Girl Scouts is not just another after-school activity. In addition to Troop meetings, there are a number of weekend programs that require Girl Scout participation and some parental commitment. Events such as the Father-Daughter Dance, Overnight & Day Camps and special weekend activities all require parental participation at some level. In addition, USAGSO-Singapore is an all-volunteer organization that depends on a dedicated network of parents and other volunteers to run the program each year. Many parents volunteer in some way, as best they can. We need parents who are committed to helping out whatever way they can; whether it is for just a few hours (like setting up tables for an event) or getting more fully involved as a Troop Leader or Executive Committee member.




Can I become a Troop Leader?


Yes, ABSOLUTELY! Girl Scouts relies heavily on volunteer Troop Leaders for its success, and they often find the experience to be rewarding and fun. The more Troop Leaders we have, the more spaces we have to match up girls. With the transient nature of the community in Singapore, we lose approximately 25% of our Troop Leaders every year. So there are always openings to fill, and we need to form new Troops every year to accommodate new incoming girls. Each Troop must have two unrelated leaders, one of whom must be female (so dads can be co-leaders too). We provide all new Troop Leaders with Girl Scout Leader training, age-level specific badge and award materials, first aid training & supplies and a community of Troop Leaders and commitee members to draw on for ideas and inspiration. If you are even slightly interested, please consider volunteering to be a Troop Leader!




I don’t feel I can be a Troop Leader, but what else can I do?


Being a Troop Leader isn't for everyone. If you’d like to be involved, please consider helping in another way. You can volunteer to help your daughter’s troop as a treasurer, snack parent or help run a few meetings. You can also help out at one of our big annual events or serve on the Executive Committee. To find out more, check out our Volunteers page.




Why can’t we sell Girl Scout Cookies in Singapore?


Every effort is made to adapt the USA Girl Scout program for use overseas while minimizing concerns for the USA-based national organization and volunteers. Unfortunately, this means that not all program activities can be exactly the same overseas as in the United States. Unfortunately, the annual cookie sale program is not an-approved money-earning activity for Overseas Committees (such as Singapore) served through USA Girl Scouts Overseas head office. There are several reasons for this: PRODUCT LIABILITY: In some countries, it is not possible for the baker or the Overseas Committee to carry product liability insurance (which is necessary for defending against claims of tampering or contamination). HIGH RISK IN SHIPMENT: In most overseas locations, climate and extended shipping time affect the quality of the cookies. Experience has shown that isolated locations, even in U.S. territories, have experienced major losses due to shipment or storage. IMPORT/EXPORT LAWS: The laws for importing and selling food products can be complex and compliance can be expensive. The USAGSO New York office can neither provide consultation on these matters, nor provide the regular ongoing risk monitoring that is provided for other activities of the Overseas Committees. However that doesn't stop Girl Scouts in Singapore from selling delicious baked goods! Many Troops organize bake sales as money raising activities for funding community service projects.




Nothing here answers my question. What do I do now?


Please contact us and we'll be happy to help.




What do Daisies and Brownies do?


Click here to know what Daisies do.

Click here to know what Brownies do.

In Singapore, the girls do everything except sell cookies.

Girl Scouts learn skills and leadership while earning badges and awards. Here is a detailed list of badges and journeys for each level.




I have received an email from Operoo. Do I need to sign up?


Operoo (formerly called CareMonkey) is a paper-free platform that is used to manage troop paperwork such as health information forms and permission slips for the upcoming year. If you are a troop leader, create a permission form for your troop for regular meetings. Permission forms for council events are created by the Chair. Once all troop members are added to Operoo, parents receive an email from Operoo asking them to create a profile for their daughter. Parents need to create the profiles and other forms such as the Internet Safety Pledge and Permission to Attend Regular Meetings before they can respond to any other permission forms sent by troop leaders.




What is the Internet Safety Pledge that parents and girls are being asked to sign?


Since many of our meetings take place online, we want the girls to follow guidelines to safely participate in troop meetings, know how and when to share information, and follow good “netiquette” manners. Both girls and parents need to sign the pledge on Operoo.




I am a returning leader, but am still confused about some things. May I attend the new leader training?


Absolutely! Most of our training is now online and the videos are made available to all leaders. If you want to refresh your knowledge about certain areas, please feel free to watch these videos. You can always ping our trainer for answers to your burning questions: training@singaporeusagirlscouts.org





Covid-19 Restrictions

Can Girl Scouts meet under the current circumstances?


With the current restrictions in place to control and prevent the spread of Covid-19, gatherings in groups over 5 people are not yet possible, which means that troops are unable to meet in person. However, USAGSO Singapore offers virtual meetings using Zoom that troops can use to do fun activities including those necessary to earn badges.
Troops can go on virtual tours to different parts of the world, learn new camping skills, improve their photography techniques, help younger troops earn their badges, learn to make new things, work on cooking badges and so on. This list is virtually endless.
USAGSO Singapore is a stable haven for our Girl Scouts. Through virtual meetings we hope to keep things as normal as possible for the girls. Beyond that, we also hope to demonstrate to our girls adaptability, resilience, and perseverance – when we continue to meet (virtually) as troops even with many restrictions and limited resources, when we adapt to new and evolving situations, when we continue to forge through with a bright smile even during the most challenging of times.
Virtual meetings are still fun and they are still girl-led.




Are there going to be any Girl Scout events this year?


USAGSO Singapore will do our best to hold events this year, either virtual or face-to-face programs. As we are still in Phase Two, our first USAGSO event will be a virtual Songfest. More information will be shared with troop leaders as the date approaches. Virtual, you say? Yes! And we have such fun stuff planned. Virtual really can be great. Just wait and see!




I am a new Brownie leader, I have attended new leader training, but I’m still not sure what to do. Will we have an opportunity to meet with other Brownie leaders or other Girl Scout leaders?


No worries! We are here for you!

First off, you will be added to a couple of different WhatsApp groups: one for your level, one for new leaders, and one for all leaders. These other leaders are fantastic resources for you. Ask all the questions you have!

We also send monthly newsletters to the leaders to keep you on top of everything. Families get a separate newsletter called “What’s Happening” that isn’t as detailed as “The Leaders’ Letter.”

Additionally, USAGSO Singapore holds monthly committee meetings called OMT meetings with our troop leaders and executive committee. We meet once a month to discuss upcoming council events, training sessions, and general Girl Scout information. All troops will need to send one representative to the meetings so you will be able to meet with other leaders at these meetings.
The following is the OMT meeting schedule for the upcoming year. As of now, all meetings will be held virtually on Zoom on the last Tuesday of each month at 9.30am. 22 September 2020 (4th Tuesday) 27 October 2020 24 November 2020 8 December 2020 (2nd Tuesday) 23 February 2020 30 March 2020 27 April 2020 25 May 2020 The link for the meetings will be shared on the leader’s WhatsApp group chat before the meeting.




I am a new leader and I don’t know how to hold a virtual meeting. What do I do?


USAGSO Singapore has got you covered. We will share ideas and examples of things you can do with your troop and help point you in the right direction for your own meetings. There is a lot of information available to help leaders succeed. Here is a list of great ideas shared by the Facebook group, Virtual Girl Scout Activities! Additionally, USAGSO SIngapore is planning monthly level-appropriate sessions starting in October. For example, we hold a virtual session for all Daisies, so that all Daisies and their troop leaders can attend and participate in the session together. We hope to have one for each level on the first Saturday of every month. The session details are shared with all troop leaders well before the meeting is held so leaders can share the details with their troops.

These meetings will be run by more experienced leaders in rotation, just to give everybody a break in these COVID-complicated times, while ensuring that girls are still getting programming. If you have ideas and want to help, just speak up!




I have a Daisy troop and my girls prefer to meet in person. Will my troop be able to meet in person this year?


USAGSO Singapore must comply with the Phase Two re-opening rules set forth by the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education. In accordance with Singapore’s safe distancing measures, we are recommending virtual meetings for all troops. We hope things will change as the year moves forward, but for now, we need to respect our host country and keep our girls safe.




We have a school-based troop. We have heard that the school may allow troops to begin meeting on campus. May our troop meet face-to-face at school?


If the school that your child attends and participates in Girl Scouts allows troops to meet in person, your troop may meet face-to-face. However, if your troop is a mixed troop, meaning there are girls from different schools, e.g. SAIS and UWC, your troop needs to follow the guidelines provided by the school and government. In general, Singapore is not allowing children from more than one school to mix in groups. All troops meeting in person at school must follow the following Phase Two rules: safe-distancing protocols, such as staying one metre apart, a group not more than five persons, mask wearing, etc.




Our troop wants to visit a facility that allows for larger groups. We understand that we must stay in groups of five and that the groups cannot intermingle. May our troops participate in these types of activities?


USAGSO Singapore will follow the lead of the Singapore Scouting Association and will not be able to approve field trip opportunities until restrictions of Phase Two have been lifted or eased.




Are virtual troop meetings effective?


The purpose of Girl Scouts is to teach leadership skills, and in the process, girls are also taught resilience and how to make the world a better place. By giving the girls skills to make a difference, they feel enabled and empowered, and they are able to face the world of unknowns. We help give them the tools to make their own future stronger.
The girls learn these skills whether they are taught in person or virtually. Even through virtual meetings, they still do community service and leadership-based learning. They still learn lessons they can take with them through the years.
Not all girls may be keen on virtual meetings because virtual meetings may not be as much fun as in-person meetings and they miss the face-to-face interactions. However, virtual Girl Scouting is better than no Girl Scouting.





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